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Caesura 2017 Call for Poetry
deadlines: July 15, 2017 for general public
July 31, 2017 for PCSJ members
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Poets @ Play
Sunday, May 21, 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

With this month's leader Pushpa MacFarlane.

The Markham House and map:



Tea with Mr. E:
A one-day class on T.S. Eliot with Nils Peterson

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00pm
Nils Peterson will offer a class on T.S. Eliot discussing "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "The Wasteland" and one of the Quartets. If there is time, there will be a writing exercise.
$25 PCSJ Members, $35 general, $15 Students
Very limited space, reserve now!

Eventbrite - Tea with Mr. E: A one day class on T.S. Eliot with Nils Peterson 

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

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 Jose. An e-chapbook, Talk In The Reading Room, was published by Wordrunner Press early in 2014. Bring: Writing equipment; Sack Lunch and beverage. Parking and entrance to the campus is on Phelan Avenue.



Reading Series
Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:00pm
feature: Arlene Biala celebrating the release of Spring Mother Tongue anthology

with featured poets from the book

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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We have the great pleasure of presenting the release of spring mother tongue, edited by Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala. Copies of the anthology will be available. This will be a full night of readings by authors including: America Cihuapilli Irineo, ASHA, Arlene Biala, Jade Bradbury, Darrell Dela Cruz, Lorenz Dumuk, Parthenia Hicks, Larry Taylor Hollist, Joel Katz, Lita Kurth, Pushpa McFarlane, Quynh-Mai Nguyen, Nils Peterson, Anthony Santa Ana, Ann Sherman, Donna Steelman, and Jarvis Subia.

From spring mother tongue:
Dear Reader, In these pages you will find us. The stories behind our names, the origins, hopes, expectations, and honor songs. We call Santa Clara County "home" even if we consider ourselves far away from our true homeland or drifting between homelands. You will find us in varying ages, spaces, beliefs, ethnicities, languages, and colors of music. You will find us in "tu eres mi otro yo"/"you are my other me" and we can recognize each other. You may recognize yourself in us. You may recall your own name(s) and stories around it/them and be moved to use your own poetic voice. I hope that you do. In my time as the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, I've been honored to share space with fierce, beautiful poets of our community. In this collection are twenty-three of our local poets who have come to talk story with you. I thank them for creating space to help us be better. I thank you for sharing the space with us.

In Community Spirit and Poetry,
Arlene Angeles Biala
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

Upcoming at Well-RED:
July 11: Joel Katz and Robert Perry celebrating the release of a book of English/Dutch poetry released by Dutch Poets Press;
August 8: Carlos Reyes and Dennis Noren;
September 12: Parthenia Hicks and Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian;
October 10: Erica Goss and Adrian Matejka
November 14: Caesura 2017 book release and reading
December 12: Red Wheelbarrow release party and celebration of Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize.



Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: TBA
open mic evening

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.



Eastridge Open Mic
with host Lorenz Dumuk
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6:00pm
Feature: TBA
open mic follows

Barnes & Noble at Eastridge Mall
2200 Eastridge Loop, Suite #1420, San José
Nearest cross streets are Tully and E. Capitol Expressway
Free and open to the public

Bio to come.



VeteransWrite meetings
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
Frist 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 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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