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San José Poetry Festival 2017
Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22
See the lineup and buy tickets on the festival page!


Poets @ Play
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1pm-4pm
Image in Poetry
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.

Image in poetry brings the reader into a sensory experience. Images conjure associations that take us off the paved roads and onto the dense pathway network of our unique and shared experiences. This coming Sunday at Poets@Play, we will explore this some, using experiments of "image association" as an expansion of "word association." Again, think of this gathering as a playhouse rather than a workshop, and a place to advance your poetry craft in a friendly and inclusive setting. Participation is free, and the Staff/Volunteer parking lot off Phelan Avenue will be available for free parking.

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

The Markham House and map:


Reading Series
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:00pm
features: Erica Goss and Pulizer Prize nominee Adrian Matejka

Open reading follows the featured reading.

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

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Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of The Devil's Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His most recent collection of poems, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His new book, Map to the Stars, is forthcoming from Penguin in March 2017. Among Matejka's other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, two grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems, Hearing Damage, and a graphic novel.

Erica Goss is a poet and freelance writer. She served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award, Wild Place and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. Recent work appears in Lake Effect, Atticus Review, Contrary, Eclectica, The Red Wheelbarrow, Main Street Rag, Pearl, Rattle, Wild Violet, and Comstock Review, among others. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls: www.mediapoetrystudio.com. Please visit her at www.ericagoss.com.

Upcoming at Well-RED:
November 14: Caesura 2017 book release and reading
December 12: Red Wheelbarrow release party and celebration of Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize.


Eastridge Open Mic

with host Lorenz Dumuk
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:00pm
Feature: TBA
open mic follows

Barnes & Noble at Eastridge Mall
2200 Eastridge Loop, Suite #1420, San José
Nearest cross streets are Tully and E. Capitol Expressway
Free and open to the public

Bio to come


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: Robin Lysne
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

Robin Lysne, M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. is the author of six books, an artist and Energy Mediine Practitioner. Recent books are Handbook to Heart Path, An Energy Medicine Guide, and Poems for the Lost Deer, (BlueBoneBooks, Santa Cruz,CA, 2014). She also wrote, Heart Path (BBB, Santa Cruz) Sacred Living and Dancing up the Moon (Conari Press, Berkeley, CA). Her latest release is: Mosaic: New and Selected Poems that contain some of her drawings and paintings, as well as poems. (BlueBoneBooks, SC 2017) David Denny (Author of Some Divine Commotion, and Fool in the Attic, 2017 Poet Laureate of Cupertino) says of Mosaic: "Mosaic is a book of tenderness, awe and depth. Lysne explors the natural world in the matter of the mystic. With a keen eye and open heart, she communes with wolf, owl, raven and cat. Her poems reach deeply into relationships between family members, friends and lovers. Through this vast collection, Lysne's brave poems explore the joys of a life richly lived and challenge us to do the same." Her poems have been published in: North American Review, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine,Monterey Bay Poetry Review, Rattle, Phren-z online Magazine, Porter Guldch Review, Samizdat, Awkening Consciouesness Magazine, The Weekely Avocet, , etc. She is a member of: The Association for Energy Psychology, Poetry Center San Jose, Poetry Santa Cruz, Emerald Street Poets in Santa Cruz. As an Enegy Medicine Practiotioner, Lysne's 30 years experience has helped others around the Bay Area and across the country by phone. She offers Medical Intuitive, intuitive and mediumistic readings, and healing work, to her clients.



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.


The San Jose Poetry Slam
with host Scorpiana X.
dates to be announced

Forager Tasting Room & Eatery
420 South First Street, downtown San José
Admission $5, we do not have a credit card reader, so please bring cash

Show starts at 7pm, sign ups to slam start at 6:30. Slam list closes at 6:55. Come early and eat.

Traditional slam rules: 2 rounds, 3 minute time limit, no music, no props, no costumes. Poem must be original work by poet. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. How much in prizes? Well we will be giving away one third of the the door money in prizes, so bring lots of friends, because the bigger the show, the more cash you can win.

bio of feature to come.


Caesura 2016: Bronze Edition is online HERE!

Caesura 2016: The Poetic Games, the World vs Silicon Valley

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