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May 02 2016

Grand Jam Story Slam

Students participating in the WITS Digital program have combined writing and game-based technologies to create their own video games! At the Game Jam Story Slam, 100 students will share games and enter the STEM Video Game Challenge competition. Winners of the national competition will travel to Washington DC for the national video game challenge, where in years past they have been greeted by President Obama. This slam is open to the public! 

5:00pm to 7:00pm
United Way Houston
50 Waugh Dr.
77007 Houston, Texas
May 03 2016

After the Haiku of Yosa Buson With David Budbill

David Budbill has written poems "after" someone else's poems for decades. This is the first time, however, he's written an entire book of poems "after" another poet, another book.

He began writing these poems after a friend gave him his extra copy of Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson, translated by W. S. Merwin & Takako Lento (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). In fact his friend gave him this book on his birthday weekend (his 74th) and he's been obsessed with making his own poems from these translations ever since. (He don't read a word of Japanese.) He hasn't been this obsessed by a book, and by making his own poems from that book, since he read Red Pine's new translation of The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Copper Canyon Press, 2000).  

Bear Pond Books
77 Main St.
05602 Montpelier, Vermont
May 04 2016

Leabhar na hAathghabhála/Poems of Repossession: A Reading of Modern Irish Poetry

Join us for the launch of the first comprehensive critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish Gaelic with English translations. Leabhar na hAthghabhála/Poems of Repossession, edited by Louis De Paor, consists of poems in the Irish language written since 1900 with translations by Valentine IremongerMichael HartnettPaul MuldoonEiléan Ní ChuilleanáinBernard O’DonoghueMaurice Riordan, Peter SirrDavid Wheatley and Mary O’Donoghue. Most of the poems have not previously been available in English. Poems will be read in Irish Gaelic and English.

$10 General Admission; $7 Students and Seniors; Free for Poets House Members

Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
May 05 2016

San Jose State University Legacy of Poetry Day

Legacy of Poetry Day is an annual event to celebrate National Poetry Month, which we will extend by almost a week. The theme of this year’s tenth Legacy of Poetry Day celebration is “Ways and Ways to San Jose: A History of Santa Clara/Silicon Valley.” The theme comes from a poem by Al Young. The event will celebrate San Jose State University’s boisterous poetic legacy dating to Edwin Markham (1852–1940).

Other featured readers also include Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala; recent Santa Clara County Poet Laureates Sally Ashton and Nils Peterson; San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin; Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emeritus Erica Goss; award-winning SJSU faculty poets including Alan Soldofsky, Creative Writing director, Persis Karim, and Tommy Mouton. Also featured will be poets on the SJSU staff including Vuong Vu, poet and publisher of Tourane Poetry Press.

For more information, click on: http://legacyofpoetryday.wix.com/hammer*          *          *

“POETRY ON THE PASEO”5:00 pm – Introduction: Music by Cuatro Con Tres, a San Jose-based Latin musicians.5:05 pm: Opening remarks by SJSU President Susan Martin and by Academic Senate Chair Dr. Michael Kimbarow. Tribute to SJSU’s heritage in poetry in the history of Santa Clara Valley, including the poetry of Edwin Markham (1852–1940).

5:15 – 7:00 pm – Short readings by SJSU student, alumni, faculty, staff, and community poets.

7:00 – 8:15 pm – Pachanga on the Paseo: A Roving Spectacle of Public Art.

8:15 p.m. – U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera blesses Hammer Theater Center.


8:20 pm – Al Young leads off the Poet Laureates Reading. Followed by (here listed in alphabetical order): Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Emerita * Arlene Biala, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate * Jennifer Swanton Brown, Cupertino Poet Laureate Emerita * David Denny, Cupertino Poet Laureate Emeritus * Stan Garber, Los Gatos Poet Laureate *  Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County Poet Laureate * Erica Goss, Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emerita* Parthenia M. Hicks, Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emerita * Alejandro Murgía, San Francisco Poet Laureate * Nils Peterson, Santa Clara Poet Laureate Emeritus * Amanda Williamsen, Cupertino Poet Laureate * Co-hosted by Rachelle Escamilla, producer/host of KKUP-FM’s Out of Our Minds radio program.

9:15 pm – Keynote reading: Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate.

9:30 pm – Juan Felipe Herrera book signing, Hammer Theater Café, off the lobby.

5:00pm to 9:30pm
Hammer Theater Center
101 Paseo de San Antonio
95192 San Jose, California
May 07 2016

Blooms Reading at Menil Fest

We invite you to bring a blanket and a lawn chair and spend the afternoon with us enjoying poetry, music, film, and yoga at this festival for the whole family. For more information about the festival and a timeline of events, please visit the Menil Collection website. 

Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
77006 Houston, Texas

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I am three months out and six to go,
stuffing my plastic Superball body with the salt
& twang of crackers die-cut into the shapes of fish.
God forsakes me when I forsake him
but mostly he’s much kinder, as is his duty:
I am radiant, people tell me, and have no hives,
except the swarm of gold bombs biting its
I packed up the books: Under
Milk Wood, Of
Mice and Men, Under
the Window, Under
the Volcano, Up
from Slavery, The Thunder-
ing Herd, Under
the Greenwood Tree, The Over-
Coat, The Changing Light at Sandover,
world, Out
of Africa, Paris Trout;

and I went over
to the Under-
woods' house over

                —David Abram

Like an enormous leech the pancreas lies with its head tucked into the duodenum, upside down, the tail outstretched over it, an animal curled in on itself. In the preserve jar of the belly, it wriggles like a strange,