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Poetry Center San José promotes and supports the literary arts in San José. Over the past two decades, PCSJ has brought hundreds of exceptional writers from around the country to read from their works and, in many cases, to conduct workshops for local writers. As a nonprofit organization established in 1978, PCSJ was once housed in the Edwin Markham House on the campus of San José State University. In 1987, Markham House was moved to San José History Park. In 2002 History San José completed restoration of the charming turn-of-the-century Victorian home where the poet Edwin Markham once lived, and PCSJ has returned to this historic house as its base of operations. We offer readings by nationally known writers as well as writing workshops. Since the fall of 2000, PCSJ has sponsored a series of readings by local poets at the San José Museum of Art, LePetit Trianon, and the Firehouse at History San José. PCSJ publishes caesura, the premier literary magazine of the South Bay. It includes poetry of members that has been published in other literary magazines, book reviews, and literary happenings of the Center.
A unique and special annual tradition of Poetry Center San José is the Valentine's Day reading and celebration by Nils Peterson. Writers, lovers, and anyone who is a romantic at heart take great pleasure each year in Nils' performance. In 2002, board member Lara Gularte launched a poetry-writing program in collaboration with Alliance for Community Care. PCSJ is also working in collaboration with the San José Public Library to present several readings this year. In 2000, PCSJ was accepted by the Multicultural Arts Incubation Program of the City of San José. This three-year program offers technical support to small nonprofit organizations in order to provide each with the tools needed to become strong and successful.