The first California Poets Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, in downtown San Jose. The free daylong event will feature dozens of readings, a book fair, food, entertainment, and more.
Among the featured poets: Fresnans Gary Soto and Brian Turner, Amy Gerstler, Brenda Hillman, Sarah Maclay, Jane Mead, Marc David Pinate, and California Poet Laureate Al Young. There will also be readings from the MACLA Youth Slam Team and the Yukei Teikei Haiku Society, both based in San Jose.
The event is being put on by the Poetry Center San Jose.