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New Issue of Caesura: The Poetic Games, the World vs Silicon Valley

is now available for pick-up at all PCSJ events!


NEW PROGRAM: Eastridge Open Mic

with host Lorenz Dumuk
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6:00pm
Feature: Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell
open mic follows

Barnes & Noble at Eastridge Mall
2200 Eastridge Loop, Suite #1420, San José
Nearest cross streets are Tully and E. Capitol Expressway
Free and open to the public

Tshaka Campbell has been writing and performing his work for over fifteen years and has performed across the globe at a number of venues and colleges, from the Apollo Theater in New York to the O2 in London England. His work has been published in a number of magazines, poetry anthologies and periodicals as well as in advertising campaigns with companies such as Nissan and Miramax studios. His poetry slam accolades include Hollywood and San Francisco grand slam champion, UK spoken word winner and Nuyorican poetry slam team 2004. He has authored two books entitled TARMAN and MUTED WHISPERS and two albums entitled ONE and BLOODLINES as well as being the featured artist on a number of musical projects ranging in genre from Jazz to House. His most recent digital release "SKIN vol.1" has been received well and is currently available for download on itunes, spotify and various other music channels. He currently resides in California and continues to ask the world to listen different.



Poets & Film

Presented by Reed Magazine, Cinequest, and Poetry Center San Jose
Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:30pm
Featuring Kim Addonizio
with local poet performers:
ASHA, Bill Cozzini, Lorenz Mazon Dumuk, Eli Hansen, Mark Heinlein, Lita Kurth, Kimy Martinez, Mighty Mike McGee, Robert S. Pesich, and Gary Singh

Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, Room 124
San Jose State University

Fourth Street at San Carlos Street
Admission: $11, follow this link to purchase tickets.

A night of poets' performances and short poetry films. A variety of topics will keep you spinning; from a love affair with a promiscuous pair of stockings to the raging passions of the famous who use a bullet to end their lives. Sex, death, and politics fill the night to assure gripping knuckles and shaking knees! These performers will grab your heart and stomp on it, so be prepared to be a casualty of this word war. We will continue the night with a collage of short poetry films, some of which capture the lives of poets in a documentary format and others are engaged directly in the words of the poet, taking you on a surreal journey. Travel in the decades of decaying trains that seem to have a destination unknown in "Destiny Nation." Find yourself being mesmerized in the meditating spinning motions of objects in "Screw." Poetry films include work by Alan Soldofsky, Bill Cozzini, Gary Singh, Kimy Martinez, Chris Knight, Thomas Bryan Michurski, and Danny Madden.

Kim Addonizio, an award-winning poet, has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, two Pushcart Prizes, and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award. She has published over a dozen books, including guides on the craft of writing poetry. Her latest books are the poetry collection Mortal Trash and a memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress. Addonizio is also a blues harmonica player who has recorded two word/music CDs: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel. We will screen two of her poems that have been produced as short films through the non-profit arts organization based in Minnesota, Motionpoems. Her two poems that were selected for the project were "Cigar Box Banjo" and "Creased Map of the Underworld." Both films stunningly capture the musical syntax of Kim Addonizio's poetry.


Reading Series
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:00pm
features: Lisa Allen Ortiz and Susan Cohen

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

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bios to come.

Next at Well-RED:
April 11: Yesika Salgado from Los Angeles
May 9: Tania Martin and Caesar Kent


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: TBA
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

bio to come.



VeteransWrite meeting
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
Frist 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 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
March date to come, 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.

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

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