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New Issue of Caesura: The Poetic Games, the World vs Silicon Valley
is now in production


Poets @ Play
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 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.

Questions? Call 408-368-0353
RSVP recommended but not required: poetsatplay@pcsj.org

The Markham House and map:



Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: Tamam Kahn
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

Tamam Kahn is author of Fatima's Touch, Poems and Stories of the Prophet's Daughter, Ruhaniat Press, 2016, and Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad, Monkfish Press, 2010, International Book Award winner, 2011. She includes stories and poems as well as an occasional Spoken Word piece on these 7th century women. Tamam has traveled widely among the mystics of the Middle East, India, and North Africa, was invited by the Royal Ministry of Morocco to read her poetry at the symposium in Marrakesh in 2009. Tamam lived in Damascus in 2003. She read from her book on Fatima at Poet’s House in NYC for The Wide Shore, A Journal of Global Women's Poetry, 2015. She has been awarded writing residencies at Ragdale Foundation and Jentel Artist Residency.


Reading Series
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 7:00pm
features: TBA

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

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Sophomore Survey of English Literature

Saturdays, January 14 to February 4, 2017, 10am to 12pm

Edwin Markham House in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
Free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot on Phelan Avenue.
Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side.

workshop fee for all 4 sessions: $100 PCSJ members, $120 general
Eventbrite - Sophomore Survey of English Literature

Led by Nils Peterson, this course taking place over four consecutive Saturdays will be like skimming stones across a deep pond. Nils will assign 8 to 10 poems for each session, poems that are or should be familiar. We will read a few and discuss a few each time and use one of them as a prompt for a writing exercise. The poems should be available from the internet.

Beginning Saturday January 14th a tentative schedule is as follows:
1. January 14th : Medieval and Elizabethan Prologue to the Canterbury Tales; A few Shakespeare sonnets; A Few of the great Elizabethan lyrics such as "My True Love Hath My Heart and I Have Hers";
2. January 21st : Metaphysicals, Cavaliers, and Rationalists Donne "Valediction Forbidding Morning" and "Go and Catch a Falling Star"; Some Herrick and Marvell "To His /coy Mistress"; Pope's "Essay on Criticism";
3. January 28th: Romantics Blake; Wordsworth, "Tintern Abbey"; Coleridge, "Kublai Khan"; Keats, "Ode to Melancholy"; A few short ones by various and sundry.
4. February 4th: Victorians and, maybe, Moderns Tennyson, "Ulysses" "In Memoriam" selected; Arnold, "Dover Beach"; Browning, "My Last Duchess"; Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock".

Bring: Sack lunch and beverage; writing equipment.

Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus in English at San Jose 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 Jose. An e-chapbook, Talk In The Reading Room, was published by Wordrunner Press early in 2014.



VeteransWrite meeting
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
3rd Wednesday of each Month, 10am-1pm
(beginning in October)
SJSU Burdick Military History
Industrial Studies Bldg. Rm 239, near 9th and San Fernando Streets
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 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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