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Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, February 21, 7:00pm
Feature: Diane Moomey

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.

Diane Moomey has lived and wandered around the US and Canada, and now dips her gardener’s hands in California dirt. A regular reader at San Francisco Bay Area poetry venues, Diane has published prose and poetry, most recently in Mezzo Cammin, The Sand Hill Review, California Poetry Quarterly, Caesura, and Red Wheelbarrow, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, she won prizes and Honorable Mentions in the Sonnet and Creative Non-Fiction categories of the Soul Making Keats Literary Contest. Her most recent poetry book, Nothing But Itself, will be available in February. To know more, please visit https://www.pw.org/content/diane_moomey Diane is also a watercolorist and collage artist, an experience that both seeds and is seeded by, her poetic imagery. To view her artwork, please visit www.dianeleemoomeyart.com


Where to Publish Your Wonderful Poetry!

Sunday, February 24, 2019 11:00am-2:00pm
Workshop with Amy Holman

Empire Firehouse at History Park
1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

PCSJ Members $90, Non-members $100, Students: $30
Eventbrite - Where to Publish Your Wonderful Poetry!

Amy Holman will teach poets how to figure out where their wonderful poems belong in the literary marketplace, whether in print or online, with literary journals, as chapbooks or full-length collections. She will work with you to organize a personalized publishing notebook that will help in your research, with shortcuts to narrowing down where your poems belong. Using her practical methodology for evaluating editorial subject and style interests at magazines and presses, she will lead participants through the evaluation of several literary journals and small and independent presses, teach you how to describe your writing, and how to present yourself to editors and publishers. One-on-One Meetings, fifteen minute sessions (optional, in order of sign up): Five spaces available, these will follow the main workshop and take place in the Markham House (additional $20 fee). Poets will have the option of having Amy read three poems and suggest two magazines for those poems as a head start to the research she has taught, or she will discuss with you where to publish a chapbook or collection after reading a description and two poems.

Amy Holman is a literary consultant and published poet and prose writer. She teaches writers how to be savvy about the writing business, and communicate about their writing in conversation and in print. Her practical, custom-tailored methodology for evaluating publishing points of view has been a benefit to the thousands of writers who have attended her lectures and seminars or hired her for individual consultations. She is the author of the collection, Wrens Fly Through this Opened Window (Somondoco Press, 2010), described by one reviewer as "part freak show, part searing insight," An Insider's Guide to Creative Writing Programs: Choosing the Right MA of MFA Program, Colony, Residency, Grant or Fellowship, (Prentice Hall Press, 2006), and four poetry collections, including the prizewinning Wait for Me, I'm Gone (Dream Horse Press, 2005), which reviewer called "revelatory and grave, and light as a cloud." She is currently at work on a small collection of poems and watercolors, and has poems forthcoming in Gargoyle and The Westchester Review.


Poets N Film
Cinequest Film Festival
Thursday March 7, 2019, 7:15pm
Special guest poet is California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia!
Celebrating the power of the spoken word in poetry, music, and film!

Hammer Theatre
$15.00 general admission

Poetry Center San Jose partners with Cinequest to present an extraordinary Poets N Film night with support from Reed Magazine and Stabbydoll Media. The poet performers will bring on the stage poetry that challenges the heart and mind. Poets will dive into social and political warfare, skim the foamy cream of romance, and pluck the strings of a broken heart. The performances will involve dance, costume, projected visuals and live music with the unique sounds from the renowned local band Rebel's Kamp.

The eclectic performers include guest poet (California Poet Laureate) Dana Gioia, Kimy Martinez, Bill Cozzini, Robert Pesich, Venus Jones, SevenKelee Lucky 7 Boult, Claire Hawkins, Lane Berger, and (Santa Clara Poet Laureate) Mighty Mike McGee. The evening will continue with short poetry films by Blank Verse Films and Stabbydoll Media. (Poets N Film photo by Lizzy Bentley)

Bill Cozzini and the Invasive Species (Alicia Parke & Kimy Martist) will emcee this exciting event! Live music by Rebels Kamp!

Tickets and bios online: https://payments.cinequest.org/WebSales/pages/info.aspx
25% off this program = $9, use Promo Code at checkout: Poets9

More about the featured poets at: https://www.kmartist.com/single-post/2019/02/19/POETS-N-FILM-2019-CINEQUEST-FILM-FESTIVAL
(Poets N Film photo by Lizzy Bentley).



San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, March 10
hosted by Mighty Mike McGee, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate
feature: TBA

Doors and sign up list opens at 5:00pm
Sign up list closes at 5:29pm
Show starts at 5:30
Follow the Slam on Facebook!

at Cafe Stritch
374 South First Street
in downtown San José
Admission: $5 to $10 sliding scale
(and yes we do accept credit cards)

bio to come.


Reading Series
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00pm
feature: TBA

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 José Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance

Bio to come.


Poets @ Play
Sunday, March 17, 1pm-4pm
topic: Vibrant Words
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.

In Poets@Play, February edition we will again use prompts from Erica Goss’ book Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspiration for Poets, supplemented by a few others. This is a chance to continue honing your writing skills and collaborating with others.

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 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
First Friday of each Month, 1pm-4pm

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.

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