Getting Gutiérrez to read again at Willow Glen was a splendid idea. His recent collection of poems are beautifully put together in A World Less Away, and his reading, exhilarating. A World Less Away, was published in 2016.

A World Less Away

“A World Less Away is a honeycomb, blackbox, dream codex and memory palace. These poems traffic in the interstices of our lives where the quotidian is imbued with meaning and hums with  metaphysical unrest. By turns existential, surreal and elegiac, the poems in this collection take swerves that are sure to transport the reader to the oneiric side of reality, while never losing sight that flesh was the first simile/ we were given/ to feel, conjure, / never truly inhabit.

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José Luis Gutiérrez is a San Francisco-based poet. His work has appeared in Margie, Poemeleon, Cortland Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Xavier Review, Caliban, and Kestrel. His poems have been included in the anthologies Mutanabbi Streets Starts Here and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, and is forthcoming in Poetry Salzburg Review, Ilanot Review, and Chiron Review, Lotus-Eater Magazine, and Bitterzoet Magazine among others. *****





Bert clicks with our Willow Glen audience. His pensive face is most welcoming when he gets to the podium to read. Then, like the morning sun it glimmers with mischief—the glint in his eye, ready to break out into hysterical humor—his words measured, and holding your attention.

Bert has been featured in many venues across California and also at the Green Mill in
Chicago, as well as various radio readings, including KPFA. He has produced an
Animation DVD of five of his poems in collaboration with the Santa Cruz artist Vanessa Stafford that can be viewed at www.Bert Glick.comAlso, Bert finished in Second Place for a poem in a juried contest that he read at the California Palace Legion of Honor, in San Francisco, September 2015. In December 2016, he was a featured poet at The Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz. Most recently, in 2017 he was a featured reader on Channel 27 in Santa Cruz. 

Bert Glick in Santa Cruz CA USA, 1996 on Pacific Ave.

                   Cookie Aura   At Scruz   I Used to be Me



Terry Adams worked in Palo Alto as a Vocational Counselor.
Terry Adams set up a car and motorcycle repair business, and later, a handyman business.
Terry Adams became a licensed contractor running a couple of crews.
Terry Adams tried fixing up and reselling houses.
Terry Adams became a manager in the Maintenance Department at Stanford University.
Terry Adams lives in Ken Kesey’s infamous 1960’s cabin in La Honda.
Terry Adams has a book of poetry called Adam’s Ribs.
Terry Adams was our January reader in 2018.

Terry Adams lives in Ken Kesey’s infamous 1960’s cabin in La Honda, California, that he rescued from destruction in 1998. And yes, Ken Kesey—the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Terry Adams has poems in Poetry, Ironwood, The Sun, WitnessCollege EnglishBellowing Ark, The Sand Hill Review, Quarry West, The Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. He emcees poetry events at the Beat Museum in San Francisco, and in La Honda, and reads regularly at the Waverley Writers in Palo Alto, as well as, at the Not Yet Dead Poets in Redwood City.  His first collection, Adam’s Ribs, is available from Off the Grid Press.   



Third Thursday Poetry Reading, January 2018