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बौछार - Bauchhaar
a theme based monthly literary reading series in Hindi and English

Saturday, October 24, 8:00pm
Hosted by Anshu Johri & Ritwick Verma

online on Zoom
register here and join at the event time!

Featured guests will discuss experimental poetry followed by an open mic.



Reading Series
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm
featuring "California Burning: NorCal and Coast"

online on Zoom
register here and join at the event time!

or phone in +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 884 6963 7981, Passcode: 641280
or find your local number here

Readers for California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology:
Opal Palmer Adisa
Kirsten Casey
Molly Fisk
Rafael Jesus Gonzaléz
Maxima Kahn
Devi S. Laskar
Indigo Moor
Sarah Pape
Kim Shuck
Alan Soldofsky

Readers for Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California:
Susan Cohen
Lucille Lang Day
Iris Jamahl Dunkle
Donna Emerson
Maureen Eppstein
Ben Gucciardi
Tobey Hiller
Susan Kelly-DeWitt
Kathleen McClung
Ruth Nolan.

About the editors:

Lucille Lang Day
is the author of seven full-length poetry collections and four poetry chapbooks. Her latest collection is Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place (Blue Light Press, November 2020). She has also coedited two anthologies, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California and Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California, and published two children's books and a memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story. Her many honors include the Blue Light Poetry Prize, two PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Awards, the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, and ten Pushcart Prize nominations. The founder and publisher of Scarlet Tanager Books, she received her MA in English and MFA in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and her BA in biological sciences, MA in zoology, and PhD in science/mathematics education at the University of California at Berkeley. https://lucillelangday.com

Ruth Nolan
 grew up in California's Mojave Desert and worked as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service during the 1980s. She is coeditor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, which placed as a finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award in Poetry, and editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California's Deserts. Her writing has been published/is forthcoming in Boom, CaliforniaWomen's Studies Quarterly; KCET L.A.; News from Native California; Desert Oracle; Sierra Club Desert Report; Los Angeles Times; Desert Sun/USA Today. She is curator of the documentary project Fire on the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California, which has been the recipient of grants from College of the Desert, Phi Kappa Phi, and the California Writers Residency/ 1888 Center program. Ruth is Professor of English and creative writing at College of the Desert.

Molly Fisk
 edited California Fire & Water, A Climate Crisis Anthology, with a Poets Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. She's the author of The More Difficult BeautyListening to Winter, and Houston, We Have a Possum among other books and has won grants from the NEA, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Fisk lives in the Sierra foothills, where she teaches writing to cancer patients, provides weekly commentary to community radio, and works as a radical life coach. Visit her on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mollyfisk

Co-sponsored by Works/San José



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm
featuring TBA

online on Zoom

or phone in +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 965 7899 0053, Passcode: Poetry
or find your local number here

Bio to come.

Upcoming at Third Thursdays:



San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, October TBA, 6:30pm sign-ups, 7pm slam!
Hosted by Scorpiana Xlent!

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VeteransWrite volume 1, an anthology of poetry

PCSJ will publish an anthology of poetry and visual art by veterans and family members of veterans.

Thanks to all who supported the Kickstarter drive. The book is being produced and we'll post how everyine can support the project and purchase a copy.

The anthology VeteransWrite volume 1 is a superb collection of creative writing, poetry and visual art by the members of this group to inspire hope and cultivate the literary expression among our veterans.

Jeffrey Leonard, Nick Butterfield and Amy Meier began VeteransWrite five years ago as a group of writers who wanted to connect with and help veterans. They were distressed by the number of suicides occurring among our soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Approximately two years ago, the group welcomed writers who are not veterans but rather, veterans of life. VeteransWrite is a monthly writing group for veterans of any age, any military experience and for family members of veterans; all levels of writing experience from beginner to experienced are welcome.



Poets @ Play
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:



Live Lit Writers Open Mic
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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

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 2020 San José Poetry Festival! Highlights to come on Facebook and YouTube!


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