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Events and News:

Caesura 2016 Call for Submissions:
Poetic Games: The World Versus Silicon Valley Issue
Deadline: August 5, 2016 for general public
August 21, 2016 for PCSJ members

New Issue of Caesura: Fusion
Available for pick-up by members or purchase by others at all events!

 


Coming September 18, 2016! Find more on the festival page!

 


Well-RED
Reading Series
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:00pm
featuring Tshaka Campbell and Scorpiana X

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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Scorpiana Xlent is a Bronx raised poet, spoken word artist, and armchair activist who now makes San Jose her home and considers herself equal parts New Yorker and Northern Californian. A member of The San Jose Poetry Slam's 2014 slam team competing in Nationals, she has also featured at venues in New York, Florida, and California. Scorpiana's poems have been published in two anthologies: "Fruition" and "The Bandana Republic." She also has her own book "Inked." In addition to writing and performing she has taught youth poetry workshops in San Jose. Scorpiana X is currently the Slam Master for The San Jose Slam. She likes bacon and chocolate, but not together, and has learned to accept her caffeine addiction.

 


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday,September 15, 2016, 7:00pm
Feature: Erin Redfern
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.

 

 

Poets @ Play
Date Coming for September!
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.

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

The Markham House and map:

 

 

VeteransWrite meeting
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
4th Sunday of the Month, 1pm-4pm

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.

Poetry Center San Jose is offering a monthly writing group at Markham House in History Park 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 has a life long interest in poetry and her work has been included in the 2011 anthology REMEMBERING: Poems Read at Willow Glen Books and 2009 Family Album Santa Clara County. She has been the featured reader at Stone Griffen Gallery Art and the Spoken Word, and TEN10 Gallery. Her poem American Dream received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Los Gatos Poetry Contest. She is a longtime member of Poetry Center San Jose and the Willow Glen Poetry Project. Amy has 30 years experience as an Occupational Health Manager and Rehabilitation Counselor. She has an MA in Counseling from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, an MA in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a BA in English Literature from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

 

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