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Cæsura 2019 CALL for submissions now open!
deadline: June 2, 2019


San José Poetry Slam (NEW VENUE and time!)
Sunday, June 9
feature: ASHA
hosted by Mighty Mike McGee, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

doors and sign up list opens at 6:00pm
sign up list closes at 6:55pm
Show starts at 7pm

cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
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NEW VENUE: Caravan Lounge
98 S Almaden Ave
in downtown San José at the corner of San Fernando St. and Almaden Ave.
Admission Free
21 and over, cash bar (they do have an atm)

ASHA is an Artist, Educator, and Revolutionary. Originally from LA, she is currently an 8th grade teacher in San Jose. She is an international poet, striving to use art to create radical change. ASHA was featured on the cover of Content Magazine, and KQED Arts produced a documentary on her intention and process as an artist. She has showcased her work at many of the prominent poetry events in the Bay Area, as well as been an active speaker, emcee, and performer at numerous rallies and marches for civil and human rights. She was given the Hank Hutchins award by the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators for supporting black youth. Her dream is to establish her own K-12 school rooted in restorative practices, art and social justice based standards. Asha consistently uses her platform to voice out against injustice and to speak up for those who have been marginalized and silenced for centuries.


Reading Series
Tuesday, June 11, 7:00pm
feature: Francesca Bell, Dane Cervine, and Lee Rossi

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 José Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance

Dane Cervine's latest book is The Gateless Gate--Polishing the Moon Sword, from Saddle Road Press in Hawaii, a cross-genre work of Zen koan & prose poems. Previous poetry books include Kung Fu of the Dark Father, How Therapists Dance, The Jeweled Net of Indra, and What a Father Dreams. Dane's poems have won awards from Adrienne Rich, Tony Hoagland, the Atlanta Review, Caesura, and been nominated for a Pushcart. His work appears in The SUN, the Hudson Review, TriQuarterly, Poetry Flash, Catamaran, Miramar, Rattle, Sycamore Review, Pedestal Magazine, among others. Dane lives in Santa Cruz, California--where he works as a therapist, and is the emeritus Chief of Children's Mental Health for the county. His work integrates the arts of therapy and writing with a long-standing meditation practice. Visit his website at: www.DaneCervine.typepad.com

Francesca Bell's poems appear in many journals, including B O D Y, ELLE, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. Her translations from Arabic and German appear in journals such as Arc, Berkeley Poetry Review, Circumference, Mid-American Review, and The Massachusetts Review. She is the former poetry editor of River Styx, and Red Hen Press will publish her first collection, Bright Stain, in 2019. Also to her credit are three luminous and eccentric children and an equal number of ill-behaved dogs.

Lee Rossi is the author of four books of poetry, Darwin's Garden (Moon Tide Press, 2019), Wheelchair Samurai (Plainview Press, 2011), Ghost Diary (Terrapin Press, 2003) and Beyond Rescue (Bombshelter Press, 1992), and has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Don't Leave Hungry: 50 Years of Southern Poetry Review (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), Blue Arc West (Tebot Bach, 2006), Chance of a Ghost (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005), Mischief, Caprice, & Other Strategies (Red Hen Press, 2002) and Grand Passion: the Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond (Red Wind Books, 1995). His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Harvard Review, Poetry Northwest, The North American Review, Main Street Rag, Tar River Poetry, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Southeast Review, The Atlanta Review, The Green Mountains Review, The Sun, Poetry East, Chelsea, The Wormwood Review, Nimrod, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, The Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Indian Review, Poetry/LA, Onthebus and others. His has published reviews in ~88~, Poetry International, Smartish Pace, Poetry Flash, The Los Angeles Review, and the online journal Pedestal. He is a winner of the Sense of Site poetry contest sponsored by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and The Jack Grapes Poetry Prize. From 1986 to 1992, he edited Tsunami, a journal of contemporary poetry focused on Los Angeles. He is a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers and a Contributing Editor for Poetry Flash.

upcoming in Well-RED:
July 9: Jade Bradbury and Rachelle Escamilla
August 13: Greg Mahrer, Alexandra Mattraw, and Kathleen Winter
September 10: TBA
October 8: Beau Williams and Tim J. Myers
November 12: Caesura release party
December 10: Red Wheelbarrow release party.


Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, June 20, 7:00pm
Feature: Danusha Lamaris

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

Danusha Laméris is the author of The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), which was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press poetry prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. She has recently completed a second manuscript, Bonfire Opera. Some of her poems have been published, or are forthcoming in: The Best American Poetry 2017, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Gettysburg Review, and Ploughshares. She teaches poetry independently, and is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California.

upcoming at Third Thursdays:
July: Jan M Steckel
August: Deborah LeFalle
September: Ruth G Mota
October: Darrell D'Souza


Poets @ Play
June date to come
topic: open
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 José
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

MLK Library, contact VeteransWrite@yahoo.com if interested in attending
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.

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.



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