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City Launches New Poet Laureate Program

In October, 2015, the Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) established the Poet Laureate Program with funding from the City’s Arts in Public Places Program. After a competitive process, El Cerrito resident Maw Shein Win was selected to serve as the City's Poet Laureate (2016-2018).

Introducing Maw Shein Win
photo of Maw Shein Win
Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area.  She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. As Laureate, she plans to coordinate a series of literary and acoustic music events featuring El Cerrito poets, local musicians and other performers as well as an all ages open mic.

Her most recent chapbook, Score and Bone, will be published by Nomadic Press in September 2016.

Ruins of a glittering palace, her collaborative chapbook, with paintings by Mark Dutcher, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. 

Her writing has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Big Bridge, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and most recently in the anthology Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions).
Maw is also a poetry editor for Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks and a poetry instructor at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

Learn more about Maw.

Upcoming Poet Laureate Events
100 Thousand Poets for Change Day - Sept. 24
Maw Shein Win is hosting an event as part of the global 100 Thousand Poets for Change Day on September 24, 2016. The event will be held from 3 - 5 pm at  The Scene, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530 and features readers Heather Bourbeau, Derek Lassiter, Mari L'Esperance, Kirk Lumpkin, Peggy Morrison, and Tess Taylor.

For more information, visit Maw's event page.

Arts Month Kick-Off Celebration - Oct 1
Maw Shein Win will read from her new chapbook on Nomadic Press, Score and Bone, accompanied by El Cerrito musicians, Dan Plonsey and Thomas Scandura as part of an afternoon celebrating the arts in El Cerrito. More details on the Arts Month webpage.

Program Goals
In October 2015, the Arts and Culture Commission unanimously agreed to establish a Poet Laureate Program funded by the City’s Art in Public Places Program. The Commission envisions that the laureate will create and lead activities that will raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of El Cerrito residents and inspire writing and performances of poetry among all age groups.

The goals of the Poet Laureate Program are to:
• Promote literature and the arts in the City
• Inspire/encourage residents in their writing and personal expression
• Bring attention to poetry in less traditional settings
• Initiate a dialogue between local poets, cultural organizations, and community institutions

Keep In Touch
You can contact Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win directly by email.

You can also sign up to receive notifications from the Arts and Culture Commission about the Poet Laureate Program, other arts events and call to artist announcements.