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Caesura 2017 Call for Poetry opens April 1
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Caesura 2016: Bronze Edition is online HERE!

Caesura 2016: The Poetic Games, the World vs Silicon Valley

is available for pick-up at all PCSJ events!


VeteransWrite featuring Alan Quale

A special edition of our monthly VeteransWrite program
Friday, May 5, 2017, 1:00pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, room 390
150 E. San Fernando Street at Fourth Street
downtown San José
Admission FREE

Alan Quale is a retired journalist, having worked as a newspaper reporter, copy editor, page designer and news editor, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010 he published his first novel titled My Dakota, the story of his early life on the Great Plains. He recently published his second novel titled Replacements, which is based on his experiences as a supply sergeant for an infantry company in which more than 83 percent of the men were either killed or wounded during the Vietnam War. Born in Montana, Quale holds a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota. When he's not writing, he enjoys hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains where he and his wife have a cabin. Alan Quale will give his book Replacements free to participants.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Email to veteranswrite@yahoo.com, with your name, branch of service and dates of service, email address or phone number.


Reading Series
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7:00pm
features: Tania Martin and Caesar Kent

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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Upcoming at Well-RED:
June 13: Arlene Biala celebrating the release of spring mother tongue anthology;
July 11: Joel Katz and Robert Perry celebrating the release of a book of English/Dutch poetry released by Dutch Poets Press;
August 8: Carlos Reyes and Dennis Noren;
September 12: Parthenia Hicks and Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian;
October 10: Erica Goss and Adrian Matejka
November 14: Caesura 2017 book release and reading
December 12: Red Wheelbarrow release party and celebration of Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize.


Eastridge Open Mic
with host Lorenz Dumuk
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:00pm
Feature: TBA
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

Bio to come.


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: TBA
open mic evening

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 meetings
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
May 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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