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Poetry Events this September and October

Hello everyone,

I was a little quiet online at the end of the summer as I was busy planning for some exciting fall poetry events. The information on these events is below. There is more to come before the fall is over, but for now take a look at the current lineup! If you’d like more info as events unfold, please follow me on twitter: @PoetLaureateSCC or like the SCC Poet Laureate Facebook page:

Friday, Sept. 5
Street Market Arts Festival
South First Street between San Carlos and Reed, downtown San Jose
Free admission

I will be hosting main stage at the First Friday Street Market festival. In addition, I’ll be running my booth “The Poetry Site” where poets compose custom verse for festival goers!

Friday, Sept. 19
Poetry Booth at The Commons
St. James Park (1st and St. James, downtown San Jose)
Free admission
Visit The Commons Facebook event page!

The Commons brings contemporary music with classical instrumentation to the masses. I will emcee the event, which features incredible musical talent from all over the South Bay Area. My poetry booth will also be present at this event. Featured musicians include the Awesöme Orchestra CollectiveRachel LarsenDirty CelloNarratorsClassical Revolution, violinist Ishtar Hernandez and pianist Naomi Stine. Special thanks to Poetry Center San Jose for Co-sponsoring this event. Learn more about PCSJ at


Saturday, Sept. 20
Poetry at Ann & Mark’s Art Party
7pm to midnight
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (344 Tully Rd., San Jose, CA 95111)
$39 General Admission

Ann and Mark’s Art Party will include a poetry lounge where I plan on sharing the stage with a number of poets. In addition, the poetry booth will make yet another appearance. I was drawn to this event ever since I heard its description as an “occasional and irrational San Jose arts fest.” According to their website, it’s been described as “Mad Max meets Moulin Rouge” and “Burning Man meets Venice Biennale.” Some say, it’s better than… anything they’ve ever experienced. Special thanks to Poetry Center San Jose for Co-sponsoring this event. Learn more about PCSJ at

Thursday, Oct. 2 to Feb. 22
San Jose Museum of Art Exhibit “Momentum” 

110 South Market Street, 
San Jose, CA 95113
$8 adult admission. Free for members.

The San Jose Museum of Art has invited nine artists, myself included, to create artwork that responds to pieces in its permanent collection. My contribution is a a series of “moving poems.” In these pieces, words move on a number of screens, each showing the evolution of a poem. The work is a response to the video installation “Home Movies 300-3” by Jim Campbell. Click here to see a sample of Campbell’s work. Special thanks to Poetry Center San Jose for Co-sponsoring this event. Learn more about PCSJ at

Tuesday, Oct. 14 – 
Well-RED Reading Series
Works Gallery (365 South Market St., San Jose, CA)
$2 suggested donation, no one turned away

I’m proud to be one of the featured readers at Well-RED, sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose. I’m also proud to be sharing the stage with my partner, and wonderful poet, Jennifer Gigantino. The last time we performed together was about five years ago. A lot has changed with my work since then. As for her latest work. . . she doesn’t show it to me, so it’ll be as surprising for me as it is for you.


Youth Poetry Workshops at Carolyn Clarke Elementary School

I have partnered with FutureArtsNow! — a youth arts education organization — to provide a series of poetry workshops in South Bay Area elementary and middle schools. This October, I will visit Carolyn Clarke Elementary, where I will introduce over 60 fifth-graders to the process of poetry composition. By the end, they’ll all have written a few poems of their own. I hope to share some of their work with the public at some point. More information on this in a future blog post.

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Summer Poetry Events



Poets are converging on the SubZERO Arts Festival to compose custom poems on vintage typewriters for two days straight. On Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 from 6pm to midnight, I am running a booth called “The Poetry Site.” Consider it a composition studio where poets generate original verse tailored to its recipients. We’ll be in the thick of SubZERO–an annual event that closes off South First Street and fills it with art of every imaginable stripe. It is, leaving all hyperbole at the door, the most large-scale and high-energy arts event in San Jose. You really must see for yourself.

Follow the twitter for booth updates: @PoetLaureateSCC

Visit the SubZERO site for more festival info:




From June 30 to July 11, I am facilitating a poetry composition course for teens. The course will be held through the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. If you know of a young poet you think would be interested, their parents can call (408) 794-6250 for information and enrollment. The School charges a tuition fee but can often offer scholarships based on financial need. I will also be offering a video production workshop at the School from July 14 to July 25. For general information about the School of Arts and Culture, visit




This past April I hosted the 5th Annual San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational, an event where poets perform original works inspired by art in the Museum’s collection. If you missed it, you can read the poems on SJMA’s Tumblr page beside pictures of the artwork! They will post a new piece each week (seven in all). The first two are already up! View the poems and artwork at

Special thanks to Lucy Larson, Director of Education at SJMA.

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5th Annual San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational – April 17 – 7pm


Poetry and visual art come together on April 17 at the Annual SJMA Poetry Invitational. Poets write pieces inspired by work in the exhibit “Initial Public Offering” then read their poetry side-by-side with the art. Join us for what has become a proud San Jose tradition. Special thanks to Poetry Center San Jose for co-sponsoring this event.

Thursday, April 17 @ 7pm
$5 Admission (free for museum members)
110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95110
Reading to be held in the exhibit “Initial Public Offering”

Featured poets include Jason Bayani, Kimberly Cates Escamilla, Evan Karp, Jennifer Swanton Brown, Jasper Haze, Claudia McIsaac, Sally Ashton, Nils Peterson and myself.


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April Events


National Poetry Month is upon us, and here are my upcoming events! Also, as many have requested, here is the video of the speech I gave at my reception. Special thanks to Poetry Center San Jose for co-sponsoring these events. Learn more about all PCSJ does to promote poetry in the South Bay at If you have questions, email me at If you want reminders as events get closer, follow my Twitter @dperezer. Enjoy your poetry month!

  • April 5
    Milpitas Library Poetry Reading
    The Milpitas poetry community is truly extraordinary. I’m proud to be in their space once again to read alongside Erica Goss (Poet Laureate of Los Gatos) and Kim Johnson (spoken word sensation). The event also features two former Milpitas Poetry Slam winners, Liala Zaray and Ahsan Zahid. The event comes complete with free food and musical guest, cellist Freya Seeburger. I will also give a poetry workshop at the library at 1pm. Both the workshop and the reading will take place in the auditorium. Email Lauren Teixeira at or visit the Facebook event for more info.
  • April 10 and 19
    Campbell Library Youth Poetry Workshops
    4:30pm (on both days)
    This is a series of two poetry composition courses for youth ages 13 to 17. You don’t need to have written before. If you have a piece you’d like to polish up, bring it, and I’ll give you some revision techniques. I’m flexible on the ages. Any young person interested in poetry is welcome to join. Just ask the staff at the front desk where to find the poetry workshop and they’ll let you know where we’re meeting. Email Klara Kim at for more info.
  • April 17
    5th Annual San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational
    Entrance fee: $5 (free for Museum members)

    This event brings the worlds of visual art and poetry together through the practice of ekphrasis. Poets perform original works inspired by art on display at the museum. Each poet reads while standing beside his or her chosen art piece. This year, all poems relate to work in the exhibit “Initial Public Offering.” Featured poets include Kimberly Escamilla, Jennifer Swanton Brown, Jason Bayani, Claudia McIsaac, Jasper Haze, Evan Karp, Nils Peterson, Sally Ashton, and myself. You can’t miss the location. Just come in through the front door and “Initial Public Offering” is immediately to your right. Visit the Facebook Event for more info.
  • April 24
    San Jose State University’s Legacy of Poetry Day
    Every year, SJSU hosts this event, and this they’re holding it in honor of poets Wanda Coleman and Edwin Markham. I am proud to share the stage with Joy Harjo, Al Young and Sally Ashton and Nils Peterson. We will be reading poems from Coleman and Markham in addition to our own works. The event is held out doors at SJSU right in front of the campus entrance to the MLK library. Visit the SJSU Legacy of Poetry page for more info.
  • April 24 and 26
    Gilroy Library Poetry Workshops
    5pm (on 4-24) / 2pm (on 4-26)

    This is a series of two poetry composition courses for writers of all ages. You can come to one workshop or both. We will do a lot of in-class writing. Coming on both days will give you the chance to revise your work from the first day and bring it in for another round of feedback and edits. Email Kelly Bennan Young at for more info.


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Interview with Poetry Center San Jose


I sat down with Brian Romaine of Poetry Center San Jose, and we had ourselves quite a chat about the written word, the favorable effects of art in our daily lives and, of course, the Russian flavor of Judo. Read the interview at:

Also, don’t forget that you’re invited to my reception and launch event. We will hear from Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Emeritus, Sally Ashton among others. I will share some remarks on the value of poetry and the role the Laureate plays in making it more available and accessible. I’ll also give a reading consisting of poems from my book and from my more recent musings.

Reception Details:

Saturday, March 15


Campbell Library Community Room

77 Harrison Ave. / Campbell, CA



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Poet Laureate Launch Event / Saturday, March 15 / 3-4:30pm


You are invited to the Poet Laureate Launch Event and Reception for newly appointed Laureate, David Perez, on Saturday, March 15.

Free to the public, the reception opens with music from a live jazz trio and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Cafe Stritch. Mike McGee hosts. Former Poet Laureate, Sally Ashton, and Director of the School of Arts and Culture, Tamara Alvarado, offer remarks on the role of Poet Laureate and David’s contributions to South Bay arts communities.  David comments on his vision for the next two years and gives a reading consisting of poems from his book and some newer works. Guests are welcome to stay for a meet and greet after David’s reading.

Date / Time: Saturday, March 15  / 3 to 4:30pm

Location: Campbell Library, Community Room: 77 Harrison Ave| Campbell, CA 95008

Facebook users, please RSVP:

Twitter users,  you can receive updates for all of David’s projects by following him  @dperezer


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Poet Laureate Launch Event / Saturday, March 15 / 3-4:30pm


Hello blog followers, poetry fans and Internet at large!

I am honored to be taking the reins as Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. This includes releasing content and updates regarding upcoming poetry events, sharing news from poets and artists throughout the county, and facilitating my own projects. I will make every effort to keep the blog nice and current.

That said, you are invited to the Poet Laureate Launch Event and Reception! Saturday, March 15 (details below).

Free to the public, the event features a few guest speakers, a poetry reading, food, treats, and jazz! Someone asked me if Kenny G. was playing. I said if he does, I’m having him arrested.

Date / Time: Saturday, March 15  / 3 to 4:30pm

Location: Campbell Library, Community Room: 77 Harrison Ave| Campbell, CA 95008

If you’re logged into facebook and are dying to RSVP on the event page, go here:

If you twitter, I’m @dperezer

Hope to see you soon,


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