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Poets @ Play
Sunday, June 7, 1-4 pm
Sunday, June 14, 1-4 pm

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

For Poets@Play in June, we have a special, two-part treat. On Sunday, June 7, Erica Goss, Los Gatos Poet Laureate, will be giving a short talk and demonstration of the fascinating and emerging art of video poetry. We will discuss this, and then with any remaining time we may do some of our normal listening to works in progress. And the very next Sunday, June 14, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez, will be leading us in creative writing exercises that are oriented around either new works or revisions. He will also be glad to give his perspectives on video poetry.

Erica and David, along with Jennifer Gigantino, will be running a video poetry day camp at History Park in late July for high school girls. These June 7/14 meetings are a chance for people to find out what this creative channel is all about (at no cost to participants) and to get some face time with these two local talents. There is a possibility that David and Erica at a later time will also offer a full workshop about producing video poetry, fee-based.

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Reading Series
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00pm
Arlene Biala and David Sullivan
open mic follows

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

Arlene Biala is a Filipina poet and performance artist, born in San Francisco, CA. She is the author of bone, her first chapbook of poetry published in 1993, continental drift, published by West End Press (through University of New Mexico Press distribution) in 1999, and her beckoning hands, published by Word Poetry - WordTech Editions in July, 2014. She received her MFA in Poetics & Writing from New College of CA, and was the recipient of an artist residency at Montalvo. Performances and workshops include University of Texas at El Paso, Writers’ Week at UC Riverside, DiVERSEcity in NYC, San Francisco Asian American Jazz Festival, San Francisco State University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Manilatown Center at the I-Hotel, La Pena Cultural Center, APAture at Intersection for the Arts, Santa Clara University, and SOMArts Center in San Francisco. She has also performed for and taught creative writing workshops with elementary and high school youth. She lives in Sunnyvale, CA with husband Carl, (blue) Queensland Heeler Pepper, and their three children: Kai, (aries)15; Josh (scorpio)12; and Kiana (scorpio, again) 10. In addition to being a mother of three, Arlene has been working full-time since 1996 as an arts education and grants program manager for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs.

David Allen Sullivan was born in Champaign Urbana, Illinois, where his father was earning a doctorate. After a year in Palo Alto, David spent most of his childhood in Vermont, while his father taught Political Science at nearby Dartmouth College, conducted research on politicians’ facial gestures, and took the family on a one-year sabbatical in Vienna. David attended the University of Chicago, and went on to study with James McMichael at the University of California, Irvine, where he earned his PhD. His first book, Strong-Armed Angels, was published by Hummingbird Press, and three of its poems were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Every Seed of the Pomegranate, a multi-voiced series of poems about the U.S. invasion of Iraq, was published by Tebot Bach. With Abbas Kadim he co-translated selected poems of Iraqi Adnan Al-Sayegh, which was published as Bombs Have Not Breakfasted Yet. David teaches at Cabrillo Community College, where he edits the Porter Gulch Review with his students, and lives in Santa Cruz with his love, the historian Cherie Barkey, and their two children, Jules and Amina Barivan. He was awarded a Fulbright, and taught in Xi’an, China for one year: yesdasullivan.tumblr.com. His poems and books can be found at http://davidallensullivan.weebly.com/index.html.


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7:00pm
Feature: TBA

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

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