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:


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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  1. Congrats on carrying on the flame! Thanks, too, for giving Sunday’s event a shout-out. Sorry I can’t make Saturday’s event…looks amazing!

  2. L.A. Kurth

    Thanks, Arlene!Would you be so kind as to mention Flash Fiction Forum’s March 9, 7 PM reading at Works Gallery?We have included many poets whose narrative poetry “passed” as flash fiction or flash nonfiction!Cordially,Lita Kurth

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