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Poets @ Play
Sunday, September 7, 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.

An informal gathering for collaborating with fellow poets about works in progress, that’s what Poets@Play is all about. We alternate between writing and sharing our works in progress. This is not a workshop, but rather a playhouse – some starter ideas and a comfortable place to play with words.

Found poetry can be a fun way to jump-start your daily practice, get out of a writing rut, or more deliberately focus on poetic structure. To write our found poems, we'll take language from non-poetic sources and rearrange it to create new meaning. Bring a pen and paper; examples and other materials will be provided. All are welcome. Come open your mind to the serendipitous muse! For a user-friendly intro to found poetry, visit
For a more rigorous intro, visit

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



Reading Series
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00pm
Roberto Tinoco Duran

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

Bios to come.


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00pm
Feature: Alan Soldofsky

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

Alan Soldofsky is the author of a recent collection of poems, In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press, 2013), containing a series of poems written while he participated in the Zhejiang Writers Conference in China. He has also published three chapbooks of poems: Kenora Station, Staying Home, and a chapbook that includes a selection of poems by his son, Adam Soldofsky, Holding Adam / My Father's Books. Over the last three decades, he has published poems widely in magazines and academic journals, most recently in Poetry Flash, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry Daily, Rattle, and The Rattling Wall. His criticism, interviews, and reviews have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Narrative: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, and Poetry Flash. He is a professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at San Jose State University, where he has been on the faculty over 25 years. In 2009, he received an Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts in Poetry from Arts Council Silicon Valley.


Poetry and Music: A Writing Workshop with Renée Schell and Evelyn So

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00-4:30 pm

$75 for nonmembers, $65 for members,
and $35 for full-time college students, with a maximum of two college students.
The course limit will be 10 participants.
Edwin Markham House in History Park
635 Phelan Avenue, San José, CA 95112
Free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot on Phelan Avenue.
Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side.
Eventbrite - Poetry & Music: A Writing Workshop with Renée Schell and Evelyn So

As writers, we often rely on our sense of vision. We speak of visual imagery, concrete specifics, and the mind's eye. What about the mind's ear? Join us as we explore the world of poems about music. This is a music-listening and writing workshop designed to elicit writing that reflects some aspect of music. We'll immerse ourselves in evocative pieces of music and examine sample poems in order to release our own stories of music into new writing. We plan three writing sessions followed by brief, optional sharing. We'll read contemporary poems about specific pieces of music, composers, and performers. For additional inspiration, we'll listen to music by a variety of composers. We'll emphasize using sensory language to evoke or allude to sound and the surprising ways in which music surfaces in our lives. As we write, we'll listen for the rhythms of language, the melody of a line. We all have stories about music that we can tell in our poems, whether we're musicians or not. We hope you’ll join us in an afternoon of writing with music.

About the Instructors

Renée M. Schell's poetry has appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, On the Dark Path: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry, Perfume River Poetry Review, and other journals. Her work appears online at literarymama.com, in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and Monkey Bicycle. Her music-themed poems"Silicon Vienna" and "Sonnet #6: Apocalyptic Finale" appear in Poetry on the Move and Caesura, respectively. Her poem "Beyond Vienna" won Third Prize in the 2014 String Poet competition. Renée taught courses in German language, literature, and culture for six years at the college level. She has played classical piano for much of her life, including a solo recital at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She holds a Magister degree from the University of Bonn and a Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford University. Renée currently co-edits poetry for the Willow Glen Poetry Project and Red Wheelbarrow.

Evelyn A. So's poetry has appeared in Red Wheelbarrow (National Edition), Caesura, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and Adanna Literary Journal, among others. Her poems on music include "Lessons from Henry," published in Gingerbread House, and "Hallelujah," published in a music-themed issue of Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry. She is a contributor to Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspiration for Poets by Erica Goss and the anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here edited by Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi. Evelyn has taught poetry, literature, and creative writing for Saratoga High School's creative writing program and at the college level. She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from San Jose State University and her M.S. in library and information science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She grew up playing classical and jazz flute.


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