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November 2019

Maurya Simon & Amber Flora Thomas

November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7pm Maurya Simon & Amber Flora Thomas Maurya Simon is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including Speaking in Tongues, a nominee for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Ghost Orchid, which was nominated in 2004 for a National Book Award in Poetry, Cartographies, (Red Hen Press, 2008), and most recently, a limited-edition letterpress book, Questions My Daughters Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Them (Blackbird Press, 2014). Her novel-in-verse, entitled The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome & St. Paula, was issued by Elixir…

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December 2019

Teen Poetry Night

December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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A night for teens recite their original work. Teens from local high schools will perform: “A mic for your poem, your breath, and your soul. A space for your comrades, your thoughts to unroll. Bring paper or not, or perform on the spot, we’re all here to listen to the words that you brought.” Contact Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes (mflasherduz@gmail.com) or Erin Rodoni (erin_rodoni@hotmail.com) to sign up to perform an original work of poetry.

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After Hours: Jose Antonio Vargas

December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Friday, December 6th | 7:00pm Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. Pultizer Prize-winning journalist and author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Jose Antonio Vargas is one of the most well-known undocumented immigrants in the U.S. He will address migration versus immigration and examine what it means to be American. Registration recommended. Registration opens November 18th. Adults and high school students only. Add to my:iCal/Outlook When:Friday, December 6, 2019 Time:7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:Mill Valley Public Library - Main Reading Room,…

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Marin Poetry Center’s annual Holiday Potluck & Read Around

December 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael , CA 94901 United States
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Falkirk Cultural Center by Timothy Nelson

Our annual holiday party at the Falkirk mansion is a time for poetry, song, and great food. Bring a poem and a holiday dish to share. If your last name begins with: A – G – please bring a dessert H – P – please bring a salad Q – Z – please bring a main course

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Why There Are Words Presents: Last Things with Authors from Red Hen Press

December 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street
Sausalito , CA 94965 United States
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What does “last” really mean? Answer this question with Why There Are Words on December 12, 2019, at Studio 333 in Sausalito for a lively night of readings with six authors from Red Hen Press.  Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15pm. $10 entry fee at the door. Cash bar. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the website, http://www.whytherearewords.com. For more details about WTAW Press, of which the reading series is a program, visit www.wtawpress.org. Francesca…

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January 2020

Evie Shockley

January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edgehill Mansion in Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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Evie Shockley by Tony Rinaldo

Evie Shockley is the author of semiautomatic and the new black, both winners of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; semiautomatic was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize.  Her publications include as well the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry and poems and essays appearing recently and forthcoming in The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Obsidian, The Black Scholar, Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry & Opinion, The New Emily Dickinson Studies, New Literary History, and the PoetryNow podcast series.  Among her honors are the…

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Gary Snyder and Jane Hirshfield

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Cosponsored by Poetry Society of America  Gary Snyder began his career in the 1950s as a noted member of the “Beat Generation,” though he has since explored a wide range of social and spiritual matters in both poetry and prose. Snyder’s work blends physical reality and precise observations of nature with inner insight received primarily through the practice of Zen Buddhism. He has been described as the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology”. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry…

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Robert Hass – Summer Snow

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925 United States
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Robert Hass - Summer Snow

A major collection of entirely new poems from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author, Robert Hass A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass’s trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on…

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Hand To Mouth/WORDS Spoken OUT #105

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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Hand to Mouth

Our first reading of the year will feature Marin Poet Laureate Terry Lucas, and poet Kat Crawford. Terry Lucas is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Dharma Rain (Saint Julian Press, 2016) and In This Room (CW Books, 2016), in addition to two prize-winning chapbooks. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous national literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Crab Orchard Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Green Mountains Review, and others. An excerpt of his…

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You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes – Santa Rosa

January 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Lost Church – Santa Rosa, 427 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401 United States
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$10
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OUR FIRST You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... OPEN MIC @ The Lost Church - Santa Rosa!!!!! WOOOoooOOOOOooooooooooOOOOOOO!!!! $10 in advance & at the door. TICKETS HERE: https://sforce.co/2udTNcD And support MORE with ticket tiers. You choose the amount. The tickets tiers are direct ways of offering more support to YG2D, a 501(c)3 Non-profit bringing diverse communities creatively into the conversation of death & dying, inspiring life by unabashedly sourcing our shared mortality. Thank you for any additional…

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February 2020

Benicia First Tuesday Poets

February 4 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.
Benicia, 94510
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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

Benicia Public Library in the Dona Benicia Room. Hosted by Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton. Mystery Poet followed by open mic! Founded in 2003.

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The Wig Diaries Book Signing at Copperfield’s Books Napa

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Copperfield’s Books Napa, 3740 Bel Aire Plaza
Napa, 94558
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Mary Ladd, author of The Wig Diaries, will host a book signing at Copperfield's Books in Napa. The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful…

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John Carreyrou – Bad Blood

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 20 Olive Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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$40
John Carreyrou

Tickets: $40 (includes signed book) In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s…

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After Hours – Naked Truth: real.stories.live.

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. Celebrate ten years of the Naked Truth with some of our favorite storytellers! Emcee Josh Healey is joined by David Nihill, Kari Kiernan, Don Reed, and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan for a special night of great stories. David Nihill is a bestselling author, featured in Inc, NPR, Huffington Post, Forbes, and the Irish Times. David was recently part of the Irish Kings of Comedy Tour and SF Sketchfest. A Moth Storyslam winner and Grandslam finalist, David has also told…

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Robert Hass: Summer Snow

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pt. Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1
Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass reads from Summer Snow, his first collection of new poems in a decade. About Summer Snow A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass’s trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human…

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“Poetry from Prisoners”

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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We are pleased to present a sampling of “Poetry from Prisoners” incarcerated in California. Readers will include poets Rose Black and Ken Weisner, currently teaching at the Salinas Valley State Prison poetry workshop. Rose and Ken are also two of the founders of Right to Write Press – Promoting the growth of emerging writers incarcerated in California State prisons.

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Jenny Offill: Weather

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Pt. Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1
Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Jenny Offill, bestselling author of Dept of Speculation, visits Point Reyes to discuss her highly anticipated novel, Weather. Jenny will be in conversation with the bookstore's Stephen Sparks. About Weather: Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized…

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After Hours: Super Tuesday with Mark DiCamillo

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. Longtime pollster Mark DiCamillo will discuss the California primary election and provide an overview of other elections taking place across the country on Super Tuesday. Currently Director of the UC Berkeley IGS Poll, DiCamillo last spoke here before the 2016 Presidential election. Registration recommended. Registration opens February 10th.

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March 2020

Benicia First Tuesday Poets

March 3 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.
Benicia, 94510
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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

Benicia Public Library in the Dona Benicia Room. Hosted by Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton. Mystery Poet followed by open mic! Founded in 2003.

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Dr. Shauna Shapiro ‘Rewire Your Mind’ Lecture and Book Signing

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Kol Shofur, 215 Blackfield Drive
Tiburon, 94920
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Come join us for a special event to hear Dr. Shauna Shapiro speak on this very timely topic: Rewire Your Mind: The Science of Mindfulness & Self-Compassion in Parenting and Beyond. Dr. Shapiro is a world-renowned author, professor, scientist, and mother. She has published three critically acclaimed books and her TEDx talk on the Power of Mindfulness has been viewed over 1.5 million times. Dr. Shapiro will appear as our guest in partnership with Congregation Kol Shofur Come join us…

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After Hours: Mushrooms Demythified with David Arora

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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The Mycological Society of Marin is proud to announce Mushrooms Demythified with David Arora. Join us for this special After Hours mushroom talk where David Arora will explore some of the many contemporary myths about wild mushrooms spawned and reinforced by the Internet. Arora is an American mycologist, naturalist, and author of two popular mushroom field guides, Mushrooms Demystified and All the Rain Promises and More. Doors open for the Marin Mycological Society’s meeting at 6:30pm, followed by the mushroom talk at 7:00pm. Wine…

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Cynthia Li: Brave New Medicine w/ Anna O’Malley

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pt. Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1
Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Cynthia Li in conversation with Anna O'Malley about her book, Brave New Medicine. This event is co-sponsored by the Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine at Commonweal Garden. About Brave New Medicine In this revelatory memoir, Doctor Cynthia Li shares the truth about her disabling autoimmune illness, the limitations of Western medicine, and her hard-won lessons on healing--mind, body, and spirit. Li had it all: a successful career in medicine, a loving marriage, children on the horizon. But it all…

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Anders Carlson-Wee and Maria Gillam

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions, published by W.W. Norton in 2019. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry Daily, The Sun, Best New Poets, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many other publications. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize. His work…

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Poetry Roundelay w/ JOHN LEONARD

March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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A gathering for those who write and/or are interested in poetry! Local poet John Leonard will introduce featured poet Chris Spark who will do a short reading. After this, each participant is invited to read a favorite poem and, if desired, one of his/her own. Discussion will follow. This is an all-participant event. Meets in the upper Loft sitting area. $10, $5 OHCA members

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Jane Hirshfield: Ledger

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Pt. Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1
Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Jane Hirshfield reads from her new collection of poems, Ledger. About Ledger: From one of our most celebrated contemporary poets--long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize--comes Jane Hirshfield's Ledger, her most important work yet. From its already much-quoted opening lines of despair and defiance ("Let them not say: we did not see it. / We saw."), Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of…

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April 2020

Benicia First Tuesday Poets

April 7 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.
Benicia, 94510
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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

Benicia Public Library in the Dona Benicia Room. Hosted by Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton. Mystery Poet followed by open mic! Founded in 2003.

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Ellen Bass and Marlene Mörling

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Ellen Bass’s poetry includes Indigo (Copper Canyon Press, forthcoming 2020) Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited, with Florence Howe, the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her poetry has appeared frequently in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, The Lambda…

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After Hours: 9th Annual Poetry World Series

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Friday, April 24th | 7:00pm Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. Daniel Handler emcees this fabulous mashup of poetry and baseball where poets are players, scored on their literary cred with bonus points for quick thinking, repartee, and out-of-the-park performances. Registration recommended. Registration opens April 6th.

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May 2020

Mary Ruefle

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Mary Ruefle is the author of many books, including Dunce (Wave Books, 2019), My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016), Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has also published a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed! (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007), and is an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been…

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Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano: Fire in Paradise

May 15 @ 5:00 pm
Pt. Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1
Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Fire in Paradise

Journalist Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano discuss Fire in Paradise, their account about the 2018 Camp Fire, one of the worst wildfires in U.S. history. About Fire in Paradise The harrowing story of the most destructive American wildfire in a century. There is no precedent in postwar American history for the destruction of the town of Paradise, California. On November 8, 2018, the community of 27,000 people was swallowed by the ferocious Camp Fire, which razed virtually every home and killed…

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