Morton Marcus Poetry Reading


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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

UC Santa Cruz Special Collections also houses the Morton Marcus Poetry Archive.

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Past Events

November 7, 2019: Gary Soto

November 15, 2018: Gary Snyder

November 16, 2017Dorianne Laux

November 3, 2016: Joseph Stroud

November 12, 2015: Al Young

November 13, 2014Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek

November 6, 2013Naomi Shihab Nye

November 10, 2012: Arthur Sze

November 20, 2011: Kay Ryan

November 6, 2010: Robert Hass