As a fitting tie-in to National Library Week and National Poetry Month, the Marin County Free Library is launching a new monthly television series in partnership with the Marin Poetry Center, and in collaboration with Community Media Center of Marin.
Marin Poets Live! is presented by Marin County Free Library, and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Branch Library. The show introduces local Marin poets, and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin has had on their poetry. Neshama is a devoted and deep reader of poetry, and spends time eliciting background from each poet, as well as offering her insights into the poems that each guest reads aloud. The first show will air Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm on public Comcast channel 26 and ATT channel 99. The monthly show will appear the second Thursday of each month.
“There’s nothing like hearing a poem straight from the poet’s mouth and heart,” says Neshama. “In person, as viewers will discover, poetry out loud can sing!”
The show’s first guest is Jackie Kudler, a member of the Marin Poetry Center and a founding member of Sixteen Rivers Press.
The funding for this project was generated by a benefit poetry reading that Kay Ryan, twice Poet Laureate, generously did for MCFL. Marin Poets Live! advances MCFL’s goal of promoting local poetry and expanding the visibility of local poets . Current funding of the project is accomplished in partnership with Marin County Library Foundation. Archived episodes of the show will be available for viewing at the library’s website, www.marinlibrary.org. A special page will include the episode, a biography of the poet, and links to books held in the library’s collection.