2007 - 2008 Events Calendar     Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.

Thursday, October 18
Julia Vinograd
7:30 PM
Julia Vingorad has published over 50 books of poetry. She is the recipient of Berkeley's Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a PushCart Prizewinner for Young Men Who Died of Aids.  Recent books include: Cannibal Casserole New & Selected Poems, 1996-2006; Skull and Crosswords, 2005; Step Into My Parlour, 2002; Ask a Mask, 1999 – all from Zeitgeist Press.

"She gives us a voice when ours vanishes. She gives voice to the homeless, the street performers, the merchant, the coffee drinker, friends and foes alike, and her words, like a sharp knife, cut deep into the truth. She describes us as full of life, and love, and heartache. She makes us honest. We, the eccentric, the lonely, the broken are given a voice." – from the City of Berkeley Proclamation Honoring Julia Vinograd With Lifetime Achievement Award

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
Sunday,  November 18
Douglas Goetsch &
Ellen Bass
7:30 PM
Ellen Bass's fourth book of poems, The Human Line, was published by Copper Canyon Press in June 2007. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973), has published several previous volumes of poetry, including Mules of Love (BOA, 2002) which won the Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals She was awarded the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman's Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review's Larry Levis Award, the Greensboro Poetry Prize, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a Fellowship from the California Arts Council.

Douglas Goetsch's books of poetry include Nobody's Hell (Hanging Loose Press, 1999), The Job of Being Everybody (Cleveland State, 2004), winner of the CSU Poetry Center Open Competition, and three chapbooks. He is the recipient of the Aldrich Award, the Paumanok Prize, the Permafrost Prize, awards from Prairie Schooner, The American Journal of Poetry, The Chautauqua Literary Journal, two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and numerous Pushcart Prize nominations. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, ONTHEBUS, The Threepenny Review, The New England Review, online at PoetryDaily and Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, on the air at NPR, and in many anthologies.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
Thursday, December 20
6:00 PM
Holiday Potluck / ReadAround
Come celebrate the hoidays in poetry style!
Bring a a poem for the read-around (25 lines max!) .
And a dish to share:
     A – H: Salad
     I – P: Main dish
      Q – Z: Dessert

Thursday, January 17
Kathleen Fraser &
Steve Dickison
7:30 PM
Kathleen Fraser's books include essays Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity, Stilts, Somersaults & Headstands and 20 poem collections, including collaborations with painters JoAnn Ugolini, Sam Francis, Mel Bochner, Hermine Ford, Mary Ann Hayden and Nancy Tokar Miller. Fraser translates and lectures in Rome each spring where her wall texts for ii ss --a collaborative series with Ford's drawings--were shown in April, 2007. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim,two NEA fellowships and the Frank O'Hara Poetry Award.

For twenty years Fraser taught as a Professor of Graduate Writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed the Poetry Center (1972-1975) and founded the American Poetry Archives. She co-founded the journal HOW(ever), later revived as How2. Fraser's recent poetry titles include: hi dde violeth i dde violet (Nomados, 2003); Discrete Categories Forced into Coupling and W I T N E S S (CHAX, 2007). Her Selected Poems 1970-1995, il cuore : the heart, is availablefrom Wesleyan.
For a recent interview, see: http://jacketmagazine.com/33/fraser-ivby-rosenthal.shtml.

Steve Dickison has directed the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University since 1999. A poet, writer, and publisher, he edits the small poetry press Listening Chamber, with offshoots Rumor Books and Parrhesia Press. With David Meltzer, he co-edits and produces the irregular music magazine Shuffle Boil. He curated the art exhibition "Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954-2004" at the California Historical Society during Winter 2005, and the book exhibition "Recent Visitors: Poets and Publishing on the Bolinas Scene in the Seventies," Winter 2006 at the Book Club of California. Disposed, a book of poetry, was published by The Post-Apollo Press in Fall 2007. He lives in Berkeley.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Thursday, February 21
Panel Discussion on
The Professionalization of Poetry

David Alpaugh,
Michelle Bitting,
Rebecca Foust,
Robert Sward
7:30 PM
David Alpaugh’s essay “The Professionalization of Poetry” was serialized in the Jan/Feb and March/April 2003 issues of Poets & Writers Magazine and drew hundreds of emails and wide discussion on the Internet. Alpaugh's fiction, drama, and criticism have appeared in more than a hundred literary journals and anthologies. His first collection, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press, and his chapbooks have been published by Coracle Books and Pudding House. One of the Bay Area's most popular featured readers, he has taught at the University of California Berkeley Extension and hosts a monthly reading series at Valona Delicatessen in Crockett. His second collection Heavy Lifting appeared earlier this year from Alehouse Press. "The Professionalization of Poetry" is available on-line at Huston Poetry Review.

Michelle Bitting has work forthcoming or published in Glimmer Train, Swink, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Poetry Daily, Crab Orchard Review, Small Spiral Notebook, Nimrod, The Southeast Review, Passages North, The Comstock Review, 2RiverView, Valparaiso Review, Many Mountains Moving, Poetry Southeast, Rattle and others. She has won the Glimmer Train and Rock & Sling Poetry Competitions and been an award finalist multiple times. Recently, her chapbook “Blue Laws” was published by Finishing Line Press and her full length manuscript “Good Friday Kiss” was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the inaugural DeNovo First Book Award through C & R Press. She is a candidate for an MFA in Poetry at Pacific University, Oregon. Visit her at: www.michellebitting.com.

Rebecca Foust, a former activist and grassroots political organizer for students with learning disorders, is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry in Warren Wilson’s low residency program. Her book about raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, Dark Card, won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Award (Texas Review Press), and her full length manuscript was a finalist in three national book competitions, including Poetry’s 2007 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Also in 2007, Foust’s poetry won two Pushcart nominations and several other awards and distinctions, appearing in Atlanta Review, JAMA, Margie, 2007 Marin Poetry Center Anthology, North American Review, Nimrod International Journal and many other reviews. For more information or to order Dark Card (after May 2008), please visit www.rebeccafoust.com

Robert Sward has taught at Cornell University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and UC Santa Cruz. A Fulbright scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, he was chosen by Lucille Clifton to receive a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award. His many books include "Four Incarnations" (Coffee House Press); "Heavenly Sex," "The Collected Poems," and "God is in the Cracks" (Black Moss Press). "The Collected" and "God is in the Cracks" are now in their second printing. Please visit: www.robertsward.com
Thursday, March 13
Parallel Verse Poets
  Reading - 7:30 PM
  Pot Luck - 6:30 PM
A – H:Main Dish
I – P:Dessert
Q – Z:Salad
Eleven Marin poets will be reading from the recently published anthology "Parallel Verses" (Richard Brown, Ella Eytan, Susanne Himmelwright, Blossom Plumb, Yvonne Postelle, Angelika Quirk, Ann Robinson, Phyllis Teplitz, Sandy Scull, Sim Warkov, and Joseph Zaccardi). Stellasue Lee, Ph.D. writes:

"It is a celebration in words as individual as the people themselves, and at the heart of these poems the reader can feel the passion for the written word, for the poetic process and that dear reader, produces a dramatic power for clarity. This work should be read again and again."

Thursday, April 17
Performance Poets: Claire Blotter & Carla Shawanee Heins
  Performance - 7:30 PM
  Pot Luck - 6:30 PM
A – H:Dessert
I – P:Salad
Q – Z:Main Dish
Carla Woshawnee Heins is a poet, actress, visual artist, and musician. Her work has appeared in numerous unordinary publications, among them Poetry from Violence, edited by the film maker and writer, Allie Light. Ms. Heins has performed her work throughout California. Her one-woman shows and performance pieces include The Smell of the Dress Healing the Slender Heart, and Woman in the Natural. Ms. Heins has written a number of children's stories, among them The Tree That Belonged to the Earth, Rosalita and the Tragic Summer, and The Hip Attached to the Cell Phone. Her books include "Guiding the Heart Thru This House, The Ball, The Cat, The House. She is currently developing an arrangement of her written work for performance
Claire Blotter is a writer, director and teacher who also performs poetry and monologues with movement, body percussion and music. She has received two Marin Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grants in Poetry, won the Bay Guardian Poetry Contest and the 1992 and 1993 S.F. Performance Poetry Slams, placing second in the National Team Competitions in Boston and Chicago. She has taught writing and theater at S.F. State University, John F. Kennedy University, Dominican University, and the College of Marin. She has also published two poetry chapbooks and received numerous grants for poetry, theater and video. Her award winning video documentary, Wake-Up Call: Saving the Songbirds, has been screened in eleven film festivals from Mill Valley to Chicago.

Thursday, May 15
Thomas Centolella & Ellery Akers
7:30 PM
Thomas Centolella is the author of three collections of poetry: Terra Firma, selected by Denise Levertov for the 1990 National Poetry Series, Lights & Mysteries, which received the 1996 Poetry Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California, and Views From Along the Middle Way. Mr Centolella was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and has received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the American Book Award, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and the Poetry Medal from the Commonwealth Club. He has taught creative writing for many years in the Bay Area, and has been a California Arts Council Artist in the Schools and a California Poet in the Schools. He is currently a staff member at the Institute on Aging (Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts), and teaches at the College of Marin.

Ellery Akers is a writer, artist and naturalist living in Northern California. She has won five national awards for poetry, including the John Masefield Award and the Gordon Barber Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 1996, she won the Paumanok Award from SUNY for “the discovery of the finest new poets now writing in English.” Her book of poems, Knocking on the Earth, was published in 1989 by Wesleyan University Press and was named one of the best books of that year by the San Jose Mercury News. Her poetry has been featured on National Public Radio and has appeared in APR, Harvard and Ploughshares. Her nature essays have appeared in Sierra, Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (Ballantine) and other anthologies. She has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and Blue Mountain Center. Since 1989 she has been teaching at the Bay Area Women Poets Workshop, Squaw Valley (Art of the Wild); Foothill Writing Conference and Humboldt State University Writing Conference. Her play, Letters to Anna, won an award at the Dominican University One-Act Play Festival in 2003.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.