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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!


Write an Ode! A Workshop with Sally Ashton

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 10am to 3pm
with break for lunch

Empire Firehouse at History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
PCSJ members $75, non-members $85,
students $30 (must bring ID)

From Sally Ashton, past Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County and Adjunct Professor of creative writing at SJSU:

Dear Poets, In a season of so much bad news, we must find ways to keep our spirits up and our poetry flowing. What better way than to write an Ode, the poem of celebration! Take a break with me July 30th for a day-long workshop to do just that. We’ll look at the classic ode, review contemporary models, then you'll write one of your own. You'll master a form, write a new poem, have fun with fellow poets, and find a bit of refreshment for the soul.

BRING: Writing equipment; BYOSack Lunch/Beverage; Your jaded spirit.


Reading Series
Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7:00pm
featuring Ted Gehrke and Erin Redfern

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

Join the event on Facebook!

Ted Gehrke was born in Portland, Oregon and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the midst of redwoods. Founder of the Fountain Blues Festival, he has been a major force in cultivating the music scene of San Jose for decades having featured such greats as Bo Diddley, Etta James, Koko Taylor and Buddy Guy. He's finishing the follow-up to his book, Dedicate Me To Your Favorite Charity, and working on a novel.

Erin Redfern's poetry has appeared locally in Zyzzyva, Red Wheelbarrow, and Porter Gulch Review. In 2015 she co-edited Poetry Center San Jose's print publication, Caesura, and for the past two years she has served as poetry judge for the San Francisco Unified School District's Arts Festival. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net by Crab Fat Literary Magazine and Blue Lyra Review, and she is a 2016 winner of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award given by the Poetry Society of America. Since returning to her native San Jose after completing her PhD in English in 2003, Erin has lived here as a teacher, tutor, and writing mentor. Her first chapbook will be released this November by Blue Lyra Press. You can read her poetry online at www.erinredfern.net.


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, August 18, 2016, 7:00pm
Feature TBA
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
returns in August
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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