Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Marin Poetry Center
MARIN POETRY CENTER presents Indigo Moor, Wanda Phipps, and Al Young. Three nationally acclaimed black poets will read in honor of Martin Luther King for the Marin Poetry Center on Thursday, January 19, from 7:30-9:00 pm.
Doors open at 7:00 pm as part of MPCâ€™s Third Thursday Series at the Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission & E Streets, San Rafael, CA. Admission is $5 for general public and $3 for members. Book sales and signing afterwards. Refreshments will be served.
Indigo Moor is a playwright, poet, and author. His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutterâ€™s Window, won Northwestern University Pressâ€™s Cave Canem prize. Moor won the 2005 Vesle Fenstermaker Prize for Emerging Writers and a 2008 Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize. Moor is a graduate member of the Artist’s Residency Institute for Teaching Artists, and his collaborative efforts include the Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Festival, the Livermore Ekphrastic Project, and the Davis Jazz Arts Festival. Website: www.IndigoMoor.com
Wanda Phipps is a writer/performer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her publications and recordings include Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire, Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems, and the CD-Rom Zither Mood. Her poetry has been translated into Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Galician and Bangla. She has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Theater Translation Fund, and others. As a founding member of Yara Arts Group she has collaborated on numerous theatrical productions presented in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Siberia, and at La MaMa, E.T.C. in NYC. She curated several reading series at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and has written about the arts for Time Out New York, Paper Magazine, and About.com. Her website: www.mindhoney.com
Former California poet laureate Al Young’s many books include poetry (Something About the Blues: An Unlikely Collection of Poetry; Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons: Poems 2001-2006; The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems 1990-2000; Heaven: Collected Poems 1956-1990); fiction (Seduction By Light, Sitting Pretty, Who Is Angelina?); and musical memoirs (Mingus Mingus: Two Memoirs, Drowning in the Sea of Love, Kinds of Blue, Things Ainâ€™t What They Used to Be, Bodies & Soul). From 2005 through 2008 he served as poet laureate of California. Other honors include NEA, Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, the 2009 PEN/Oakland Award, and the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Prize. Al Young is currently the Visiting Writer at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. His website: www.AlYoung.org
This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from The James Irvine Foundation