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Poetry Readings at:
Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
7:00 pm
1157 Minnesota Avenue
San José, CA 95125

FREE and open to the public

Poets @ Play

Second Sunday of Most Months
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Edwin Markham House in
History Park
1650 Senter Road,
San José, CA 95112

FREE and open to the public


PCSJ Events:

Reading Series
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:00pm
Amy MacLennan and Kim Escamilla

365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$2 suggested donation, 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

my MacLennan grew up on the peninsula south of San Francisco, and she now makes her home in Oregon's Rogue Valley. She has been published in Cimarron Review, Folio, Hayden's Ferry Review, Linebreak, Rattle, River Styx, Spillway, and The Pedestal. Her chapbook Weathing from Uttered Chaos Press was published in 2012. Amy received a Master of Arts in English from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. She has appeared at the San Francisco Lit Crawl, the Petaluma Poetry Walk, the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, and Cody's Books in Berkeley. Amy has taught poetry workshops through the Sequoia Adult School, Oregon Poetic Voices, the Oregon Poetry Association and at the Northwest Poets' Concord. She is currently the Managing Editor of The Cortland Review. Her article "Social Networking and Poetry Publishing" appeared in the 2011 Poet's Market. She sits on the board of Chautauqua Poets & Writers in Ashland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in the anthology Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke: Erotic Poems (Tupelo Press, 2013).

Kimberly Escamilla’s recent work has appeared in Red Wheelbarrow, Plath Profiles, and The Huffington Post. She has taught college-level writing and literature in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years and is the director of The International Poetry Library of San Francisco. http://www.iplsf.org She lives on the coast, a few miles north of Half Moon Bay, CA with her husband Michael and sons Harrison and Lazlo.


5th Annual San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational
Thursday, April 17, 7pm

San Jose Museum of Art
110 S. Market St, San Jose, CA 95110, 408-271-6840
Admission is $5 after 5pm (free to Museum members)

This event brings the worlds of visual art and poetry together through the practice of ekphrasis. Poets perform original works inspired by art on display at the museum. Each poet reads while standing beside his or her chosen art piece. This year, all poems relate to work in the exhibit "Initial Public Offering." Featured poets include Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton, Jennifer Swanton Brown, Kimberly Escamilla, Jason Bayani, Claudia McIsaac, Jasper Haze, Evan Karp, and current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, David Perez. Just come in through the front door and "Initial Public Offering" is immediately to your right. Visit the Facebook event.

This event is part of Third Thursday: Closing Party for Around the Table at SJMA which runs from 5 to 8pm.


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:00pm
Feature: All Poets Who Attend

Open Mic reading to follow
Willow Glen Library
1157 Minnesota Avenue, San José, CA, 95125
(408) 808-3045 or (408) 266-1361
Free and open to the public

It’s Spring again, Birds on the wing again, Come help us read again Your own poetry… April is Poetry Month and as open mic only per our tradition. Everyone who attends the reading on this day is invited to read one poem of his/her favorite poet and one poem of her/his own as a way to celebrate Poetry Month. This has traditionally been very rewarding and a lot of fun. Christine and Dennis and Poetry Center San Jose invite you all to come and participate in this festive event. This year, the co-hosts will be Renee Schell and Sandip Bhattacharya.


CoM to the Table:
A Taste of Vietnamese Food and Poetry

Saturday, April 19, 10am - 3pm

Viet Museum and Edwin Markham House at History Park
1650 Senter Rd. San Jose, CA 95112
Free and open to the public

Tasting of Vietnamese food
Poetry writing workshops
Poetry readings from Van Tho Lac Viet and Poetry Center San Jose
Open mic

Presented in collaboration with The Viet Museum, Van Tho Lac Viet, the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, and in conjunction with Around the Table: Food Creativity, Community at the San Jose Museum of Art.


Campbell Library Youth Poetry Workshop
Saturday, April 19, 4:30pm

Campbell Library
77 Harrison Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, 408-866-1991
Admission Free, reservation info below
presented in collaboration with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez

David Perez teaches this series of two poetry composition courses for youth ages 13 to 17. Participants are encouraged to bring work to revise, but this is not necessary. To participate, email Klara Kim at KKim@sccl.org. She can reserve your space and answer any questions you may have. You may also drop in on either day and ask the staff at the front desk where to find the poetry workshop. If space is available, you will be welcome to join.


Joy Harjo
Reading and Book Signing
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
Rooms 225/229
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
Admission FREE
presented in collaboration with the Center for Literary Arts

A member of the Muskoke (Creek) Nation, Joy Harjo has written seven books of poetry, including She Had Some Horses and The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, two books for children, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, published in 2012. Winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, a United States Artists award, and the William Carlos Williams Award, she teaches in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois.


Gilroy Library Poetry Workshops
Thursday, April 24, 5pm
Saturday, April 26, 2pm

Gilroy Library
350 W 6th St, Gilroy, CA 95020, 408-842-8207
Admission Free
presented in collaboration with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez

David Perez leads this series of two poetry composition courses for writers of all ages. Participants are invited to bring work they have previously written and to attend on both days. Attending both courses affords writers the opportunity to revise work from the first day and receive another round of feedback and edits. Course content will differ from one day to the next. Email Kelly Bennan Young at KYoung@sccl.org for more info


Poets @ Play
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1pm to 4pm

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

An informal gathering for collaborating with fellow poets about works in progress, that’s what Poets@Play is all about. We alternate between writing and sharing our works in progress. This is not a workshop, but rather a playhouse – some starter ideas and a comfortable place to play with words.

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

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