FEBRUARY EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  For my first blog post I’m happy to highlight some upcoming events:

Saturday, February 6 — 7:30-10pm at Cafe Pink House 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, 95070

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Music at Large was originally created by composer/saxophonist/poet Lewis Jordan. Through the years performers from a wide background have been included in Music at Large interdisciplinary productions. Recently, as an ensemble, Music at Large has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with the participation of many creative artists. For 2016 Music at Large has taken form as a composers collective. The artists bring in original works of music and poetry reflective of the diversity of each artist’s background and cultural roots.
The ensemble members include:
Grammy award-winning musician John-Carlos Perea featured on Native-American Flutes, percussion and electric bass;
Masaru Koga playing saxophones, Brazilian percussion and Japanese Shakuhachi;
Karl Evangelista, electric guitar;
Jimmy Biala, drum set and percussion;
Lewis Jordan, saxophones and poetry.
For the ensemble’s first performance in 2016 the ensemble will feature special guest artist, poet Arlene Biala, winner of the 2015 American Book Award and newly appointed Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County.

Tickets are $15 and reservations are recommended!

Sunday, February 7 — 2-4pm at San Jose Quilt Museum  520 S. First Street, San JoseFiber poetry.jpg

Sunday, February 14 — 4-6pm at Cafe Stritch  374 S. First St, San Jose, 95113

Poetry Center San Jose goes Boho

PCSJ takes Valentine’s Day
from concert hall to Café Stritch, downtown San Jose’s hot spot for awesome food, coffee,
craft beer, music, and art!

Nils Peterson and Sally Ashton bring the poetry—
For This Hour Singers bring the song—
You bring hearts, broken or full—
Come as you are.

Valentine’s Day 2016
Free Admission
Love is all there is.

Come early to enjoy the Bar and the Art.
Check out the Café Stritch Menu
Stay for dinner
Live Jazz at 8pm

Validated Parking in Park SJ Lots

 

Other News:

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On January 29th at Gavilan College I had the honor of being a judge for the Santa Clara County Poetry Out Loud Finals. These young poets are amazing! Thank you to John Heyl at Gilroy Early College Academy for your commitment to the program and coordinating such a fine event. I look forward to helping this program grow throughout the County!

 

Handing Over the Reigns (but “Handing Over the Rains” makes for an intriguing poem title . . .)

My thanks to David Perez for ensuring a smooth (as possible!) transition from his laureateship news on this blog over to my own.  In the coming weeks I will announce the schedule for the POETree pop-up project, along with other events, heading your way. . .

 

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WINTER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Human Origins Poetry Workshop

Thursday, December 3 — 6pm

Milpitas Library Auditorium

160 N Main St, Milpitas, CA 95035

Milpitas Library is hosting a Smithsonian exhibit on human origins. The exhibit presents scientific findings and fosters conversation around the idea of what it means to be human. I will facilitate a workshop offering writing exercises to help participants compose poetry on the theme of human origins. Two professionals involved with the exhibit, from the scientific and faith communities, have agreed to join us and to share their insight. All who attend the workshop are invited to share their work at an open mic on Wednesday, December 9 at 7pm, also at the library. Special thanks to Poetry Center San Jose for co-sponsoring this event. For more information on the exhibit, visit http://humanorigins.si.edu/exhibit/human-origins-traveling-exhibit

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Human Origins Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Wednesday, December 9 —7pm

Milpitas Library Auditorium

160 N Main St, Milpitas, CA 95035

In conjunction with the human origins Smithsonian exhibit hosted by Milpitas Library, I will host a reading and open mic. Featured poets include Evelyn So, Arlene Biala, Vuong Vu and Mark Heinlein, all reading on the theme of human origins. The event includes an open mic, encouraging all poets and writers to share work that examines what it means to be human. If you would like to attend, consider joining the workshop on Thursday, December 3rd at 6pm, also at the library. Special thanks to Poetry Center San Jose for co-sponsoring this event. For more information on the exhibit, visit http://humanorigins.si.edu/exhibit/human-origins-traveling-exhibit

Other Announcements

Thanks to all of you who have been attending laureate events and keeping track of my goings-on! In addition to the events above, I’ve been doing my customary youth outreach and workshop facilitation. I recently held a workshop for middle-schoolers at Downtown College Prep’s new campus, and in November I’m leading a poetry composition class at South County Self Help Center in Gilroy for adults with mental illness.

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In December, I will judge San Jose State’s Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry. I’ll also be giving an interview to be featured in an upcoming issue of Reed Magazine. I’ll add a new post once the issue is released. In the meantime, if you’re not in the know about Reed Magazine, check them out: http://www.reedmag.org/drupal

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Finally, I have begun conducting interviews of South Bay Area authors for Content Magazine. The next issue will feature my conversation with local novelist Ann Bridges, author of the recently published “Private Offerings.” I’ll post again once the issue is out. If you don’t know, Content Magazine is another beautiful publication. Visit them at: http://content-magazine.com/home/

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

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County Now Accepting Applications for Next Poet Laureate!
Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 5pm
Link to Application: www.sccgov.org/poetlaureate

The search is on for the next Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. Visit the link above for information on the process and the application itself. If you’ve been published (even in smaller publications), live in the county, and are interested in engaging the community through poetry, you are encouraged to apply! Please forward this information to anyone you think may be qualified, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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Three Laureates Reading
When: Saturday, September 19, 7 – 8:30pm
Where: Gallery Anno Domini (366 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95113)
Admission: Free

To celebrate the laureate post and encourage qualified applicants, laureates past and present are holding a very special reading. I will join Nils Peterson and Sally Ashton to perform works on the themes of family, love and place. We will offer insight into the meaning of the laureate position and answer questions regarding the application process. A limited edition anthology of our work entitled “Good Talk” will be released at the event. Come celebrate the life of poetry in Santa Clara County and the laureates that were, that are, that will be. For information on the laureate application process, please visit www.sccgov.org/poetlaureate. Special thanks to Silicon Valley Creates​, Santa Clara County, and Poetry Center San José​ for helping to put on this event.

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Update: Center for Literary Arts Reading & San Jose City Council Invocation

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On Tuesday, April 7 at 7pm, I’ll be doing a solo reading through the Center for Literary Arts. This was noted in my previous update, but the exact location was unclear. The reading will be held at:

MLK Library – Room 225/229
150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112 

Join me for some brand new poems, a book signing, and perhaps a special musical guest. In conjunction with this event, I will also offer a reading for the student body at Mt. Pleasant High School at 3pm on April 14. For more information, visit http://www.litart.org/david-perez/

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Also on Tuesday, April 7, I will perform the invocation at the San Jose City Council Meeting. I plan on reading a poem composed specifically for the occasion. Special thanks to Councilmember Margie Matthews for extending this invitation.

Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30pm
San Jose City Hall’s Council Chambers

200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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Laureate Update for April 2015

April is poetry month, and below are a variety of offerings including readings, workshops, and more! Many of these events were included in my previous update; however, I just added two major events: The San Jose Poetry Festival (April 12) and The San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational (April 16). Details below. Hope to see you at an event soon!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Content Magazine

I am now working with Content Magazine to curate a literary arts section, which has become part of every issue! So far the magazine has run stories on Mark Heinlein and myself. The current issue features author Cathleen Miller. Learn more, and pick up your own issue at http://content-magazine.com/home/


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Calendar now in “Laureate Schedule”

The “Laureate Schedule” of my blog now contains a google calendar. This should make it easier to see at a glance my upcoming events. Just click on an event in the calendar for more information. Check it out here!


 

UPCOMING EVENTS 

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Willow Glen Reading

When: Thu, March 19, 7pm – 9pm (Not an April event, but hey…)

Where: Willow Glen Branch Library, Community Room, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125 

I will be the featured reader at the Willow Glenn Poetry Project, a very well attended reading by some of the south bay’s most dedicated poets. My reading will last about 40 minutes. There will also be an open mic. Make sure to arrive early if you want to sign up. It fills up fast! For more information on the Willow Glenn Poetry Project visit http://willowglenpoetry.com/events/the-venue/


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Milpitas Poetry Slam

When: Wed, April 1, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035, United States 

I’ll be hosting the Milpitas poetry slam on this date. The Milpitas library hosts one of the most active communities in terms of youth poetry in Santa Clara County. The slam reflects this. There are always a lot of youth voices, but older generations usually join in as well. It’s a fun and relaxed atmosphere. One of my favorite recurring events.


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Center for Literary Arts Reading

When: Tue, April 7, 7pm – 8pm

Where: MLK Library (Room 225/229), 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112

I’ll be doing a solo reading at the CLA on this date. Working on some new poems to debut! Book signing to follow the event. In conjunction with this event, I will also offer a reading for the student body at Mt. Pleasant High School at 3pm on April 14. For more information, visit http://www.litart.org/david-perez/


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Cupertino Teen Workshop

When: Thu, April 9, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Cupertino Library, 10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States 

I’m joining Cupertino poet laureate, Jennifer Swanton Brown, to co-teach a teen poetry workshop. The workshop is free of charge. If you know a young person who is interested in writing poetry, please encourage him or her to attend! Attendees must pre-register by contacting Teen Services Librarian, Matt Lorenzo at 408-446-1677 x3344 or sending an email via my contact page.


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San Jose Poetry Festival

When: Sun, April 12, 9am – 5pm

Where: Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St. San Jose, CA

Come for one or two events or stay for the whole day! There’ll be readings, book signings, free takeaways to commemorate the event, and plenty of inspiration to try your hand at writing a poem. If you have something to share, you can do so at the open mic. Check out the full schedule of events: https://sjpoetryfest.wordpress.com/schedule/ or view pricing details: https://sjpoetryfest.wordpress.com/register/. Alas, I will not be reading at this event (just couldn’t squeeze it in), but special thanks to David Eisbach for putting it all together!


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6th Annual San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational

When: Thurs, April 16, 7-8pm

Where: San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St, San Jose, CA 95110

$5 Admission (free for museum members)

Poetry and visual art come together at the Annual SJMA Poetry Invitational. Poets write pieces inspired by work in the museum’s permanent collection then read their poetry side-by-side with the art. Join us for what has become a proud San Jose tradition.

Visit the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/846127258794279/

Learn more at SJMA’s event page: http://sjmusart.org/event/third-thursday-6th-annual-poetry-invitational


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Poetry Booth at Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Sat, April 25, 12pm – 5pm

Where: Cupertino Memorial Park, 10185 North Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States 

I’ll be joining Cupertino Poet Laureate, Jennifer Swanton Brown, again to offer custom poetry written off the cuff on my vintage Royal typewriter. The booth is part of the Cherry Blossom festival, a celebration of Japanese culture, with traditional exhibitions, entertainment and food. For more info, visit http://www.cupertinotoyokawa.org/cherry-blossom-festival.html


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Milpitas Poetry Workshop (All Ages)

When: Wed, April 29, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035, United States 

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of work with youth, but this workshop is open to all ages! It is also free of charge. If you like, please bring a poem you’ve written, and I will make time to have the group offer feedback. If you have any questions send an email via my contact page.


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Laureate Update for March and April 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special thanks as always to Poetry Center San Jose for helping to promote these and other poetry events throughout the city of San Jose! Visit them at http://www.pcsj.org/

  

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Media Poetry Studio

I have teamed up with fellow poets laureate Erica Goss and Jennifer Swanton Brown to offer a summer day camp that teaches young women how to make short films based on their poetry. If you’d like more info watch our video or check out our website.


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Content Magazine

I am now working with Content Magazine to curate a literary arts section, which has become part of every issue! So far the magazine has run stories on Mark Heinlein and myself. The current issue features author Cathleen Miller. Learn more, and pick up your own issue at http://content-magazine.com/home/


calendar

Calendar now in “Laureate Schedule”

The “Laureate Schedule” of my blog now contains a google calendar. This should make it easier to see at a glance my upcoming events. Just click on an event in the calendar for more information. Check it out here!


 

UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

SVReads

Silicon Valley Reads Poet Laureate Reading

When: Thu, March 12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116 

This reading features current and former laureates from all over the county including Parthenia Hicks, Erica Goss, David Denny, Jennifer Swanton Brown, Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton and myself. Learn more about SV Reads at http://www.siliconvalleyreads.org/


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Willow Glen Reading

When: Thu, March 19, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Willow Glen Branch Library, Community Room, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125 

I will be the featured reader at the Willow Glenn Poetry Project, a very well attended reading by some of the south bay’s most dedicated poets. My reading will last about 40 minutes. There will also be an open mic. Make sure to arrive early if you want to sign up. It fills up fast! For more information on the Willow Glenn Poetry Project visit http://willowglenpoetry.com/events/the-venue/


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Milpitas Poetry Slam

When: Wed, April 1, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035, United States 

I’ll be hosting the Milpitas poetry slam on this date. The Milpitas library hosts one of the most active communities in terms of youth poetry in Santa Clara County. The slam reflects this. There are always a lot of youth voices, but older generations usually join in as well. It’s a fun and relaxed atmosphere. One of my favorite recurring events.


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Center for Literary Arts Reading

When: Tue, April 7, 7pm – 8pm

Where: Center for Literary Arts, One Washington Square San José, CA 95192-0223 

I’ll be doing a solo reading at the CLA on this date. Working on some new poems to debut! Book signing to follow the event. In conjunction with this event, I will also offer a reading for the student body at Mt. Pleasant High School at 3pm on April 14. For more information, visit http://www.litart.org/david-perez/


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Cupertino Teen Workshop

When: Thu, April 9, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Cupertino Library, 10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States 

I’m joining Cupertino poet laureate, Jennifer Swanton Brown, to co-teach a teen poetry workshop. The workshop is free of charge. If you know a young person who is interested in writing poetry, please encourage him or her to attend! Attendees must pre-register by contacting Teen Services Librarian, Matt Lorenzo at 408-446-1677 x3344 or sending an email via my contact page.


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San Jose Poetry Festival

When: Sun, April 12, 9am – 5pm

Where: Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St. San Jose, CA

Come for one or two events or stay for the whole day! There’ll be readings, book signings, free takeaways to commemorate the event, and plenty of inspiration to try your hand at writing a poem. If you have something to share, you can do so at the open mic. Check out the full schedule of events: https://sjpoetryfest.wordpress.com/schedule/ or view pricing details: https://sjpoetryfest.wordpress.com/register/. Special thanks to David Eisbach for organizing the festival!


SJMA-2015

6th Annual San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational

When: Thurs, April 16, 7-8pm

Where: San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St, San Jose, CA 95110

$5 Admission (free for museum members)

Poetry and visual art come together at the Annual SJMA Poetry Invitational. Poets write pieces inspired by work in the museum’s permanent collection then read their poetry side-by-side with the art. Join us for what has become a proud San Jose tradition. Learn more at SJMA’s event page: http://sjmusart.org/event/third-thursday-6th-annual-poetry-invitational


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Poetry Booth at Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Sat, April 25, 12pm – 5pm

Where: Cupertino Memorial Park, 10185 North Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States 

I’ll be joining Cupertino Poet Laureate, Jennifer Swanton Brown, again to offer custom poetry written off the cuff on my vintage Royal typewriter. The booth is part of the Cherry Blossom festival, a celebration of Japanese culture, with traditional exhibitions, entertainment and food. For more info, visit http://www.cupertinotoyokawa.org/cherry-blossom-festival.html


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Milpitas Poetry Workshop (All Ages)

When: Wed, April 29, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035, United States 

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of work with youth, but this workshop is open to all ages! It is also free of charge. If you like, please bring a poem you’ve written, and I will make time to have the group offer feedback. If you have any questions send an email via my contact page.


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Poetry Out Loud & Youth Poetry Outreach

One of my main goals as laureate is to offer poetry instruction to as many young poets as possible throughout the county.

To this end I worked with Poetry Out Loud, an organization that puts on a national level poetry recitation contest, throughout the month of January to offer one-on-one coaching to a number of contestants from within Santa Clara County.

Learn more about poetry out loud at http://www.poetryoutloud.org/

I have also continued work through my ongoing partnership with FutureArtsNow, a non-profit organization connecting youth and teaching artists. From January to February of 2015, I conducted a series of 6 workshops at Clyde L. Fisher Middle School for over 50 students.

Learn more about Future Arts Now at http://www.futureartsnow.org/

I am also offering a series of 10 workshops in a small group setting at KIPP Heartwood Middle School from February to April 2015. My hope is that I can bring some of the talent I find together for a youth poetry reading during the summer of 2015. Stay tuned for updates in a later post.

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Poetry at San Jose’s Mayoral Inauguration

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Last night I read this poem at Mayor Sam Liccardo’s Inauguration and in so doing shared the stage with Aztec dancers, Spanish guitarists, Christian ministers, Buddhist monks and wonderful host Tamara Alvarado. Thanks to Mayor Liccardo and to all who were present. Here’s the poem! And stay tuned later this month for more laureate news and upcoming events!

JANUARY AND THE RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE

I hear shouts issued from mothers, their chords tired and tuned, bidding
daughters and sons: Stop at the crossing and wait for the light

Cutting through St. James park
the voices of women in threadbare Starter parkas
recline on liberated Safeway Market carts
Greeting me with Pall Mall smiles
their cupped hands rise as if presenting
some delicate artifact for my inspection

Where north meets south First, I hear people whisper into palm-sized boxes
of pure obsidian, and the boxes whisper back. I hear it’s the future

I hear grunting men at the pull-up bars
tattooed pistons framed in Greek columns
the curve of every deltoid or trapezius
milled in the same jungle

It’s fight night, and they ask, “Yo, who you got?”
In San Jose, the answer to any sports question
is a simple multiple choice affair
Sharks, Earthquakes, Giants, Niners, or Cain Velasquez

I hear Ukuleles, jackhammers, and warnings from hard hats and blinding vests
directing traffic in a hand language everyone assumes I understand

The light rail squeals
clinging to a semblance of attitude control
And condos puff their chests and yawn
And hip hop sings from the chrome of youth
careless of the cruising ordinance

And a father’s ringtone drops like hail

He ignores it
kneels low
parts a girl’s hair from her eyes
He points to a Coiled Serpent
to a Rube Goldberg machine
to a Figure Holding the Sun
and speaks to her in a language I will never understand
but I know what he’s getting at

These voices swell with a power only a snake oil salesman would try to name
and with them my own trembling reed tells you what you already know

The town hall can be a palace
The east side sidewalk, the Elysian Fields
The theater, a cathedral
Any time you want

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