Menlo Park Library host three local poets on August 2

by Contributed Content on July 30, 2014

Three local poets will be appearing and reading their works at a free program titled A Poet, A Poet, A Poet at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, August 2.

Jym Marks (pictured) is a poet, publisher, public speaker, jazz musician, Army veteran, father of four and a Menlo Park business owner for over 45 years. He was born in Rockford, Illinois and has published 11 books of poetry, most recently Can’t Hold My Tongue in Captivity.

Caroline Goodwin is San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate. The Montara resident earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of British Columbia and was awarded the Wallace Stegner fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University. She teaches at the Stanford Writer’s Studio and the California College of the Arts. Her first book of poetry is Trapline.

Kalamu Chaché is the Poet Laureate of East Palo Alto, where she has lived and worked since the 1960s. The Brooklyn, New York native serves the communities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park’s Belle Haven through numerous artistic, advocacy and aid projects. She has authored two volumes of poetry: Survival Tactics and A Change of Interest.

The free poetry program is presented by the Menlo Park Library and will take place Saturday, August 2 at 11:00 am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. Free wheelchair accessible van service is available for Menlo Park area seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for van reservations. For event details, visit, or e-mail John Weaver, Menlo Park Library Outreach Coordinator, at

Poet Jym Marks was photographed by Chris Gulker in 2010


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