Poet Laureate booth at Marin County Fair 2017
Rebecca Foust has published five prizewinning books of poetry, most recently Paradise Drive (Press 53, 2015), a collection of sonnets featuring a modern-day Pilgrim living in Marin. Paradise Drive was reviewed in the Marin Independent Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and Rumpus in the Bay Area and widely in national venues including Harvard Review, Hudson Review, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Washington Independent Review of Books.
Recognitions include the 2015 James Hearst Poetry Prize judged by Jane Hirshfield, the 2015 American Literary Review Fiction Award, and fellowships from the Frost Place, MacDowell, Sewanee, and West Chester Poetry Conference. Foust is the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change and has been a board member at Marin Poetry Center since 2008.
Rebecca Foust on Marin Poets Live!Neshama Franklin interviews Rebecca on an episode of Marin Poets Live! which aired Thursday, July 10, 2014
About the Marin Poet Laureate Program
The Marin Poet Laureate Program is dedicated to building community through poetry by appointing and supporting a Poet Laureate for the county. As an ambassador for poetry, the Laureate promotes citizens’ awareness of poetry as well as heightens their appreciation of the art form. The Laureate strives to forge a meaningful connection between poetry and the populace, undertakes projects that will make poetry more available and more accessible to people in their everyday lives, and demonstrates a dedication to the art of writing poetry.
PREVIOUS POET LAUREATES
Prartho Sereno, 2015-2017
Joe Zaccardi, 2013-2015
Lyn Follett, 2010-2013
Albert Flynn DeSilver, 2008-2010
MARIN POET LAUREATE PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Sara Jones (Director, Marin County Free Library), Gabriella Calicchio (Director, Cultural and Visitors’ Services), Richard Brown (Chair), Suzie Pollak, Calvin Ahlgren, Joe Zaccardi, Suella Kennedy
Marin Poets Live!
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! on YouTube
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.