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Reading Series
Tuesday, February 9, 7pm
Len Anderson and Mary Lou Taylor

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$2 suggested donation, 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

Len Anderson is the author of Invented by the Night (published in 2011) and Affection for the Unknowable (published in 2003), both from Hummingbird Press, and a chapbook, BEEP: A Version of the History of the Personal Computer Rendered in Free Verse in the Manner of Howl by Allen Ginsberg. He received his PhD in physics from UC Berkeley, worked in experimental elementary particle physics at Berkeley and at Ecole Polytechnique in France, and developed sensors for the automation of paper manufacturing in private industry. His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. He received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize from DMQ Review and is a winner of the Dragonfly Press Poetry Competition and the Mary Lonnberg Smith Poetry Award, and received the 2011 Dragonfly Press Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement. He is a co-founder of Poetry Santa Cruz and serves as Secretary-Treasurer.

Mary Lou Taylor is a poet, former teacher, editor, reviewer and was twice President of Poetry Center San Jose. Her publications include a poetry book, The Fringes of Hollywood (Jacaranda Press, 2002) and she has had work appear in Cotton and Spirit, an anthology, (Frog on the Moon Press, 2006), The Call: An Anthology of Women Writers (Dragonfly Press, 2009) and she has published work in numerous literary reviews. She was editor of the Abby Niebauer Memorial competition judged by Jane Hirshfield. She serves as a trustee of the Center of Literary Arts at San Jose State University and is a member of the Santa Clara Branch of NLAPW. During her artist residency at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, Mary Lou put her second book together, Bringing Home the Moon, now published by Aldrich Press, 2015.


36th Annual Valentine's Revel of poetry, music, & friends
Sunday, February 14, 2016, 4pm

Nils Peterson and Sally Ashton, former Poet Laureates of Santa Clara County
and The For This Hour Singers

Cafe Stritch
374 South First Street, downtown San José
Free Admission, no host bar and food for order
Bring your loved ones and friends and join us for this lovely Valentine tradition!

For thirty five years, Poetry Center San Jose has offered a Valentine's Day Poetry reading. It was started by the Center's founder Naomi Clark as a way to give the downtown something to do after work in a time when there was not much offered downtown. The first one was held at the Sainte Claire, and at that time the large reception area was a bar called Barringtons. There were many people there that night, not all interested in poetry and many of whom chose to drink margaritas. So, the poems and music were punctuated by the whir of a blender. This year, the reading will be at the Cafe Stritch in downtown San Jose. Come early, get a glass of wine, and talk a bit. Nils Peterson and Sally Ashton, former Poet Laureates of Santa Clara County, will read poems their own and others. The For This Hour Singers will put in an appearance.

Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00pm
Feature: Barbara Saxton

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

Barbara Saxton has faithfully attended the Willow Glen Poetry Project third Thursday meetings since 2011. Although she had been to many readings and open mics, this group was so warm, welcoming and talented--she felt as if she had "come home," poetically speaking. Never mind that the group met a ways from her home in Mountain View. Of her first published chapbook of poetry, Dual Exposure, her longtime friend and fellow poet, Loretta Walker, wrote of "wit and mastery of expression...woven in every line." Casey FitzSimmons remarked on the poet's "fortitude...to reconcile all that emerges with all that has been suppressed."

From her childhood in an alcoholic home in Cleveland, Ohio, to sojourns in Pakistan, Hong Kong, Berkeley and a world of beautiful imaginings, Barbara's life has been a long and fruitful journey. She has worked as a secretary (to put herself through college), a financial representative and stock broker, a stay-at-home mother, middle and high school English teacher, writer/poet, and community volunteer. She sings both classical and Eastern European folk music, reads voraciously, dances up a storm, hikes, bicycles, and adores spending time with her wonderful husband, two adult sons, their cat Kolo, and a cornucopia of friends. Life is good, and much of that is due to groups like Willow Glen and the community of poets with whom she always looks forward to sharing poetry!

Upcoming: March: Wendy Carlisle, April: open reading, May: Tim J. Myers



Poets @ Play
will return in March

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.

event description to come.

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

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VeteransWrite meeting
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
4th Sunday of the Month, 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.

Poetry Center San Jose is offering a monthly writing group at Markham House in History Park 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.


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