Jack Marshall, nationally- recognized poet and a resident of El Cerrito, will give a reading of his work to inaugurate the City of El Cerrito’s new Poet Laureate Program and to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.
A live jazz performance will accompany Marshall’s reading, to be held Tuesday April 12th from 7 to 8 pm, at the El Cerrito Public Library, 6510 Stockton Ave.
Born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria, Marshall now lives in El Cerrito. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and a nomination from the National Book Critics Circle.
The City’s first Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018. The Poet Laureate Call will be released during national poetry month on April 1, 2016. Interested? Click here to get more information and to find out how to submit an application.
The Evening of Poetry & Jazz is sponsored by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission and the Friends of the El Cerrito Library.