The CLA’s mission is to spread the influence of, and interest in, literature throughout the South Bay and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding in the region’s ethnically diverse population through the appreciation of works of literature.


The Center for Literary Arts Craft Lecture Series brings distinguished writers to SJSU for original talks on craft.


Join our supportive community of writers for a quiet, undisturbed writing hour every Friday morning. 

Community Updates: 


  • Legacy of Poetry Festival continues its longstanding tradition of presenting readings and panels exploring various aspects of poetry and poetics every April. The festival features nationally prominent poets along with poets from SJSU and South Bay communities including J. Michael Martinez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Yosimar Reyes, Craig Santos Perez, MK Chavez, Arlene Biala, Camille T. Dungy, C. S. Giscombe, Janice Lobo Sapigao, and Tshaka Campbell among others. Join us and take part in this grand poetry marathon!