The Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading honors poet, teacher, and film critic Morton Marcus (1936–2009). Morton, a nationally acclaimed poet, called Santa Cruz his home for more than 50 years. The annual poetry series continues Morton’s 40-year tradition of bringing acclaimed poets to Santa Cruz County, continues to acknowledge the significant role poetry has played in the community’s history, and works to maintain poetry’s influence in the county’s culture. The annual reading is held each year in November. Always free of charge. Sponsors include: Ow Family Properties; UC Santa Cruz’s Humanities Institute, Living Writers Series, and Special Collections & Archives; Poetry Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz Writes; and the Cabrillo College English Department. For more information visit Mortonmarcus.com.
UC Santa Cruz Special Collections also houses the Morton Marcus Poetry Archive.
November 7, 2019: Gary Soto
November 15, 2018: Gary Snyder
November 16, 2017: Dorianne Laux
November 3, 2016: Joseph Stroud
November 12, 2015: Al Young
November 13, 2014: Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek
November 6, 2013: Naomi Shihab Nye
November 10, 2012: Arthur Sze
November 20, 2011: Kay Ryan
November 6, 2010: Robert Hass