Morton Marcus Poetry Reading


The Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading honors poet, teacher, and film critic Morton Marcus (1936–2009). Marcus was the 1999 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year and a recipient of the 2007 Gail Rich Award. Among his published works are eleven volumes of poetry, including The Santa Cruz Mountain PoemsPages from a Scrapbook of ImmigrantsMoments Without NamesShouting Down the SilencePursuing the Dream Bone and The Dark Figure In The Doorway; a novel, The Brezhnev Memo; and a literary memoir, Striking Through the Masks. He taught English and Film at Cabrillo College for thirty years, was the co-host of the radio program, The Poetry Show, and was the co-host of the television film review show, Cinema Scene. Learn more at:

The Morton Marcus Poetry Archive can be found at UCSC Special Collections. Mort’s personal papers, manuscripts, and recordings reflect his legacy as a poet and educator, and his collection of poetry books, broadsides, literary magazines and correspondence with other poets and writers illuminate his deep involvement in, and passion for, the literary art of poetry.

Organizing Committee
Danusha Laméris, Donna Mekis, Teresa Mora, Mark Ong, Maggie Paul, Irena Polić, Catherine Segurson, David Sullivan, and Gary Young

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Past Events

November 2, 2023: Chitra Divakaruni

November 3, 2022: Natasha Trethewey

November 18, 2021: Gary Young

November 12, 2020: Morgan Parker

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