1936 – 2009
Poet • Author • Teacher • Film Critic
Morton Marcus was a poet, author, teacher, film critic, as well as an activist for the arts. Born in New York City, Morton spent most of his professional life in Santa Cruz, California, and he is strongly associated with its poetry and art community. He published 11 volumes of poetry, a book of translations, a novel, and a memoir.
Morton hosted KUSP’s The Poetry Show, facilitated film discussion groups at the Nickelodeon Theater, and was the co-host of a television show about film called Cinema Scene. He taught literature, creative writing, and film history at Cabrillo College, California, for 30 years. More than 500 of his poems have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies.
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The Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Contest is closed for 2022. Get all the information for 2023 HERE.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
• 13th Annual reading features U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey set for 11-3-2022.
• Marcus' daughter pens family true crime book "Line of Blood" which serves as requiem to her late father.
• Morton Marcus broadsides on permanent display at the Cabrillo College Swenson Library
• Tour the Morton Marcus Poetry Archive @ UC Santa Cruz
• Get Marcus's final book The Dark Figure in the Doorway