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Veterans of life Write anthology of poetry

PCSJ has published an anthology of poetry and visual art by veterans and family members of veterans.

Thanks to all who supported the Kickstarter drive. Please use the PayPal button on the PCSJ website or contact caesura@pcsj.org to purchase books. Cost is $20.00. PCSJ members may purchase books for $15.00.

Approximately two years ago the group opened to writers who are not veterans of war but are veterans of life in order to welcome writers of all backgrounds who have an interest in being part of this group. All levels of writing experience from beginner to experienced are welcome. The anthology is a superb collection of creative writing, poetry and visual art by the members of this group to inspire hope and encourage literary expression among our veterans of war and veterans of life.

 

 

ONLINE EVENTS:



Well-RED

Reading Series
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 7:00pm
featuring Veterans of life Write authors & artists with special guest Vanessa Sanchez!

online on Zoom Join here at the time of the event

or join by phone, +1 669 900 9128 (San Jose) or find your local number here
Meeting ID: 852 5121 6333 Passcode: 037604

Co-sponsored by Works/San José

Nick Butterfield served for 10 years in US-R as a Hospital Corpsman. He was activated during Operation Desert Storm. He works in Family Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in a FQHC Community Clinic and with Health Care for the Homeless Project for the last 17 years. He has been writing poetry since he was 13 years old. He has participated in open mics at the Willow Glen Poetry Project and other local venues since 1996 and was recently featured reader for Willow Glen Poetry Project. His poems have appeared in four anthologies and in Cæsura. Carol Coughlin was born in Germany to an American Army man she never knew, and her mother, a young German woman. Raised by her grandmother on stories and poems, she moved to the U.S. at age 9 with her mother and adopted father, an Air Force man.

Emilio Gallegos is a poet and a writer from San Jose, Ca, and a single father of two young adult children and an amazing service dog named Samson. He is a United States Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, and a Purple Heart recipient. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing from San Jose State University, and is currently a student in the Masters of Fine Arts in Writing program at California College of the Arts. Emilio is also currently a VET Connect Peer Leader in a Psychology based program at San Jose State University, speaking and presenting regularly about his post-service, veteran experience. His work is featured in two poetry collections published by Dead Reckoning Collective, In Love…& War, The Anthology of Poet Warriors, Volume I, and War…& After, The Anthology of Poet Warriors, Collection 2. His work is also featured in the recently published collection of his Poetry Center San José affiliated writing group, Veterans of Life Write, Caesura Editions. Emilio works to progressively pursue healing through his writing, and pushes to continuously build bridges that help connect people with words.

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.

Amy Meier grew up in New York City and now lives in San José, California. In 2015 Amy founded VeteransWrite, currently meeting once a month in the San José State University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. library. Her recent work has been published in Cæsura, Porter Gulch Review and online in Portside.

Fifty years after serving in Vietnam, Doug Nelson is still trying to deal with the dissonance that comes with helping his country to be wrong. In 2007, Santa Clara County offered him a way to deal with Vietnam, assisting veterans with disability claims. His friends in the Willow Glen Poetry Project and in VeteransWrite are his mentors and muses. A photograph by Doug is also in this volume.

Our special guest is Vanessa Sanchez, a Chicana-Native dancer, choreographer and educator who focuses on community arts and traditional dance forms to emphasize voices and experiences of Latina, Chicana, and Indigenous womxn and youth. Based in San Francisco, she is a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow and a recipient of the 2019 New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) National Dance Production Grant. Sanchez is the founding Artistic Director of La Mezcla, a rhythmic ensemble of womxn of color that explores historical narratives and challenges social injustice through tap dance, Mexican zapateado and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Her production "Pachuquísmo," an all-female tap dance and Son Jarocho performance about the 1943 Zoot Suit Riots, received the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Production and currently has touring subsidies available through 2022. Sanchez's work was featured in The Lincoln Center's Virtual Concerts for Kids, KQED's "If Cities Could Dance," and the Joyce Theater JoyceStream. She is currently a Dance Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and received the Hewlett 50 Arts Commission grant for her upcoming work "Ghostly Labor," a percussive piece that explores the legacies of female labor in the US-Mexico Borderlands, set to premiere in 2023. For more about San Francisco's La Mezcla dance company, founded and led by Vanessa Sanchez, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_vm9EU0YBU

Carol Steele comes from a military family. Both of her parents served in WWII. Her first husband and daughter's father was in the Air Force in Vietnam and her grandson is currently in the Army. Carol has been writing poetry about the family experience while having a loved one in the military during a time of war. She studied with Ellen Bass for eight years and is currently in a poetry salon with Patricia Machmiller and is a member of Veterans Write.

 




San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, March 14, 6:30pm sign-ups, 7pm slam!
Featuring
TBA
Hosted by San Jose Slammaster Scorpiana Xlent

Zoom room opens at 6:30 pm
Sign up list will be open from 6:30 to 7pm, Slam starts at 7
Register on Eventbrite to attend!
This is a free event!

Bio to come.

If you have never been to a Poetry Slam before, a poetry slam is a competition, imagine spoken word poetry as an olympic sport. The rules are simple: 1) Poets must use their own poems. 2) poet must use only one poem per round. 3) no musical accompianment. 4)no props. 5) there is a time limit of 3 minutes and 10 seconds. Going over that will result in a time penalty. This is a two round slam, poets with the highest scores will move up to round two. You can sign up to compete via the chatbox in the zoom room. If you're not competing, we could use judges!

Follow the Slam on Facebook!

 

 

Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library
Thursday, March 18, 7:00pm
featuring tba

Open mic follows the feature. Each participant has 5 minutes.

online on Zoom
Join here at the time of the event!

or join by phone, +1 669 900 9128 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 937 7796 5551 Passcode: 548733
Find your local number here.

bio to come.

Upcoming at Third Thursdays:
TBA

 

 



Veterans of life Write meetings
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
Meets Monthly

contact VeteransWrite@yahoo.com if interested in attending
Admission FREE (online at this time)

Poetry Center San Jose is offering a monthly writing group to veterans of any age, any military experience and to family members of veterans. and any other writers interested in joining this group. 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.

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 was born in New York City and has lived in the San Jose, CA area for over 30 years. Amy's poems have been published in Porter Gulch Review, Caesura, Portside, and Remembering, An Anthology of Poems Read at Willow Glen Books. She has been a featured reader at Flash Fiction Forum in San Jose, California, Stone Griffen Gallery and TEN10 Gallery in Campbell, CA. In 2015 Amy founded Veterans of life Write, a writing group for veterans and their family members, now open to veterans and non veterans.

 

 

 

बौछार - Bauchhaar
a theme based monthly literary reading series in Hindi and English

date TBA
Hosted by Anshu Johri & Ritwick Verma

online on Zoom

Featured guests will discuss experimental poetry followed by an open mic.

 

 

 

 

ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Poets @ Play
WILL RETURN
topic: tba
Edwin Markham House in History Park
635 Phelan Avenue, 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

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

The Markham House and map:

 

 

Live Lit Writers Open Mic
WILL RETURN
open mic follows
Follow Live Lit on Facebook!

Live Lit is a weekly open mic for words. Join us for a night of literature and voice. Bring your stories and poetry. Give us your rants, raves and missives. Sign up begins at 7:00 pm, open mic begins at 7:30, and our special guest goes on around 8:15. Hosted by Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee.

 

 

cæsura 2020
Om & Ohm, has arrived!
view the online selections here!


Thanks to all who attended events in the 2020 San José Poetry Festival! Highlights to come on Facebook and YouTube!

 

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