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Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday!
every Thursday, see Facebook for lineup
New Features weekly!
open mic follows
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Caffe Frascati
315 South First Street, Downtown San Jose
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 Mighty Mike McGee.



San Jose Poetry Slam

First Monday of each month with host Scorpiana Xlent
Monday, February 5, 2018
doors open and sign-ups 7:30, show starts 8pm
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Gordon Biersch
33 E. San Fernando St. downtown San José
Back room next to the patio
Admission $5-10 sliding scale

Cash prizes for Slam winners!


Poets @ Play
Sunday, February 11, 1pm-4pm
tenth annuversary meeting!
Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, 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.

As far as we can tell from early artifacts and relics, the first meeting of Poets@Play was in February of 2008. Therefore, it is 10th anniversary celebration time! This month we will remember these 10 years and continue with writing, listening, learning, stretching, and enjoying our poetic creativity. If you have a poem(s) that you wrote as part of these meetings, or any other writing you want to share, please bring it by. We will have cake along with libations to honor this milestone. Please let us know if you plan to attend so that preparations will be commensurate with the crowd. Join us after at Cafe Stritch for the Valentine's Revel starting at 5:30pm!

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

The Markham House and map:



38th Annual Valentine's Revel

Sunday, February 11, 5:30pm
with Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton, and the For This Hour Singers

Cafe Stritch
374 S 1st St, San Jose, California 95113
Free and open to the public

Lovers, (and that means all of you) come join in an early Valentine's Day Revel with Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton and the For This Hour Singers at Cafe Stritch. Its doors open at 5p.m. and the reading starts at 5:30. Come early, get a glass of wine, stay after for something to eat. Enjoy the poems and music in between. Admission is free.

Sally Ashton served as Santa Clara Poet Laureate, 2011-2013. She is the author of Some Odd Afternoon, Her Name Is Juanita, and These Metallic Days, and is Editor-in-Chief of DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. Recent work appears in Brevity, Zyzzyva, Poet Lore, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Fish Anthology: First Prize Fish Flash Fiction. She teaches at San José State University and in a wide variety of workshops including Disquiet: International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.

Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus in English at San Jose State University, Co-founder of PCSJ, and Emeritus board member for PCSJ. In 2009, he was chosen as the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varied as golf and Shakespeare. His chapbooks include Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing, Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango, For This Day, The Revenge of the Socks, and For This Day II. A collection of poems, The Comedy of Desire edited and introduced by Robert Bly, was published by The Blue Sofa Press. An e-chapbook memoir, Talk In The Reading Room, was published by Wordrunner Press early in 2014



Reading Series
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00pm
features: J Bruce Fuller and Kara Arguello

open mic follows

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$2 admission, no one turned away
Works is on the Market Street edge of the San Jose Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance

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Kara Arguello was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives, works, and writes in San Jose, California. She has had poems recently featured in Across the Margin, Blue Kettle Review, and Caesura. Prior work has appeared in Red Wheelbarrow, Cream City Review, DNA (Dragonfly Press), The Fourth River, and Sugar House Review, among others, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Kara is an attorney with a prominent Bay Area technology company, and above all enjoys the company of her husband and boisterous preschooler son.

J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native, and is currently a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. His chapbooks include The Dissenter's Ground (Hyacinth Girl Press 2017), Notes to a Husband (Imaginary Friend Press 2013), Lancelot (Lazy Mouse Press 2013), 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World (Bandersnatch Books 2010), and Flood which is the winner of the 2013 Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest. He is the co-editor ofVision/Verse 2009-2013: An Anthology of Poetry (Yellow Flag Press 2013). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming at The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, Pembroke Magazine, The Louisiana Review, burntdistrict, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature, among others. He is the editor and publisher of Yellow Flag Press. He received a MFA from McNeese and a PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Upcoming at Well-RED:
March 13: Samantha Lê and Darrell Dela Cruz
April 10: Open mic 40th Anniversary Party
May 8: Deborah Kennedy and Ken Weisner
June 12: ASHA and Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, February 15, 7:00pm
Feature: TBA
open mic follows

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.



VeteransWrite meetings
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
Will return in September
First Friday of each Month, 1pm-4pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, room 390
Downtown San Jose/SJSU
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.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Email to veteranswrite@yahoo.com, with your name, branch of service and dates of service, email address or phone number. Registration and questions left at this email address will receive a reply within a week.

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.


San José Poetry Festival 2017 was a great success.
Join us again in late summer 2018!


Caesura 2016: Bronze Edition is online here.


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