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Rebecca Foust


The 2017-19 Poet Laureate project, "Poetry as Sanctuary," ties in with California's status as a Sanctuary State, and of it Foust says "poetry is a sacred space—church, a hospital, a hospice bed—offering a safe place for our most private, urgent, and otherwise ineffable expressions. Reading and writing it opens an escape from technology, stress, life-overload, grief, and other emotional pain. Perhaps the most important service poetry can provide now is respite from or way to respond to current political events. Poetry can build community, and I'd like to use it to raise the awareness and empathy for what is at stake under the new Administration for our undocumented immigrant population here in Marin." Foust hopes to organize a series of community read-arounds on political themes and readings featuring immigrant poets in the County libraries.


Rebecca Foust has published five books of poetry, most recently Paradise Drive (Press 53 2015), sonnets featuring a modern-day Pilgrim living in Marin County, reviewed in the Marin Independent Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and Rumpus in the Bay Area and in national venues including the Harvard review, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Washington Review of Books. Recent recognitions include the James Hearst Poetry Prize judged by Jane Hirshfield, the American Literary Review Fiction Award, and fellowships from the Frost Place, MacDowell, Sewanee, and West Chester Poetry Conference. Foust is the Poetry Editor for Women's Voices for Change and has been a board member at Marin Poetry Center since 2008.


Visit the Poet Laureate Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/foustrebecca and the Poet Laureate Website at: www.marinpoet.org.

Upcoming Poet Laureate Events
I've got a full plate of appearances set for the Fall of 2017 and forward; hope to see you at some of these!
2017
September
9/2/17 Beast Crawl, representing Middle Age, curated by Jon Sindell, The Hatch, 8 pm
9/10/17 Library Foundation event for Literacy, poetry activity for school age kids, South Novato Library 1:30-2:30 pm
9/21/17 Community Read-Around: Peace, Corte Madera Library, 7 pm
9/28/17 Marin Poetry Center Anthology Read-Around, Falkirk Cultural Center, 7:30 pm
October
10/3/17 Reading at Villa Marin with Prartho Sereno and CB Follett, 7 pm
10/6/17 Marin County Library Service Day Talk and Activity, 1:30 pm
10/7/17 Litquake Poet Laureate reading with Prartho Sereno, Joe Zaccardi, CB Follett, and Albert Flynn de Silva, curated by Margaret Stawowy, San Rafael Library, 7 pm
10/12/17 Litcrawl Poetry World Series emceed by John Roderick, The Makeout Room, SF
10/20/17 Smith College Poetry Center celebration: introduce Robert Hass, Northampton, MA
November
11/4/17 Reading with Javier Zamora, O'Hanlon Center in Mill Valley, 7 pm
11/14/17 Community Read Around: Immigration, Civic Center Library, 7 pm
December
12/3/17 Community Read Around: The Gender of Things with co-host Selena Anne Shephard, Mill Valley Library, 3 pm
12/11/17 Book Launch for Javier Zamora, Book Passage Marin, 7 pm
 
2018
2/24/18 International Association of Sufism Songs of the Soul Poetry and Sacred Music Festival series, Embassy Suites, San Raphael
4/24/18 Copper Canyon Reading with Dana Levin, Dean Rader, Melissa Stein, and Javier Zamora, Mill Valley Library, 7 pm
5/11/18 Poetry World Series, Mill Valley Library, 7 pm


Open Workshop
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Fourth Thursdays at 7 PM, (except for November & December when it's best to check). At Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.
This is a free poetry workshop open to anyone interested in sharing his or her poetry, and getting feedback. Bring ten copies of one poem to read aloud and then receive comments as well as hear other works in progress and share your own thoughts.

For information, contact Calvin Ahlgren, calvinahlgren@gmail.com, (415) 497-2495.

Bookgroup
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Second Wednesdays at 7 PM, rotating among living rooms, the bookgroup meets to discuss great poetry books. It is open to all MPC members.
Next selections:
Date Selections
Wed Oct 11 Facts About the Moon, Dorianne Laux, Norton, 2007.
Wed Nov 8 The Zoo at Night, Susan Gubernat, Univ of Nebraska Press, 2017.
To download a complete list of all the books discussed since the Book Group's inception, click this link: Book Group History

For information contact Roy Mash webmaster@marinpoetrycenter.org (415) 472-3504.

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Marin Poets Live!

Marin County Free Library http://www.marinlibrary.org, in collaboration with Community Media Center of Marin http://www.cmcm.tv, and in partnership with Marin Poetry Center, presents video interviews with and readings by Marin-based poets.
For an archive of previous and forthcoming shows, visit Marin Poets Live!

Poetry in the High Schools
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The goal of the Marin Poetry Center's High School Poetry Program is to excite students about poetry. We do this by sponsoring teen-related projects that celebrate the arts and through our High School Poetry Contest culminating in the publication of a High School Poetry Anthology and a gala Award Ceremony.

The Award Ceremony for the MPC High School Poetry Contest is on Tuesday, May 2 at The Marin School, 150 N San Pedro Road in San Rafael.

Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 pm, and the reading begins at 7:00 pm. Students can pick up their complimentary copies of the Anthology at at the greeters table. Copies can also be purchased for $10.00. Family and friends are cordially invited to this event.
Winning Poems
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First Place Benjamin Wall-Feng: Memoir Pei Ja Anderson: Alzheimer's
Second Place Ashley Sanchez: Native Tongues Julia Nicholson: In Love With
Third Place Lily Kun: Dementia Daria Hoang: Where the Elephants Sing

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Second Mondays 7 PM at Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.
Free to both MPC members and nonmembers.

Come Write With Us

From beginners to masters, whether we write poems, prose, plays, or other literary forms, freewriting gives our busy minds a rest, so the spontaneous and the subconscious—those illusive parts of us—can come out and play. Freewriting isn’t about creating a masterpiece. Instead, it helps us let go of the urge to edit our words before they’re hatched. It lets us see what happens when we give our internal critics the night off. We just keep the pen moving, often with surprising results. Reading aloud optional. Positive feedback only. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your own writing materials; no laptops or tablets.

I highly recommend Robin Leslie Jacobson's freewriting group. Robin presents stimulating topics, and some of my freewrites have been springboards for fusing my inner voice with the music of language.
—Angelika Quirk, author of After Sirens, Of Ruins and Rumors, and Unspooling

Robin Leslie Jacobson, an award-winning poet and prose writer, leads the group. For information contact freewrite@marinpoetrycenter.org


Traveling Poetry Show See: Traveling Poetry Show


Anthology See: MPC Anthology


Monthly Reading Series See: MPC Events Calendar