As part of the San Francisco Writers Conference, Mary Mackey will be appearing on two panels to discuss the nature and future of poetry. February 14, 2014: 2:00 to 2:45: Are Poets Better Off Now Than 200 Years Ago? (the answer may surprise you). 5:00 – 5:45 Cross Training: Using Poetry to Empower Your Prose. With writers Chris Robley, Cedar Sigo, Brian Felsen, Aya de Leon, Richard Loranger, and Andy Jones. PLACE: Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108.