Campbell community briefs for the week of January 28 – The Mercury News

Westmont Collection

Westmont High Schools Theater Arts Department is hosting a fundraising event Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. 9-14 in high school, 4805 Westmont Ave.

Acceptable items for the Goodwill truck include toys, books, clothes, shoes and boots, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, and small household appliances. E-waste will also be collected free of charge for the donor, including computer, audio and stereo equipment; video game systems and parts; VCRs, DVD and CD players, cameras, telephones and mobile phones.

All proceeds will support Westmont’s Theater Arts Department. For more information, visit

New poet laureate

San Jose resident Tshaka Campbell was named Poet Laureate in Santa Clara County on January 11 for a two-year term ending December 31, 2023.

Campbell is the curator of “Beautiful Black Books” as part of the San Jose Poetry Center. He also holds lectures and workshops in creative writing, spiritual verses and other related topics. He has written four books – “Tarman”, “Muted Whispers”, “Tunnel Vision” and “Stuff” – and has released three music albums: “One”, “Bloodlines” and “Skin vol.1.”

Campbell was recommended to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, who nominated him for the honorary position following an invitation to submit applications and a two-step review organized by Silicon Valley Creates County and the Santa Clara County Library District. He is the county’s seventh poet prize winner.

Among the programs Campbell is planning is “In Our Words,” for local youth to write poems that capture the impact the past two years have had on them. Their work will be published in an anthology and displayed in various locations around the county.

Campbell will be formally installed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on February 8, where he will read a selection of his work as part of the notice.

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