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David Perez
Poet Laureate 2014-2015


April 24, 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2:00 p.m.
Gilroy Library Poetry Workshops
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

April 17, 7:00 p.m.
5th Annual San Jose Museum of Art Poetry Invitational
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. For more information, visit the Facebook Event

April 10 and April 19, 4:30 p.m.(on both days)
Campbell Library Youth Poetry Workshops
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 Drop-ins are also welcome if space is available.

April 5, 3:00 p.m.
Milpitas Library Poetry Reading,
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 or visit the Facebook event.

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