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Calls for Poetry:

Caesura 2017 Call for Poetry
deadlines: July 15, 2017 for general public
July 31, 2017 for PCSJ members
see it here:

 


The Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize
Final Judge: Ellen Bass

Deadline to submit:
August 15, 2017
https://redwheelbarrow.submittable.com/submit

Three prizes: $1,000, $500, $250
Five finalists published in 2017 Red Wheelbarrow
Letterpress broadside of winning poem printed by Gary Young, Greenhouse Review Press.
Submit up to three unpublished poems in a single manuscript
- Each poem must fit onto one 8.5 x 11 inch page;
- Do not include any personal identifiers in the manuscript;
- Short bio acceptable, not required;
- Simultaneous submission OK but please notify immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize is sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose and Red Wheelbarrow.

 

Events:

 


Eastridge Open Mic

with host Lorenz Dumuk
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 6:00pm
Feature: Kazumi Chin
open mic follows

Barnes & Noble at Eastridge Mall
2200 Eastridge Loop, Suite #1420, San José
Nearest cross streets are Tully and E. Capitol Expressway
Free and open to the public

Kazumi Chin is the author of Having a Coke With Godzilla. He works to build loving communities with marginalized people, to put language to the mechanisms of structures and identities, and to create spaces and tools that allow others to do the same. He is interested in scholarship at the intersection of art-making and critical theory, and has a profound love for maps, spreadsheets, algorithms, taxonomies, simulations, and also poetry & the mythical power of true friendship.​​

 

 


Poetry Readings @ Willow Glen Library

Third Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:00pm
Feature: Casey FitzSimons
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

Casey FitzSimons has poems in Red Wheelbarrow, Mezzo Cammin, and numerous other print and online journals. She has first place awards from Bay Area Poets Coalition, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and Ina Coolbrith Circle and has been honored by River Styx, Writecorner Press, The Rita Dove Awards, and the Soul-Making Keats competitions. She has published 12 chapbooks, including Pushing Sky Aside (2016) and The Sharp Edges of Knowing (2015). She donates all her book proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. Casey taught art for many years and her reviews of Bay Area exhibitions appeared often in Artweek. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San José State University.

 

Well-RED
Reading Series
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 7:00pm
feature: Dennis Noren and Anshu S. Johri

Open reading follows the featured reading.

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

Join the event on Facebook!

bios to come

Upcoming at Well-RED:
September 12: Parthenia Hicks and Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian;
October 10: Erica Goss and Adrian Matejka
November 14: Caesura 2017 book release and reading
December 12: Red Wheelbarrow release party and celebration of Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize.

 

The San Jose Poetry Slam
with host Scorpiana X.
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 7:00pm (to be confirmed)

Forager Tasting Room & Eatery
420 South First Street, downtown San José
Admission $5, we do not have a credit card reader, so please bring cash

Show starts at 7pm, sign ups to slam start at 6:30. Slam list closes at 6:55. Come early and eat.

Traditional slam rules: 2 rounds, 3 minute time limit, no music, no props, no costumes. Poem must be original work by poet. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. How much in prizes? Well we will be giving away one third of the the door money in prizes, so bring lots of friends, because the bigger the show, the more cash you can win.

bio of feature to come.

Poets @ Play
August date to come
feature or subject to come
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

The Markham House and map:

 

 



VeteransWrite meetings
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier
First Friday of each Month, 1pm-4pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, room 390
Downtown San Jose/SJSU
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 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.

 

 


Caesura 2016: Bronze Edition is online HERE!

Caesura 2016: The Poetic Games, the World vs Silicon Valley

is available for pick-up at all PCSJ events!

 


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