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:

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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