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Cæsura 2020 call now open!
deadline: June 1, 2020, June 15 for PCSJ members

ONLINE EVENTS:

 


Well-RED

Reading Series

Tuesday, July 14, 7pm on Zoom
featuring Jeanine U-C and Indigo Moor
open mic follows

online on Zoom
Free, register on Eventbrite!

presented with Works/San José

Typically featured at Works/San José art and performance center, performance begins via Zoom at 7:00pm sharp!

First 15 people to register for a free ticket get on the open mic list. Curators will email all registrants the meeting ID and password.

Each open mic participant has 5 minutes.

Jeanine U-C won last July's Anarchy Poetry Slam. Two of her poems were published in last year's Caesura, "Ash Wednesday February 14, 2018" in the paperback version and "Punks" in the online version. Jeanine published two chapbooks: "Allowed Aloud" in 2018, "Let Go of Detachment" in 2019. Another chapbook is forthcoming. Its title; "Too Pretty to Be Porn." It's taken her whole life to get to be this age.

Poet Laureate Emeritus of Sacramento, Indigo Moor's fourth book of poetry Everybody's Jonesin' for Something, took second place in the University of Nebraska Press' Backwater Prize and will be published spring 2021. His second book, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. His first and third books, Tap-Root and In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, were both part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series. In addition to poetry, Indigo has produced award-winning plays, short fiction, and essays. His stage-turned-screenplay Live! at the Excelsior was optioned as a full-length film. He is a former teacher at the Stonecoast MFA Program and a Cave Canem fellow. Indigo sits on the advisory board for both the Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center and the Sacramento Poetry Center. A 10-year veteran of the US Navy and a twice-decorated Gulf War Veteran, Indigo divides his time between writing, teaching, and Integrated Circuit Layout Engineering for computer companies.

 



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, July 16, 7:00pm
featuring Jane Ormerod

online on Zoom
ticket link to come

Jane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press), and the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books). Her work also appears in numerous publications, including From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, Maintenant, Marsh Hawk Press Review, POSTstranger, The Pedestal, Sensitive Skin, The Nervous Breakdown, and Paris Lit Up. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA, an independent press focusing on unpredictable and innovative poetry and prose. www.greatweatherformedia.com

Upcoming at Third Thursdays:
August: Caroline Goodwin
September: Peter Carroll

 

 

ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 


San José Poetry Slam
WILL RETURN
STAY TUNED
Hosted by Santa Clara Couty Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee

doors and sign up list opens at 6:00pm
sign up list closes at 6:55pm
Show starts at 7pm

cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
Follow the Slam on Facebook!

Caravan Lounge
98 S Almaden Ave
in downtown San José at the corner of San Fernando St. and Almaden Ave.
Admission Free
21 and over, cash bar (they do have an atm)

 

Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library
WILL RETURN
STAY TUNED

Willow Glen Library
1157 Minnesota Avenue, San José, CA, 95125
(408) 808-3045 or (408) 266-1361
Free and open to the public.

Thurd Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library will return in April

 

Poets @ Play
WILL RETURN
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
WILL RETURN
open mic follows
Follow Live Lit on Facebook!

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
WILL RETURN

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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