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SJ Poetry Slam

Slam Master, Scorpiana Xlent
Monday, May 28, 2018
doors open and sign-ups 6:30, show starts 7pm
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Gordon Biersch
33 E. San Fernando St

Downtown San Jose
Admission FREE for this show!

With Gordon Biersch closing, the San Jose Poetry Slam will be looking for a new home. Our time at Gordon Biersch has been amazing. We're getting together one last time to celebrate and share poetry. Come on down!



Reading Series
Tuesday, June 12, 7:00pm
features: ASHA and Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour

open mic follows

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$2 admission, 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

An Artist, Educator, and Revolutionary, Asha is an 8th grade teacher in San Jose at Monroe Middle school. She is an international poet, striving to use art to create radical change. Recently on the cover of Content Magazine, a feature at many of the prominent poetry events in the Bay Area, as well as active speaker, emcee and performer at numerous rallies and marches for civil and human rights including both years of the Women's March and The March For Our Lives, Asha consistently uses her platform to voice out against injustice and to speak up for those who have been marginalized and silenced for centuries.

Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour is a poet, artist, and emcee from the MIdwest now living in Santa Cruz. Born 40 years ago into a Filipino and French Creole fiasco, he has been writing and reciting for more than half his life. In contrast, he has struggled as a young parent--working countless jobs (mostly technology-related) only honing his artistic skills on the side as a means of escape from the rigors of commitment. That storm has passed. Today, his beautiful daughters are grown. He has true love in his life. And he feels compelled to share his art, his heart, with you. As a member of The Legendary Collective and co-curator of The Santa Cruz Word Church, a well-attended, weekly poetry event at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, he is consciously working to contribute to a strong community of poets and writers in the Bay Area and Central Coast. His first and greatest ever self-published, feature-length book, LEDDITGO: a recollection of poem, verses and visuals has been printed and is available in Bookshop Santa Cruz. He is also releasing an album of songs via CD or download both available through his website www.josephjasonsantiagolacour.com.



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, June 21, 7:00pm
Feature: Lisa Rosenberg

open mic follows

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

Lisa Rosenberg's debut poetry collection, A Different Physics, has been awarded the Red Mountain Poetry Prize, and is forthcoming in 2018. Rosenberg is the second Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. She holds degrees in Physics and Creative Writing, and received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University. She worked for many years in engineering, founded a marketing consulting practice, and flew as a private pilot. Her poems appear in The Threepenny Review, Poetry, Witness, Poetry Daily, Southwest Review, The POETRY Anthology: 1912-2002, and elsewhere. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about Lisa, visit sanmateocountypoet.org.

upcoming features:
September 20: David Eisenbach
October 18: David Denny


Poets @ Play
Sunday, June date to come, 1pm-4pm
watch for details
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.

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

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Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday with Mighty Mike McGee!
see Facebook for lineup, new features weekly!
open mic follows
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Caffe Frascati
315 South First Street, Downtown San Jose
Free and open to the public

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.



VeteransWrite meetings
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
First Friday of each Month, 1pm-4pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, room 390
Downtown San Jose/SJSU
Admission FREE

Poetry Center San Jose is offering a monthly writing group 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 Requested: 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 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 VeteransWrite, a writing group for veterans and their family members, currently meeting once a month on the San Jose State University campus, and performed with this group at the 2016 San Jose Poetry Festival.


San José Poetry Festival 2017 was a great success.
Join us again in late summer 2018!


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