Non-CPL Poetry & Creativity Events

There’s creativity and poetry happening all over the place! Check out these local (and local-ish) offerings from the other creativity lovers in our area… 


ILLUMINATE YOUR POEM with KEIKO O’LEARY keikoolearyilluminateyourpoem

Sunday, February 4, 2018
10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. workshop
1:30 p.m. Invite your family to join us for lunch

Le Quy Vietnamese Restaurant, in the banquet room
1461 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Poetry and calligraphy are meant to be together. Get started with illumination, and create a finished piece–perhaps a special Valentine’s Day gift? (Or just relax and have fun playing with art supplies! Plus you don’t have to do dishes.)

What We’ll Do:
Use calligraphy and decorated letters to illuminate a poem or other text of your choice. Keiko O’Leary will demonstrate:

  • Intuitive illumination: Calligraphy doesn’t have to be painstaking and meticulous. You can flow with your imagination to create free, unplanned compositions that allow you to focus on the present moment and develop your intuition.
  • Calligraphy: Hold a broad-edged pen at a 45° angle, and your regular printing suddenly becomes beautiful.
  • Decorated letters: Turn the first letter of your text into a work of art.
  • Layout and composition: Design your page for the effect you want.

Please Bring:
A poem, quote, or text you want to illuminate.

$99. Includes supplies and a $20 gift certificate for lunch at Le Quy.

Presenter Bio:
As a teacher, Keiko O’Leary helps people answer the call to create. As an artist, she is called to create with paper, ink, and words. Her creative practice includes poetry, essays, and fiction, as well as calligraphy, book arts, and traditional publishing.

How to Register:
Call or text Keiko directly at (408) 497-7992.
Email is also fine:

TEEN POETRY SLAM with MIKE McGEETeenPoetrySlamMilpitas2.7.18
Wednesday 2/7, 6pm – 7pm

Join us for the Youth Poetry Slam – Teens and preteens perform – and maybe win – money! Mighty Mike McGee will be our MC!!

Teen poets. All are welcome to listen as audience in the Auditorium at the Milpitas Library.

Milpitas Branch Library – register on their site or call number below
Event Type(s): Teen Program
Age Group(s): Teen, School Age
(408) 262-1171 ext. 3617

Well-RED presents Kara Arguello and J. Bruce Fuller wellred2.13.18

February 13th
Doors open at 6:30pm and performance begins at 7:00pm.

Affordable wine, beer and soda.
Open mic will follow the performance.

Admission: $2 Suggested Donation; No one turned away.

Kara Arguello was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives, works, and writes in San Jose, California. She has had poems recently featured in Across the Margin, Blue Kettle Review, and Caesura. Prior work has appeared in Red Wheelbarrow, Cream City Review, DNA (Dragonfly Press), The Fourth River, and Sugar House Review, among others, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Kara is an attorney with a prominent Bay Area technology company, and above all enjoys the company of her husband and boisterous preschooler son.

J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native, and is currently a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. His chapbooks include The Dissenter’s Ground (Hyacinth Girl Press 2017), Notes to a Husband (Imaginary Friend Press 2013), Lancelot (Lazy Mouse Press 2013), 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World (Bandersnatch Books 2010), and Flood which is the winner of the 2013 Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest. He is the co-editor ofVision/Verse 2009-2013: An Anthology of Poetry (Yellow Flag Press 2013). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming at The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, Pembroke Magazine, The Louisiana Review, burntdistrict, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature, among others. He is the editor and publisher of Yellow Flag Press. He received a MFA from McNeese and a PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.