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Cæsura 2018 CALL closes July 1 (July 15 for PCSJ members)
Go to the Cæsura CALL page.

Events:


San José Poetry Festival 2018 is coming
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14!

See details and reserve your tickets!

 


Poets @ Play
Sunday, July 15, 1pm-3:30pm
this month: Jarvis Subia, SJ Grand Slam Poetry Champ
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.

Jarvis Subia, San Jose's 2018 Grand Slam Poetry Champ and a youth poetry workshop facilitator, will be facilitating a poetry and personal story writing workshop. This will include elements such a check in, word pallets, poetry from current spoken word artists, group discussion, open sharing, and writing prompts. The purpose of this 1.5 to 2 hour workshop would be to generate drafts of writing hopefully to be read on stage.

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

The Markham House and map:

 



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, July 19, 7:00pm
Feature: Nick Butterfield

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.

Nick Butterfield grew up in Boulder Colorado. Currently in Family Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Gilroy California, he also provides medical care in the Healthcare for the Homeless Project Mobile Clinic in the South Bay and Migrant Camps. Nick met Amy Meir and Jeffrey Leonard after writing "PTSD" in 2014 Caesura,and now co-facilitates Veterans Write Group at Martin Luther King Library on First Friday of the month. Participants are guaranteed a free box lunch and drink and time to write. Nick says, "I like that this venue is available to anyone who thinks he or she should be there." We have Vets and Non-Vets and I always feel something good happened. Nick started participating in Open Mic Poetry reading 22 years ago in 1996, with Jean Emerson hosting at Willow Glen Bookstore with her husband amidst the cashier noise and customers. I recall about 6 people showed up in the early days and before we knew it, it was hard to find parking. My wife and I feel thoroughly enriched every time we come to Third Thursday Poetry readings, held at the Willow Glen Library in the community. I was the featured reader six years ago or so, and I’m honored to read again. .

upcoming features:
September 20: David Eisenbach
October 18: David Denny

 

Well-RED
Reading Series
Tuesday, August 14, 7:00pm
features: Joyce E. Young and David Denny

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

Bios to come.

upcoming in Well-RED:
Sept 11: Lisa Dominguez Abraham and Stephen Kessler
Oct 9: Melissa Stein and Mark Heinlein with Myles Forman
Nov 13: Caesura release party
Dec 11: Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine release party

 

Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday with Mighty Mike McGee!
see Facebook for lineup, new features weekly!
open mic follows
Follow Live Lit on Facebook!

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 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee.

 



VeteransWrite meetings
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
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 Requested: 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.

 


SJ Poetry Slam

Slam Master, Scorpiana Xlent
UPCOMING EVENTS ON HOLD AS WE LOOK FOR A NEW SLAM VENUE
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With Gordon Biersch closing, the San Jose Poetry Slam is looking for a new home. Stay tuned for updates on the return of the Slam!

 

Caesura 2017 is available for pick-up or purchase at PCSJ events!


Caesura 2017 Online Selections are here!

 

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