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. 

Thea Matthews’ Unearth [The Flowers]
Saturday, December 12, 1-2:30pm
Discussion led by Yeva Johnson.  Register here.

An electrifying letter to family, country, and self, Unearth [The Flowers] by Thea Matthews is an essential collection, relentless in its journey through stages of grief and healing while celebrating life. Each poehm is an anthem for resiliency, a testament to survival, a triumph over the stigmatized terror that pervades the everyday. Thea Matthews’s first full-length collection of poetry details a mind, body, and flower at the intersection of the personal and the political.



Yeva Johnson, a poet and musician whose previous work appeared or is forthcoming in the Bellingham Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2020, and Sinister Wisdom, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Her poems explore interlocking caste systems and the possibilities for human connection.  A past Artist-in-Residence for Show Us Your Spines sponsored by RADAR Productions and the SF Public Library and part of QTPOC4SHO, a small and sustaining artists’ collective, Yeva is a Board Member of the Marin Poetry Center.  She offers a delightful blend of music and poetry during her public readings.


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

This program is currently on hiatus.

Join us to discuss great poetry books. Open to all MPC members. To download a complete list of all books discussed since the Book Group’s inception, click here: Book Group History.

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.