Academy of American Poets has selected “Peony”, another one of Marilyn’s wonderful short pieces, as their Poem-a-Day.
In addition to reading the text, you can also listen to the recording, performed by the author.
Marilyn has been awarded a fellowship by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and spent six weeks at their beautiful Umbertide location in Umbria, Italy. Marilyn joined a diverse group of authors, musicians, and visual artists from across the globe. Each fellow had an opportunity to work on their craft in a retreat-like setting, followed by presentations of their work-in-progress and high-spirited social interaction.
Terezin Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving information about the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp, has published Liberation, an anthology of poetry with contributions from 63 of the world’s most renowned authors, representing 25 countries. In 2015 venues, TMF board and Executive Director Mark Ludwig honored the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps by producing concerts in Prague and Boston, followed by a series of poetry readings. The Liberation anthology is now available in paperback.
The distinguished group of contributors to the anthology includes such luminaries of the contemporary poetry world as Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Marilyn’s poems “Bamboo, the Dance,” and “Memorial Haibun” are included in this outstanding anthology.
HARD LOVE PROVINCE won Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the National Prize for Literature on racism and diversity. It includes Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X among its winners.
The Award Ceremony Gala will take place at 6pm on September 10th, at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland. Henry Gates, Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, will host the event.
Marilyn was one of the Featured Speakers at the Create Writing Conference at the University of Montana in Missoula. Organized by Professor Prageeta Sharma, herself a poet of distinction, this year’s much anticipated conference was titled Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary Study. Its central theme was the Racial Imagery.
Conference’s title references an influencial new book by Dorothy Wang, Thinking Its Presence:
Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry, published by Stanford University Press.
February 20, 2015
The MFA program at the Fresno State University and Fresno Poets’ Association hosted an evening with Marilyn. She was introduced by Alex Espinoza and read some of her favorites.
February 22, 2015
November 8, 2014
Marilyn attended the Singapore Writers Festival and presented during the Singapore – Yale event.
October 1, 2014
Marilyn received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, and taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She attended the Iowa City Book Festival and read from her recent work.
September 29, 2014
As a part of visiting her home town, Portland, Marilyn gave a reading at Lewis and Clark University on Monday, September 29, sponsored by their Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement program. She also read at Willamette University on Oct 2, 2014, inspiring one of the students to sing a poem.