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San José Poetry Festival, September 8 through 13 online!



San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, August 9, 6:30pm sign-ups, 7pm slam!
Featuring Caleb Zachary Matthews
Hosted by Scorpiana Xlent!

Practicing social distancing, we will gather via Zoom. Details below.

Here's a rundown of how we are going to roll: Zoom room and sign-up list opens at 6:30. If you want to share a poem, sign-ups will be in the zoom room chat box. Two poems each. You may sign up again after your turn if you want to go again. We will keep going until either 10 o'clock or we run out of poets willing to share. We will most likely be doing an open mic instead of a slam. The regular slam format will return in September.

Caleb is a slam poet and children's book author. He was the Grand Slam Champion of St. Louis and Oakland, and made the Orlando, San José, Santa Cruz and Berkeley. Slam teams. He's represented DeLand, Oakland, and San Francisco at the Individual World Poetry Slam. His first children's book was published in 2015, Where Love Began. His second book was published in 2018, My Precious Child.

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Meeting ID: 816 7047 9818

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Reading Series
Tuesday, August 11, 7pm on Zoom
featuring Safia Elhillo and MK Chavez
open mic preceeds the featured readers

online on Zoom
registration link to come

Co-sponsored by Works/San José

Well-RED goes online again this month featuring Safia Elhillo and MK Chavez!

Zoom channel opens at 7:00pm.

Open mic follows the featured reading. Each participant has 5 minutes.

MK Chavez is the award-winning author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal. Chavez is co-curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She is the recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award of an Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. Her most recent publications can be found in bags of coffee from Nomadic Coffee and on the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series.

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and an Arab American Book Award, Girls That Never Die (One World/Random House 2021), and the novel in verse Home Is Not A Country (Make Me A World/Random House, 2021).

Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she holds an MFA from The New School, a Cave Canem Fellowship, and a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee (receiving a special mention for the 2016 Pushcart Prize), co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and listed in Forbes Africa’s 2018 "30 Under 30."

Safia’s work appears widely in journals and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and The Penguin Book of Migration Literature. Her work has been translated into several languages, and commissioned by Under Armour, Cuyana, and the Bavarian State Ballet. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019). She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and lives in Oakland.


Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, August 20, 7:00pm
featuring Caroline Goodwin

online on Zoom
registration link to come

bio to come

Upcoming at Third Thursdays:
September: Peter Carroll




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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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

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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