Current Poet Laureate

Introducing EL CERRITO POET LAUREATE Maw Shein Win

photo of Maw Shein WinEl Cerrito resident Maw Shein Win was selected to serve as the City's FIRST Poet Laureate (2016-2018). Maw Shein Win is a Burmese American poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, The Fabulist, and others. She was an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers, and her chapbook, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Her most recent poetry chapbook is Score and Bone on Nomadic Press in Oakland. Win’s poetry was featured in artist Megan Wilson’s mural, Flower Interruption, a public artwork in the special exhibition Flower Power at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. Her full-length poetry collection, Invisible Gifts, will be published by Manic D Press in spring 2018; information about the April launch at City Lights Books is here.

Find information about other events: April 15, April 20, April 22, April 26, April 28, May 12, and May 30.

Read Snapshot of El Cerrito, 2017, Maw's poem written for El Cerrito's Centennial.
Writing Workshops
In honor of Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win, Debra Pughe will offer a series of four writing workshops for kids ages 9-12 in July 2018, through the El Cerrito Recreation Department. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 559-7000.

Poet Laureate Events

Poetry & Place | El Cerrito

"Poetry & Place | El Cerrito” is a poetry reading series that will happen in the spring, summer & fall, in different places throughout the city. The series will feature one poet from El Cerrito & one from a nearby city. There will also be an all ages open mic.

Poetry Reading on Sunday, May 20, 2018
El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito)
1:30 pm - 5pm. Free

The spring Poetry & Place event will be hosted by El Cerrito poet laureate, Maw Shein Win, who will also read. Featured readers include Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, poet laureate of Sacramento; and Kim Shuck, poet laureate of San Francisco.

Dan Plonsey, Ethan Port, and Thomas Scandura, in their debut as Moeser, will perform music created specifically for the occasion.

An all-ages open mic will follow the music.

In addition, there will be tables for local authors, presses, and organizations such as Sixteen Rivers, Manic D Press, Nomadic Press, Work and Conversations, Left Margin Lit, Poetry Flash, Bay Area Generations, Write You Are! and others. Snacks and beverages will be served and the event is free to the public.

The event will be in partnership with Poetry Flash, a key literary organization that has served the state of California since 1972.

Keep In Touch

You can contact Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win directly by email. Also, please sign-up to be notified about Arts & Culture Commission events and programs.