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Third Annual San José Poetry Festival

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History Park San José

1650 Senter Road

San José, CA 95112

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The Third Annual San José Poetry Festival will celebrate our community's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage with a wide range of topics and literary styles reflected in performances and workshops and a small press fair throughout the day Saturday. Safari Kitchen will be serving affordable East African inspired Somali entrees for lunch.

a day of readings and performances:
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9am to 5pm

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (9-9:50am): Patricia Machmiller and Patrick Gallagher

VeteransWrite (9:30-10:20am): Jeffrey Leonard, Dale Barnett, Douglas Nelson, Emilio Gallegos and Nick Butterfield.

Poetry in Hindi and English (10-10:50am): Anshu Johri, Pallavi Sharma, and Vinod Narayan

Poets & Writers Coalition of SJSU (10:30-11:20am): Gabrielle LaFrank, Brandon Luu, and Emily Tang

Keynote Address (11:30-12:20pm, in front of Markham House): Arlene Biala

Middle Eastern Poetry (1:40-2:30pm): Persis Karim

Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation Poetry Tradition (2:00-2:50pm): Deborah A. Miranda

Media Poetry Studio (2:40-3:30pm): David Perez and Erica Goss

Latinx Poetry (3:00-3:50pm): Roberto Tinoco Duran and Suzana De Jesus Huerta

Grand Finale (4:00-5:00pm, in front of Markham House): Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell, Kim Johnson, and Yesika Salgado

a day of workshops:
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Barbara Jane Reyes, 9:00am-12:00pm in the Firehouse:

Presenting Kuwentuhan (Talkstory). For this session, we will have a conversation about where we find poems and stories in our everyday lives. Participants will be encouraged to share the places where they hear and tell stories in their family homes, and in their community spaces.

David Perez, 9:00am-12:00pm in Renzel Room:

Presenting a poetry composition workshop inspired by the medium of video poetry. Participants will view a series of video poems and discuss various techniques at play in each example. The workshop culminates in several focused creative writing activities that encourage participants to apply these techniques in their own work.

Nils Peterson, 9:00am-12:00pm in Markham House:

The Uses of Myth: Stories of Daedalus and Icarus. Many poets have used this story to help express how they go about seeing the world. How does one enter a myth to talk about one's own life? The first 20 to 25 minutes would go over the story and show how several poets have used it. The next 20 minutes will offer a chance to explore the myth yourself. The final minutes would be for sharing thoughts.

Charlotte Muse, 2:00pm-5:00pm in Renzel Room:

Since all that we know of the world comes to us through our senses, this workshop is designed to explore and enhance how we as poets use our powers of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight. There will be concrete exercises designed around each specific sense, and we’ll use these exercises as spurs to writing in class. Come shake yourself out of your habitual ways of constructing poems, add new layers of sensory dimension to your work, and enlarge your sense of poetic possibility. Bring openness, a willingness to play, a pen, a pencil, and a few sheets of blank paper. The instructor will provide all other materials. Be prepared to have fun and surprise yourself.

Deborah A. Miranda, 2:00pm-5:00pm in the Firehouse:

Composting Demons: Poetry in the midst of the Zombie Apocalypse

How do we summon creative power in the face of our personal and community demons? How can we speak the unspeakable, let alone beauty, when our world seems full of loss, grief, climate change, and political turmoil? This workshop will help you to re-see these demons as a form of poetic compost. Thich Nhat Hanh says that the work of meditation is to transform “compost into flowers.” In my experience, that is also the work of poetry. Writing poetry is a way for us to name, explore and re-shape our demons (zombies/traumas/destroyers) – all that scary crap - and use it to grow something beautiful, something powerful, something healing. Through in-class writing exercises, reading and discussing sample poems, as well as the plain old blood, sweat and tears of revision, this workshop is structured to inspire as well as provide you with new tools to continue the work on your own afterwards.

Parking is located at the San José Central Services Yard, 1661 Senter Road, cross-street Phelan Avenue. For convenient transportation, you can also take bus route #73 which stops at the corner of Phelan Avenue and Senter Road.

San José Poetry Festival 2017 is presented by Poetry Center San José and is sponsored in part by: Festival and Cultural Affairs grants from the City of San José; a grant from SVCREATES, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council; this event is supported in part by Poets & Writers; and with support from Hotel De Anza, Metro and History/San José.

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