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Thanks to all who attended events in the 2019 San José Poetry Festival! See highlights on Facebook and YouTube!


Poetry Workshop: Refining Your Vision and Your Voice
Led by Deborah Kennedy
Saturday October 5, 10am-2pm
Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
General $35; PCSJ Member $20; Student $10
Tickets, parking information, and more at Eventbrite:

In this workshop, Deborah Kennedy, author of Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth, will invite workshop participants to define and refine their personal vision and voice. This stimulating workshop will open participants eyes and ears to their own inner visions and inspirations. Participants will develop materials to feed and focus their creativity including visual collages and written materials. Guided by a series of inventive prompts, we will create rich, raw material for our work by observing, and writing responses to our source materials. During the workshop, we will share our developing work in a supportive environment. Participants will find ways to surprise themselves in a playful flow of creativity--energizing and informing their poetry writing long after the class.

A writer and artist, Deborah Kennedy's work has been presented in the United States and Europe. Her recent book, Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth (2016, White Cloud Press), combines thoughtful poetry and intriguing illustrations to capture the bond between ourselves and the larger natural world. Nature Speaks won several national awards including the 2017 Eric Hoffer Poetry Book Award and Silver Nautilus Poetry Book Award. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in great weather for MEDIA, First Literary Review-East, and Canary: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis. Kennedy lives in San Jose, California where she teaches college classes and poetry workshops. She presents poetry readings with multimedia slide lectures at bookstores, schools, and to poetry, ecology and spiritual groups.



Reading Series
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00pm
features: Beau Williams and Tim J. Myers

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$3 donation at the door
Works is on the Market Street edge of the San José Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance

bios to come

upcoming in Well-RED:
November 12: Caesura release party
December 10: Red Wheelbarrow release party



San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, October 13
feature: tba
Hosted by San Jose Slammaster Scorpiana Xlent

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
Follow the Slam on Facebook!

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)

bio to come.


Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, October 17, 7:00pm
Feature: Darrell Dela Cruz

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

Darrell Dela Cruz's work has appeared in or will appear forthcoming in magazinese like Saw Palm, The Minetta Review, Rathalla Review, Studio One, Rougarou, and Crab Orchard Review. He has a blog where he analyzes poems: retailmfa.blogspot.com. He graduated with an MFA in Poetry from San Jose State University.

upcoming at Third Thursdays:
November: Linda Lappin
December: Laurence Snydal

Poets @ Play
October date to come, 1pm-4pm
topic: tba
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

The Markham House and map:


Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday with Mighty Mike McGee!
see Facebook for lineup, new features weekly!
open mic follows
Follow Live Lit on Facebook!

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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