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San José Poetry Festival 2018 is coming
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14!

See details and reserve your tickets!


Poets @ Play
Sunday, September 16, 1:45pm-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.

For Poets@Play this Sunday, let's try some "scaffold" prompts for new poem ideas. We will start with a sample of existing poems that are triple-space printed for you to use for style, tone, or rhythm mimicry in between the lines. This has more generative possibilities than one might suspect. This time we need to start later than usual, at 1:45 pm, continuing until no later than 4. This leaves enough time for folks to get to the special Farewell Reading with Nils Peterson at Café Stritch (starts at 6 but you may want to get there earlier).

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

The Markham House and map:


Nils Peterson, A Farewell Reading

Sunday September 16, 6:00pm
Nils Peterson, the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara Valley,
will read from his upcoming book All The Marvelous Stuff
The For This Hour Singers will accompany Nils

Cafe Stritch
374 South First St., downtown San José
Free and open to the public.

Along with reading from the upcoming book, this event is a good-bye party of sorts for Nils, as he and his wife Judith are moving to Seattle.

"Nils Peterson's poetry is so intelligent, lonely, funny, and real," Coleman Barks.


Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, September 20, 7:00pm
Feature: David Eisbach

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.

David Eisbach is no stranger to Willow Glen Poetry. Like many Californians, David Eisbach is a transplant. Raised in Illinois, he entered the Marines after high school. Thereafter he received a degree from San Jose State College. He taught a few years at Bellarmine College Prep, and about twenty years as an adjunct instructor in Real Estate at San Jose Community College. In 2002, David began a six-year term as a San Jose Arts Commissioner. This experience caused a cultural explosion. He attended every presentation possible and met many creative, talented, and dedicated supporters of the Arts. His life-long love of poetry drew him to the Poetry Center San Jose and beyond, to presentations and open mic readings with the Willow Glen Poets. David joined the stalwart group that created The Willow Glen Poetry Project blog and helped with its first Anthology. Moreover, he encouraged poets to show their talents at 'Noon Arts & Lecture' series, KKUP radio spots, Mission Chamber Orchestra's 'Noteworthy Desserts' Fundraisers, and staged a grand 'Ekphrastic Poetry' reading at the Trianon Theatre Art Gallery. The last Poetry Festival he attended was in 2007, so in 2015, he organized the San Jose Poetry Festival with much help from the Willow Glen group. He co-chaired San Jose Poetry Festival 2016 under the sponsorship of Poetry Center San Jose.

upcoming features:
October 18: David Denny


Reading Series
Tuesday, October 9, 7:00pm
features: Melissa Stein and Mark Heinlein with Myles Forman

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 José Convention Center,
just to the right of the parking garage entrance

bios to come.

upcoming in Well-RED:
Nov 13: Caesura release party
Dec 11: Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine release party



San José Poetr
y Slam returns!
Guest Slam Master, Mighty Mike McGee, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate
feature tba
Sunday, October 14
Doors and sign up list opens at 5:00pm
Sign up list closes at 5:29pm
Show starts at 5:30
Follow the Slam on Facebook!

Cafe Stritch
374 South First St., downtown San José
Admission: $5-10 sliding scale (and yes we do accept credit cards)

feature bio to come.


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 Jose
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

contact email below for venue in August
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 Requested: 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 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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