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February 2017 Highlights


Member Organizations 

Words & Art to End at Rice Gallery

100 Thousand Poets for Change

Alianza Poetica Intercultural

Failure to Identify

First Friday

Gulf Coast Poets

Houston Poetry Fest

Houston Poetry Slam

Houston VIP Slam Team


Invisible Lines



Nuestra Palabra

Public Poetry

Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach


Voices Breaking Boundaries

Women in the Visual & Literary Arts (WiVLA)

Word Around Town (WAT)

Words & Art (Rice Gallery)

Writers in the Schools (WITS)


For information on the member organizations, please visit our Organizations Page.

Rice Gallery in Sewell Hall will be closing permanently. This coming installation (opening February 9) will be its final show.

However, Mary Wemple, creator and coordinator of Words & Art promises that W&A, which operated at Rice Gallery, will continue.

Said Wemple, "I am currently in talks to find a new location and will make an announcement once plans have been finalized."

She is inviting poets and other writers to write about their favorite memories of the gallery and what the space means to them, in addition to composing poetry and prose about the last work in the space.

The final installation is a reinstallation of Sol LeWitt's "Glossy and Flat Black Squares" (Wall Drawing #813), originally created for the gallery in 1997.

LeWitt died in 2007, but while he lived, his wall drawings were often executed by people other than LeWitt, which was part of his

concept of art. So, though he is no longer creating his ideas of art, his art itself is continuing through others who use the guidelines that he created. 

Said Kimberly Davenport, director of Rice Gallery, "Your presence and this majestic work will be a fitting tribute to the installations presented over the past 22 years, the exceptional artists who made them, and all those who have supported this idea, this space, and its artists."

Find more information about Sol LeWitt's "Glossy and Flat Black Squares" by visiting the Rice Gallery website:


Final Deadline: Feb 28

Win up to $1074 in Public Poetry's new contest.

See Submissions Page for details

Dates for the final installation and Words & Art events at Rice Gallery

Opening of the Installation
February 9, 5-7pm

Adult Workshop
Saturday March 11, 1-2pm

Student Workshop
Saturday March 25, 1-2pm

Deadline for submissions
Saturday April 1, midnight

Wednesday April 12, 7pm