Working the Poetry Booth at subZERO in San Jose

At the San Jose subZERO art and music festival. Your intrepid PL in disguise as a working stiff with a typewriter. Very stiff this morning! Thanks for David Perez for the chance.

Jennifer Swanton Brown - A Twirly Life

This is one of the most exhausting and fun things ever to do, ever. David Perez, the current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, hosts these poetry booths on the street, at fair(e)s. People who want (free) poems chat with a poet at the front of the booth, then poets at the back of the booth with typewriters type up poems on themes and with keywords and as requested. Here’s a poet on the front lines, interviewing. (The photo at the top is of my desk in the dark…)

erica at poetry booth portrait edited Los Gatos Poet Laureate Erica Goss listening to “Custom Poems” customers.

I worked here with him last year (subZERO 2014) and the following are some photos from this year. I’m sure there is a way to hashtag the festival and David’s #PoetrySite but I’m too pooped right now. Maybe later. Writing poems (I wrote 19 poems!) on demand from…

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