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Cæsura 2019 CALL for submissions now open!
deadline: PCSJ members, June 16 (closed June 2 for non-members)

Events:

Poets @ Play
Sunday, June 16, 2019, 1pm to 4pm
topic: Jarring Combinations
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

How often are you jarred by a surprising combination of images in a poem? It happens frequently with creative writers, but choosing effective combinations can be a trick. At Poets@Play this month, we will explore this with examples and an exercise, and give ourselves space for creating new work.

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

The Markham House and map:

 

 


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

 


Nils Peterson reading from All the Marvelous Stuff

Wednesday June 26, 7:00pm, doors open 6:30
the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County reads from his new book

$5 admission, limited seating, get tickets in advance!

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
Works is on the Market Street edge of the San José Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance

Poetry Center San José and Works/San José present Nils Peterson reading from his new book of poetry All the Marvelous Stuff with visual art from Patrick Surgalski, edited by Bill Cozzini and designed by Joe Miller. Books available for sale.

Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus in English at San Jose State University. In 2009 he was chosen the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varied as golf and Shakespeare. His chapbooks include: Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing, Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango, For This Day, The Revenge of the Socks, and For This Day II. A collection of poems, The Comedy of Desire, edited and introduced by Robert Bly, was published by The Blue Sofa Press. His earlier collection, A Walk to the Center of Things, was published by Poetry Center San Jose. An e-chapbook, Talk In The Reading Room, was published by Wordrunner Press in 2014.

 

Well-RED
Reading Series
Tuesday, July 9, 7:00pm
feature: Jade Bradbury and Rachelle Escamilla

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

bios to come

upcoming in Well-RED:
July 9:
August 13: Greg Mahrer, Alexandra Mattraw, and Kathleen Winter
September 10: San José Poetry Festival featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin
October 8: Beau Williams and Tim J. Myers
November 12: Caesura release party
December 10: Red Wheelbarrow release party.

 

 


San José Poetry Slam (NEW VENUE and time!)
Sunday, July 14
feature: tba
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
Follow the Slam on Facebook!

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)

bio to come

 

 

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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