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Peter Balakian, Reading & Conversation

Presented by Center for Literary Arts and Poetry Center San José
Thursday, April 12, 7:00pm

Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio, San José, 95113
Tickets: $20 Standard, $10 Student w/ID, Reserve seats HERE!

Peter Balakian is the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Ozone Journal, which recounts the speaker’s memory of excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a crew of television journalists. He is the author of five other poetry collections and the memoir Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir, and The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response. Balakian has published essays on poetry, culture, art, and social thought, and he’s appeared widely on national television and radio: ABC World News Tonight, The Charlie Rose Show, Terry Gross’s "Fresh Air"; NPR's "Weekend Edition," and CNN. He teaches at Colgate University.

Praise for Peter Balakian: "Few American poets of the boomer generation have explored the interstices of public and personal history as deeply and urgently as has Balakian, and his significance as a poet of social consciousness is complemented by his work in other genres." -David Wojahn. "It is possible that Balakian’s poetry suggests a revolutionary truth: human empathy is stronger than hate…and that it is never too late to honour human dignity." -The Literary Review



Poets @ Play
Sunday, April 15, 1pm-4pm
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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.
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Maybe you have spent much time crunching numbers for taxes. How about growing words for your poems. We expect to spend a glorious afternoon at Markham House for Poets@Play in History Park San Jose.

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

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Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, April 19, 7:00pm
Feature: Poetry Month Open Mic
open mic throughout

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

upcoming features:
May 17: Mighty Mike McGee
June 21: Lisa Rosenberg
September 20: David Eisenbach
October 18: David Denny



Carmen Giménez Smith, Reading & Conversation

Presented by Legacy of Poetry and Poetry Center San José
Thursday, April 19, 4pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando Street, San José
Room 590
Admission FREE! Reserve your space on Eventbrite!

SJSU alum Carmen Giménez Smith returns to read from her recent collections of poetry that include Milk and Filth (2013), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the forthcoming book from City Light Publishers Cruel Futures (2018). She writes lyric essays as well as poetry, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Casanova Variations (2009), the full-length collection Odalisque in Pieces (2009), and the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (2010). She has emerged as a leading voice in the Latinx poetry community as well the influential publisher of Noemi Press, an independent literary press that has published more than 40 books. She co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, an anthology of contemporary Latinx writing (2014). Born in New York City, she earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She has taught at New Mexico State University, and is currently on the creative writing faculty at Virginia Tech.


San Jose Poetry Slam

First Monday of each month with host Scorpiana Xlent
Monday, May 7, 2018
doors open and sign-ups 7:30, show starts 8pm
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Gordon Biersch
33 E. San Fernando St. downtown San José
Back room next to the patio
Admission $5-10 sliding scale

Cash prizes for Slam winners!


Reading Series
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00pm
features: Deborah Kennedy and Ken Weisner

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

Bios to come.

Upcoming at Well-RED:
June 12: ASHA and Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour


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 Jose
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

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 Requested: 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 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.


San José Poetry Festival 2017 was a great success.
Join us again in late summer 2018!


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