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Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday!
every Thursday, see Facebook for lineup
New Features weekly!
open mic follows
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Caffe Frascati
315 South First Street, Downtown San Jose
Free and open to the public

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.


Poets @ Play
Sunday, January 14, 1pm-4pm
with guest Jennifer Glover
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.

January is a sparse time of year. Trees have lost their leaves. Grasses and wildflowers have gone dormant. Winter has the power to strip creation down to its essence, while the turning of the year holds the seeds of hope and new growth. In the spirit of Winter, January's Poets@Play will be exploring Erasure Poetry. Erasures are a form of found poetry that take an existing text (poem, letter, speech, etc.) and create a poem by selectively eliminating words in such a way that the remaining text is a new creation. Join us at Markham House, where Jennifer Glover will lead us in a fun time with this fascinating form of poetry.

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, 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.



San Jose Poetry Slam

First Monday of each month with host Scorpiana Xlent
Monday, February 5, 2018
doors open and sign-ups 7:30, show starts 8pm
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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!



38th Annual Valentine's Revel

Sunday, February 11, 5:30pm
with Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton, and the For This Hour Singers

Cafe Stritch
374 S 1st St, San Jose, California 95113
Free and open to the public

Lovers, (and that means all of you) come join in an early Valentine's Day Revel with Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton and the For This Hour Singers at Cafe Stritch. Its doors open at 5p.m. and the reading starts at 5:30. Come early, get a glass of wine, stay after for something to eat. Enjoy the poems and music in between. Admission is free.

Sally Ashton served as Santa Clara Poet Laureate, 2011-2013. She is the author of Some Odd Afternoon, Her Name Is Juanita, and These Metallic Days, and is Editor-in-Chief of DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. Recent work appears in Brevity, Zyzzyva, Poet Lore, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Fish Anthology: First Prize Fish Flash Fiction. She teaches at San José State University and in a wide variety of workshops including Disquiet: International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.

Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus in English at San Jose State University, Co-founder of PCSJ, and Emeritus board member for PCSJ. In 2009, he was chosen as the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varied as golf and Shakespeare. His chapbooks include Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing, Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango, For This Day, The Revenge of the Socks, and For This Day II. A collection of poems, The Comedy of Desire edited and introduced by Robert Bly, was published by The Blue Sofa Press. An e-chapbook memoir, Talk In The Reading Room, was published by Wordrunner Press early in 2014



Reading Series
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00pm
features: J Bruce Fuller and Kara Arguello

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

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Bios to come.

Upcoming at Well-RED:
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




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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