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cæsura 2020
Om & Ohm, has arrived!
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Reading Series
Tuesday, December 8, special time 6:30pm
featuring authors from Red Wheelbarrow 2020

online on Zoom
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Meeting ID: 884 6963 7981 Passcode: 641280

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

Joe Miller, Rob Pesich, Ken Weisner 

Robert Fanning
Andrew Gent 
Stephen Kuusisto

Ralph James Savarese and Stephen Kuusisto 
Paola Bruni (with Jory Post)

Jory Post
Ellery Akers
Gary Young (Greenhouse Press)

Prize Overview 
Gary Young introduces Broadside (Screen Share)
   1st Prize: AE Hines
   2nd Prize: Arien Reed
        Finalists: Claire Acerno
        Stephen Ackerman
        Bridget Bell
        Chelsea Bunn
        Imani Cezanne
        Susan Florence
        Ben Gunsberg 
        Heidi Richardson

Salinas Valley State Prison
Rose Black

Kevin Cooley, Noah Berger
Mark Harris, Hank Willis Thomas
Dorothy Atkins

Vikram Ramakrishnan
Kim Hecko
Linda Lappin
Helene Simkin Jara
Carol Park
Suzanne Helfman

Farna Fatemi
Lisa Allen Ortiz
David Allen Sullivan 
Charles Atkinson 

8:45 SIGN OFF 
Thank you for coming! 

Co-sponsored by Works/San José

January 12: Sharon Coleman and Monica Sok



San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, December 13, 6:30pm sign-ups, 7pm slam!
Mycah Miller
Hosted by San Jose Slammaster Scorpiana Xlent!

Zoom information to be announced on Facebook
Room opens at 6:30 pm
Sign up list will be open from 6:30 to 7pm, Slam starts at 7
This is a free event!

If you have never been to a Poetry Slam before, a poetry slam is a competition, imagine spoken word poetry as an olympic sport. The rules are simple: 1) Poets must use their own poems. 2) poet must use only one poem per round. 3) no musical accompianment. 4)no props. 5) there is a time limit of 3 minutes and 10 seconds. Going over that will result in a time penalty. This is a two round slam, poets with the highest scores will move up to round two. You can sign up to compete via the chatbox in the zoom room. If you're not competing, we could use judges!

Follow the Slam on Facebook!

Mycah Miller is a CA-based queer poet, artist, and student, and was a member of the winning team of the 2018 Southwest Shootout. She currently attends SJSU as an English major. She creates art as an escape from and commentary on the outside world in a continuous attempt to both understand and connect with others. In her non-writing time, she can be found drinking tea, riding her motorcycle(s), and working as a motorcycle safety instructor. Her work has been featured online by Vagabond City Lit and Gnashing Teeth, among others, as well as in in-person features by the Berkeley Poetry Slam and more. It is a protest, a love letter, and a canvas she has weaved herself thoroughly into. She can be contacted through her Facebook page "Mycah Miller Art," and on Instagram @MycahMillerArt.



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library
Thursday, December 17, 7:00pm
feature tba

online on Zoom

or join by phone, +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) or find your local number here

bios to come.

Upcoming at Third Thursdays:




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

date TBA
Hosted by Anshu Johri & Ritwick Verma

online on Zoom

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




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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