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Veterans of life Write anthology of poetry

PCSJ has published an anthology of poetry and visual art by veterans and family members of veterans.

Thanks to all who supported the Kickstarter drive. Please use the PayPal button on the PCSJ website or contact caesura@pcsj.org to purchase books. Cost is $20.00. PCSJ members may purchase books for $15.00. Also available on Amazon.

Approximately two years ago the group opened to writers who are not veterans of war but are veterans of life in order to welcome writers of all backgrounds who have an interest in being part of this group. All levels of writing experience from beginner to experienced are welcome. The anthology is a superb collection of creative writing, poetry and visual art by the members of this group to inspire hope and encourage literary expression among our veterans of war and veterans of life.




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Poetry Lounge

Saturday, June 12, at 1:00pm PDT
featuring Vicky Harvey

online on Zoom Join here at the time of the event!
Meeting ID: 885 6729 6244 Passcode: 278399

Vicki Harvey lives in Santa Clara, CA with her two cats, Buddha and Tibet. They love to hang out during her poetry zoom events. They are her poetry cats. Her life consists of writing and reading poetry. She loves to volunteer at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority playing with the kittens. Vicki has been published in Collected Whispers by the International Library of Poetry in 2008. Her poems and artwork were published in the Willow Glen Poetry Project series, Volumes One, Two and Three. Her poems were also published in My Kitchen Table (2013), a literary magazine, and in the anthology, Song of Los Gatos: Poems of the Gem City (2014). Vicki says she finds peace in a turbulent world when she can focus with pen in hand and create stories through poetry.



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, June 17, 7:00pm PDT
featuring Brandon Luu
and an Open Mic

online on Zoom Join here at the time of the event!
Meeting ID: 934 8836 7684 Passcode: Poems

or join by phone +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 934 8836 7684 Passcode: Poems
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Brandon Luu is a poet born and raised in San Jose, California. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Poetry Center San Jose, and he received his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. For him, poetry is an opportunity to bring people together, regardless of age or circumstance. "Through language, we attempt to make sense of the human condition, and from there, we begin to understand each other." In his free time, he likes to bike and sing (not necessarily at the same time).




Reading Series
Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00pm
Featured Readers and an Open Mic

online on Zoom Join here at the time of the event!

or join by phone +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 852 5121 6333 Passcode: 037604

Co-sponsored by Works/San José




San José Poetry Slam
Second Sunday of every month, 6:30pm sign-ups, 7pm slam!
A Featured Poets and Slam Competition!

Hosted by San Jose Slammaster Scorpiana Xlent

Follow the Slam on Facebook!

Zoom room opens at 6:30 pm
Sign up list will be open from 6:30 to 7pm, Slam starts at 7

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!




बौछार - Bauchhaar

a theme based monthly literary reading series in Hindi and English

Saturday, April 24,7:30pm
Hosted by Anshu Johri & Ritwick Verma

online on Zoom Meeting ID: 892 2457 5262 Passcode: 441910

or join by phone +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

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

Veterans of life Write meetings
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
Meets Monthly

contact VeteransWrite@yahoo.com if interested in attending
Admission FREE (online at this time)

Poetry Center San Jose is offering a monthly writing group to veterans of any age, any military experience and to family members of veterans. and any other writers interested in joining this group. 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 Veterans of life Write, a writing group for veterans and their family members, now open to veterans and non veterans.





Poets @ Play
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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

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cæsura 2020
Om & Ohm, has arrived!
view the online selections here!

Thanks to all who attended events in the 2020 San José Poetry Festival! Highlights to come on Facebook and YouTube!


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