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History Park San José
1650 Senter Road
San José, California
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Poetry Center San José presented
the Third Annual San José Poetry Festival

The Third Annual San José Poetry Festival celebrated our community's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage with a wide range of topics and literary styles reflected in performances and workshops.

a day of readings and performances:
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9am to 5pm
a day of workshops:
Sunday, October 22, 2017,
9am to 5pm
History Park San José

Arlene Biala, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, Deborah A. Miranda, Persis Karim,

Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell, Yesika Salgado, David Perez, and more!

The diverse voices of local and California poets, along with:
Small Press Fair, Booksignings, Poetry Across Cultures, Spoken Word Performances, Media Poetry Studio Videos, Poetry Workshop Day, and more!

Saturday poetry schedule:
Main Stage events plus staggered events to choose from:

Yukei Teikei Haiku Society: Patricia Machmiller and Patrick Gallagher

VeteransWrite: Jeffrey Leonard (MC), Dale Barnett, Nick Butterfield, Emilio Gallegos, Doug Nelson, and Amy Meier

Hindi Poetry: Anshu Johri, Pallavi Sharma, and Vinod Narayan

Poets & Writers Coalition of SJSU: Gabrielle LaFrank, Brandon Luu, and Emily Tang

11:30am-12:20pm Main Stage
Keynote Address, Arlene Biala, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

12:20-1:40 Lunch Break, with Safari Kitchen food truck or bring your own picnic

Middle Eastern Poetry: Persis Karim

Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation Poetry Tradition: Debora A. Miranda

Media Poetry Studio: David Perez and Erica Goss

Latinx Poetry: Roberto Tinoco Duran and Suzana De Jesus Huerta

4:00-5:00pm Main Stage
Grand Finale: Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell, Kim Johnson, and Yesika Salgado

Saturday small press fair, open 9am to 5pm:
Dutch Poet Press
Fresh Hot Bread
Lantern Review
Poets & Writers Coalition of SJSU
REED Magazine
Saint Mary's College of California, MFA in Creative Writing
Sand Hill Review
Swan Scythe Press
Tourane Poetry Press
Yuki Teikei Haiku Society

Sunday poetry workshops:
Five workshops to choose from:

Barbara Jane Reyes, 9am-12pm in the Firehouse:
Presenting Kuwentuhan (Talkstory). For this session, we will have a conversation about where we find poems and stories in our everyday lives. Participants will be encouraged to share the places where they hear and tell stories in their family homes, and in their community spaces.

David Perez, 9am-12pm in Renzel Room:
Presenting a poetry composition workshop inspired by the medium of video poetry. Participants will view a series of video poems and discuss various techniques at play in each example. The workshop culminates in several focused creative writing activities that encourage participants to apply these techniques in their own work.

Nils Peterson, 9am-12pm in Markham House:
The Uses of Myth: Stories of Daedalus and Icarus. Many poets have used this story to help express how they go about seeing the world. How does one enter a myth to talk about one's own life? The first 20 to 25 minutes would go over the story and show how several poets have used it. The next 20 minutes will offer a chance to explore the myth yourself. The final minutes would be for sharing thoughts.

Charlotte Muse, 2pm-5pm in Renzel Room:
Since all that we know of the world comes to us through our senses, this workshop is designed to explore and enhance how we as poets use our powers of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight. There will be concrete exercises designed around each specific sense, and we’ll use these exercises as spurs to writing in class. Come shake yourself out of your habitual ways of constructing poems, add new layers of sensory dimension to your work, and enlarge your sense of poetic possibility. Bring openness, a willingness to play, a pen, a pencil, and a few sheets of blank paper. The instructor will provide all other materials. Be prepared to have fun and surprise yourself.

Deborah A. Miranda, 2pm-5pm in the Firehouse:
Composting Demons: Poetry in the midst of the Zombie Apocalypse. How do we summon creative power in the face of our personal and community demons? How can we speak the unspeakable, let alone beauty, when our world seems full of loss, grief, climate change, and political turmoil? This workshop will help you to re-see these demons as a form of poetic compost. Thich Nhat Hanh says that the work of meditation is to transform "compost into flowers." In my experience, that is also the work of poetry. Writing poetry is a way for us to name, explore and re-shape our demons (zombies/traumas/destroyers)—all that scary crap—and use it to grow something beautiful, something powerful, something healing. Through in-class writing exercises, reading and discussing sample poems, as well as the plain old blood, sweat and tears of revision, this workshop is structured to inspire as well as provide you with new tools to continue the work on your own afterwards.

San José Poetry Festival 2017—two full days of inspiration and exploration!

San José Poetry Festival 2017 was presented by Poetry Center San José and is sponsored in part by: Festival and Cultural Affairs grants from the City of San José; a grant from Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council; Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations; with support from History/San José; discounted accomodations from Hotel De Anza; and discounted advertising from Metro.