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2017 Events Calendar     Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.

Thursday March 16 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Charif Shanahan & Javier Zamora
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Javier Jose Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. The recipient of the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writer’s Award, his poems appear or are forthcoming in APR, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. His first poetry collection is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press Fall 2017.
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Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including Baffler, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary Hub, New Republic, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, and A Public Space. A two-time Puschart Prize nominee, he is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, and Millay Colony for the Arts. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA from New York University. He has taught creative writing, literature and language at Dartmouth College, the Collegio di Milano (Italy), International House (Europe, North America), New York University, and Stanford University, where he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry. 
Wednesday April 5 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Celebration of the Life of Anne Bacon Soulé
You are invited to come help celebrate the life of Anne Bacon Soule, co-sponsored by Marin Poetry Center and Meridien Press Works. Guests are invited to share memories of Anne.
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Anne Bacon Soulé, Bay Area native and longtime MPC member, died peacefully, Jan 20, 2017, in Greenbrae. She was the daughter of Henry Soulé, professor of Greek at UCSF, and Edith Benjamin, classical pianist. Anne was born 1927 in San Francisco, where as a child she watched the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge from her classroom window.

Anne later attended Branson in Marin and UC Berkeley, where her studies included literature, music, botany, languages, and theatre. Drawing on her parents' classical orientations and her contemporary sharp wit, Anne became known for her unique blend of esoteric and ribald musical satire, entertaining audiences at Bay Area nightclubs, including the legendary Hungry I.

A lifelong lover of poetry, Anne wrote her first verse when she was eight years old. She produced two books, and continued composing and reading aloud until her death. She was beloved by friends young and old for her inimitable charm and quirkiness.

Here are links to videos of Anne reading her poems:
Anne Bacon Soulé reading Century Plant
Anne Bacon Soulé reading Theft
Tuesday April 18 6:00PM - 8:00 PM
B.H. Fairchild
Marin Poetry Center and North Berkeley Library are proud to co-sponsor a reading by B.H. Fairchild. Come to the North Berkeley Library on Tuesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. to hear this extraordinary poet read. (1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA)
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B.H. Fairchild grew up in small towns in Texas and Kansas. The son of a lathe operator, his poetry explores the empty landscapes of the region of his birth, and the lives of its working-class residents, and the search for beauty and meaning in daily life. He is one of the great contemporary narrative poets. According to Paul Mariani, Fairchild’s poems “insist on the beauty to be found in what seems to be a desolate landscape.”

Fairchild’s books of poetry include The Arrival of the Future (1985; reissued 2000); The Art of the Lathe (1998), which received the Beatrice Hawley Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award; Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (2004), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the California Book Award, and the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; Local Knowledge (2005); and Usher: Poems (2009). Fairchild has also written a critical study on the poetry of William Blake, Such Holy Song: Music as Idea, Form, and Image in the Poetry of William Blake (1980).
Thursday April 20 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
April Ossmann & Connie Post
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April Ossmann is the author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, forthcoming 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies. Her poetry awards include a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and a Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award. Former executive director of Alice James Books, she owns a poetry consulting business (www.aprilossmann.com), offering manuscript editing, publishing advice, tutorials, and workshops. She is a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She lives in West Windsor, Vermont.
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Connie Post is the Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore (2005 to 2009). Her work has appeared in Calyx, Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Slipstream, The Big Muddy, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her awards include the Caesura Poetry Award, 2nd prize in the Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize, and 1st place in the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. Her chapbook And when the When the Sun Drops won the 2012 Aurorean Editor’s choice Award. Her first full-length book, Floodwater, was released by Glass Lyre Press in 2014 and won the Lyrebird Award. She is a two-time nominee for the California Poet Laureate.
Friday April 21 10:00AM - 1:00 PM
Workshop with April Ossmann
Wondering whether that stack of poems on your desk could become a book? Revising a manuscript you've been shopping around? Have questions about how to submit a full-length manuscript? If so, this is the workshop for you. April Ossmann was the executive director of Alice James Books for nine years before launching her own consulting business in 2008. She edits poems and manuscripts and advises poets on ordering their collections and strategically submitting them for publication.

In this workshop, Ossmann will discuss topics such as how to choose which poems to include in a manuscript, how to decide what order they should appear in, and how to research and target possible publishers for your book.

April Ossmann is the author of Event Boundaries(Four Way Books, forthcoming 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies. Her poetry awards include a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and a Prairie Schooner Readers' Choice Award. Former executive director of Alice James Books, she owns a poetry consulting business (www.aprilossmann.com), offering manuscript editing, publishing advice, tutorials, and workshops. She is a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She lives in West Windsor, Vermont.

When: Friday April 21, from 10 am until 1 pm, followed by a shared lunch (provided)
Where: A private home in Novato
Cost: $100.00
Register: with Francesca Bell at events@marinpoetrycenter.org
Wednesday May 10 7:00PM - 9:00 PM
Stump the Laureate: Poetry Recitation with Dana Gioia
Marin Poetry Center is proud to co-sponsor this wonderful event with the Mill Valley Public Library.

Come and recite your favorite poem by a published author other than you. California Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia will match the audience poem for poem until we or he runs out of poems!

Mill Valley Public Library 375 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley CA 94941

Book Sales and Signing Afterward
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Dana Gioia Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Gioia has published three full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight chapbooks. Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic, Gioia's 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the NBCC award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture. Gioia has published many literary anthologies and his poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and The Hudson Review. Gioia has written two opera libretti and is an active translator of poetry from Latin, Italian, and German. In 2015, he was appointed the State Poet Laureate of California by Governor Jerry Brown.
Thursday May 18 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Poetry & Music: Brian Laidlaw & Ken Waldman
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Brian Laidlaw is a troubadour-poet from San Francisco. He studied Creative Writing at Stanford and earned his MFA in Poetry at the University of Minnesota. His poems have been published widely in journals including New American Writing, The Iowa Review, Quarter After Eight, Agni, and many others. Paper Darts Press released his acclaimed hybrid poetry/music project called Amoratorium, a vinyl LP with a companion poetry chapbook as the liner notes. His first full-length book of poems, The Stuntman, was published in 2015 by Milkweed Editions; a follow-up called The Mirrormaker is under contract as well. He tours to festivals, colleges, and arts venues around the country, both solo and with his folk band The Family Trade.
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Ken Waldman Ken Waldman has drawn on his 30 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. Nine CDs mix Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. Eight books include six poetry collections, a memoir, and a children's book. Since 1995 he's performed at some of the nation's leading concert series, festivals, universities, and clubs. Of note are two CDs. Some Favorites, contains tracks from Waldman's first seven CDs. The double- CD, All Originals, All Traditionals consists of one CD with a five-piece band playing Waldman's originals, and a second CD of Waldman and friends playing traditional tunes to Alaska-set poetry, and includes a ten-minute treatment of Waldman's 1996 plane crash near Nome.