We are excited about our annual benefit, to be held this year on October 22. Our reader is the internationally acclaimed poet Eavan Boland, author of New Collected Poems (W.W. Norton & Co., 2009) and winner of a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry, among other honors. Boland, considered one of the most important contemporary Irish poets, is a professor of humanities and the head of the creative writing program at Stanford University. Her newest book, A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet, was published by W.W. Norton this spring. The benefit will be held at a private home in San Rafael. If you would like to receive an invitation to the benefit, please email us at info@sixteenrivers.org. We would love to have you join us for what we know will be a wonderful evening.

And soon 2012 will be upon us and we’ll have many more readings with our newest authors Judy Halebsky, winner of our first chapbook contest, and Jacqueline Kudler with her newest full-length collection. They will read at venues in Marin County, San Francisco, the East Bay, Modesto, and elsewhere so there is a location for almost everyone. Please check back soon for more information.