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Live Lit Writers Open Mic

and every Thursday
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Feature: Nils T. Peterson Presents his Christmas Program 2017
open mic follows

Caffe Frascati
315 South First Street, Downtown San Jose
Free and open to the public

Presented by Poetry Center San Jose, 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 Mighty Mike McGee.

This week's special guest writer is Arlene Biala, a Pinay poet and performance artist born in San Francisco and raised in the South Bay. She has been participating in poetry performances and workshops in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She is currently Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County for 2016 and 2017. Her poetry has been described as "grounded in ritual object and ritual practice, mantras that resonate within the body, and plant the body firmly in the world." She is the author of several collections of poetry: bone, continental drift, and her beckoning hands, which won the 2015 American Book Award. Her forthcoming book, one inch punch, will be published in December 2018.



Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: Nils T. Peterson Presents his Christmas Program 2017
open mic follows

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

Bring a friend and enjoy Nils Peterson's poetry and song presentation. Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University where he taught in the English and Humanities Departments. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varying as golf and Shakespeare. He has published several chapbooks and two collections of poems, The Comedy of Desire edited and introduced by Robert Bly, and A Walk to the Center of Things published by Poetry Center San Jose. A memoir entitled Talk in the Reading Room was chosen by Wordrunner Press as its memoir selection in 2014. In 2016, he published earth, water, fire, air a collection of poems each illustrated by a watercolor by Lorraine Capparell. In 2009, he was chosen to be the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County.


San Jose Poetry Slam

First Monday of each month with host Scorpiana Xlent
Our feature TBA
Monday,January 1, 2017
doors open and sign-ups 7:30, show starts 8pm

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!
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Reading Series
Tuesday, January 9, 2017, 7:00pm
features: Yehudit Oriah, Lorenz Dumuk, and Brian McCracken

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

Join the event on Facebook!

Upcoming at Well-RED:
February 13: J Bruce Fuller and Kara Arguello
March 13: Samantha Lê and Darrell Dela Cruz
April 10: Open mic 40th Anniversary Party
May 8: Deborah Kennedy and Ken Weisner
June 12: ASHA and Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour


Poets @ Play
Sunday, January 14, 1pm-4pm
topic to come
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:



Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, January 18, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: Terry Adams
open mic follows

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

Terry Adams has poems in Poetry, Ironwood, The Sun, Witness, College English, Bellowing Ark, The Sand Hill Review, Quarry West, The Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. He MCs poetry events at the Beat Museum in San Francisco, and in La Honda, and reads regularly at the Waverley Writers in Palo Alto, and the Not Yet Dead Poets in Redwood City. His first collection, "Adam's Ribs," is available from Off The Grid Press. He lives in Ken Kesey's infamous 1960s cabin in La Honda, California, that he rescued from destruction in 1998.


Eastridge Open Mic
with host Lorenz Dumuk
watch for new date!
Feature: TBA
open mic follows

watch for new Eastridge site!
Free and open to the public


VeteransWrite meetings
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
Will return in September
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 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 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!


Caesura 2016: Bronze Edition is online here.


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