San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, February 10
hosted by Mighty Mike McGee, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate
feature: Reginald Edmonds
Doors and sign up list opens at 5:00pm
Sign up list closes at 5:29pm
Show starts at 5:30pm
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at Cafe Stritch
374 South First Street
in downtown San José
Admission: $5 to $10 sliding scale
(and yes we do accept credit cards)
Reginald Edmonds is a poet, activist, and educator based out of Richmond, CA. Reggie was a member of the 2018 Berkeley Poetry Slam team and runs both the Rich Oak Alchemy Slam and the Oakland Poetry Slam and wide open mic. In their free time, they enjoy long walks through quiet graveyards, Hennessy with limes, and listening to trap music. They have two self published chapbooks, I’m Too Black For This Shxt (2017) and Sad Boi (2018). Their poetry is map of intersections that illustrates the complexity of the human experience. Through their work, they hope you will come to understand how much we all contribute to the degradation of humanity, as well as what we can all do to turn this back around.
Tuesday, February 12, 7:00pm
feature: spoken word artist Darius Simpson
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 José Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance
Darius Simpson is a spoken word artist, writer, proud wearer of crocs, and social justice advocate born in Akron, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. His work has been featured on platforms such as Huffington Post, TEDx, Mic, Button Poetry, and Odyssey. By intertwining personal narratives, humor, and an imaginative retelling of historical events, he brings an authentically vulnerable voice to his poetry
Poets @ Play
Sunday, February 17, 1pm-4pm
topic: Vibrant Words
Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
Free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot on Phelan Avenue.
Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side.
In Poets@Play, February edition we will again use prompts from Erica Goss’ book Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspiration for Poets, supplemented by a few others. This is a chance to continue honing your writing skills and collaborating with others.
Questions? Call 408-368-0353
RSVP recommended but not required: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Markham House and map:
Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library
Thursday, February 21, 7:00pm
Feature: Diane Moomey
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.
Diane Moomey has lived and wandered around the US and Canada, and now dips her gardener’s hands in California dirt. A regular reader at San Francisco Bay Area poetry venues, Diane has published prose and poetry, most recently in Mezzo Cammin, The Sand Hill Review, California Poetry Quarterly, Caesura, and Red Wheelbarrow, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, she won prizes and Honorable Mentions in the Sonnet and Creative Non-Fiction categories of the Soul Making Keats Literary Contest. Her most recent poetry book, Nothing But Itself, will be available in February. To know more, please visit https://www.pw.org/content/diane_moomey Diane is also a watercolorist and collage artist, an experience that both seeds and is seeded by, her poetic imagery. To view her artwork, please visit www.dianeleemoomeyart.com
Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday with Mighty Mike McGee!
see Facebook for lineup, new features weekly!
open mic follows
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315 South First Street, Downtown San José
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 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee.
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
First Friday of each Month, 1pm-4pm
MLK Library, contact VeteransWrite@yahoo.com if interested in attending
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.
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