SJMA and Poetry Center San Jose Present
 8th Annual Poetry Invitational April 20

Release date 
Monday, April 10, 2017

SAN JOSE, California (April 10, 2017) — Ten Bay Area poets will read new work inspired by art at the 8th Annual Poetry Invitational at the San Jose Museum of Art on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 7 PM. Arlene Biala, the poet laureate of Santa Clara County, hosts the evening. In celebration of National Poetry Month, SJMA invites poets to write a poem based on a work on art currently on view at SJMA. Other participating poets will be: Sally Ashton, Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell, Bill Cozzini, Michelle Duong, Suzy Huerta, Pranita Patel, Yaccaira Salvatierra, Jarvis Subia, and Scorpiana Xlynn. Tickets are $5 after and include admission to the Museum from 5 PM to 8:30 PM. Tickets are available online at


The San Jose Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time. SJMA is located at 110 South Market Street in downtown San Jose, California. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM and until 8 PM or later on the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students, and $5 for youth ages 7 -18. Members and children. For more information, call 408-271-6840 or visit

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Programs at the San Jose Museum of Art are made possible be generous support from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, The Lipman Family Foundation, and a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José.