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Workshop with Tongo Eisen-Martin:
Let Unity Do The Work

Saturday, February 22, 11am-3pm

PCSJ members and students $20, General $35
Get Tickets Here!

Edwin Markham House in History Park
635 Phelan Avenue, San José, CA 95112
Free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot on Phelan Avenue.
Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side

Held in the Edwin Markham House inside History Park, the space can hold a class of up to twelve people in an atmosphere that feels much like your own living room surrounded by the park's quiet serenity. It's perfect for brainstorming, reading, writing and small group discussions, as well as roaming the park to find that perfect moment of writing solitude.

Please bring what you need to write along with a couple of poems you are working on. Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. His latest curriculum on the topic, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His poems have been published in Harper's Magazine and the New York Times Magazine. His book of poems titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.


 


San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, March 8
feature: TBA
Hosted by Santa Clara Couty Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee

doors and sign up list opens at 6:00pm
sign up list closes at 6:55pm
Show starts at 7pm

cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
Follow the Slam on Facebook!

Caravan Lounge
98 S Almaden Ave
in downtown San José at the corner of San Fernando St. and Almaden Ave.
Admission Free
21 and over, cash bar (they do have an atm)

bio to come

 

 

Well-RED
Reading Series
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:00pm
features: Barbara Jane Reyes & Oscar Bermeo

open mic follows

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$3 donation at the door
Works is on the Market Street edge of the San José Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance

bios to come.

Upcoming in Well-RED:
Apr. 14: Poetry Month Open Mic
May 12: Mimi Ahern & Roger Abe of Yuki Teikei Haiku Society with Mary Lou Taylor
June 9: Andrena Zawinski & tba

Poets @ Play
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1pm-4pm
topic: tba
Edwin Markham House in History Park
635 Phelan Avenue, 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

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

The Markham House and map:

 

 

Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library
Thursday, March 19, 7:00pm
Feature: Alan Soldofski and students

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

bio to come.

Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday with Mighty Mike McGee!
see Facebook for lineup, new features weekly!
open mic follows
Follow Live Lit on Facebook!

Caffe Frascati
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.

 

 



VeteransWrite meetings
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
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.

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.

 

 


Thanks to all who attended events in the 2019 San José Poetry Festival! See highlights on Facebook and YouTube!


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