The word is out about the gathering of poets on Saturday, March 5, at the Firehouse at History Park, San José.

It will be a historic moment for all the contributors to finally congregate and celebrate the completion and publication of the Willow Glen Books anthology. It promises to be an amazing confluence of poets who have recently come to poetry readings at Willow Glen, and those who have read for almost two decades at the Willow Glen bookstore and helped to create a poetry-conscious community in San José. This is significant, and the anthology salutes this.

Many poets who had long associations with the Willow Glen reading at the bookstore, but moved out of the area, have responded with equal enthusiasm and contributed to the energy.

At this point, it is important to mention Jean Emerson. She needs no introduction in any conversation about poetry and the community. However, it needs to be acknowledged that she has always played a pivotal role in encouraging anyone interested in poetry and the community, and continues to do so. It’s no surprise she has supported the idea behind the anthology, and has championed it by offering to publish Remembering under Jacaranda Press. This is a great honor, and it adds significance to this anthology of poems read at Willow Glen Books.

Lastly, for those of us who have been looking forward to seeing at least a couple of our poems published, it’s time to toss the tassels on the mortar board.

And now, to the Firehouse…forthwith.


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