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San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, October 13
feature: Collin Edmonds
Hosted by Santa Clara Couty Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee
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!
98 S Almaden Ave
in downtown San José at the corner of San Fernando St. and Almaden Ave.
21 and over, cash bar (they do have an atm)
Collin Edmonds, also known as "The Artist Formerly Known as Cornrow Collin," is an activist, singer, and poet hailing from Richmond, California. He is one fourth of the Rich Oak Alchemy Slam and Oakland Poetry Slam organizing crew. In his spare time he enjoys writing poetry (duh), critiquing societal norms, listening to loud hip hop music in affluent white neighborhoods, and shattering expectations of black men in America.
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:
Poets @ Play
October 20, 2019, 1pm-4pm
Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
Free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot on Phelan Avenue.
Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side
Humor has various uses in poetry, as in all creative writing. Let's talk about this for our next Poets@Play. Bring some poetry along that makes us grin or guffaw, whether it is your own or from someone else. Sometimes an entire poem is light verse, but it is also common to inject something humorous into something that has a more serious theme. We will have a chance for new writing also. Prepare to laugh.
Questions? Call 408-368-0353
RSVP recommended but not required: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Markham House and map:
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00pm
features: Caesura Release Party
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
upcoming in Well-RED:
December 10: Red Wheelbarrow release party
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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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.
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
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.
Thanks to all who attended events in the 2019 San José Poetry Festival! See highlights on Facebook and YouTube!
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