March Highlights & April Announcements

National Poetry Month is Here!

What I love most about being a poet in the South Bay Area is that there is a menu of delicious poetry events EVERY month, not just during April.  So I will share the April menu in this post, but first some highlights from March:

Teen Poetry workshop & POETree pop up at Saratoga Library on March 28th. Thank you to Silicon Valley Reads, Saratoga Library and the Teen Advisory Board for a great night!

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Pinays Write! Poetry Workshop – LEAD Filipino’s Fly Pinays Leadership Summit on March 11th.

I was blown away by my 30+ workshop participants! Smart, inspiring, empowered & empowering Pinays. Salamat to all of them and esp. to Angelica Cortez and Aurelia Flores Bailey for inviting me to participate.

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Poets & Film at Cinequest 2017 on March 3rd at SJSU Yoshihiro Uchida Hall brought out an eclectic mix of poets, music and poetry films. Thanks Kimy Martinez and Cinequest!

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Kicking off National Poetry Month!

April 4 at 1:30pm, San Jose City Hall: Invocation in recognition of National Poetry Month. I have invited a fierce young poet, 11-year old America Cihuapilli Irineo (on the right in photo below) to share a poem for the City Council Invocation at 1:30pm. If you are able to attend, please come! Location and directions here.

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April 20, 7pm


Last year’s Poetry Invitational was jam- packed and extraordinary. Please join me, San Jose Museum of Art and Poetry Center San Jose along with nine #HellaPoetas for a magical night of art, poetry, entertainment and . . . shenanigans. We must have shenanigans. 

Details on the Facebook event page.

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April 24, 6:30pm 2017 SVLaureates Celebration

This year’s Artist Laureates include San Jose’s own Joe Miller (On the Wall category) and Cathleen Miller (Off Stage category)! Also, as a proud little sister I am overjoyed that my brother Jimmy Biala has been named Artist Laureate (On Stage category)! Congratulations to all!

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Details on the Facebook event page.

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Details on the Facebook event page.

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Details on the Facebook event page.

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Details on the Facebook event page.

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Details on 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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Save the Dates

May 3rd, 5pm at Hammer Theater Center: LEGACY OF POETRY event. Details coming very soon!

June 13, 7pm at Works San Jose: spring mother tongue Release Party. Stay tuned for details!

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On a note of gratitude and praise:

Thank you, our dear Juan Felipe Herrera, for two terms as Poet Laureate of the US and for a lifetime as PLOTU (Poet Laureate of the Universe).  Pa’lante!

At Stanford University on March 6, 2017

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