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Last Updated, November 2022

Bauchhaar Mela

Alok Khare, Rajeev Bharol, Kohinoor Chakravarti & Lalit Kumar!

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Co-sponsored by Shiv Durga Temple
3550 Flora Vista Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051
2:30-5:00 p.m. (PDT)

Hosted by Anshu Johri and Sanjay Mathur!
For more information email bauchhaar@gmail.com


Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Painter, Poet, & Pacifist

September 17- December 30, 2022
The Triton Museum of Art is pleased to present the first major exhibition of paintings by the phenomenal artist, poet, publisher, and activist, Lawrence Ferlinghetti since his passing at the age of 101 in 2021! More than an exhibition, Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Painter, Poet, & Pacifist is a series of events so big, so profound, that it takes more than just the Museum to host it. For such an important opportunity, the Triton Museum of Art is pleased and proud to partner with Poetry Center San José, and the Lawrence Ferlinghetti Artworks Trust, with participation from the Beat Museum in San Francisco, the Santa Clara Public Library, some of the region’s most celebrated poets and Poet Laureates, and more!

Please join us at the Triton Museum for this exciting presentation of Ferlinghetti’s art, work, and life. In addition to the exhibition of his dynamic, sometimes raw, always profound and powerful art, the Triton Museum will host a special event, an evening of readings by the Santa Clara County and San Francisco Poets Laureate!

November 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Poetry Readings by Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, Tshaka Campbell and San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin! Free and open to the public.

Help Triton Museum of Art acquire this important collection of Lawrence Ferlinghetti paintings. The goal is to raise $40,000. Visit their Go Fund Me campaign for more information here.

This exhibition and programming are made possible by The Lawrence Ferlinghetti Artworks Trust; Diane Roby, R|E|D Communications & Art Services; and Poetry Center San José. We also extend our thanks to the Santa Clara Public Library; The Beat Museum, San Francisco; Christopher Felver, Photographer

The exhibition programs at the Triton Museum of Art are made possible with support from the City of Santa Clara; SVCreates; and Applied Materials Foundation. This event is also supported in part by Poets & Writers.

Poetry Lounge

Poetry Lounge

Saturday, November 12, 2022
Co-sponsored by Willow Glen Public Library Hosted by Lesa Medley!
1:00 p.m. (PDT)

To attend, email the host at lcmedley016@gmail.com to receive your Zoom link.


San José Poetry Slam



Chris Loc!

Sunday, November 13, 2022
Co-sponsored by Tabard Theatre
Hosted by Mighty Mike McGee!

Tabard Theatre
29 N San Pedro Street
San José, CA 95110
6:30 PM (PST)

Chris Lok has been an arts advocate for over 20 years. As an emcee and poet, he has performed across the country and Canada and competed in 4 national poetry tournaments. In 2012, he chaired the San Jose Slam Committee, a group that organizes and promotes slam poetry in San Jose. He then became a part of the 4th class of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI), centered in the Mexican Heritage Plaza School of Arts and Culture in East Side San Jose. Through MALI, he applied for and received a grant to produce the AAPI spoken word feature event called Slam and Rice. Recently, he joined the board of Chopsticks Alley Art and right now, he is stoked to be here at the San Jose Poetry Slam!

Well-RED Reading Series

Ruth Nolan & Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez!
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Co-sponsored by Works/San José art and performance center

7:00 PM (PST)
Register in advance for this event


Ruth Nolan grew up in the Mojave Desert and is professor of Creative Writing at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA. A California desert literature scholar, she is editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books) and co-editor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (Scarlet Tanager.) She’s also curator of the humanities project Fire on the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of
Inland Southern California, based in part on Ruth’s experiences fighting wildfire for the USFS and BLM CA Desert District. She is author of a new poetry book, After the Dome Fire (Bamboo Dart) and her writing has been published in Boom: California; KCET Los Angeles; McSweeney’s; News from Native California; Joshua Tree: Where Two Deserts Meet (Wildsam / National Parks) and Writing the Golden State: The New Literary Terrain of California (Angel City Press, 2023). Ruth has developed and taught the popular Writing Your Inner Desert workshop for the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park for the past several years and is co-founder of the creative writing program of the Inlandia Institute in Southern California. She is currently serving as the Mojave Desert Literary Laureate.



Poetry Exchange

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Co-sponsored by Los Gatos Public Library

Hosted by Lesa Medley!
1:00 PM (PST)

To attend, email the host at lcmedley016@gmail.com to receive your Zoom link. 



Poets @ Play
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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

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