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SJ Poetry Slam

Slam Master, Scorpiana Xlent
Monday, May 7, 2018
doors open and sign-ups 7:30, show starts 8pm
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Gordon Biersch
33 E. San Fernando St. downtown San José
Back room next to the patio
Admission $5-10 sliding scale

Cash prizes for Slam winners!


Reading Series
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00pm
features: Deborah Kennedy and Ken Weisner

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

A writer and artist, Deborah Kennedy's work has been presented in the United States and Europe. Her recent book, Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth (2016, White Cloud Press), combines thoughtful poetry and intriguing illustrations to capture the bond between ourselves and the larger natural world. Nature Speaks won national awards including the 2017 Eric Hoffer Poetry Book Award and a Silver Nautilus Poetry Book Award. Her art exhibitions include numerous solo and group shows featuring objects and conceptually-based installations focusing on ecological and social themes. Her work has been widely reviewed and she has received grants and awards from art councils and museums in California. Kennedy lives in San José, California where she teaches college classes and poetry workshops. She presents poetry readings with multimedia slide lectures at bookstores, schools, and to poetry, ecology and spiritual groups. Deborah can often be found hiking in an urban riparian corridor where she spots osprey, hawks and herons and in the evening she watches for moon bows, earthshine and other modern miracles.

Ken Weisner enjoys his day job as a De Anza College Community College English teacher. He both advises and edits Red Wheelbarrow, their literary journal. He also coordinates, with Poetry Center San José, the annual Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize--this year's final judge, Naomi Shihab Nye. For fifteen years, Ken edited Quarry West out of Porter College, UCSC. Ken has published two volumes of his own poetry with Santa Cruz's Hummingbird Press, including Anything on Earth (2010), and will publish a third book this fall (2018). Ken's past includes an Iowa MFA, a UCSC PhD, the Santa Cruz Brass Quintet, a decent glove, opposite field hitting, a sidearm curveball, an incredible partner named Becky, and two wonderful sons. Ken's poems have appeared most recently in Perfume River Poetry Review, Catamaran, Nine Mile, Porter Gulch Review, and Phren-Z. Ken also teaches poetry writing at Salinas Valley State Prison.

Upcoming at Well-RED:
June 12: ASHA and Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, May 17, 7:00pm
Feature: Mighty Mike McGee

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.

Mike brings out a mixture of spoken word and humor to his performances. His award marks a broadening of Poetry Center San Jose's offerings to include younger people. Mike McGee is the first slam poet to win both the American National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship (2006). His poetry publications include "The Graveyard Shift," From Page to the Stage; "Open Letter to Neil Armstrong," Spoken Revolution Redux; and In Search of Midnight: A Collection of Poems by Mike McGee. As a poet, he has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has performed at the University of Paris, on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, on CBC Radio & Television, and is a regular on NPR's Snap Judgment. McGee is the fifth and current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate.

upcoming featuresL
June 21: Lisa Rosenberg
September 20: David Eisenbach
October 18: David Denny


Poetry workshop with Nils Peterson: Writing with Robert

Saturday, May 19, 1:00-4:00pm
Non-members: $75 Members of PCSJ: $50 Student: $25
Eventbrite - Poetry workshop with Nils Peterson: Writing with Robert

Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112

For almost 30 years Robert Bly came to lead a writing seminar in January or February. He left a legacy of writing exercises, suggestions, and wisdom about what makes a good poem. It was my privilege to participate and my good fortune to remember much. This workshop is designed to pass some of his ways of working along.

Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus in English at San José State University. In 2009 he was chosen the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varied as golf and Shakespeare. Nils has been singing in chorales for more than 60 years. His chapbooks include: Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing, Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango, For This Day, The Revenge of the Socks, and For This Day II. A collection of poems, The Comedy of Desire, edited and introduced by Robert Bly, was published by The Blue Sofa Press. His newest collection, A Walk to the Center of Things, was published by Poetry Center San José. An e-chapbook, Talk In The Reading Room, was published by Wordrunner Press early in 2014.

Parking: Please enter History Park from Phelan Avenue. Free parking is available at the Staff/Volunteer parking lot on Phelan Avenue, on the left 100 feet from the main entrance. Paid parking is available at the end of Phelan Avenue for $6.


Poets @ Play
Sunday, May date to come, 1pm-4pm
watch for details
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

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


San José Poetry Festival 2017 was a great success.
Join us again in late summer 2018!


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