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Current Issue of Caesura: Fusion
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Well-RED
Reading Series
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00pm
feature: Red Wheelbarrow poets

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!

bios to come

 


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00pm
Feature: Nils Peterson
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

Nils Peterson, Professor Emeritus from San José State University, was the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County, from 2009-2011. He is also one of the original founders of Poetry Center San José. He has melded his poetry with works of art and music, and offered many workshops throughout his career as a poet. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles as varying as golf and Shakespeare. Throughout his entire laureateship, Nils Peterson put forth some interesting projects to inspire the whole community of Santa Clara County. They include, a 100-line poem: A Family Album, Santa Clara County, 2009; Thirty Poems for Thirty days; and 'Haiku-ish' poems.

 


Performance Poetry Workshop with Mighty Mike McGee

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 11am to 4pm

Empire Firehouse in History Park
1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112

workshop fee is only $25
Eventbrite - A Performance Poetry Workshop with Mighty Mike McGee

Mighty Mike McGee's workshop will focus on stretching comfort zones and pushing our own boundaries in writing and performance, while pursuing a greater, deeper voice. Focus will be on performing the poem. This course is open to people who are 13 years and older.

To register, visit our Eventbrite page above. Only $25! But bring your own sack lunch, paper and pencil.

Mighty Mike McGee is a well-traveled "stand-up poet" and storyteller from San José, California. In the world of poetry slam, he is the first to win both the 2003 National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship and the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Grand Championship. He has toured very extensively throughout United States, Canada and Europe. Since 2002, he's covered several hundred thousand miles performing his brand of poetry and humor. McGee has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, CBC Radio and Television, and NPR's Snap Judgment. He was one of the first Americans to perform spoken word at the University of Paris, la Sorbonne in 2005. McGee's first collection of humor and poetry, In Search of Midnight, is available through Write Bloody Publishing. Visit mikemcgee.net for text, audio, and video and follow him on Twitter @mikemcgee.

 

Poets @ Play
December date TBA, 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:

 

 

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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