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cæsura 2020
Om & Ohm, has arrived!
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San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, January 10, 6:30pm sign-ups, 7pm slam!
Mighty Mike McGee
Hosted by San Jose Slammaster Scorpiana Xlent!

Register for Zoom link on Eventbrite
Zoom room opens at 6:30 pm
Sign up list will be open from 6:30 to 7pm, Slam starts at 7
This is a free event!

If you have never been to a Poetry Slam before, a poetry slam is a competition, imagine spoken word poetry as an olympic sport. The rules are simple: 1) Poets must use their own poems. 2) poet must use only one poem per round. 3) no musical accompianment. 4)no props. 5) there is a time limit of 3 minutes and 10 seconds. Going over that will result in a time penalty. This is a two round slam, poets with the highest scores will move up to round two. You can sign up to compete via the chatbox in the zoom room. If you're not competing, we could use judges!

Mighty Mike McGee is a well-traveled "stand-up poet" and storyteller from San José, California. In the world of poetry slam, he is the first to win both the 2003 National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship and the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Grand Championship. He has toured very extensively throughout United States, Canada and Europe. Since 2002, he's covered several hundred thousand miles performing his brand of poetry and humor. McGee has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, CBC Radio and Television, and NPR's Snap Judgment. He was one of the first Americans to perform spoken word at the University of Paris, la Sorbonne in 2005. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley) for 2018 & 2019. McGee's first collection of humor and poetry, In Search of Midnight, is available through Write Bloody Publishing. Visit mightymikemcgee.com for text, audio, and video and follow him on Twitter: @mikemcgee.

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Reading Series
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 7:00pm
featuring Sharon Coleman and McTate Stroman II

online on Zoom
Join here at the time of the event

or join by phone, +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) or find your local number here
Meeting ID: 852 5121 6333 Passcode: 037604

Co-sponsored by Works/San José

Sharon Coleman's a fifth-generation Northern Californian. She writes for Poetry Flash, co-curates the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She's the author of a chapbook Half Circle and a book of micro-fiction, Paris Blinks. Her poetry and fiction appear in several publications, including Your Impossible Voice AND White Stag and soon to appear online in Dream Pop Press and Monday Night. She's been nominated twice for a Pushcart and once for a micro award for blink fiction. She received a scholarship from the Luso-American Foundation to attend the Disquiet Literary Conference in Lisbon and was a finalist for the Jane Underwood poetry prize.

McTate is a poet, spoken-word artist, and motivational speaker. Over the pass 25 years he has had the opportunity to share his inspirational talents at such places as; The World Stage in Los Angeles, The Comedy Store, The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, UCLA, CSUN, Cal State L.A., and the list goes on. McTate is the host and founder of a monthly open mic called First Thursday's, held at the beautiful Euphrat Museum on De Anza College's campus, heading into its 11th year. As a poet and spoken-word artist, McTate shares his thoughts and feelings in hopes of being an exemplary source of inspiration.




Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library
Thursday, January 21, 7:00pm
featuring tba

Open mic follows the feature. Each participant has 5 minutes.

online on Zoom

or join by phone, +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) or find your local number here

bios to come

Upcoming at Third Thursdays:



बौछार - Bauchhaar
a theme based monthly literary reading series in Hindi and English

date TBA
Hosted by Anshu Johri & Ritwick Verma

online on Zoom

Featured guests will discuss experimental poetry followed by an open mic.




VeteransWrite volume 1, an anthology of poetry

PCSJ will publish an anthology of poetry and visual art by veterans and family members of veterans.

Thanks to all who supported the Kickstarter drive. The book is being produced and we'll post how everyine can support the project and purchase a copy.

The anthology VeteransWrite volume 1 is a superb collection of creative writing, poetry and visual art by the members of this group to inspire hope and cultivate the literary expression among our veterans.

Jeffrey Leonard, Nick Butterfield and Amy Meier began VeteransWrite five years ago as a group of writers who wanted to connect with and help veterans. They were distressed by the number of suicides occurring among our soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Approximately two years ago, the group welcomed writers who are not veterans but rather, veterans of life. VeteransWrite is a monthly writing group for veterans of any age, any military experience and for family members of veterans; all levels of writing experience from beginner to experienced are welcome.



Poets @ Play
topic: tba
Edwin Markham House in History Park
635 Phelan Avenue, 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:



Live Lit Writers Open Mic
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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

MLK Library, contact VeteransWrite@yahoo.com if interested in attending
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.

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 2020 San José Poetry Festival! Highlights to come on Facebook and YouTube!


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