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Poetry Reading featuring Parthenia M. Hicks and Robert Pesich
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 1pm-4pm

Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, California 94086
Admission FREE

Dragonfly Press and PCSJ present a reading by Parthenia M. Hicks and Robert S. Pesich, recipients of the 2015 Dragonfly Press Award for Literary Achievement. Past recipients include Roberto Tinoco Duran, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Tom McKeown, Sarah Patton, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Jean Emerson, Len Anderson, Mary Lou Taylor, Kathie Isaac-Luke, and Cleo Griffith.

Parthenia M. Hicks is the Poet Laureate Emerita of Los Gatos, CA and the recipient of the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship for Literature in the genre of Short Story. She is the recipient of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Prize and the Villa Montalvo Biennial Poetry Prize and has received Pushcart nominations for poetry and short story. She is a freelance writer and editor with a Masters of Divinity in Kriya Yoga. She is the Poetry Editor of the Enlightenment Journal and her Spoken Word performances include Rumi's Call and Response; Tonight the Subject is Love, and Requiem for 911. Her recent work is featured in the Red Wheelbarrow, Chest, (After)Life, an Anthology of the Dead; and Local Habitations, an anthology of five Bay Area Poets Laureate. She is the editor of the recently published, Song of Los Gatos, a project she launched during her Laureate tenure. Parthenia is also a jewelry artist and specializes in jewelry portraits of writers, artists, spiritual leaders and poets.

Robert S. Pesich is the President of Poetry Center San Jose, coordinator of the Well-RED Reading Series and is editor & publisher at Swan Scythe Press. He also works as a research associate and lab manager for Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education and for Stanford University, Department of Infectious Diseases. His work has appeared in numerous reviews and anthologies, most recently Arsenic Lobster, Bitter Oleander, Redwood Coast Review, Red Wheelbarrow, and Skidrow Penthouse. His scientific collaborations have appeared in Genome Biology, Human Molecular Genetics, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences among others. Awarded the Littoral Press Poetry Prize in 2009 and nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, he has received fellowships from Arts Council Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Djerassi Resident Artist Program. He is the author of Burned Kilim (Dragonfly Press).

For more information about Dragonfly Press, please visit: www.dragonflypress-ca.com


Poets @ Play
Sunday, November 8, 2015, 1pm-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

This coming Sunday, November 8, the Poets@Play group will be meeting at the Markham House. We will be reflecting on the "“three systems" of a poem, as described by Molly Peacock. Then we will write, listen, and enjoy. All are welcome.

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

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Reading Series
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00pm
Rachelle Escamilla and Robbie Sugg
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

Rachelle Escamilla is from Hollister, California. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh's creative writing program and a BA in English from San Jose State. She is the founder of the Poets & Writers Coalition at San Jose State. From 2012-2014 Rachelle lived in Guangzhou, China where she helped co-found Sun Yat-sen University's English-language Center for Creative Writing. While in China she was the food and fashion writer for Southern China's Vogue: In the Red Magazine. Rachelle is the winner of the 2014 Willow Book Literature Prize in Poetry, a national prize whose publisher focuses on writers of color exclusively. Her first book, Imaginary Animal (2015 Willow Books) has been nominated for a PEN Open Book Award. Rachelle was recently handed a gift by JP Dancing Bear and is now the host of the 2nd-longest running poetry radio show in the nation: Out of Our Minds, which airs on Wednesday nights from 8-9pm on KKUP Cupertino 91.5fm and streaming online at kkup.org. For podcasts of the show or more info please visit www.poetita.com

Robbie Sugg was born in Berkeley, California in 1987. After spending his childhood in a commune in the hills above Lafayette, California, he was later raised in Concord, and came of age in San Francisco. His interest in Japanese culture led him to Kyoto, Japan where he lived for the Autumn of 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking with a minor in Japanese, from San José State University. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in New York City, Massachusetts, and England. His poetry has appeared in journals including Elohi Gadugi, Lummox, Earthen Lamp (India), Caesura, The Café Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, The Newport Review, and Flying Fish, among others. His first book, Koccha and Other Poems, was published in the Spring of 2014 by DaysEye Press. He is currently based out of downtown San José, California.

Next Well-RED:
Wednesday December 9: Red Wheelbarrow Release Party


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00pm
Feature: Jerry Dyer

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

From Jerry Dyer: "I was drawn to poetry for many reasons, personal, political, and philosophical. Poetry is arguably the most democratic of art forms, cousin to song-writing, spoken word performances, riddling, joke telling. No special equipment is needed, nothing more than a writing tool and a surface to record it on. A good memory can even substitute on occasion for pen and paper. More importantly, poetry gives everyone a chance to shape the meaning of his or her existence, to respond to experience by creating an experience in return. It is especially pertinent that poetry is made to be shared, a gift to readers or listeners.

For almost a decade, the most important community for my life of poetry has been the Willow Glen poetry gathering, and communion with San Jose and Bay Area poets. Life there (less geographical than intentional) allows me to make connections that go so much deeper than the time together would suggest. Sharing words can be so much more than even breaking bread together, or maybe it’s an example of sharing spiritual bread. Time shared within the world of poetry blends all the forms of love that I know, from the ludic joys of sharing the play of sounds and images, all the way to agape, the love that will care for others, with no regard for what it receives in return."


VeteransWrite meeting
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
4th Sunday of the Month, 1pm-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.

Poetry Center San Jose is offering a monthly writing group at Markham House in History Park 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 REQUIRED: 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 has a life long interest in poetry and her work has been included in the 2011 anthology REMEMBERING: Poems Read at Willow Glen Books and 2009 Family Album Santa Clara County. She has been the featured reader at Stone Griffen Gallery Art and the Spoken Word, and TEN10 Gallery. Her poem American Dream received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Los Gatos Poetry Contest. She is a longtime member of Poetry Center San Jose and the Willow Glen Poetry Project. Amy has 30 years experience as an Occupational Health Manager and Rehabilitation Counselor. She has an MA in Counseling from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, an MA in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a BA in English Literature from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.


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