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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. In furtherance of our mission, we offer programs and services to stimulate passion for the literary arts and to inspire and support emerging and established writers. We collaborate with other organizations to ensure that these programs and services reflect the diversity of our community and to involve people from a wide range of backgrounds as audience and members.
Poetry Center San José promotes and supports the literary arts in San José. Over the past four 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 Theatre, and the Firehouse at History San José. PCSJ publishes Cæsura that includes poetry, visual art and book reviews. Other popular PCSJ events include The Well-RED Reading Series, Third Thursdays, Live Lit Writers Open Mic and the San José Poetry Festival.