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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.

Support the project and order your copy of the book here!

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.




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

Saturday, September 26, 8:00pm
Hosted by Anshu Johri & Ritwick Verma

online on Zoom join the event from this link!
or join by phone: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 892 2457 5262 Passcode: 441910

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

Anshu Johri authors short stories, poems and plays in English and Hindi. She has a M.S in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University, California. Her work in English has appeared in Sage, Caesura, Dukool, Vine leaves Literary Journal, Calliope, Creation and Criticism, and others. Her published works in Hindi include three poetry collections and two short story collections and publication in reputed Hindi literary journals of the world. Her books are available on Kindle, Audible, ITunes and Amazon worldwide. She actively organizes literary events in the Bay Area exploring collaborative forms of poetry and translation. Besides writing, her other passions are theatre, painting and music. Connect to her through facebook.

Ritwik Verma is an actor, poet and stand up comic with more than 10 years of experience in improv, theater and stand up comedy. As an aficionado of Hindi and Urdu poetry, he regularly reads and writes poetry and ghazals. He has performed and enthralled audiences at open mics and events interspersing his poetry and ghazals with light humor.



Reading Series
Tuesday, October 13, 7pm on Zoom
featuring Caesura 2020 Poets

Co-sponsored by Works/San José



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library
Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm
featuring TBA

online on Zoom

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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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

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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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