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Call for Poetry:

The Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize
Final Judge: Ellen Bass

Deadline to submit:
August 15, 2017

Three prizes: $1,000, $500, $250
Five finalists published in 2017 Red Wheelbarrow
Letterpress broadside of winning poem printed by Gary Young, Greenhouse Review Press.
Submit up to three unpublished poems in a single manuscript
- Each poem must fit onto one 8.5 x 11 inch page;
- Do not include any personal identifiers in the manuscript;
- Short bio acceptable, not required;
- Simultaneous submission OK but please notify immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize is sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose and Red Wheelbarrow.




Poets @ Play
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 1pm-4pm
featuring Renee Schell
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.

We are familiar with the idea of landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes. What about our soundscapes? What are the sounds that surround us? We may think first of music, but let’s also consider the sounds of machines, of the technology we use, television, the urban sounds of trucks, SUVs, radios, freeways, airplanes, helicopters, or drones overhead, the sounds of other people. Perhaps we are one of those people still attuned to the sounds of nature. What do we listen for and why? Perhaps more importantly, where do these sounds lead us in our poems? In this Poets @ Play we will have time to write on this or any other topic. After an hour or so of writing, we will reconvene for optional sharing.

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

The Markham House and map:



The San Jose Poetry Slam
with host Scorpiana X.
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 7:00pm (to be confirmed)

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.



Eastridge Open Mic
with host Lorenz Dumuk
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6:00pm
Feature: Norm Mattox
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

Norm Mattox is a native Bronx, New Yorker. He has been living on the 'left' coast for over thirty years. Norm is a bilingual educator in the San Francisco Unified School District for over 25 years. He is a mentor and math coach for middle school math teachers in the Math Department. Norm has been writing in journals, notebooks, on the backs of envelopes and on color coded, post-it notes for decades. Norm crossed out of his comfort zone, from writing in silence to speaking his peace on the Open Mic, in 2015. His muse is inspired by the dance he does with students in the public education system, by a tribal response to persistent aggressions in today's society, by family and by love. He recently published his first chapbook, Get Home Safe! Poems for Crossing the Community Grid. One of his poems is included in El Tecolote's Anthology, Poetry in Flight/Poesia en Vuelo.



Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: Persis Karim
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

Persis Karim is poet, editor, and professor of literature and creative writing at San Jose State University. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, Porter Gulch Review, Caesura, Red Wheelbarrow, HeartLodge, and The New York Times, as well as other publications. She is the editor of three anthologies of Iranian diaspora literature and is the founding director of Persian Studies at San Jose State University. Her current project is a collection of poems called "When the World is Harsh, Find Your Tenderness." For more information: www.persiskarim.com.



Reading Series
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:00pm
feature: Parthenia Hicks and Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian

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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Bios to come.

Upcoming at Well-RED:
October 10: Erica Goss and Adrian Matejka
November 14: Caesura 2017 book release and reading
December 12: Red Wheelbarrow release party and celebration of Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize.



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.



Caesura 2016: Bronze Edition is online HERE!

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

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