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San Jose Poetry Festival

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - October 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Arlene Biala reading at San José Poetry Festival 2016

Poetry Center San José presents
the Third Annual San José Poetry Festival

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.

a day of readings and performances:
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9am to 5pm
a day of workshops:
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 
9am to 5pm
History Park San José

Arlene Biala, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, Deborah A. Miranda, Persis Karim,

Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell, Yesika Salgado, David Perez, and more!

The diverse voices of local and California poets, along with:
Small Press Fair, Booksignings, Poetry Across Cultures, Spoken Word Performances, Media Poetry Studio Videos, Poetry Workshop Day, and more!

Saturday poetry presentations:

Yukei Teikei Haiku Society: Patricia Machmiller and Patrick Gallagher

VeteransWrite: Jeffrey Leonard (MC), Dale Barnett, Nick Butterfield, Emilio Gallegos, Douglas Nelson, and David Sullivan

Hindi Poetry: Anshu Johri, Pallavi Sharma, and Vinod Narayan

Poets & Writers Coalition of SJSU: Gabrielle LaFrank, Brandon Luu, and Emily Tang

Keynote Address: Arlene Biala

Middle Eastern Poetry: Persis Karim

Ohlone/Costanoan Poetry Tradition: Debora A. Miranda

Media Poetry Studio: David Perez and Erica Goss

Latinx Poetry: Roberto Tinoco Duran and Suzana De Jesus Huerta

Grand Finale: Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell, Kim Johnson, and Yesika Salgado

Saturday small press fair (so far):
Dutch Poet Press
Swan Scythe Press
Tourane Poetry Press

Sunday poetry workshops:
Four workshops to choose from:

Barbara Jane Reyes, 9am-12pm
presenting Kuwentuhan (Talkstory)

David Perez, 9am-12pm
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.

Charlotte Muse, 2pm-5pm
A workshop illustrating the many ways poetry inspires, and is inspired by the senses.

Deborah A. Miranda, 2pm-5pm
Description to come.

Join us at the beautiful History Park San José for San José Poetry Festival 2017—two full days of inspiration and exploration!

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 Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council; Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations; with support from History/San José; and discounted accomodations from Hotel De Anza.


October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am UTC+0
October 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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Poetry Center San Jose
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History Park San José
1650 Senter Road
San Jose , CA 95112 United States
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