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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. Also available on Amazon.

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.




San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, April 11, 6:30pm sign-ups, 7pm slam!
Moody Black
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 here on Eventbrite to attend!
This is a free event!

Moody Black has been a performing artist since the age of twelve, and has become a prominent force on a multi-regional poetry scene through his enthusiastic live shows and strong work ethic. Moody Black has a created a buzz in the following impressive achievements: • TEDx Performer • Host of the longest running open mic in South Carolina and National Poetry Awards 2015 Best Open Mic Venue in the Nation (The Say What?! Open Mic in Greenville SC-Every Sunday at Coffee Underground, 7:30pm) • National Poetry Awards 2015 Best Host of an Open Mic Venue Award • Smart Arts Teaching Artist • Motivational Speaker • Positive Hip-Hop Artist • Comedian • 2017 GANSPA Award for Best Poet in the Nation • Endie Fiyah (Indie Fire) Radio Legend Award • 107.3 JAMZ 2015 Black History Pioneer • 96.3 The Block- 2017 Black History Pioneer • 2020 South Carolina Underground Music Awards Nominee for "Best Male Model" and "Best Male Entrepreneur • 2020 National Arts Integration and STEAM Virtual Conference Presenter • 2019-20 Metropolitan Arts Council of Greenville SC SmartArts Teaching Artist of the Year • Likes walks on the beach and sweet potato pie @iammoodyblack on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram

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!

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Reading Series
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 7:00pm
featuring Open Mic for Poetry Month!

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

or join by phone +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 852 5121 6333 Passcode: 037604

Co-sponsored by Works/San José



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, April 15, 7:00pm
featuring Open Mic for Poetry Month!

online on Zoom Join here at the time of the event!
Meeting ID: 972 5708 6587 Passcode: Poems

or join by phone +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 972 5708 6587 Passcode: 946692

Upcoming at Third Thursdays:




12th Annual Poetry Invitational

Thursday, April 15, 6:30pm
Co-sponsored by San José Museum of Art


Watch live on SJMA's YouTube Channel:

Hear poets read their poems amidst the art in the galleries. In honor of National Poetry Month, Bay Area poets create new works inspired by current exhibitions at the San José Museum of Art. Hosted by Janice Lobo Sapigao, the Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County.



Legacy of Poetry 2021:
Closing the Distance: Sheltering in Technolog[ies]

April 15 through April 23

n honor of National Poetry Month, San José State University's Poets and Writers Coalition will host this year's festival! Co-sponsored by Poetry Center San José, San José State University and Associated Students at San José State University.

Featured poets include Lillian-Yvonne Bertram on April 15th,
SJSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni Group Reading on April 16th,
Readings from Poetry Center San Jose on April 18th, and
Ellen Bass and Toi Derricotte on April 19th

These are just some of the many wonderful festival events that also include a video poetry workshop, a video poetry contest and a screening of the film Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder in tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti

For complete details and registration, visit https://www.sjsu.edu/legacyofpoetry/LoP2021




बौछार - Bauchhaar

a theme based monthly literary reading series in Hindi and English

Saturday, April 24,7:30pm
Hosted by Anshu Johri & Ritwick Verma

online on Zoom Meeting ID: 892 2457 5262 Passcode: 441910

or join by phone +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

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




Imani Cezanne reading and in conversation with Tshaka Campbell

Thursday, April 29 at 7:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Center for Literary Arts of San José

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

or join be phone +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 831 7139 8605 Passcode: 674247

Imani Cezanne is a Black writer, performer and tamale connoisseur living in Oakland, CA. In March she became the 2020 Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion for the second time and in July of the same year she was named a 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship finalist. As a two time Pushcart Prize Nominee, Imani has forthcoming work in Nimrod, Fugue, Red Wheelbarrow, Crab Creek Review, and POETRY magazine. While all are welcome to enjoy her work, Imani writes for Black people, Black readers and is committed to the liberation of all oppressed people.

Imani is a recipient of the San Francisco Arts Commission's 2020 Writer's Corp Teaching Artist in Residence Grant, a $40,000 award granted every year for three years to create spoken word poetry programming for the youth of San Francisco. Throughout her teaching career, Imani has taught Creative Writing and Spoken Word in over 40 middle and high schools across the country, using both a short and long-term residency models. Each lesson is designed to fit the needs of the students, the length of the residency and meet intended learning outcomes. Imani has also coached poetry slam teams at San Francisco State University, Mills College, American University and Georgetown University. She is currently a Teaching Artist with YouthSpeaks, SFJAZZ, The Museum of African Diaspora and Performing Arts Workshop. This event will be moderated by Tshaka Campbell.

Tshaka Campbell is a husband and father as well as accomplished artist and performer. His appears in print and national commercials and he conducts lectures and facilitates workshops in creative writing and poetry. He was voted one of the 25 people to know in San Francisco, holds two Grand Slam titles and was a finalist for the 2020 Santa Clara Poet Laureate honor. Tshaka is an author of "STUFF - I will write more ", "MUTED WHISPERS" and "TUNNEL VISION as well as collaborated on a number of musical projects in the House, Jazz and Blues genres. His literary work has appeared in journals and reviews such as 2 Bridges Review, Tribe Magazine and others. He currently resides in San Jose and continues to ask the world to "Listen Different."

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.





Poets @ Play
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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

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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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