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2019 San José Poetry Festival, September 5-10
throughout downtown San José



Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, July 18, 7:00pm
Feature: Jan M Steckel

Willow Glen Library
1157 Minnesota Avenue, San José, CA, 95125
(408) 808-3045 or (408) 266-1361
Free and open to the public.

Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. Her latest poetry book is Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018). Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, New Verse News, November 3 Club, Assaracus and elsewhere. Her work was nominated three times each for the Pushcart and Sundress Best of the Net anthologies, won the Goodreads Poetry Contest three times, and won various other awards. She lives in Oakland, California.

upcoming at Third Thursdays:
August: Deborah LeFalle
September: Ruth G Mota
October: Darrell Dela Cruz


Poets @ Play
Sunday, July 21, 2019, 1pm-4pm
topic: Locals and Non-Locals
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

We are encouraging you to bring one poem by a local poet and one by a non-local poet, and be prepared to make a few comments on why these poems speak to you. As usual, we will have time to do new writing and listen to each other's work.

Note that parking will be more restrictive for this meeting. The "Shiny Side Up Bike Festival" will be meeting that day, and they will probably use up the available free parking before we get there. You can look for free street parking nearby, use the $6 pay lot at the end of Phelan, take the #73 bus from downtown, or...bicycle to History Park!

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

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Poetry Book Club
Sunday, August 4, 2019, 10am-11:30am
with Darrell Dela Cruz
discussing: Heaven Is All Goodbyes by Tongo Eisen-Martin

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.
Paid parking is available at the end of Phelan Avenue for $6.
Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side.
There will be coffee, tea, cookies, and other sweets.

In this session, participants will discuss the work of Tongo Eisen-Martin, who was was born in San Francisco and earned his MA at Columbia University. He is the author of someone's dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), nominated for a California Book Award; and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights, 2017), which received a 2018 American Book Award, a 2018 California Book Award, was named a 2018 National California Booksellers Association Poetry Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Griffin International Poetry Prize. In their citation, the judges for the Griffin Prize wrote that Eisen-Martin's work "moves between trenchant political critique and dreamlike association, demonstrating how, in the right hands, one mode might energize the other--keeping alternative orders of meaning alive in the face of radical injustice ...His poems are places where discourses and vernaculars collide and recombine into new configurations capable of expressing outrage and sorrow and love." Eisen-Martin is also an educator and organizer whose work centers on issues of mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings of Black people, and human rights. He has taught at detention centers around the country and at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco.

Darrell Dela Cruz graduated with an MFA in Poetry from San Jose State University. Darrell has worked as a board member at Poetry Center San Jose, event coordinator for San Jose State's Legacy of Poetry Day, and editor for Reed Magazine, Red Wheelbarrow, and Swan Scythe Press. His work has appeared in or will appear forthcoming Saw Palm, The Minetta Review, Rathalla Review, Studio One, and Crab Orchard Review. He has a blog where he analyzes poems: retailmfa.blogspot.com.

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San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, August 11
feature: tba
hosted by Mighty Mike McGee, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

doors and sign up list opens at 6:00pm
sign up list closes at 6:55pm
Show starts at 7pm

cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
Follow the Slam on Facebook!

NEW VENUE: Caravan Lounge
98 S Almaden Ave
in downtown San José at the corner of San Fernando St. and Almaden Ave.
Admission Free
21 and over, cash bar (they do have an atm)

More to come.


Reading Series
Tuesday, August 13, 7:00pm
feature: Greg Mahrer, Alexandra Mattraw, and Kathleen Winter

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

Alexandra Mattraw's first book of poems, small siren, is available at Cultural Society (2018), and her second book is forthcoming from Cultural Society in early 2020. She is also the author of four chapbooks, including flood psalm (2017, Dancing Girl Press). Her poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, Jacket2, Interim, The Poetry Project, and VOLT. In Oakland and San Francisco, Alexandra curates an art-centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen, now in its eighth year.

Gregory Mahrer's work has been published or is forthcoming in The New England Review, The Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, Volt, Colorado Review and elsewhere. In 2014 his poem, "Refrain", was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a special mention. His new collection, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent won the POL prize from Fordham University Press was published in the Spring of 2016. It was also a finalist for the 2016 Northern California Book Award. He lives and works in rural Northern California and Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Kathleen Winter is the author of two poetry collections: I will not kick my friends (2018), which won the Elixir Poetry Prize, and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, winner of the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Memorial Award. Her poems are forthcoming in The New Republic, Shenandoah, New American Writing, American Literary Review, Prelude and Blackbird. She was granted fellowships by Sewanee Writers' Conference, Dora Maar House, James Merrill House, Cill Rialaig Project, Dobie Paisano Ranch and Vermont Studio Center. Winter won the 2014 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award and the 2016 Poetry Society of America The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award. Her work has appeared in Tin House, The New Statesman, Agni, Cincinnati Review, Volt, Poetry London and Yale Review. She teaches writing at Sonoma State University.

upcoming in Well-RED:
September 10: San José Poetry Festival featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin
October 8: Beau Williams and Tim J. Myers
November 12: Caesura release party
December 10: Red Wheelbarrow release party.


Live Lit Writers Open Mic
every Thursday with Mighty Mike McGee!
see Facebook for lineup, new features weekly!
open mic follows
Follow Live Lit on Facebook!

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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