Marin Poetry Center

Building Bridges 
To Poetry

We believe in the power of poetry to bear witness, reach hearts and souls, teach compassion, empathy and justice, and create a common language towards positive social change.

Our Commitment
To Justice

Marin Poetry Center opposes racism and oppression in all forms. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and with all those speaking and acting in opposition to state-sanctioned violence.
We will continue ongoing efforts to diversify our programming, reach out to underrepresented communities for new members and audience, and support local charitable organizations. Additionally, starting now we intend to apply the lens of anti-racism to our internal practices, policies and programming with a goal towards increasing diversity and inclusivity in all areas.

Nurturing Poetry
In the Bay Area

MPC was founded in 1981 by a dedicated group of Northern California poets as a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture the enjoyment of poetry and the craft of writing throughout the Bay Area. We are based in Marin County but are expanding throughout the Bay Area.
We welcome new poets, established writers, and anyone interested in the art of poetry from any location.
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& Events

Marin Poetry Center organizes, hosts, and supports many diverse programs and activities for our members’ and the public’s enjoyment.
Regular readings and workshops feature nationally recognized poets. Annually, we offer our Marin High School Poetry Contest, our esteemed Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and the popular Summer Traveling Show, a roving series that showcases our members’ poetry in fun group readings all summer long.

Marin Poetry Center News

December 22, 2022
Writers Group Bulletin Board

As a result of our fall survey and following recent discussions with our members, we have created a Writers Group Clearing House/Bulletin Board where you can contact other interested writers and organize your own writer’s group. 

August 12, 2022

The Marin Poetry Center board is taking some time to reflect on our programs and activities and plan for the coming year. 

November 13, 2021
High School Poetry Contest Launch

At least 50 poems by high school poets will be selected for inclusion in the anthology, and those poets will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony and reading in the spring of 2023 (date and time TBA). Additionally, our judge will select 3 winning poems and at least 3 honorable mentions. There are […]

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Membership Information

Marin Poetry Center welcomes poets and lovers of poetry from all backgrounds and values diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We are committed to being an organization in which every member, regardless of ability, age, class, education, ethnicity, gender identity, geographic location, immigration status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and additional or overlapping identities, feels valued, respected, and included. With the collective and individual talents, skills, and perspectives of members, constituent groups, and partners we strive to foster a culture of belonging, collaborative practice, innovation, and mutual respect as we explore, create, and appreciate poetry together.
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