EventsVirtual - Third Thursdays with Poetry Center San Jose

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Virtual - Third Thursdays with Poetry Center San Jose

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Third Thursdays is a monthly Poetry program in partnership with Poetry Center San Jose.

This month - POETRY CENTER SAN JOSE PRESENTS: Featured Poets Ellen Bass & Barbara Ras

Ellen Bass’s newest collection, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April 2020. Her other poetry books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Her poems appear frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the NEA, the California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, The Lambda Literary Award, The Pablo Neruda Prize, The Larry Levis Prize and the New Letters Prize. She coedited the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks!, and her nonfiction books include the groundbreaking The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Bass founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz, California jails, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University.

Barbara Ras's newest collection of poems, The Blues of Heaven, was just published this month. Naomi Shihab Nye wrote, "This book radiates with immense tenderness and shimmering imagery." Ras's other books are The Last Skin; One Hidden Stuff; and Bite Every Sorrow, which won the Walt Whitman Award and also received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, among others. She is the founding director emerita of Trinity University Press and lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Open mic to follow.

Poetry Center San José's mission is to nurture and promote diverse literary expression in our community as a means of exploring, defining, and enriching the human experience.

This event will be happening live through Zoom. Registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom log-in information on the day of the event before the event start. Online registration closes 1 day before the start of the event. Learn more about Zoom at

For those under 18 years of age who may be attending, we recommend that a parent/legal guardian be with you during the program.

Registration closes 1 day before the event

Hosted by local poet Lesa Medley.

To request an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for library-sponsored events, please call 408-808-2000 at least three business days prior to the event.

Suitable for:
Adults, ages 18+
Teens, ages 12-18
Seniors, ages 65+
Writing & Adult Literacy

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