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“Be ever wonderful . . Stay as you are . . .” ~ Earth, Wind & Fire

Dear friends,
It has been a true blessing and honor to serve as your poet laureate for the last two years.  Maraming salamat, thank you, for deep support, inspiration, commitment, love, creative medicine and friendship as we continue to lift each other up and rage against all that tries to silence  us.  Thank you for sharing your voices and encouraging others at the mic, on the page, and on POETree leaves. 

Thank you for holding space for one another through art, resistance and compassion. I will continue on this journey with you, always. 

Here’s a little gift (video & editing credit to our girl Kiana. 13yr olds can do this stuff in their sleep!)

And finally: I am HELLAhappy that our new poet laureate for 2018-19 is our amazing friend Mighty Mike McGee!

We could not be in better hands đź’ś

One Love,

~ Arlene 

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November Highlights & December Announcements 

Congratulations to the Cupertino Poetry Contest Winners!

I had the honor of selecting and presenting the poetry awards (Adult category) of the Cupertino Poetry Contest sponsored by outgoing Cupertino Poet Laureate, Ann Muto. Thank you, Ann, for your commitment and service to nurturing poetry in your city!

Jing Jing Yang, First Place in Adult Category, reads her poem.

Ann Muto, Kiana, and Jing Jing Yang

Poetry prize winners and judges



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Meet the 2018-19 Cupertino Poet Laureate:  Kaecey McCormick!

Kaecey was appointed by the Cupertino Library Commission in October. For more information, see the announcement and Kaecey McCormick’s website.

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Poetry at the Rotary Club of Campbell meeting on Nov. 14th

My thanks to Peter Allen, board president, for inviting me to share some poetry and talk about my experiences as SCCPL. To learn more about the organization and how to get involved, visit the Campbell Rotary Club website.

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Details and upcoming featured poets on Facebook group page.

Happy to be the featured poet on December 14th. Come out and help me celebrate my last gig as SCCPL!

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Other December events are listed on Poetry Center San Jose’s website, please see below and visit the website for updates.

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Stay Tuned! I will send a final blogpost in several weeks as my time as SCCPL draws to a close . . .

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October Highlights & November Announcements 

October 21-22:  The Third Annual San Jose Poetry Festival was a full weekend of poetry performances, readings, a small press fair, workshops, poets and poetry lovers! 

Tremendous thanks to Poetry Center San Jose: Robert Pesich at the helm and all the amazing members, staff and volunteers for offering this annual gathering to the community. 

Here are some photo highlights (my own), official photos/video forthcoming from Poetry Center San Jose.

Robert Pesich welcoming everyone to the Mainstage.

Arlene Biala keynote with special guest artists Lorenz Dumuk (top photo), Khalilah Ramirez (bottom), and Bill Cozzini (not pictured).

Readings with Persis Karim (top), Anshu S. Johri (left), and Gabrielle LaFrank (right).

Tshaka Campbell (top), Kim Johnson (left), and Yesika Salgado (right).

Clockwise from top left: Deborah Miranda, Pallavi Sharma, San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg, Caesar Kent, Venus Jones

 

L-R: Lorenz Dumuk, Jarvis Subia, Barbara Jane Reyes

L-R: Jarvis Subia, Tshaka Campbell, Kim Johnson, Lorenz Dumuk

Suzy Huerta, Lorenz Dumuk, Janice Sapigao

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October 15:  All Womxn’s Showcase at The Forager featured over 100 performers, artists and vendors with a non-stop packed house for the entire 8-hour event. Huge props to Quynh-Mai Nguyen and Lorde & Grayson Productions for making it happen!

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Thursday, November 9, 7pm

Join us to celebrate the winners of the poetry contest sponsored by Cupertino Poet Laureate Ann Muto. Thank you, Ann, for inviting me to be a judge for the Adult competition!

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Tonight! Thursday, November 2, 7pm


Details on the Facebook group page.

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Other November events are listed on Poetry Center San Jose’s website, please see below and visit the website for updates:


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Third Annual San Jose Poetry Festival this weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, October 21 &22

Click here for details and tickets.
Don’t miss this full weekend of poetry performances, workshops and a small press book fair. 

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September Highlights & October Announcements

POETree at VivaCalleSJ 

VivaCalleSJ is a free program that temporarily closes miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, and enjoy activities and performances at multiple “hubs” on the route. We had fun engaging people of all ages in the POETree in the morning at the City Hall hub.  


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It was an honor to emcee the poetry portion of the program at this celebration of REED.  Many thanks to Cathleen Miller, Center for Literary Arts director and REED editor-in-chief, for inviting me to participate, and to all who worked hard to create this significant event and publication!

Pitch, Please! acapella group

With Kimy Martinez, poetry editor for REED 2017

With SJSU President Mary Papazian and Richard Tinoco, HS poetry contest winner

With Bill Cozzini, Matthew Rudoff and Gary Singh

You can purchase the current issue here.


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Application deadline is this Friday, September 29th!

Here are the application details.
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Sunday, October 15


Details on the Facebook event page.

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Saturday and Sunday, October 21 &22

Don’t miss this full weekend of poetry performances, workshops and a small press book fair. 



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Every Thursday! Check here for details.


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August Highlights & September Announcements







Thanks to all who came out to Cafe Stritch to celebrate the More Good Talk book release and learn more about how to apply for the SCCPL post for 2018-2019. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble OR you can purchase it directly from me, Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton or David Perez. I will bring copies to upcoming local literary events such as the REED 150th Anniversary and San Jose Poetry Festival as well.

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Application Deadline is September 29th!

All details here!
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Thursday, August 31, 7:30pm


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Friday, September 1, 5:30pm


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Sunday, September 3

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Friday, September 8, 7pm


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Sunday, September 10, 1pm


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Tuesday, September 12, 7pm


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Sunday, September 17The POETree Pop Up will be rolling at Viva Calle 2017! Details to come.
Full Viva CalleSJ info on the Facebook event page.

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Tuesday, September 19, 6pm


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Friday, September 22, 7pm

Please join us for an evening of readings to celebrate the 150th anniversary of REED Magazine, the West’s oldest literary journal, founded on the San Jise State campus in 1867! Appetizers and drinks included.  

Center for Literary Arts director and REED editor-in-chief Cathleen Miller and I will be your MCs for the party!

Click here for details and to get tickets.


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Save the date! October 21 & 22



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News from our Cupertino Poet Laureate, Ann Muto:

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Join us! 


The search is on for the next Santa Clara County Poet Laureate (January 2018 to December 2019 term). Nils, Sally, David and I will share work from a new collection of our poetry that will be available at the event. There will also be a Q&A session about the SCCPL application process, role, experiences, etc. 
PLUS: It’s at Cafe Stritch! Great food and drinks. Let’s GO.
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