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deadline: June 2, 2019


Poets @ Play
Saturday, April 20, 12pm-4pm
topic: tba
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 month Poets@Play will be on a Saturday, April 20, to celebrate National Poetry Month. Let's gather at Markham House at noon and go until 3 or 4 pm. What will we be doing? How about choosing a particular poet that you admire and write something in the style of that poet? If you wish, get started with an idea beforehand, or else come with the expectation of doing this. We have the excellent resources of the Naomi Clark library for example poetry. You could also choose to continue something on the environmental/nature theme that Deborah Kennedy led with last month.

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

The Markham House and map:



Membership Appreciation Potluck
Saturday, May 4, 11am-2pm
save the date!
featuring Nils Peterson's new book All the Marvelous Stuff

Empire Firehouse 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.

We love our members! Join us for a potluck to show our appreciation. This is a special event to bring together and thank Poetry Center San Jose's members, friends, and partners for the continued support of PCSJ. We'll celebrate our successes over the past year and give you a glimpse of exciting events and programs we have in store for the year ahead including information about the upcoming San Jose Poetry Festival. You will have a chance to learn about volunteer and Board membership opportunities with PCSJ. There will be an open mic and opportunities to purchase Nils Peterson's new book All The Marvelous Stuff, purchase the recent issue of Caesura as well as back-issues, meet the editors, and meet the board! Poetry Center will provide food and drinks. You are also welcome to contribute a main dish, side dish or dessert to share (6-8 servings). It will be a delightful afternoon with good friends, food and poetry. All current and prospective members are invited!

There is elevator access to the second floor. Please enter History Park from Phelan Avenue. Free parking is available at the Staff/Volunteer parking lot on Phelan Avenue. Paid parking is available at the end of Phelan Avenue for $6.



San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, May 12
feature: tba
hosted by Mighty Mike McGee, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

doors and sign up list opens at 5:00pm
sign up list closes at 5:29pm
show starts at 5:30
cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
Follow the Slam on Facebook!

at Cafe Stritch
374 South First Street
in downtown San José
Admission: $5 to $10 sliding scale (cash or credit card)

bio to come


Reading Series
Tuesday, May 14, 7:00pm
feature: Kimy Martinez

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

Bio and program description to come.

upcoming in Well-RED:
June 11: Francesca Bell, Dane Cervine, and Lee Rossi
July 9: Jade Bradbury and Rachelle Escamilla
August 13: Greg Mahrer, Alexandra Mattraw, and Kathleen Winter
September 10: TBA
October 8: Beau Williams and Tim J. Myers
November 12: Caesura release party
December 10: Red Wheelbarrow release party.


Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

Thursday, May 15, 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.

upcoming at Third Thursdays:
June: Danusha Lamaris
July: Jan M Steckel
August: Deborah LeFalle
September: Ruth G Mota
October: Darrell D'Souza


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 José
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

MLK Library, contact VeteransWrite@yahoo.com if interested in attending
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.

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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