Morton Marcus Poetry Reading: Gary Soto

Gary Soto has published more than forty books for children, young adults and adults, including Too Many TamalesChato’s Kitchen, Baseball in AprilBuried Onions and The Elements of San Joaquin. He is the author of In and Out of Shadows, a musical about undocumented youth and, most recently, The Afterlife, a one-act play about teen murder and teen suicide.

Event Program:
Poet Gary Young, will host the program, and the evening will include an announcement of the winner of the Morton Marcus Poetry Contest (recipient receives a $1,000 prize). The reading will conclude with a book signing and reception.

  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Program begins at 7:00pm

RSVP Appreciated - seating is first come, first served


About Morton Marcus: 
The Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading honors poet, teacher, and film critic Morton Marcus (1936–2009). Marcus, a nationally acclaimed poet, called Santa Cruz his home for more than fifty years. This annual poetry series continues Mort’s tradition of bringing acclaimed poets to Santa Cruz County, continues to acknowledge the significant role poetry has played in our community’s history, and works to maintain poetry’s influence in our county’s culture. For more information visit You can also view the Morton Marcus Archive in Special Collections at UCSC.

This community event is co-sponsored by: 
The Humanities Institute
Living Writers Series
Porter Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund
Special Collections & Archives
Cowell College
Porter College
Ow Family Properties
Poetry Santa Cruz
Cabrillo College English Department
Santa Cruz Writes
Bookshop Santa Cruz

Directions and Parking:
The UCSC Music Recital Hall is located at 402 McHenry Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Parking lot attendants will be on site to sell permits and direct guests to available parking in the Performing Arts parking lot #126. The cost for parking is $5. Click here for directions.
If you have disability-related needs, please contact us at or call 831-459-1274 by November 4th, 2019.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00pm

Music Center Recital Hall
400 McHenry Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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