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:

Details on the Facebook event page

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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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August News & September Announcements

Some August highlights:

ICA Live! at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art on August 5th

During the August First Friday Art Walk I had the chance to collaborate with visual artist Peter Foucault, poet Yaccaira Salvatierra and musician (and my niece!) Brittany Biala for some spoken word/music/audience-song generated drawing by Peter and his artbot. Thanks to Patricia Cariño and Cathy Kimball at the ICA for having us!

Go check out the Next New Paper and This Is Not a Book exhibits at ICA.


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Willow Glen Poetry Project – Third Thursday Poetry Readings

My thanks to Christine and Dennis Richardson, co-hosts of the popular and long running monthly reading at Willow Glen Library, for inviting me to feature on  August 18th. Great participation during the Open Mic and for the POETree!

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California Poets in the Schools – Annual Symposium at The Presentation Center in Los Gatos/Santa Cruz Mountains

On Friday, August 19th, I had the honor of reading alongside 12-year old poet Greer Nakadegawa-Lee and Ellen Bass at the annual conference of California Poets in the Schools. Thank you, Erica Goss and Tina Areja-Pasquinzo, for inviting me to share the stage with these inspiring poets.


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Upcoming August & September Events

Friday, August 26, noon-1pm at St. James Park, Noon Arts & Lectures presents

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Sunday, August 28, 3-8pm at School of Arts and Culture @MHP

Facebook event page here.


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San Jose Poetry Festival on Sunday, September 18 at History San Jose!

Full schedule and details at Poetry Center San Jose event page.

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Poetry Center San Jose presents

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Saturday, September 24, 6pm at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (includes Poetry/Literary Arts events)

Anne & Mark’s Art Party

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Got Events?   Sweet Home San Jose is a new monthly event calendar created by Mighty Mike McGee!

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July News & August Announcements

LitLumpiaFest on July 17 at the School of Arts and Culture @ MHP

Kiana and Arlene

Jimmy Biala and Bloco del Sol

Bloco del Sol opens the party!

Clockwise from top left: Mahcic, Tomas amd Serafin Riley; Leticia Hernandez, Ann Sherman, Tony SantaAna, Bill Cozzini, Yaccaira Salvatierra

Clockwise from top left: Asha Sudra, Jarvis Deangelo Subia, Lita Kurth, Caroline Goodwin, Kimy Martinez, Quynh-Mai Nguyen

Clockwise from top left: Q&A, Lorenz Dumuk, Mighty Mike McGee, Arlene Biala, Poetess Kalamu Chache, Pushpa McFarlane

One word: MEDICINE 💜
We needed it (still do), you brought it, shared it, refueled us to pay it forward. 

Please know how grateful I am for all of you.  

Special shout outs:

Aunty Mercedes Pasag and cousin Rose Cabato who fed us with their lumpia!

Jimmy Biala and Bloco Del Sol, Brittany Biala, Blake and Serena Biala for saxophone magic and music!

Lorenz Mazon Dumuk and Quynh-Mai Nguyen for offering art/heart creative activities, and my girl Kiana for woman-ing the POETree! (Poems will be posted soon.)

Phillip Pasag Pasag Photography for his talent in capturing the spirit of it all in these photos!

Ira Jones, sound man extraordinaire and fellow Bloco braddah! #22jobsmon

For stellar makers of Kuwento/poesia/magic who shared the mic:

Kai Del Rosario

Kiana Del Rosario

Leticia Hernandez

Tomás Riley

Serafin, 6yr old Poet Laureate of the Universe

Olga Loya

Ann Sherman

Caroline Goodwin

Poetess Kalamu Chaché

Mighty Michael Matthew McGee

Asha Sudra

Quynh-Mai Nguyen

Kimy Martinez

Tony SantaAna

Pushpa MacFarlane

Jarvis Deangelo Subia

Yaccaira Salvatierra

Lita Kurth

Bill Cozzini

Lorenz Dumuk 

Q & A Music

Robert R. Ragazza for general fabulousness, tending bar & desserts #nodessertuntilsecondset

and all of you who came, brought food, drink and energia to share.

#LetsBeThis💜💜💜

Carry each other, fam. ONE love.

LitLumpiaFest photos by Pasag Photography

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 30 – Poetry Center San Jose presents Write an Ode workshop with Sally Ashton Facebook event page for details.


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Friday, August 5, 8pm – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art presents ICA Live!

Please join us for this unique collaboration with artist Peter Foucault, poet Arlene Biala and guest artists Yaccaira Salvatierra (poet) and Brittany Biala (musician). We will perform two ten-minute sets at 8 and 8:30pm.

Facebook event page for details.
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Tuesday, August 9th, 7pm – Well-RED at WORKS San Jose


Facebook event page for details.
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Wednesday, August 10, 8pm at Cafe Stritch – Go! Go! Gong Show with Mighty Mike McGee


Facebook group page with details.

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Wednesday, August 17, 7pm – Flash Fiction Forum at WORKS San Jose


Flash Fiction Forum details.
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Thursday, August 18, 7pm – Third Thursdays Poetry Reading



Willow Glen Poetry Project Facebook page.
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Friday, August 19, 7pm – I will be reading at the annual symposium for CA Poets in the Schools. This is a full weekend of workshops and activities. Please see the Facebook event page for details.

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Save the Date!

Sunday, September 18h  – San Jose Poetry Festival 


Details: San Jose Poetry Festival

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June News & July Announcements 

Happy Summer!  I hope you are able to find and create some peace amidst the daily hype and charade parade. On Summer Solstice I celebrated my 50th year (in this life form)! I am reminded that what we all do to win with LOVE is our greatest force.

Right at the end of the school year, I had the honor of leading a poetry workshop and sharing the POETree with students of The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) in San Jose. The vision of CAA is “to provide a college campus for adults with differing abilities where they will have opportunities to learn from a diverse and rich curriculum that will enable them to live full and empowered lives as successful, contributing members of the community.”

The students shared amazing energy, stories and poetry written during the workshop. Thank you to Suzanne Williams, DeAnna Pursai and the students for an incredible time!

Here are some poems from the students:

What if my cancer comes back?
I wish all the military men and women would come home safe.
If I could rule the world, I would have no more poverty.
 
My name is Aine,
I am from San Jose.
I am a person who likes many things,
like Disneyland and coffee.
I am a person who loves my Irish heritage,
roses, and Thai and Filipino food.
I am a person who wishes there was a cure for cancer.
 
My name means “splendor, radiance, and brilliance”
My family is a funny cultural mix.
The color of my happiness is pink,
the color of my sadness is deep blue.
 
The city where I live is Half Moon Bay.
When I grow up I want to be a singer and an actress.
Before I die, I want to travel, get married, still have no cancer.
 
by Aine Kline
7june16

 
What if I could walk?
I wish I could go to Fiji for Christmas.
If I could rule the world, I would be a president.
 
My name is Daniel.
I am from California.
I am a person who likes volunteering.
I am a person who loves helping the community.
I am a person who wishes to go home to Fiji.
 
My name means “God is my Judge”
My family is Fijian.
The color of my happiness is green,
the color of my sadness is black.
 
The city where I live is Sunnyvale.
When I grow up I want to work at a Fijian radio station.
Before I die, I want to go to the North Pole.
 
by Daniel Stickney
7june16

 
What if money grew on trees?
Would we all be much more greedy?
I wish stars could be collected and stored on a shelf.
If I could rule the world, I would make gas less expensive.
 
My name is Danie.
I am from San Diego or Escondido.
I am a person who likes architecture.
I am a person who loves sappy TV shows.
I am a person who wishes chocolate was okay to eat
at every meal.
 
My name means “God is my Judge”
My family is Christian American mutts.
The color of my happiness is purple,
the color of my sadness is black.
 
The city where I live is Morgan Hill.
When I grow up I want to be a mom.
Before I die, I want to publish three books.
 
by Danie Weaver
7june16

 
What if Princess Anna went with me to Disney on Ice?
I wish I could teach dance.
If I could rule the world, I would help everyone learn ballet.
 
My name is Renee.
I am from San Jose, CA.
I am a person who likes school.
I am a person who loves dance recitals.
I am a person who wishes December 14th
can be every day (25 years old!)
 
My name means “Born again. First”
My family is Mexican.
The color of my happiness is grey,
the color of my sadness is pink.
 
The city where I live is San Jose, CA, 95148.
When I grow up I want to be a dancer.
Before I die, I want to be a teacher.
 
by Renee G.
7june16.

 
What if I did dishes and laundry?
 
My name is Steph.
I am from San Jose.
I am a person who likes mom love.
I am a person who loves dogs.
 
My name.
The color of my happiness is red silk.
The color of my sadness is San Jose, CA.
 
by Steph
7june16

 
I wish everyone around me could make their dreams come true.
My name is Earl.
I am from California.
I am a person who likes cold weather.
I am a person who loves to sing.
I am a person who wishes he could go back in time.
 
My name means “nobility”
My family is wonderful.
The color of my happiness is black,
the color of my sadness is orange.
 
The city where I live is full of life.
When I grow up I want to travel the world.
Before I die, I want to have children.
 
by Earl
7june16

Poets of CAA! PRESENTE!

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Please join us on Sunday, July 17, 4-6pm for LitLumpiaFest!

Instead of a formal Poet Laureate reception (I completely lagged on that anyway), come to a celebration of poetry, lumpia, music, art, kuwentos/talk story, friends and FUN. 
Flor y Canto style, lots of guest artists performing! Line up TBA. Art activities, all ages.
Oh, and I’m turning Five-Oh so it will be a birthday bash, too🙂

Please visit the LitLumpiaFest Facebook event page for details and to RSVP.
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Two Miles East – Summer Garden Event Series presents

Visit the Half Breed Facebook event page for details and ticket information.

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Call for Submissions to Caesura!

Cæsura Call for Submissions is open now! Poetic Games: The World Versus Silicon Valley Issue. Visit Poetry Center San Jose’s page for Submission Guidelines.


Deadline for submissions:  August 5th, 2016 for general public.  August 21st, 2016 for PCSJ members.

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Call for Submissions to Border Cantos Poems: Call and Response

Border Cantos by Guillermo Galindo and Richard Misrach is still on exhibit at San Jose Museum of Art until July 31st. Nine poets created new work in response to the exhibit (along with poems in response to the Tabaimo exhibit that is open through August) and shared their poems at the annual Poetry Invitational in April. The poems and the event inspired many people.  I am planning a print collection of these poems, along with other poems selected through this call, to be published in late 2016/early 2017.

Submission Guidelines: I am inviting you to submit ekphrastic poetry: 1 or 2 poems (no longer than 250 words maximum per poem) written in response to your viewing and experience of the Border Cantos exhibit. Please send in Word doc to me at abiala@yahoo.com along with your name, email, address and phone number. Deadline for submissions is August 30, 2016. **You must visit the exhibit before it closes on July 31st**


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Save the Date – August Event, more details coming soon!

ICA Live!

Peter Foucault and Arlene Biala along with guest artists TBA, Friday, August 5

Performance times: 8pm and 8:30pm

Free and open to the public


NextNewPaper artist Peter Foucault will collaborate with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala for August’s ICA Live! program. Biala will be reading new poems inspired by the exhibition and Foucault’s custom-built robot, armed with drawing tools, will respond to the sound of Biala’s voice, as well as voice/music of guest artists, to create a new, abstract piece.

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