In addition to our monthly poetry reading series, Marin Poetry Center organizes, hosts, and supports many diverse programs and activities for our members’ and the public’s enjoyment. We invite you to join in!

Building Bridges Book Club

Read and discuss a book of poems with others who appreciate poetry and would like to take a closer look at form, structure, and craft. Discussions will be lively and interactive, and participants will have a chance to share thoughts and ask questions. Come prepared to read aloud favorite poems, lines, and passages from the book. 

John Murillo’s Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry
Saturday, October 12, 1-2:30pm
Discussion led by Rebecca Foust.  Click here to register.

Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry explores violence, racism, and the personal and national legacies of each. In dialogue with poets that range from Elizabeth Bishop, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Gil Scott-Heron to Larry Levis and the The Notorious B.I.G., this collection revels in its craft, including a sonnet crown and meditations on metaphor, lyric narrative, and confessionalism.

A former lawyer and Marin Poet laureate, Rebecca Foust is a tireless advocate for poetry in the Bay Area and beyond. She is the author of several poetry books and chapbooks, including The Unexploded Ordnance Bin, which won the Swan Scythe Poetry Chapbook Award, and ONLY, forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2022.

Upcoming Book Club Meetings:
Saturday, Nov. 14th, 1-2:30pm  | Post-Colonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, led by Amanda Moore
Saturday, December 12th, 1-2:30pm  | Unearth [the Flowers] by Thea Matthews, led by Yeva Johnson

Poetry Roundtable Workshop

1st Tuesday of Every Month. Beginning Tuesday, September 1, 6:30pm PDT

In this virtual Round Table Workshop, attendees share an original poem-in-progress and receive positive feedback and craft suggestions from fellow participants. Calvin Ahlgren, longtime Marin poet and workshop facilitator, will continue to shepherd the process, providing helpful direction and shaping of a supportive environment.

Held online via Zoom. Registration required. Register here.
Contact Calvin Ahlgren at or (415) 497-2495.

Book Group

Join us to discuss great poetry books. Meets monthly on 2nd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm online. Open to all MPC members. Next selections to be announced.

To download a complete list of all books discussed since the Book Group’s inception, click here: Book Group History. Contact Roy Mash at or (415) 472-3504.


Annual Anthology

The Marin Poetry Center’s Anthology is published annually and open to all current members. Click here for full details.

Summer Traveling Show

Every summer, members perform their own work in venues all over the Bay Area. Click here for more information.

Poetry in the High Schools

The Marin Poetry Center sponsors teen-related projects that celebrate the arts and through our High School Poetry Contest. Click to see more info here.