June 19th is a jam packed day for the local literary community!
At 2:00PM – 4:30PM, Kavosh Women’s Organization, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, United4Iran, and Veesta Arts & Lectures are cosponsoring a day of tribute to the imprisoned Iranian writers, journalists, and bloggers by the Association of Iranian American Writers. It will mark the 1 year anniversary of the disputed Iranian Elections – with a special report on the status of those writers, journalists and bloggers who have fled Iran in fear of torture and execution. There will be readings by Massud Alemi :: Farnaz Fatemi :: Tissa Hami :: Esther Kamkar :: Persis Karim :: Beatrice Motamedi :: Shirindokht Nourmanesh :: Ari Siletz, and musical performances by Hossein Massoudi and Ramin Zoufonoun. A donation for the imprisoned writers will be $10 ($5 for students) with the proceeds to benefit the Iranian Refugees Alliance, Inc. Check it out in the Martin Luther King Library, RM 225-229, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose 95112. Here is a Map, and there is a parking garage across 4th st. from the library. For more information, please contact Persis Karim at (408) 924-4476, and Shirindokht Nourmanesh email@example.com. A link to the original advertisement is at http://www.iranianamericanwriters.org/.
Check out what expects to be an informational and fun event!
After the Iranian American Writers event, there will be a day of Poetry and Song put on by the Poetry Center San Jose! At 6:30PM – 9:30PM, Rick Glaze, singer-songwriter; Mari Aranoff, flautist; and Sally Ashton, local poet will be performing at the Arnold Residence, at 150 Golden Oak Drive, Portola Valley CA 94028 (Map). Heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. As this is a fundraiser for the Poetry Center, a portion of the donation will be tax-deductible; the non-member donation is $50, with $40 dollars as tax-deductible, and the member donation is $40 dollars, with $30 dollars as tax-deductible. Please, RSVP: Carol Arnold @ 650-851-2551. A link to the original advertisement is at http://www.pcsj.org/.
Bios for the performers at the Poetry Center’s Fundraiser are following:
Rick Glaze has been a singer/songwriter for more than three decades and has continued to write alongside career and family. Sensitive lyrics and memorable melodies are the benchmark of his songs about cars, traffic, jobs and lovers. “…Another standout track is ‘Beach Down in the Islands,’ with lyrics influenced by ‘The Pelican Brief’ and featuring a rumbling rhythm with some tasteful steel guitar playing.” –Los Altos Town Crier (Los Altos, California). “Beach” was featured on CMT’s (Country Music Television) popular reality show, Cowboy U, in Molokai in 2004/05.
Mari Aranoff is a flutist, singer, songwriter, and keyboard player. She is an eclectic musician (rock, jazz, chamber music, country, symphonic, children’s music, new age…) who has played pop tunes on classical stages and Mozart in bars.
Nils Peterson has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varying as golf and Shakespeare. A chapbook of poems entitled Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing was published by No Deadlines Press, a collection of poems entitled The Comedy of Desire with an introduction by Robert Bly was published by the Blue Sofa Press, and a collection of poems entitled Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango appeared in 2005. He was nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize.
Sally Ashton is a Bay Area poet, teacher, and editor of the DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. Her chapbook, These Metallic Days, was released in 2005. She earned her MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars. She earned her undergraduate degree from SJSU (2001) in English with a creative writing minor. She won several Phelan awards and the Anne Lillis award while as SJSU. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Writers Chronicle, Mississippi Review, Dos Passos Review, failbetter.com, Another Chicago Magazine, River City, Poet Lore and Sentence, among other publications.
Please come out and support your local writer’s community and enjoy a fun day of poetry and song!