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Cæsura 2015 Call for Submissions is here!

Reading Series
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00pm
Joan Gelfand and Erica Goss
open mic follows

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$2 suggested donation, no one turned away
Works is on the Market Street edge of the San Jose Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance

Bios to come.

Next Well-RED:
Tuesday October 13: Lara Gularte and Tim Kahl
Tuesday November 10: Rachelle Escamilla and Robbie Sugg
Wednesday December 9: Red Wheelbarrow Release Party


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:00pm
Feature: TBA

Willow Glen Library
1157 Minnesota Avenue, San José, CA, 95125
(408) 808-3045 or (408) 266-1361
Free and open to the public

Bio to come.


Three Laureates Reading:
Previous Laureates Nils Peterson and Sally Ashton
Current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez
Saturday, September 19, 7pm

Gallery Anno Domini
366 South First St., San Jose, CA 95113
Admission FREE

To celebrate the laureate post and encourage qualified applicants, laureates past and present are holding a very special reading. I will join Nils Peterson and Sally Ashton to perform works on the themes of family, love and place. We will offer insight into the meaning of the laureate position and answer questions regarding the application process. A limited edition anthology of our work entitled “Good Talk” will be released at the event. Come celebrate the life of poetry in Santa Clara County and the laureates that were, that are, that will be. For information on the laureate application process, please visit www.sccgov.org/poetlaureate.

Presented by Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley Creates, and Poetry Center San Jose.


THE FIRST VeteransWrite meeting
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 1pm-4pm

Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
Admission FREE
Free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot on Phelan Avenue.
Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side.

Poetry Center San Jose is offering a monthly writing group at Markham House in History Park to veterans of any age, any military experience and to family members of veterans. All levels of writing experience from beginner to experienced are welcome.

Small group setting to a maximum of 12 participants. Emphasis on poetry including prose poems. Format includes examples, prompts and guidance given by facilitators, time provided to write individually, and for participants to read to group and receive group feedback if desired. Goal is to give voice to the experiences of veterans and family members. Subject matter is unrestricted.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Email to veteranswrite@yahoo.com, with your name, branch of service and dates of service, email address or phone number. Registration and questions left at this email address will receive a reply within a week.

Nick Butterfield served for 10 years in USN-R as a Hospital Corpsman. He was activated during Operation Desert Storm, and has worked in Family Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in a FQHC Community Clinic and with the Health Care for the Homeless Project for last 17 years. Nick has been writing poetry since he was 13 years old and has participated in the Willow Glen Poetry Project and other local venues since 1996. His poems have been in 4 anthologies and 2014 issue of Ceasura with poem entitled "PTSD."

Jeffrey Leonard served in the U.S. Army between 1966-1968. Drafted out of San Jose State, he trained as a 11C40, leaving the service as an E-5. He is a 12th generation descendant of men who have served in every major conflict dating back to pre-Revolutionary America. A survivor of the Vietnam Era, he is drawn to the stories of the returning soldiers and how their lives unfold after they remove the uniform. Writing--especially poetry--is a powerful tool that Jeffrey uses to express conflicting, mysterious, dark, and difficult thoughts and emotions. He has spent the last 30 years as an Elementary Educator.

Amy Meier has a life long interest in poetry and her work has been included in the 2011 anthology REMEMBERING: Poems Read at Willow Glen Books and 2009 Family Album Santa Clara County. She has been the featured reader at Stone Griffen Gallery Art and the Spoken Word, and TEN10 Gallery. Her poem American Dream received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Los Gatos Poetry Contest. She is a longtime member of Poetry Center San Jose and the Willow Glen Poetry Project. Amy has 30 years experience as an Occupational Health Manager and Rehabilitation Counselor. She has an MA in Counseling from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, an MA in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a BA in English Literature from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.


Poets @ Play
will return

Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
Admission FREE
Free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot on Phelan Avenue.
Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side.

How about a Midsummer-Afternoon's Dream? At this meeting of Poets@Play we will be looking briefly at some quotes from the late Kenneth Koch's "Making Your Own Days." He talked about some accessible ways to read poems and let these influence our own writing. We will do some writing, and share our poems with each other.

Questions? Call 408-368-0353
RSVP recommended but not required: poetsatplay@pcsj.org

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