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Join County Poet Laureate in Celebrating National Poetry Month during April

Residents and Poetry Lovers Invited to Participate in Poetry Events
WHAT:
April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the County of Santa Clara Poet Laureate, in partnership with Poetry Center San Jose, is inviting residents and poets to participate in several poetry reading and workshop events at various locations throughout the county. 
 
WHEN & WHERE:
Milpitas Library Poetry Reading
Saturday, April 5, 3:00 p.m.
160 North Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez will read with Erica Goss, Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, and Kim Johnson. The event also features two former Milpitas Poetry Slam winners: Liala Zaray and Ahsan Zahid. The event includes free food and music by cellist Freya Seeburger. David will give a poetry workshop in the library at 1 p.m. Both the workshop and the reading will take place in the auditorium. For more information, email Lauren Teixeira at lteixeira@sccl.org.
 
Campbell Library Youth Poetry Workshops 
Thursday, April 10 and Saturday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.(on both days)
77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez will teach a series of two poetry composition courses for youth ages 13 to 17. Although not required, participants are encouraged to bring their work to revise. To reserve a space or inquire more information, email Klara Kim at KKim@sccl.org. Drop-ins are also welcome if space is available.
 
5th Annual San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational
Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.
110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez will host this event to bring 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 Nils Peterson (Santa Clara County Poet Laureate 2009-2011), Sally Ashton (Santa Clara County Poet Laureate 2011-2013), Jennifer Swanton Brown, Kimberly Escamilla, Jason Bayani, Claudia McIsaac, Jasper Haze, Evan Karp. Just come in through the front door and “Initial Public Offering” is immediately to your right.
 
Gilroy Library Poetry Workshops
Thursday, April 24, 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.
350 West 6th Street, Gilroy, CA 95020
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez will lead this series of two poetry composition courses for writers of all ages. Participants are invited to bring work they have previously written and to attend on both days. Attending both courses affords writers the opportunity to revise work from the first day and receive another round of feedback and edits. Course content will differ from one day to the next. For more information, email Kelly Bennan Young at KYoung@sccl.org.
 
WHY:
The Poet Laureate post was approved by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors in November 2008 in an effort to elevate poetry in the awareness of Santa Clara County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts. The Poet Laureate acts as a resource for poetry and literary activities to the Santa Clara County Library, represents the County of Santa Clara through outreach related to poetry, conducts presentations of appropriate works at the annual State of the County ceremony and other selected County sponsored events, as well as at activities to celebrate Poetry Month.
 
David Perez was appointed in January 2014 by the County Board of Supervisors to the honorary post of Santa Clara County Poet Laureate for a two year term (January 14, 2014 - December 21, 2015). 
 
Media Contact:  Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119;
Ben Daniels, Silicon Valley Creates (408) 998-2787, ext. 219
Posted: April 4, 2014