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Poets @ Play
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 1pm to 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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Reading Series
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00pm
Gillian Conoley
Angela Hume
Dean Rader
Susan Terris
How Their Book Began: A panel discussion and reading by poets from Omnidawn Publishing moderated by Rusty Morrison, a senior editor and co-publisher at Omnidawn Publishing

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$2 suggested donation, 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

Readers from Omnidawn Publishing of Richmond, California.

Gillian Conoley's sixth collection, PEACE, out this year with Omnidawn, was named one of the Academy of American Poets Standout Books for 2014. Her translations of Henri Michaux, THOUSAND TIMES BROKEN: THREE BOOKS BY HENRI MICHAUX, also came out this year with City Lights, and was included in Publisher’s Weekly’s top 10 poetry books of Fall 2014. Conoley was born in Austin Texas, where, on its rural outskirts, her father and mother owned and operated a radio station. She is the author of six collections of poetry, including THE PLOT GENIE, PROFANE HALO, LOVERS IN THE USED WORLD, and TALL STRANGER, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award, and has been anthologized in over 20 national and international anthologies, including W.W. Norton’s Postmodern American Poetry, American Hybrid, and Counterpath’s Postmodern Lyricism. Editor and founder of Volt magazine, she is Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University.

Angela Hume is a poet living in Oakland, California. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Melos (Projective Industries, 2015), The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Her first full-length book of poetry is forthcoming from Omnidawn (spring 2016). Individual poems have appeared in Dusie, Armed Cell, Little Red Leaves, RealPoetik, eccolinguistics, Zoland Poetry, Word for/ Word, NOÖ, Spinning Jenny, cold-drill, The Portland Review, The 2River View, Flyway Literary Journal, and elsewhere. Angela also publishes critical writing about ecological consciousness, contemporary poetry, and environmental crisis conditions. Her critical work appears in such journals as ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Evental Aesthetics, Jacket2, OmniVerse, and The Volta. Currently she is a PhD candidate in English at University of California, Davis. In the Bay Area, Angela co-curates Hearts Desire, the monthly reading series of the Bay Area Public School, a non-accredited free school, and serves on the board of directors for Small Press Traffic, a San Francisco based literary arts nonprofit organization.

Dean Rader's debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His most recent book, Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn) was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the best poetry books of the year. Recent poems appear or will appear in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Blackbird, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares and Zyzzyva. 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poetry, which Rader edited, appeared in July 2014 and hit #1 on the Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller List. He is a Professor of English at the University of San Francisco.

Susan Terris' most recent book is GHOST OF YESTERDAY: NEW & SELECTED POEMS (Marsh Hawk Press). She is the author of 6 books of poetry, 15 chapbooks, and 3 artist's books. Journal publications include The Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, North American Review, and Ploughshares. A poem of hers from FIELD appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. She's editor of Spillway Magazine and a poetry editor for Pedestal. Her chapbook MEMOS will be published by Omnidawn in 2015. http://www.susanterris.com.



Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 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.


Workshop with Kazim Ali
"Poetry as an Oral and Aural Art"
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1pm to 4pm

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.

$85 per person, $75 for PCSJ members, $30 for students (Tea will be available, please bring a bag lunch) Eventbrite - Poetry Workshop with Poet Kazim Ali: Poetry as an Oral and Aural Art

In this workshop we will focus on the sounds and silences within the poetic line and the poem entire. Not only can we revise poems with an ear toward music and aural effect but will also spend time thinking about breath and silence in performance style. Each participant will have a chance to recite a poem of their own and receive feedback and guidance on both performance style and on the aural and acoustic qualities of the poem itself. What to bring: sack lunch and snack, notebook or looseleaf paper, pen or pencil.

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. His books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. His poetry translations include Water’s Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri, Oasis of Now: Selected Poems by Sohrab Sepehri and L'amour by Marguerite Duras. His novels include Quinn's Passage, named one of "The Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine as well as The Disappearance of Seth. His books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan. He is a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and founding editor of Nightboat Books and is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, the Alice James Books' New England/New York Award. He is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.


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