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Events and News:

Caesura 2017 Call for Poetry
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New Issue of Caesura: The Poetic Games, the World vs Silicon Valley

is now available for pick-up at all PCSJ events!

 


PCSJ Membership Appreciation Potluck and Caesura Reading

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:00am-3:00pm
with 1pm Caesura Poets Reading and Open Mic

The Empire Fire House at History Park, San Jose
1650 Senter Road, San Jose, 95112
Admission Free!

We love our members! Join us for a potluck to show our appreciation. This is a special event to bring together and thank PCSJ members, friends and partners for the continued support of PCSJ. We'll celebrate our successes over the past year, and give you a glimpse of exciting events and programs we have in store for the year ahead including information about the upcoming San Jose Poetry Festival on October 21st and 22nd. You will have a chance to learn about volunteer and Board membership opportunities with PCSJ. There will be a reading featuring authors from Caesura followed by an open mic so of course bring a poem to share! Also, copies of the latest Caesura will be available if you haven't already picked up your member copy.

Poetry Center will provide food and drinks. You are also welcome to contribute a main dish, side dish or dessert to share (8-10 servings). It will be a delightful afternoon with good friends, food and poetry. All current and prospective members are invited! To help us coordinate, you can also register for free via Eventbrite at the following link: Potluck RSVP

 


Well-RED
Reading Series
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7:00pm
feature: Yesika Salgado

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!

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city and her brown body. Yesika has shared her work in venues and campuses throughout the country. In 2013 she published her first collection of poetry titled The Luna poems. She is a member of the 2014 and 2016 Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and placed top 10 in the nation both years. Her work has been featured in Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Neon Magazine, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and many other digital platforms. She is the Co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire, a Huffington Post contributor and recently released her second collection of poetry titled WOES. To keep up with Yesika follow her on Instagram (@yesikastarr).

Next at Well-RED:
May 9: Tania Martin and Caesar Kent

 


Eastridge Open Mic

with host Lorenz Dumuk
Tuesday, April 18, 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.

 

Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 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.

 

 

VeteransWrite meeting
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.

 

Poets @ Play
March date to come, 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

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