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Jan 2018


Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burns


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

-CHORUS:
--For auld lang syne, my jo,
--for auld lang syne,
--we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
--for auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak' a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

-CHORUS

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
sin' auld lang syne.

-CHORUS

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
sin' auld lang syne.

-CHORUS

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

-CHORUS

 

 

 

Submissions Deadlines for January 2018:

Public Poetry
"Power" Poetry Contest
Deadline: Jan 15, 2018

 

AIPF di-vêrsé-city Youth and Adult Anthology

Deadline Jan 15, 2018


Third Wednesday Magazine

A Quarterly Journal of Literary & Visual Arts
Deadline: January 31, 2018
 

 See Submissions Page for details.

 

Monday, January 1

NOKturne. First Monday Reading Series. Hosted by Zach Weiss and Dustin Pickering. 17062 Saturn Lane. Clear Lake. 7:30pm

Tuesday, January 2

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

Featuring interviews with leading authors and new voices in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memorias, teatro and musica with insights into the Latino literary Renaissance in all its splendor. Hosted by Tony Diaz.

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Takes place on the patio, so check with them before going if the weather is iffy. Hosted by Brandon White. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7-10pm

Tea'ze Daiquiri Lounge. Spit It Out Poetry. Host: Tiffany Scales. 1975 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City. Signup starts 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm

The Proletariat Gallery & Public House. Coast2Soul Poetry Open Mic. All are welcome. 2221 Market St, Suite 100, Galveston. Sign-up: 8pm. Event: 8:30-11pm

Wednesday, January 3

Talento Bilingue de Houston. TBH Open Mic. Spoken word, comics, singers, musicians welcome. 333 South Jensen Dr. 7pm

Avant Garden. Write About Now Poetry Slam (cash prizes) or Open Mic. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

Thursday, January 4

Barnes & Noble-Baybrook. Bay Area Writers' League (BAWL). Critique group. 1029 W Bay Area Blvd. Webster TX. 7:30pm

Solidarity. Manifesto Form 1st Thursday Potluck/Showcase. Featured poets and open mic. Host Kris Smith. 6733 Harrisburg Dr. 8:30pm

Friday, January 5

Discovery Green. Orbit Slam Series. Free workshops and poetry slams for youth ages 13-19. Writers in the Schools and Discovery Green host a free writing and performance workshop series for youth (ages 13 - 19) the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. It's an incredible opportunity for students to hone their skills, meet other young writers, and work with professional performance poets. No registration required. 1500 McKinney St. 6-7:30pm

First Friday Reading Series

Featured poet: Joshua Nguyen

8:30pm

Joshua Nguyen is a poet, instructor, emcee and organizer who began writing with the Meta-Four Houston Youth Slam Team from 2008-2012 and competed in Brave New Voices. He is an alumnus of University of Texas at Austin and was part of the UT slam team Spitshine from 2014-2016. He placed #1 in the nation in 2014, won Best Writing as a Team in 2015 and was the 2015 CUPSI Haiku Champ. In 2016, he traveled to Washington DC as a member of Future Corp to organize the 2016 Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival. He was a featured poet in a commercial for the National Education Association's "Do You Hear Us?" campaign.

He is a Kundiman Fellow and has been published in The Offing, The Acentos ReviewFreezeray PoetryButton Poetry, Birds Thumb and The Texas Review. In 2015, he was part of the Word Around Town Poetry Tour (WAT) in Houston.

Besides being a tapioca connoisseur and playing an aggressive-tight strategy in poker, Nguyen is a MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi.

The First Friday Reading Series is Houston’s oldest open reading series, hosted by Robert Clark since 1975, usually on the first Friday of every month. It takes place at Inprint House, 1520 West Main, one block south of the Menil Collection, one block east of Mandell, in the Museum District of Houston.

It is always free and open to the public. An open reading always follows the featured poet.

Inprint House
1520 West Main
Houston TX 77006

Saturday, January 6

 

Public Poetry Reading Series

2-3:30pm


Amanda Ortiz is an emerging Chicana poet based in Houston where she was born and raised. She is currently a full-time undergraduate at University of Houston where she studies creative writing (poetry) and art history. Ortiz is a managing editor for Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary magazine on campus, and every so often you can catch her busking poetry for Inprint.

Corinna Delgado was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and is a published author, nationally recognized performance poet, visual artist, journalist and broadcaster. Delgado has written for Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage Press and The Northern Light and has had two poetry collections and a writing workbook published under her indie publishing label, RockFish Indie Press.

She previously was a reporter and anchor for Fox & ABC affiliates in Alaska, but her primary role in broadcast has been as a radio personality. She is presently on air with Movin 105.7 in Anchorage and on 104.1 KRBE in Houston.

She is also a dedicated humanitarian, championing causes from domestic violence awareness to prisoner rights.

Robin Reagler is the executive director of Writers in the Schools (WITS). She joined WITS as a writer in 1990 and has worked in every facet of the organization, from teaching to program development to administration. She leads WITS in its Houston endeavors and also heads the WITS Alliance, a national consortium of 38 literary education groups. Robin earned an MFA. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Her poems and essays have been published widely in books and journals such as Ploughshares, American Letters & Commentary and HOW(ever), and her chapbook Dear Red Airplane was published in 2011. Robin serves as vice chair for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Board of Trustees.

M. Miranda Maloney is the founder of Mouthfeel Press in El Paso, Texas. She is the author of The Lost Letters of Mileva (Pandora Lobo Productions Press, 2014) and The City I Love (Ranchos Press, 2011). Her poetry and essays have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, MiPoesias and others. She is poetry editor for BorderSenses Literary Journal and outreach educational writer for Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum. She lives in the outskirts of El Paso with her husband and three children.

Featured Poets, WITS student plus audience readings and After-Words at a local eatery (TBA). Do bring a favorite poem to read.

Jungman Neighborhood Library
5830 Griggs Rd
Houston, TX 77057

Public Poetry

Mod Coffeehouse. Write Thoughts Literary Group. Bring one or two poems or a short story. Works read, then discussed. Open invitation to any interested writers. 2126 Postoffice St., Galveston. 2-4:30pm

Writespace. Quiet Write-In. Members and workshop attendees for the day free. Others $5 (plus $1.59 fee): must be Registered Here. No walk-ins. 2000 A Edwards #212. NOTE: Difficult to find first time; click here for directions. 4:30-6pm

The Library Coffee & Wine House. Poetz Realm Open Mic. Hosted by Duchess Pendragon. Free to spit; $5 to sit. See video promo. 2612 Scott St. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

Sunday, January 7

MKT Bar (Inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods). MAC Houston Open Mic. 1001 Austin. 5:30-8pm

Indigo at Midtown. Poetry Lounge Open Mic. Poetry performances, acoustic sets and live DJ. Hosted by Se7en, Joe P and Nikki Da Kidd. Tickets (Eventbrite): Advance $10; Door $15. 2117 Chenevert St. 6-10pm

Revolution Cafe and Bar. Mic Check. Open mic. 211 S Main St, Bryan TX. 8:30-11pm

Monday, January 8

John G. Neihardt was born January 8, 1881, in Columbia, Missouri. He was a poet and novelist whose most famous poetic work was A Cycle of the West, which is composed of five narrative poems that explore and celebrates the people and legends of the Old Westz: The Song of Three Friends (1919), The Song of Hugh Glass (1915), The Song of Jed Smith (1941), The Song of the Indian Wars (1925), and The Song of the Messiah (1935).

Tuesday, January 9

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

Featuring interviews with leading authors and new voices in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memorias, teatro and musica with insights into the Latino literary Renaissance in all its splendor. Hosted by Tony Diaz.

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

East End Cottage. Galveston Poetry Roundtable. Reading and critique. John Gorman, moderator. Open to all. Bring 12 copies of one poem. Okay to bring food. Nonalcoholic drinks available for purchase. 1501 Postoffice (corner of 15th and Postoffice, yellow cottage), Galveston TX. 6:30-9pm

   

 Poetry Fix Reading Series:
Lupe Méndez & Karega Ani
6:30-8pm

A combination dynamic readings and fascinating interviews. This segment features Lupe Mendez and Karega Ani. Mike Alexander is the host. Come early, because parking is limited and the coffee is good.

Lupe Mendez is a poet/editor/educator/activist originally from Galveston. He works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say and the Brazilian Arts Foundation to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and to organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. He is the founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub.

In addition to over 15 years of experience as a performance poet, Lupe is internationally published in book and online, including Norton’s Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Stories From the United States and Latin America, The Bayou Review, Flash, Huizache, Luna Luna magazine, La Noria, Glassworks and Gulf Coast Journal.

Karega Ani is a poet, designer, and composer from Houston. While earning his BS in psychology at Prairie View A&M University, he studied African American literature under the tutelage of the legendary Ntozake Shange.

Karega has independently released three albums and multiple poetry chapbooks. He represented Houston on the city' first, second and third national poetry slam teams, as well as representing Detroit in 2006.

He has performed alongside literary luminaries, including Sunni Patterson, Saul Williams, The Last Poets, Mutabaruka and Taalam Aceyl. He has also been published in The Pierian Literary Journal (Albany State University) and has graced the pages of many other publications over the span of his career.

Fix Coffeebar
415 Westheimer Rd
Houston TX 77006

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Takes place on the patio, so check with them before going if the weather is iffy. Hosted by Brandon White. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7-10pm

Slam Bout 5
Featuring Anthony McPherson

7-10pm
 

Anthony McPherson is a poet, dancer, musician and stellar performer who placed second in the 2017 World Poetry Slam and was a finalist in the 2012 National Poetry Slam.

STUDENT TICKETS: $5
GENERAL ADVANCE TICKETS: $7
GENERAL TICKETS AT THE DOOR: $10
 

To purchase tickets online:
TICKETS

 

Rudyard's British Pub
2010 Waugh Dr
Houston TX 77006

 

Tea'ze Daiquiri Lounge. Spit It Out Poetry. Host: Tiffany Scales. 1975 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City. Signup starts 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm

Wednesday, January 10

Talento Bilingue de Houston. TBH Open Mic. Spoken 10word, comics, singers, musicians welcome. 333 South Jensen Dr. 7pm

Avant Garden. Write About Now Poetry Slam (cash prizes) or Open Mic. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

Absolem's Midtown Mojo Manufacturers. Manifesto Form Showcase. Host: Kris Smith. 4023 Polk St. 8-11pm

Thursday, January 11

Public Poetry Presents
The PM Show: Poets & Musicians

6:30-9pm
 

The PM Show is a truly collaborative creative synthesis between poets and musicians who work together and rehearse the show into a polished and exciting performance. The poets and musicians will work together in various combinations.

Featuring poets Chris Diaz, Sharon Marie Olson Rosales, Chris Wise and Juliane Tran paired with seasoned musicians Nick Gaitan, Roberto Rodriguez, Gabriel Alanis and Johnny Rojas.

Hosted by James Trotter

TICKET INFO
AT THE DOOR:
Single tickets are $15
Public Poetry Members can bring a guest FREE with the purchase of a single ticket at the door
ONLINE:
Single show tickets online are $12 with a limited number of $10 tickets available to the first 25 customers.
Series tickets including all 3 shows in 2018 are $25.

To purchase tickets online:
TICKETS

 

Rudyard's British Pub
2010 Waugh Dr
Houston TX 77006

 

La Playa. Open mic, mostly music. Poets welcome. Host Baltazar Canales. 2719 Alabama St (not W. Alabama). 8pm

 Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach Presents
Black Lines Poetry
7-10pm

Anthony McPherson and RJ Wright, two of the country's top performance poets, go head-to-head in a battle of words. In addition poet Ayokunle Falomo teams up with dancers Damion Sam and Oits C. Berry III for a poetry/dance fusion performance.

Anthony McPherson writes biracial poetry, intertwining various art forms such as breakdance, stop-motion animation and a myriad of character impressions. Ranked second in the world (Individual World Poetry Slam 2017), you can see him perform in “Love Beats Rhymes” (Lionsgate 2017) or watch him break down bigoted arguments in his online videos.

RJ Wright is coming off of one of his most successful years yet. In 2017, he won the 2017 Bayou City Poetry Slam where he competed against 40 other Poets from across the United States; he also placed second in the Texas Grand Slam; and, he won the Houston Poetry Fest's Performance Poet of the Year. His new book, Growing Pains and Grass Stains was released in December. It will be available for purchase. He has had quite a year.

Ayokunle Falomo is a Nigerian poet who lives in Houston and uses his pen as a shovel to unearth those things that make us human. He is a TEDx speaker, the author of thread, this wordweaver must! and kin.DREAD.  His work has been featured in Glass Mountain and online (The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Hive Society, Squawk Back, Pressure Gauge Press).

Damion Sam started dancing at the age of 15 because of his passion for dance and the arts. Since that time, Damion has received extensive training in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. Damion has instructed dance class at many well-known dance institutions throughout the Houston area and has also performed in New York, Dallas and Atlanta.

Oits C. Berry III began dancing 12 years ago at The Houston Metropolitan Dance Center with amazing artists such as Marlana Walsh-Doyle, Kiki Lucas, Jhon Stronks, Kerry Jackson and many others. Otis embarked on a collegiate journey, and became a student of Sam Houston State University's Dance Department.

 

Tickets

 

MECA
1900 Kane St
Houston TX 77007

Friday, January 12

BooCoo's Sports Bar. Speak Ya Mind. Poets, singers. Host Tiffany Scales/The Wordmatician. 1664 FM 1960 Rd West. 8-10pm

Saturday, January 13

Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Poetry Society of Texas: Gulf Coast Poets monthly Meeting. Featured reader: TBA. 1029 W Bay Area Blvd, Webster TX. 10:30am

Writespace. Quiet Write-In. Members and workshop attendees for the day free. Others $5 (plus $1.59 fee): must be Registered Here. No walk-ins. 2000 A Edwards #212. NOTE: Difficult to find first time; click here for directions. 4:30-6pm

 The Poetic Den Unplugged
7-10pm

 

The Poetic Den presents Unplugged, a poetic showcase featuring some fine performance poets.

First up is Mr. Reverse It, the creator and host of The Poetic Den. This is an up-close and personal experience with 10 new poems from Mr. Reverse It. No mic, no DJ, in an intimate setting with just a 40-seat capacity. Raw poetry.

Other poets TBA.

21 and up.

Tickets: $10 Pre-Sale | $15 @ Door

 

Cafe 4212
4212 Almeda Rd
Houston TX 77004

The Library Coffee & Wine House. Poetz Realm Open Mic. Hosted by Duchess Pendragon. Free to spit; $5 to sit. See video promo. 2612 Scott St. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

 Transcendent Zero Press
New Year Shindig 2018
7pm-12am


This exciting event brings poetry and live music together on the same stage.

Performing artists include indie rock band Let Me Remember, Ken Jones and Friends, Heather Bishop from Austin and Gwen Doll.

Poets include Anis Shivani, Kingsley, Victor “Birdman 313” Johnson and Mark Jodon.

The evening is hosted by Dustin Pickering of Transcendent Zero Press.

Books and other merch will be on sale.

Tickets: $10 at the door

Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance Street
Houston TX 77002

Sunday, January 14

 The PM Show Auditions
2-5pm

Public Poetry is holding open auditions for The PM Show on stage at Rudyard’s for the poets who will perform with top-notch musicians on March 29.

The PM Show: Poets & Musicians is an electrifying collaboration between poets and musicians who combine their talents to create a rehearsed stage show at Rudyard’s. Poets and musicians invent new, original material for each performance.

All poets (page & stage) are welcome to try out. Bring two poems (3 minutes total) and a short bio.

Poets are compensated for their rehearsal time and performance.

The PM Show: Poets & Musicians is supported by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
 

Rudyard's British Pub
2010 Waugh Dr
Houston TX 77006

 

Indigo at Midtown. Poetry Lounge Open Mic. Poetry performances, acoustic sets and live DJ. Hosted by Se7en, Joe P and Nikki Da Kidd. Tickets (Eventbrite): Advance $10; Door $15. 2117 Chenevert St. 6-10pm

 The Poetic Den presents
Red Bottoms

6-10pm

 

A tribute to the independent confident professional woman. Come experience seven of Houston's Hottest poets, hosted by Phenix Fire with DJ Rheamarkable in the mix.

Performing Poets:
Ol' Skool
Scott Free
Mr. Reverse It
Max
Siraj
Kyle Blue
DeVall
XoNe

21 and up.

Tickets: $5 Pre-Sale | $10 @ Door

 

Cafe 4212
4212 Almeda Rd
Houston TX 77004

Revolution Cafe and Bar. Mic Check. Poetry slam. 211 S Main St, Bryan TX. 8:30-11pm

Monday, January 15

Muriel Rukeyser was born on December 15, 1913. She wrote fervently about social justice, feminism, equality and sexuality. Bisexual and a single mother, she defied the norms of the times without apology. She worked for the International Labor Defense and actively protested the Vietnam War. Her most noted work is The Book of the Dead (1938), a group of poems which documented details of the Hawk's Nest incident, one of the most devastating industrial disasters in American history.

 

 

Submissions Deadlines for January 15, 2018:

Public Poetry
"Power" Poetry Contest
Deadline: Jan 15, 2018

 

AIPF di-vêrsé-city Youth and Adult Anthology

Deadline Jan 15, 2018

Third Wednesday Magazine
 

 See Submissions Page for details.

 

 

Tuesday, January 16

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

Featuring interviews with leading authors and new voices in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memorias, teatro and musica with insights into the Latino literary Renaissance in all its splendor. Hosted by Tony Diaz.

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

 

Tuesday, January 16

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

Featuring interviews with leading authors and new voices in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memorias, teatro and musica with insights into the Latino literary Renaissance in all its splendor. Hosted by Tony Diaz.

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

 

Cafe Luxor. Slam Houston. Hosted by Nikki Da Kidd. $5 to sit. Free to spit. 3720 Washington Ave. 7-10pm 

Last Concert Cafe. Manifesto Form Showcase. Host: Kris Smith. 1403 Nance St. 7-9pm POSTPONED TO TUESDAY, JANUARY 23

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Takes place on the patio, so check with them before going if the weather is iffy. Hosted by Brandon White. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7-10pm

Tea'ze Daiquiri Lounge. Spit It Out Poetry. Host: Tiffany Scales. 1975 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City. Signup starts 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm

The Proletariat Gallery & Public House. Coast2Soul Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by Rev C.K. Devine and featuring Jim Boone All are welcome. 2221 Market St, Suite 100, Galveston. Sign-up: 8pm. Event: 8:30-11pm

Wednesday, January 17

Heights Library. Readings of poetry by great poets born during the month, followed by an open mic. 1302 Heights Blvd. 6pm

Talento Bilingue de Houston. TBH Open Mic. Spoken word, comics, singers, musicians welcome. 333 South Jensen Dr. 7pm

 

Write About Now
Women of the World Qualifier
7:30-10:30pm


This week's Write About Now slam is closed and invitation only. It will feature the top-scoring women from the WAN slam competitions during this slam season. The woman who wins the slam will represent WAN and Houston at the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas.

Featured Performers: Anacristina, Katie Barnes, Jenny P., Cristina Martinez, Peace, Alyss Crispy and Erica Nicole.

A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance. The high score and the low score are dropped and the rest are added to give the poet their score for that round. There will be four rounds.

 

Women of the World 2018

Avant Garden
411 Westheimer Rd
Houston TX 77006

 

Thursday, January 18

 

Book Launch for
Houston's Favorite Poems
A Houston Poet Laureate Project Anthology
6-8pm

Houston’s Favorite Poems is a collection of 185 beloved poems celebrating the vibrant presence of poetry in the lives of Houstonians. Come hear contributors read their favorite poems and share some of the many reasons that the written word is deeply powerful and transformative, both personally and culturally. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase ($25) during the event, or you may pre-order your copy directly from Calypso Editions.

This is a project from Houston's second poet laureate, Robin Davidson, who organized the entire project from putting together the committee to editing the anthology to seeing it through with the publisher to working on the launch.

Houston’s Favorite Poems is modeled on former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project and his national anthology, Americans’ Favorite Poems. In spring 2016, the Houston project—with the support of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office—made a call for favorite poems to those living in Greater Houston, and received approximately 400 poems in response. One hundred eighty-five poems, submitted by 233 Houstonians, are included in the volume.

To Pre-Order the Anthology: Calypso Editions

 

Julia Ideson Building - Auditorium
550 McKinney St
Houston TX 77002

Archway Gallery. Archway Readers. Hosted by Donna E. Perkins. Featured slate of readers with open mic following. 2305 Dunlavy St. Reception: 6pm. Performance: 6:30-8:15pm

The Art Studio. Poetry Renaissance Open Mic. Hosted by Dorothy Sells Clover. 720 Franklin, Beaumont. $5. 7-10pm

Barnes & Noble-Baybrook. Bay Area Writers' League (BAWL). Critique group. 1029 W Bay Area Blvd. Webster TX. 7:30pm

Friday, January 19

MECA. Orbit Slam Series. Free workshops and poetry slams for youth ages 13-19. Sponsored by Meta-Four and Writers in the Schools. Hosts DEEP and Zachary C. No registration required. 1900 Kane St. 6-7:30pm

Gulf Coast Reading Series
Doors open at 6:30. Reading begins promptly at 7pm

Join Gulf Coast for a feature reading by Kelly Sundberg, accompanied by writers from University of Houston's nationally acclaimed creative writing program.

Kelly Sundberg's debut memoir Goodbye, Sweet Girl is forthcoming from HarperCollins on June 5, 2018. Her essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2015, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Slice, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, National Endowment for the Arts and Dickinson House. She is currently completing her doctoral studies in creative nonfiction at Ohio University.

Cait Weiss Orcutt's work has been published in FIELD, Prelude, Chautauqua and more. A PhD candidate in poetry at University of Houston, Orcutt teaches creative writing for Writers in the Schools, UH and Inprint. Cait's book VALLEYSPEAK (2017, Zone 3 Press) won the 2016 Zone 3 First Book Prize, which was judged by Douglas Kearney.

Joshua Dewain Foster is an award-winning prose writer from rural Idaho. His work has been selected for the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Nonfiction, a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellowship from Stanford University, a grant from Idaho Commission of the Arts, and a Notable Work mention in Best American Essays 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in the magazines Tin House, Fugue, South Loop Review and others. He serves as the online fiction editor for Gulf Coast and has edited for the journals DIAGRAM and Terrain.org. Josh is a PhD candidate at University of Houston's literature and creative Writing program.

Lani Yu is a third-year poetry MFA student at University of Houston. She grew up in Orlando, graduating from the University of Florida with a BS in psychology. She was a semifinalist for the 2016 DISQUIET Literary Prize in poetry and has been published in UF's Tea Literary Magazine. She is also a reader and assistant editor at Gulf Coast.

Rudyard's British Pub
2010 Waugh Dr
Houston TX 77006

 

Midtown Bar & Grill. Spoken word, featuring TBA. Hosted by Black Snow and Rain. 425 West Gray. 8pm-12am

Saturday, January 20

Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Coversando a traves de la poesia. Julie Pujol y amigos. 7026 Hwy 6 N. 1:30pm

Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Coversando a traves de la poesia. Julie Pujol y amigos. Traiga su poesía o la poesía de otros autores que te gusta leer, sus historias cortas, la guitarra. (Bring your poetry or the poetry of other authors you like to read, your short stories, the guitar.) 7026 Hwy 6 N. 1pm

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. Poets Northwest monthly reading. The Poetry of TBA. Attendees are invited to bring one or two original poems (one-page limit per poem) for the read-around. 6815 Cypresswood Dr, Spring TX. 10am-12pm

Words & Art Poetry Workshop
1-3pm

Mary Wemple will facilitate a workshop with writing prompts and group discussion on the works by Mona Hatoum in the exhibit "Terra Infirma." This free workshop is open to all writing levels and all ages. All you need to bring is pen, paper and your imagination.

Mary Wemple is a poet, artist, and creator of Words & Art, a reading and workshop series inspired by art in Houston. She holds degrees in English and Studio Art from the University of Houston. Her poetry has been published in DiVerseCity 2015, Houston Poetry Fest 2014 and Harbinger Asylum, and her art has been shown at the Inman Gallery, DiverseWorks and Lawndale Art Center.

Space is limited in the workshop to 30 writers. Registrations accepted at tonym@menil.org.

Register  

 

Menil Collection
Main Building
1533 Sul Ross St
Houston TX 77006

Writespace. Quiet Write-In. Members and workshop attendees for the day free. Others $5 (plus $1.59 fee): must be Registered Here. No walk-ins. 2000 A Edwards #212. NOTE: Difficult to find first time; click here for directions. 4:30-6pm

MECA. Orbit Slam Series. Free workshops and poetry slams for youth ages 13-19. Sponsored by Meta-Four and Writers in the Schools. Host DEEP and Zachary C. No registration required. 1900 Kane St. 6-7:30pm

The Library Coffee & Wine House. Poetz Realm Open Mic. Hosted by Duchess Pendragon. Free to spit; $5 to sit. See video promo. 2612 Scott St. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

 Snow Industries Presents
Best Lil' Poetry House in TX
9pm

The Best Lil' Poetry House in Texas begins 2018 with a vibrant performance of The  Poet Goddess Fe, who will be  celebrating her Earthday at Midtown Bar & Grill,

Hosted by Black Snow and Rain with DJ G Woody in the mix! Poets who are there to perform on the open mic do not pay a cover.

Food and drink specials all night long.
 

$10 Cover

 

Midtown Bar & Grill
415 West Gray St
Houston TX 77019

Sunday, January 21

Indigo at Midtown. Poetry Lounge Open Mic. Poetry performances, acoustic sets and live DJ. Hosted by Se7en, Joe P and Nikki Da Kidd. Tickets (Eventbrite): Advance $10; Door $15. 2117 Chenevert St. 6-10pm

Revolution Cafe and Bar. Mic Check. Open mic. 211 S Main St, Bryan TX. 8:30-11pm

Monday, January 22

Howard Moss was the poetry editor for The New Yorker from 1948 until his death and was the author of nine books of poetry and three plays. He won the National Book Award in 1972 for Selected Poems. His poems were used for musical settings by several composers, including Ned Rorem, Allen Shearer and Francis Thorne. Although he attended University of Michigan, he was born and died a New Yorker. He was supportive of poets who had not found welcome elsewhere, Including Ann Sexton and Elizabeth Bishop.

Tuesday, January 23

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

Featuring interviews with leading authors and new voices in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memorias, teatro and musica with insights into the Latino literary Renaissance in all its splendor. Hosted by Tony Diaz.

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Takes place on the patio, so check with them before going if the weather is iffy. Hosted by Brandon White. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7-10pm

Manifesto Ent. Presents
Manifesto Showcase
7:30-10:30pm

RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARY 16
 

Act I: An opening act from David O' Dea and The Tom Turner Band.

Act II: Performances from:
Kris Smith
Antonio
Shon Conner
Muzak John
Chrysoulis
Luany Van Dunem Arambula
Jim Fleming
Downtown Dave
VII The Foreigner
Shrya Moody
Euris George
Keno Sims


Act III: Possible Performance from The Sidemen

Free and open to the public.

 

Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St
Houston TX 77002

 

Barnes & Noble-Baybrook. Poetry Reading and Open Mic Group. Featured reader followed by open mic. 1029 W Bay Area Blvd, Webster TX. 7:30pm

Tea'ze Daiquiri Lounge. Spit It Out Poetry. Host: Tiffany Scales. 1975 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City. Signup starts 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm

Wednesday, January 24

Talento Bilingue de Houston. TBH Open Mic. Spoken word, comics, singers, musicians welcome. 333 South Jensen Dr. 7pm

Super Happy Fun Land. Manifesto Form Showcase. Host: Kris Smith. 3801 Polk St. 8-11pm

Avant Garden. Write About Now Open Mic. Hosted by Amir Safi. Feature:  Michael Rosen. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

 

Thursday, January 25

 Poison Pen Reading Series
8:30pm

Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Christopher Diaz is a Chamorro poet, freelance photographer, and military veteran. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a BA in English, then served for six years as a public affairs officer in the US Air Force. As a writer in residence with Writers in the Schools, he teaches performance poetry and creative writing to students across Houston. He is the Grand Slam Champion and co-coach of Write About Now's 2017 slam poetry team, currently ranked ninth in the nation. He lives in Houston with his partner Emily, his dog Benny, and currently serves his poetry community as an organizer, workshop facilitator and video producer.

Kerry Neville is the author of the short fiction collection, Remember To Forget Me, as well as the collection, Necessary Lies, winner of the Chandra Prize for Fiction. In her award-winning blog, MommaMayMad, she writes about aspects of recovery, mental health, divorce, parenting and Life Version 2.0. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch Magazine and Arts and Letters, winning several prizes, including the Dallas Museum of Art Prize for Fiction, The Texas Institute of Letters Prize for the Short Story and the Short Story Book of the Year from Independent Publisher Magazine. She is currently at work on a recovery-based memoir.

Alex McElroy’s writing appears or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Black Warrior Review, Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Conjunctions and elsewhere. He is currently a fiction editor for Gulf Coast. Alex was awarded the 2016 Neutrino Prize from Passages North. His chapbook, Daddy Issues, won the 2016 Editors’ Prize from The Cupboard Pamphlet. It will be published fall 2017. He has received fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The National Parks Service and the Tin House Summer Workshop. His work has been named a finalist for the New England Review Emerging Writers Award.
 

Poison Girl
1641 Westheimer Rd
Houston TX 77006

 

 Iconoclast Sessions
Featuring Mark Jodon & Torrina Harris
7-10pm

The Iconoclast Sessions are quarterly performance gatherings free and open to the public that pair an academic poet with an urban poet. In addition to introducing students to a wide variety of literary expressions, Iconoclast Sessions create a context where communities that would not otherwise meet begin to build friendships.

Mark Jodon is the author of Day of the Speckled Trout (Transcendent Zero Press), which was influenced by his Southwestern Pennsylvania roots and his life experiences in Texas. He is also the author of a limited edition chapbook, What the Raven Wants (Provision Press). He has been a juried poet many times at Houston Poetry Fest, as well as being a juried poet in the Austin International Poetry Festival and a guest poet at various poetry reading series. His poems are published in numerous poetry journals.

Torrina Harris is a poet, teacher and humanitarian who participates in open mics and poetry slams in the Houston and Galveston areas. She is the poet-in-residence at Central United Methodist Church and teaches the Iconoclast Artists program in Galveston. She has a background in offender education, teaching anger management and drug and alcohol awareness to populations from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reentry & Integration Division and also to individuals on parole and probation.

Free and open to the public. Childcare provided.

 

Chapel Coffee Shop & Bookstore
11140 Greenbay St
Houston, Texas 77024

Friday, January 26

Writespace. Anything Goes All-Genre Open Mic. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, et al. Strict 5-minute limit, so time yourself beforehand. Audience members will provide written, anonymous feedback. Receiving feedback is optional. To sign up in advance, email write@writespacehouston.org, or sign up at the door starting at 7:30pm. 2000 A Edwards #212. 7:45pm

BooCoo's Sports Bar. Speak Ya Mind. Poets, singers. Host Tiffany Scales/The Wordmatician. 1664 FM 1960 Rd West. 8-10pm

Saturday, January 27

Writespace. Quiet Write-In. Members and workshop attendees for the day free. Others $5 (plus $1.59 fee): must be Registered Here. No walk-ins. 2000 A Edwards #212. NOTE: Difficult to find first time; click here for directions. 4:30-6pm

Brazilian Arts Foundation. Writing workshop followed by a poetry slam. Poets can to earn points toward competing for the national team. Hosted by Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. 244 W. 19th St. $5 to sit, always free to spit. Doors open 6:30pm. Workshop at 7pm. Slam at 8pm

The Library Coffee & Wine House. Poetz Realm Open Mic. Hosted by Duchess Pendragon. Free to spit; $5 to sit. See video promo. 2612 Scott St. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

Sunday, January 28

Indigo at Midtown. Poetry Lounge Open Mic. Poetry performances, acoustic sets and live DJ. Hosted by Se7en, Joe P and Nikki Da Kidd. Tickets (Eventbrite): Advance $10; Door $15. 2117 Chenevert St. 6-10pm

Revolution Cafe and Bar. Mic Check. Open mic. 211 S Main St, Bryan TX. 8:30-11pm

Monday, January 29

Robert Frost died January 29, 1963, in Boston. He is universally known as one of the greatest American poets and won four Pulitzers during his life. His passing--yet knowledgeable--sense of form coupled with a stark, dark eye to the pitfalls of ordinary life--even to the point of youthful death and the haunting of memory that overtakes sensibility--sets him apart from both the poets of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is indelible.

Tuesday, January 30

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

Featuring interviews with leading authors and new voices in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memorias, teatro and musica with insights into the Latino literary Renaissance in all its splendor. Hosted by Tony Diaz.

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Takes place on the patio, so check with them before going if the weather is iffy. Hosted by Brandon White. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7-10pm

Tea'ze Daiquiri Lounge. Spit It Out Poetry. Host: Tiffany Scales. 1975 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City. Signup starts 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm

Wednesday, January 31

Talento Bilingue de Houston. TBH Open Mic. Spoken word, comics, singers, musicians welcome. 333 South Jensen Dr. 7pm

Avant Garden. Write About Now Poetry Slam (cash prizes) or Open Mic. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

 Last Thursday Open Mic @ notsuoH
9pm

The infamous notsuoH Open Mic is back the last Thursday of every month. The overall empress of the series is Jasmine Porter, and this month's emcee is Sharon Marie Olson Rosales.

It starts at 9pm and ends with the last poet reading. Poets get three poems or nine minutes, whichever comes first. All poets and lovers of poetry are welcome.
 

notsuoH
314 Main St
Houston TX 77002

 

 

Submission Deadline for January 31, 2018

 

Third Wednesday Magazine

A Quarterly Journal of Literary & Visual Arts
Deadline: January 31, 2018
 

 See Submissions Page for details.

 

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