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Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday with Mighty Mike McGee!
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 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee.



Workshop: Simply Sonnets

with Erin Redfern
Four Saturdays: March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2018, 12pm-3pm

Empire Firehouse/Markham House, History Park San Jose
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
members $160, non-members $180, students $90
Eventbrite - Poetry Workshop with Erin Redfern: Simply Sonnets

Erin Redfern is a published poet with over two decades of teaching experience. Her workshops include a variety of activities and are a safe, fun place to deepen or renew your writing practice.

General Overview
Week 1: The Sonnet as Argument, Week 2: The Sonnet as Constraint, Week 3: The Sonnet as Praise, Week 4: The Sonnet as Experiment (concludes w/ class reading).
Please note that lunch is not provided.



Reading Series
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00pm
features: Samantha Le and Darrell Dela Cruz

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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Former board member of Poetry Center San Jose, Darrell Dela Cruz is the Education Coordinator at The Communication Academy. He graduated from San Jose State with an MFA in Poetry. He has poems published in CAIRN, Confrontation, Euphony, Jet Fuel, Permafrost, Switchback, Studio One, and The William and Mary Review, among other literary journals. For more information please check out his website, retailmfa.blogspot.com.

The year was 1975, a month before the fall of Saigon, Samantha Le celebrated her first birthday by selecting items from an assortment of artifacts that would determine her future profession. She chose a whistle and a pen--so the story goes. From the Mekong Delta to the Tenderloin, Le immigrated to San Francisco at the age of nine. A recipient of the James D. Phelan Literary Award and the Donor Circle for the Arts Grant, Le holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. Her publications include Corridors (2001) and Little Sister Left Behind (2007). Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including: Bayou Magazine, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Hypertrophic Literary, The Minnesota Review and The Suburban Review. Having recently completed The Outsiders, a collection of persona poems in the voices of people whose existence is defined by the small space allotted them on the fringe of society, Le is currently working on A False Dawn, a poetry collection about the Vietnamese-American immigrant experience. For more information, visit samanthalepoet.com.

Upcoming at Well-RED:
April 10: Open mic 40th Anniversary Party
May 8: Deborah Kennedy and Ken Weisner
June 12: ASHA and Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour



Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, March 15, 7:00pm
Feature: José L. Gutiérrez
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

José Luis Gutiérrez is a San Francisco-based poet. His work has appeared in Margie, Poemeleon, Cortland Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Xavier Review, Caliban, Kestrel and in the anthologies Mutanabbi Streets Starts Here, and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, and is forthcoming in Poetry Salzburg Review, Ilanot Review, Chiron Review, Lotus-Eater Magazine, and Bitterzoet Magazine, among others. Gutiérrez' first poetry collection, A World Less Away, was published in 2016. www.joseluisgutierrez.net

upcoming features:
April 19: Poetry Month, everyone!
May 17: Mighty Mike McGee
June 21: Lisa Rosenberg
September 20: David Eisenbach
October 18: David Denny



Locus of Control

Jason Bayani's amazing solo performance
Tuesday, March 27, 8:00pm

Cafe Stritch
374 South 1st Street, San José, CA, 95113
$10 pre-sale on Eventbrite
$15 at the door
Eventbrite - Poetry Center San José presents Jason Bayani in: LOCUS OF CONTROL

Directed by award-winning performing artist, Kat Evasco, the show explores the lives of Filipino immigrants in America, taking you through Bayani's hip-hop inspired youth, club-going college days, and turbulent adulthood. Locus of Control navigates his experience dealing with race, mental health, addiction, and his status as the first American-born child in his family. Utilizing poetry, storytelling, music, and multimedia, Bayani pieces together the different threads of his life while struggling to make sense of Walter Benjamin's notion of redeeming the past in present time.

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet (2013 Write Bloody Publishing). He's an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater show, "Locus of Control" in 2016. HIs second book, "Locus," is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in 2019.



San Jose Poetry Slam

First Monday of each month with host Scorpiana Xlent
Monday, April 2, 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!


40th Birthday Party for Poetry Center San José

Saturday, April 7, 12pm-4pm
Featuring readings by Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton, Kevin Arnold and Mary Lou Taylor!

Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
Admission FREE

Celebrating 40 years as a non-profit bringing poetry to San José across bridges of all kinds!

Enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughter, and history under the great oak in front of Markham House! Featuring readings by Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton, Kevin Arnold and Mary Lou Taylor! Presentation by Lauren Muller, Department Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies at City College of San Francisco. Surprise guest performance!

Hot food, cold drink, and tours of the house! Parking: Please enter History Park from Phelan Avenue. Free parking is available at the Staff/Volunteer parking lot on Phelan Avenue. Paid parking is available at the end of Phelan Avenue for $6.


Poets @ Play
April date to come, 1pm-4pm
watch for details
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.
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Questions? Call 408-368-0353
RSVP recommended but not required: poetsatplay@pcsj.org

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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 2017 is available for pick-up or purchase at PCSJ events!

Caesura 2017 Online Selections are here!

Caesura 2016: Bronze Edition is online here.


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