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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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July Highlights & August Announcements 

LitLumpiaFest2 was medicine. Salamat shout outs to everyone who came to share poetry, stories, food, music, art and energia!

Special thanks to:

School of Arts & Culture @MHP esp. Nelly Torres Jauregui 

Bloco Do Sol San Jose, Jimmy Biala &Yuko Tamura, full squad of drummers and dancers

Robert R. Ragazza, sangria master & most giving person and friend

Clarisse Antolin Pasag for veggie lumpia maker magic, Aunty Mer and Mama Glo

Lorenz Mazon Dumuk for sharing his beautiful jewelry and #HELLApoeta tees

And the stellar line up:

America Cihuapilli Irineo

Kiana Del Rosario

Olga Loya

Ann Sherman

Joe Navarro

Venus Jones

Scorpiana Xlynn

Bill Cozzini

Poetess Kalamu Chaché

Lehua Taitano

Joe Miller

Quynh-Mai Nguyen

Asha Sudra

Jarvis Deangelo Subia

Donna Steelman

Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell

Lorenz Dumuk

Michael Matthew McGee

Pc Muñoz, Demone Carter and Ellis

Great photos taken by my cousin Phillip Pasag, Pasag Photography can be viewed here. (Password is Poets). Please credit Pasag Photography if you choose to share!
Here are some of my faves:


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Thursday, August 3, 7pm

Details for Live Lit are here.

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Coming Soon (August 4): Announcement for the next Santa Clara County Poet Laureate! 

Hard to believe it’s been almost two years! Stay tuned for a publication and “recruiting” event hosted by me and Sally Ashton, Nils Peterson and David Perez (AKA the SCCPL squad-to-date).

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SAVE THE DATES:

Friday, September 22, 6pm

REED Magazine Launch Party & 150th Anniversary Celebration


Check here for details.
AND. . .


October 21 & 22, 9am – 5pm both days


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June Highlights and July Announcements

Well-RED presented spring mother tongue on June 13th

Heartfelt thanks to Poetry Center San Jose and Works/San Jose for hosting the publication party for spring mother tongue: Poetic Voices of Santa Clara County. I was happy to donate 100% of proceeds from all books sold that evening to the host organizations who do so much for our local community. 

You can purchase a copy of spring mother tongue here.

The anthology presents work of 23 local poets. Thank you, poetas, for sharing your work with us!

Poetry Center San Jose has posted videos here.

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Poetry at DeAnza College

On June 1st I had the honor of reading with Mighty Mike McGee for students in various poetry and writing classes at DeAnza.  Thanks so much to Ken Weisner for making it happen! Also, be sure to check out the Euphrat Museum of Art on campus. The exhibitions are excellent.

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JULY HAPPENINGS




We had a blast last year so we are doing it again! Please come to a celebration of poetry, lumpia, music, art, kuwentos/talk story, friends and FUN. LUMPIA provided by me, but potluck for other food and beverages so please bring something to share if you can.

Flor y Canto style, lots of guest artists performing!

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More information about the Cupertino Poet Laureate in this Mercury News article.

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May Highlights and June Announcements

May 3 at the Hammer Theater – Legacy of Poetry Day

I am still in awe of the dedicated and stellar people who worked so diligently to make this magical night happen! From the students and faculty of SJSU, Poetry Center San Jose, Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene (CATS), production manager Rob Riddle, Hammer Theatre Center staff, all the poets and musicians, and the people who came out to the event . . . Salamat to all. Special thanks to Alan Soldofsky for once again possessing the mojo and madness to herd poets, musicians and more.

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Big thanks to Tad Malone at Metro News for including me in the recent literary issue. The article is available here.


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June 13, 7pm.  Join us for the spring mother tongue book release!

I’m so excited to debut this collection of 23 local poets.  100% of book sales at the release party will be donated to Poetry Center San Jose and Works/San Jose! If you can’t make it but want to buy a copy, click here.

The POETree will also be ready for you!


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Cupertino Poet Laureate Ann Muto has this event coming up on June 24:


Questions? Contact Ann Muto.

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April Highlights & May Announcements

 National Poetry Month left me breathless (in a good way) and I may not make it through the end of this post before nodding off in exhaustion! From school visits to judging poetry contests, there is no doubt in my mind that poetry is very much alive in the County and beyond.

A few highlights:

11-year old America Cihuapilli Irineo kicked off National Poetry Month at San Jose City Hall by sharing poetry for the council invocation on April 4th. 



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Annual SJMA Poetry Invitational on April 20th was fantastic! Thank you to all the participating poets; Jeff Bordona, Paulina Vu and San Jose Museum of Art; Poetry Center San Jose; and all who attended. 

To see photos from the event, please click  here (password is Poems) for photos by Phillip Pasag, Pasag Photography. Here are some of my favorites:

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Join us for San Jose State University’s Legacy of Poetry Day on May 3rd!

Full schedule and details here.



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Just released!  spring mother tongue: Poetic Voices of Santa Clara County

So happy to publish this collection of 23 local poets. Please save the date: June 13th for the reading and release party. Details soon.

Book is currently available for purchase here.

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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. 

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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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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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