Poets of Marin

Prartho Sereno

Marin County
Poet Laureate 2015-2017

Prartho Serano

Prartho Sereno is an award-winning poet and watercolorist, author/illustrator of Causing a Stir: the Secret Lives & Loves of Kitchen Utensils and author of Call from Paris (winner of the Washington Prize, Word Works, Jan 08), a chapbook of poems, Garden Sutra (Finishing Line Press, 05), and a collection of inspirational essays, Everyday Miracles: An A to Z Guide to the Simple Wonders of Life (Kensington, 98). Along with painting and poetry, she has dabbled in such art forms as head cook at an international vegetarian restaurant, meditation instructor at Cornell University, and family therapist. Prartho teaches as a Poet in the Schools and lives a little north of the Golden Gate Bridge with a sweet man and his cat.

“These are the books I needed to read…so I wrote them.”

Prartho Sereno




Upcoming Poet Laurete Events

Date Time Event Location
9/21 5:3o pm Mining the Depths with Humor Mesa College
Presentation at Mesa Humanities Institute
Mesa College (San Diego)
10/8 1 pm Litquake San Rafael
Host & read for Poets Laureate Reading
Open Secret Bookstore
10/9 11am – 4:30pm Poetry in Parks 2016
Multi-Media, Multi-Generational celebration of poetry and all things poetic, including poet-luminaries Jane Hirshfield, Kay Ryan, Dana Gioia, emerging poets from the Bay Area, a youth poets section curated and hosted by Prartho, performances by musicians and dancers, including Marin’s community treasure Anna Halprin.
Mount Tam Outdoor Theater
January  all month Second Annual School Art Mashup
An exhibition of poems written in response to HS visual art and visual art responding to poems (anonymously exchanged). Gala Opening celebration in early January with dance, choral, spoken word, visual art, and poetry.

Marin Poets Live! is a public access television show presented by Marin County Free Library and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry.

The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules. Archives of the show are hosted on YouTube: Marin Poets Live! playlist.

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Marin Poets Live!

The Marin Poets Live! archive is a collaborative digital effort between the Marin Poetry Center and the Marin County Free Library.

Initial funding for this project was generated by a benefit poetry reading that Kay Ryan, twice Poet Laureate, generously did for Marin County Free Library. Marin Poets Live! advances Marin County Free Library’s goal of promoting local poetry and expanding the visibility of local poets. Current funding of the project is accomplished in partnership with Marin County Library Foundation.

In-kind support is provided by Community Media Center of Marin (CMCM). The Marin County Free Library is deeply grateful for the use of CMCM’s state-of-the-art facilities and their professional all-volunteer crew. With their support and expertise, we are creating an archive of local poets that will be a resource for years to come.