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Caesura 2016 Call for Submissions:
Poetic Games: The World Versus Silicon Valley Issue
Deadline: August 5th, 2016 for general public
August 21st, 2016 for PCSJ members

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Poets @ Play
Sunday, June 12, 2016, 7:00pm
meeting 12:45 to 3:30pm, gardening 3:30 to 4:30
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.

Summertime, and Poets@Play is easy. Sunday, June 12, we will be meeting again at Markham House for our informal writing, reading and listening group. There is no special topic or prompt this time--if you wish to bring something to share, please do so. Otherwise, just bring yourself and writing materials. One thing we will do differently is that we will start a little earlier and finish a little earlier. This is so those who are so inclined can stay late to do a little pruning and weeding in the garden. Wear some grubby clothes or bring a change of clothes. Bring some tools if you can.

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

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Reading Series
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 7:00pm
Kate Folk and
Lisa Locascio

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

Kate Folk's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, Juked, Colorado Review, the Baltimore Review, Puerto del Sol, Tin House online, and Joyland, among other publications. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, has been profiled by the literary blogs Great Writers Steal and The Masters Review, and for SF Weekly's author interview series, "The Write Stuff." She was a 2014 San Francisco Writers' Grotto fellow, has received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, and was a 2016 fiction finalist for the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing Fellowships. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. Originally from Iowa, she lived in New York for five years before moving to San Francisco in 2008, where she still lives and works as a college English instructor and as a prose editor for the literary journal Your Impossible Voice.

Lisa Locascio was born in Chicago and raised in River Forest, Illinois. Her writing appears in The Believer, Salon, n+1, Tin House Flash Fridays, Bookforum, Santa Monica Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and many other journals. She has held residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Prairie Center of the Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and received honors and support for her writing from the National Association for the Advancement of the Arts, New York University, Western Michigan University, the University of Southern California, the Del Amo Foundation, and many other institutions. Her fiction and criticism has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, translated into Italian, anthologized, and honored with awards including the 2011 John Steinbeck Award for Fiction, the 2014 Robbins Memorial Emerging Writer Award fromSou'wester, and a 2014 Dorys Grover Award from the Western Literature Association. Lisa holds two degrees from New York University, where her master's thesis was advised by Lydia Davis, and a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Southern California, where her dissertation was advised by Aimee Bender. She has held teaching appointments in creative writing and literature at New York University, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, Colorado College, Mount Saint Mary's University, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and through various tutoring and mentorship organizations across the United States. While completing her doctorate, Lisa cofounded the chapbook micropress Gold Line Press and its imprint Ricochet Editions. She is the editor of California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State, Vol. 4, which will be published in 2017 by Outpost19 Books, as well as of the California editions of the fiction magazine Joyland and at the ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7x7. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is Lecturer of Scandinavian Studies at UCLA.


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library
Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, June 18, 2016, 7:00pm
Feature: Diane Lee Moomey
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

Diane has lived and wandered around the US and Canada, and now dips her gardener's hands in California dirt. A regular reader at The Not Yet Dead Poets' Society, Waverley Writers, Willow Glen Poetry, Florey's in Pacifica, and other Bay Area Open Mic venues, she has had her prose and poetry published in the Sand Hill Review, Writing For Our Lives, Willow Glen's No Ordinary Language,and the Fault Zone anthologies, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. She has also published three books under her own imprint, DaysEye Press and Studios. To read more, please visit www.dianeleemoomeywrites.com Diane is also a water colorist and collage artist, an experience that both seeds and is seeded by, her poetic imagery. To view her artwork, please visit www.dianeleemoomeyart.com.


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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