The Poet Laureate's Page

Jen Siraganian is a writer, educator, and literary organizer. She has served as Managing Director for Litquake: San Francisco’s Literary Festival, been nominated for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, earned scholarships from Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and authored a poetry chapbook titled “Fracture.” Her writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, Cream City Review, Mid-American Review, Smartish Pace, Barrow Street, Southwest Review, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, and other literary journals and anthologies.


    Upcoming Events with Jen Siraganian, Town Poet Laureate    

Winter Words: Four Bay Area Poets

Thursday, January 20
5:00 PM

Let’s warm up the start of the year with four Bay Area poets! Please join us for a special reading curated and hosted by Los Gatos Town Poet Laureate Jen Siraganian. Featuring William Ward Butler, Alan Chazaro, Mary Pacifico Curtis, and Janice Lobo Sapigao.

William Ward Butler is a writer and educator from Northern California. He is the author of the chapbook Life History from Ghost City Press, selected for the 2020 Poets House Showcase. His poems have appeared in Assaracus, Bodega Magazine, Hobart, Tinderbox Poetry, Quiet Lightning, and other journals. In the spring of 2019 he was selected for AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship. He has also received support from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and the Community of Writers.

Alan Chazaro is the author of This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (Black Lawrence Press, 2019), Piñata Theory (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), and Notes from the Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge (Ghost City Press, 2021). He is a graduate of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and a former Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellow at the University of San Francisco. He writes for SFGATE, KQED, Datebook, Oaklandside, and other publications, and is on Twitter and IG @alan_chazaro.

Mary Pacifico Curtis is the author of Between Rooms and The White Tree Quartet, both chapbooks published by WordTech's Turning Point imprint, as well as the newly published Understanding Moonseed, a memoir in essays. Her poetry and prose has appeared in The Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, The Tupelo Quarterly, LOST Magazine, The Naugatuck River Review, and Narrative Magazine. Her work is also included in numerous anthologies.

Janice Lobo Sapigao (she/her) is a daughter of immigrants from the Philippines. She is the author of two books of poetry, microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and like a solid to a shadow (Nightboat Books, 2017). She was a VONA/Voices Fellow and was awarded a Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. She is a Poetry Editor at Angel City Review, and co-founder of Sunday Jump in Los Angeles's Historic Filipinotown. Her work has been published in various anthologies. She is the 2020-2021 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate.