Media Poetry Studio is a summer youth education program for teenage girls in Silicon Valley. Courses are held at the Edwin Markham House in San Jose's History Park, home of Poetry Center San Jose. The program empowers young women to excel in the realms of art and technology through the medium of media poetry. Students learn poetry composition, spoken word, videography, and special effects in a team-oriented workshop environment. Instructors help students combine artistic and technical principles into tangible final products. Each student comes away with a video version of her own original poem, an understanding of what it means to produce on a deadline and a renewed confidence in her ability to speak and be heard. 

Dates: Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 31 2015
Times: 9am to 4pm 
Location: Poetry Center San Jose (Edwin Markham House in History Park: 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112)
Age range: 13 - 17
Enrollment: Space is limited. For enrollment costs and details please send us an email


Erica Goss - Los Gatos Poet Laureate 

Co-founder / Poetry Instructor

Erica received her MFA in Poetry and Nonfiction from San Jose State in 2007. She is the author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press 2014). She writes The Third Form, a column about media poetry, for Connotation Press. Erica has taught poetry to students of all ages, and recently established the Los Gatos Poet Laureate Youth Scholarship for Creative Writing.






David Perez - Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

Co-founder / Spoken Word and Videography Instructor

David holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Goddard College. He has taught youth spoken word and videography through the School of Arts and Culture and Future Arts Now. He is a recipient of the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship for Literary Art, a repeat guest on the NPR storytelling series "Snap Judgment," and author of the poetry collection, Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse (Write Bloody Publishing 2011). In 2012, he was voted "Best Author in the Bay" by the SF Bay Guardian. 


Jennifer Swanton Brown - Cupertino Poet Laureate

Co-founder / Poetry Instructor

Jennifer completed her Master of Liberal Arts at Stanford University in 2012, with a thesis on Evan Boland's domestic poetry. She has been a poet/teacher with California Poets in the Schools since 2001 and joined their Board of Directors in March 2013. Her poems have been published in multiple local journals, including Caesura and The DMQ Review.





Annelyse Gelman

Animation Instructor

Annelyse's media poetry has appeared at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, the CYCLOP International Videopoetry Festival in Kiev, the Interfilm Short Film Festival in Berlin, and the on-line publications Atticus Review and The Destroyer. She is a recipient of the 2013 Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2013 Lavinia Winter Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in the Indiana Review, Swarm, and the PEN Poetry Series. She is the author of the poetry collection Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone (Write Bloody Publishing 2014). 

Auden Lincoln-Vogel

Animation Instructor

Auden's animation work has appeared in film festivals all over the world. These include the Filmpoem Festival in Antwerp, the One Minutes on Tour Festival in Shanghai, the Wanderlust Festival in Jaisalmer (India), and many others in the United States, Argentina and Germany. He has served as artist in residence at the Anagram Art Collective and the NEW! Mexico Residency, both in Alma NM. 


Jennifer Gigantino

Video Editing and Special Effects Instructor

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Digital Media Production from UC Santa Cruz. She is a winner of the Los Angeles Viscera Film Festival (2009). Her work has appeared in film festivals in Vancouver, Havana, Tucson and Savannah.  She has six years of experience as a youth arts educator, teaching video editing, special effects and poetry. She has given workshops in San Jose at KIPP Heartwood Middle School, Fischer Middle School, and Carolyn Clarke Elementary. She has also led workshops at UC Santa Cruz and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.


Media Poetry Studio is made possible with support from History Park San Jose and the following organizations: