February Highlights & March Announcements

Silicon Valley Reads 2017 includes an important exhibit at the Euphrat Museum of Art at DeAnza College that runs until March 23. “Justice for All?” had a full house at the reception on February 15th. Thank you to Diana Argabrite at the museum for inviting me to read poetry as part of it.  I highly recommend you check it out!



Great article highlighting the exhibit here.
Thanks also to Vicky Reader, Morgan Hill Library and Friends of the Library for having me and the POETree for another Silicon Valley Reads event last night!


Be sure to check out the Silicon Valley Reads 2017 calendar of events. There are a variety of author appearances, writing contests, film screenings, social justice forums and more throughout the County.

On Feb. 7 at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park I was honored to share the stage with Barbara Jane Reyes, Veronica Montes and Janice Sapigao for a Pinay Writers event. Thanks to Nicole Hughes and Andrew Unger at Kepler’s for making it happen!

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Friday, March 3 at 7:30pm

Poets & Film ~ A new event of Cinequest Film Festival



More about Cinequest and tickets here.

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For details about this event and LEAD Filipino, visit the Facebook event page.

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San Jose’s own Mighty Mike McGee is non-stop with a myriad of cool events and a monthly calendar to get you involved! Please check it out here.

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January Highlights & February Announcements

My first wish is that I hope you are all taking time to take care of yourselves so that you can care for each other. This is far easier said than done. We are indeed in challenging times and  many have been here before. Breathe. Rise. Resist. Engage in and create art! The arts will always be the powerful tool to help us work through the struggles. 

On the day we recognized Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday this year, many locals came together for a day of solidarity presented by the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI SV).

Here are some images from the gathering, including some POETree offerings.  Thank you to Demone Carter, MALI SV, the School of Arts and Culture @ MHP and all who made it happen.


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Last month I met a stunning young poet. She is 11 years old and her name is America Cihuapilli. I have invited her to share a poem for the invocation at the San Jose City Council meeting on April 4th in recognition of National Poetry Month.  Here is her poem that will be included in the spring mother tongue anthology:

My Name is America Cihuapilli

I am native, independent, and proud 

My name is America 

I stand on this land

with my feet firm on the ground.

My Land, Your Land, OUR LAND!

I AM YOUR AMERICA 

I stand for grace, liberty, and freedom

My name is Cihuapilli 

Mi nombre es Cihuapilli!

Defined as lady princess

I am a warrior woman in the making..

A Guerrera child

Noble, protective, 

Of my culture, de mi cultura

Cautious, elegant, unbreakable 

Reina sin corona

Royalty crownless

Yet, I have my castle

My land 

Mi tierra

AMERICA

I AM YOUR AMERICA CIHUAPILLI

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Please join us! I am thrilled to be presenting at Kepler’s Books along with these stellar writers. Details on the Facebook event page

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February – March 2017

I will be participating in three events for this year’s SVR program:

For all details and a full calendar of events please visit the Silicon Valley Reads 2017 Schedule. There are events for all ages.

For the Feb. 15 reception and reading at DeAnza College – Euphrat Gallery, please visit the Facebook event page

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For more information join the Facebook group page

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San Jose’s own Mighty Mike McGee is non-stop with a myriad of cool events and a monthly calendar to get you involved! Please check it out here.

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Happy New Year! December Highlights & January Announcements

Blessings to all in 2017! I hope you’ve had some time to rest, reflect and recharge.

On December 1st, ImagineSJ had its final event after 11 successful showcases.  The event was hosted by Dem One and included poetry, comedy, art, food & drink to celebrate San Jose’s arts and culture. Thank you to Future Arts Now!, the Knight Foundation and all who made it happen. POETree’s final pop up for 2016! 

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REED Magazine at Christmas in the Park on December 2nd

A fun night of poetry and stories on the Community Stage with fantastic Emcee Kimy Martinez. Thank you to Cathleen Miller and REED Magazine!

(L to R): Cathleen Miller, Al Preciado, Gary Singh, Bill Cozzini, Arlene Biala, Alan Soldofsky, Robert Pesich, Lita Kurth, Kimy Martinez

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December 13th, Poetry Center San Jose’s Well-RED at Works/San Jose presented Red Wheelbarrow 2016 

(Clockwise from top right): Joe Miller, Amy Street, Ken Weisner, Caesar Kent, Julia Rodriguez

The house was packed to celebrate the launch of the new edition of Red Wheelbarrow. Thank you, Ken Weisner, for including me in the lineup of contributing authors. Be sure to get a copy here!

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LAST CALL! 



More details here.

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SUNDAYS, 6-8pm


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Tuesday, January 10, 7pm

Details on the Facebook event page.

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Monday, January 16, 10am

Details on the Facebook event page.

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Save the Date: Tuesday, February 7, 7:30pm

(L to R): Arlene Biala, Barbara Jane Reyes, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Veronica Montes


Details on the Facebook event page.

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Silicon Valley Reads 2017

This year’s theme:


I will be participating in several events and workshops for this year’s Silicon Valley Reads program. Calendar of events coming soon!

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November News & December Announcements 

On November 18th at SV DeBug, San Jose’s own Janice Sapigao released her new poetry collection microchips for millions available from PAWA press.  It was an honor to read alongside Suzy Huerta and Lorenz Dumuk before Janice took the stage to read from her new book. Congratulations, Janice!

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5th Annual Sunrise Ceremony at the School of Arts and Culture @ MHP with Akoma Arts 

This annual event was offered in solidarity with the International Indian Treaty Council’s historic Alcatraz gathering. It is a collaboration with the School of Arts and Culture @MHP, Akoma Arts, Calpulli Tonalehqueh, New  Fire/Yancuic Xihuitl, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee and the San Jose Black Berets to commemorate all indigenous cultures and traditions in a sunrise gathering. 

Thank you to MC and lead organizer Tamara Alvarado for inviting me to offer a poem at the gathering.

Those who attended also stood in solidarity with the Protectors at Standing Rock who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. For more information Click here. #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

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Thursday, December 1, 6:30pm


Details on the Facebook event page

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Friday, December 2, 8pm

Details on the Facebook event page

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Friday, December 2, 6pm

Details on the Facebook event page

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Sunday, December 4, 2pm

Details on the Event page

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Wednesday, December 7, 7pm

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Tuesday, December 13, 7pm


Details on the Facebook event page

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Thursday, December 15, 7pm


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Saturday, December 17, 11am


Details on the Facebook event page

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Saturday, December 17, 8pm

Details on the Facebook event page

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SUNDAYS, 6-8pm

Please come check out the weekly open mic!


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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

Now through January 6th:



More details here.

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October News & November Announcements

POETree at the 7th annual Day on the Bay Multicultural Festival at Alviso Marina County Park 

Thank you to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ President Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Parks and all the staff, volunteers and participants for a great day! We had so many poets of all ages create with us on this gorgeous day on the Bay. 

Over 10,000 residents attended throughout the day on Sunday, October 9th to enjoy live performances, kayak rides, a rock climbing wall, and 140 vendor and resource  booths including the POETree Pop Up.  Looking forward to this again next year!


POETree creations will be shared soon!

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REED at LitCrawl San Francisco

The rain didn’t stop people from packing the house at Accident & Artifact on October 15th for LitCrawl.  It was an honor to read with Cristina Garcia, Andrew Lam, Nick Taylor and Andrew Tucker, with the fabulous Cathleen Miller as emcee! 

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Friday, November 18, 7pm

Come celebrate Janice Sapigao’s new book of poetry, microchips for millions 

Hosted by Lorenz Dumuk with readings by Arlene Biala, Suzy Huerta and Janice Sapigao. We will have the POETree ready for you, too!

Details on the Facebook event page

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Sunday, November 6, 11am

Details on the Facebook event page

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SUNDAYS, 6-8pm

Please come check out the weekly open mic! 


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Monday, November 7, 7pm


Details on the Facebook event page

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Tuesday, November 8, 7pm


Details on the Facebook event page
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More November events from Poetry Center San Jose

Visit Poetry Center San Jose website for more information.
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More November events from Mighty Mike McGee & his Sweet Home San Jose event list:

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September News & October Announcements

San Jose Poetry Festival on September 18 at History Park San Jose

This was a phenomenal day of poetry events with over one hundred poets and poetry lovers participating throughout the day. 

Congratulations and gratitude to Poetry Center San Jose and the stellar crew of volunteers and event coordinators for such a tremendous lift in making it happen!

If next year’s festival encounters the same hot weather, it’s been suggested that the theme could be “Poets in Heat” (pun intended!)


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The Spoken Word Lounge at Anne & Mark’s Art Party on September 24-25



Thank you Flash Fiction Forum, Lita Kurth, Caesar Kent and all who managed the stellar line up of readers, Sunday workshops and Poetry On Demand! 

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Santa Clara County and South Bay Area City Poets Laureate (former & current) met to share poetry, food, wine, projects, project ideas and lots of laughter. Thank you, Sally Ashton, for hosting us! Looking forward to the next gathering.


(Clockwise from back row, left): Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton, Erica Goss, David Denny, Stan Garber, Ann Muto, Arlene Biala and David C. Perez 

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New Stuff!  SUNDAYs, 6-8pm

Please come out to the new weekly open mic! This Sunday, October 2nd, it will be hosted by the fabulous Lorenz Dumuk.

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POETree Pop Up Project will be at Day on the Bay Multicultural Festival from 10am to 1pm, Sunday, October 9th. Come out and create the POETree!




Here’s one poem seeded by Summer POETree participants:

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October 6th – 9th

Los Gatos Listowel Writers’ Festival

OCTOBER 6-9, 2016. In the tradition of Ireland’s famous Writers’ Week in Listowel. Enjoy readings, speaker events, panel discussions and in-conversation events with some of today’s top writers in the charming town of Los Gatos.

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 Tuesday, October 11, 7pm


Details on Facebook event page.

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Meet Cupertino Poet Laureate Ann Muto and check out her poetry happenings!

Ann will be reading next on Thursday, October 13th, 7pm at the Cupertino Library:

She is also leading Poetry Memoir workshops:

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Saturday, October 15, 6pm

REED Magazine at LitCrawl SF 

If you will be at LitCrawl SF, add us to your list of stops! I’m honored to be reading with Cristina Garcia, Andrew Lam, Nick Taylor and Andrew Tucker, with editor-in-chief Cathleen Miller as emcee.

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More October events from Poetry Center San Jose:


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More October events from  Mighty Mike McGee & his Sweet Home San Jose event list:

Details on the Facebook event page
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A Few Light Poems Media Poetry project led by David C. Perez 


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Reminder: Upcoming events this week!

San Jose Poetry Festival this Sunday

Don’t miss the San Jose Poetry Festival this Sunday, September 18 at History Park San Jose. All details of workshops, readings and activities on the Schedule.


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Tonight at Works/San Jose

Well-RED presents Scorpiana X and Tshaka Campbell


Visit the  Facebook event page for details.

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Thursday night at Willow Glen Library Third Thursday’s presents Erin Redfern

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NEW STUFF! Mighty Mike McGee and Friends invite you to San Jose’s new weekly poetry + story open mic 


Saturday, September 17  Erica Goss at The Burning Tale


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Coming up on September 24-25, Literary events at Anne & Mark’s Art Party opening gala weekend!

Spoken Word Lounge events listed here.


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EVERY month is Poetry Month 💜

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