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May 24 - Jun 24, 2018


Thursday, May 24

Glass Mountain Presents
Boldface Conference - Day 4
Full Conference: May 21 – 25, 2018

Boldface is the only conference in the US dedicated to emerging writers. It offers daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind. The conference runs May 21 through May 25.

Boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017. The student-driven perspective offers unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

Attendees are invited to submit their work for the Robertson Prize, a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.

Featured Writers: Poetry, Analicia Sotelo; fiction, Daniel Peña; nonfiction, Dickson Lam

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THURSDAY, MA
Y 24
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
   Rockwell Foyer
10:00-11:30 Workshops
11:30-11:40 BREAK
11:45-12:30 Masterclasses
   Matthew Krajniak “Trust Yourself: Moving Toward Your Own Aesthetic”
   Rockwell Pavilion
   Novuyo Rosa Tshuma: “What Does My Reader Need to Know When? Building Narrative

   Momentum in Fiction”
   Honors College Commons
12:30-1:30 Lunch
   Rockwell Foyer
1:30-2:15 Reading by visiting writer Analicia Sotelo, with introduction by Boldface faculty Justin

   Jannise
   Rockwell Pavilion
2:15-2:45 BREAK
2:45-4:00 Workshops
4:10-5:00 Craft Talk by visiting Writer Dickson Lam: “Keeping it 100: Bringing Your Whole Self

   to the Page,” with introduction by Boldface Faculty Charlotte Wyatt
   Rockwell Pavilion

 

For more information go to Boldface website

 

University of Houston Locations:
The Honors College,  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library
 

 

Friday, May 25

Glass Mountain Presents
Boldface Conference - Day 5
Full Conference: May 21 – 25, 2018

Boldface is the only conference in the US dedicated to emerging writers. It offers daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind. The conference runs May 21 through May 25.

Boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017. The student-driven perspective offers unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

Attendees are invited to submit their work for the Robertson Prize, a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.

Featured Writers: Poetry, Analicia Sotelo; fiction, Daniel Peña; nonfiction, Dickson Lam

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FRIDAY, MAY 25
Writing Onward: Literary Magazines and Organizations featuring:
   Revolving Door Press / Christina Escamilla
   Minerva Rising / Emily Shearer
   Fuente Collective
   Glass Mountain
   Grackle and Grackle
   Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
   Houston Arts Alliance
   Silk Road Review
   Tintero Projects
   UH PhD in Escritura Creativa/Creative Writing
   Women in Visual and Literary Arts
   WITS (Writers in the Schools)
   Writespace

   Rockwell Foyer
 

9:30-10:30 Breakfast
   Rockwell Foyer
10:30-11:30

   Panel: “Advice for Getting Started with Publishing” with visiting writers Dickson

   Lam, Daniel Peña and Analicia Sotelo and with Laura Biagi (former literary agent, JVNLA of NYT
   bestselling authors; assistant fiction editor, Gulf Coast) and Katherine Hill (fiction co-editor,  

   Glass Mountain). Moderated by Glass Mountain editor Kim Coy
   Honors College Commons
10:30-11:30

   Panel: “Applying to Grad School: Student and Faculty Perspectives” with Rossanne  

    Arii (UH, MFA Creative Writing-Fiction and former Grisham Fellow, University of Mississippi), 

   Alexander Parsons (director, UH Creative Writing Program). Moderated by Glass Mountain 

   fiction editor Katherine Hill
   Rockwell Pavilion
11:30-11:45 BREAK
11:45-12:45

   Panel: “Engaging Your Literary Community in Writing: Jobs in the Nonprofit Sector” 

   with Robin Davidson (former Houston Poet Laureate; UHD professor), Rich Levy (executive

   director, Inprint), Raj Mankad (Rice Design Alliance, editor of Cite Magazine), Lupe Méndez
   (founder of Tintero Projects, poet, activist and educator), Jon Meyer (program coordinator, 

   WITS; alumnus, UH-CWP; Boldface faculty 2016-17), Giuseppe Taurino (assistant director, 

   UH Creative Writing Program), Marina Tristan (assistant director, Arte Público Press), Elizabeth 

   White Olsen (founder, Writespace Writing Center) and Charlotte Wyatt (UH-CWP;  

   administration, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference). Moderated by Glass Mountain poetry editor
   Aubrey Ward
   Rockwell Pavilion
   Panel: “Writing in More Than One Language” with Gabriela Maya (UH professor and author),
   Jasminne Mendez (co-founder, Tintero Projects; author/poet, Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e:
   Personal Essays and Poetry
), Natalia Trigo (candidate for UH’s PhD in creative writing:
   Spanish) and Ranjana Varghese (HCC Professor). Moderated by Shards Editor Tamara   

   Coleman
   Honors College Commons
12:45-1:45 LUNCH
   Lunchtime Talk: “Arts Activism” with Erika Jo Brown (UH-CWP PhD; author, I’m Your

   Huckleberry  2014), Robin Davidson (UHD professor; former Houston Poet Laureate), Lupe
   Méndez
(founder of Tintero Projects, poet, activist and educator), Krupa Parikh 

   (communication & community relations director, Inprint), Ranjana Varghese (HCC
   professor), and Allyn West (writer and editor, Houston Chronicle). Moderated by Miah Arnold  

   (Glass Mountain Advisory Board president; Grackle and Grackle Writing Studios founder and  

   director)
   Rockwell Pavilion
1:45-2:30 Panel: “Preparing a Manuscript for Contest/ Submission” with Conor Bracken (author, 

   Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour), Kim Coy (editor, Glass Mountain), J.P. Gritton (UH-CWP PhD

   alumnus; author, Wyoming 2019), Justin Jannise (UH-CWP PhD; editor, Gulf Coast) and Cait 

   Weiss Orcutt (UH-CWP PhD; author VALLEYSPEAK, 2017). Moderated by Glass Mountain fiction 

   editor Aubrey Cowley
   Rockwell Pavilion
   Panel: “Literary Translation in Theory and Practice” with Christian Bancroft (author, Now Sing:  

   Reflections on Modernism and Queering Translation), Joanna Eleftheriou (UHCL professor; 

   nonfiction writer and Modern Greek translator), Fady Joudah (physician; poet and translator) 

   and Jiyoon Lee (poet; translator, Cheer Up, Femme Fatale 2015). Moderated by Glass Mountain  

   managing editor Amanda Ortiz
   Honors College Commons
2:30-3:00 BREAK
3:00-3:45 Readings by Boldface faculty Justin Jannise, Brenden Oliva and Annie Shepherd with
   introductions by Glass Mountain editor Kim Coy
   Rockwell Pavilion
3:50-4:00 Closing remarks by conference administrator, Josie Mitchell
   Rockwell Pavilion
AFTER-HOURS EVENT
7:00-9:00 Farewell Party
   Calhoun’s Rooftop Bar & Grill (4701 Calhoun Rd., University of Houston)

 

For more information go to Boldface website

 

University of Houston Locations:
The Honors College,  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

 

Xone Poetry Presents
Rhythmz II: Spring'n da Groove

7-9pm

Enjoy an evening of poetry, music and art with performances by DA Truth, Tmbuk2 Da Poet, Duchess Pendragon, Goddess Fe, Kyle Blue and XoNe. Hosted by Phat Dude.

$8 presale

$10 at the door

Tickets

 

Library Coffee and Wine House
2612 Scott St
Houston TX 77004
832-548-1940

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, May 26

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

Monthly Houston VIP Slam & Workshop
Featuring Champion Poet Jonathan Mendoza

Doors Open: 6:30, Workshop: 7pm, Slam: 8pm

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-based activist, poet, educator and musician. Being multiracial of Mexican and Eastern European Jewish descent, he writes on identity, US-Latin American relations, and ancestry, as well as mental health and contemporary global issues.

Jonathan is a proud Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni, coach and organizer; a two-time grand champion of Berklee College of Music’s slam team; a three-time Best Poem Award recipient at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational; and a 2015 National Poetry Slam champion with the House Slam of Boston.

His work can be found on Button Poetry and SlamFind, and in his newly released chapbook When the Crows Come (Pizza Pi Press, 2017). He is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in arts for social advocacy and a minor in political science.

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Come early for the writing workshop. This month Houston VIP has a special sponsor: The Positive Purpose Movement will be in the house and matching funds to send the team to nationals.

$5 to sit; always free to spit.

 

Brasil
2604 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006
713-528-1993

 

Brasil. 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. 2604 Dunlavy. $5 to sit, always free to spit. Doors open 6:30pm. Workshop at 7pm. Slam at 8pm

Mojeaux's Louisiana Drinkery. Open Mic. Hosted by Royal the Artist. 2024 Rusk St. 9pm

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, May 27

     

Public Poetry
& Brazos Bookstore Present
Erica Nicole & RJ Wright

5pm

Erica Nicole and RJ Wright are both performance poets whose books have been published by 310 Brown Street.

Originally from New York, Erica Nicole is a Houston-based psychiatric nurse and poet. She is a two-time member of the Houston VIP Slam Team, ranked fifth in the nation. She slams regularly with Houston VIP and Write About Now. Erica Nicole was a finalist in the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival and a semifinalist in the 2016 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. She placed third at the 2017 Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival. She has been published in 310 Brown Street’s Texas Slamthology and Z Publishing House’s Texas’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. 310 Brown Street published her book To The One Who Loves Her Next. Recordings of her work can be found on the Write About Now and The Shout Houston YouTube channels.

RJ Wright, also known as England, is a writer from Seattle, Washington, by way of Cambridge, England. He has a BS in psychology with a minor in military science from Prairie View A&M University. He is now pursuing a masters in human science and serving as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. RJ has been a performance poet for the last 10 years and has appeared internationally. He has been a member of nationally ranked slam poetry teams that have competed across the United States. He was the 2016 Houston Poetry Fest Performance Poet of the Year. He is currently a part of Houston Slam Team. His book, Growing Pains & Grass Stains was published by 310 Brown Street. His performances can be seen on Write About Now's YouTube channel.

 

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston TX 77005
713-523-0701

 

 

heART&SOUL Presents
Vol. 104: Hear Him

5-8pm

Poets, musicians and storyteller pay homage to man.

5:00pm-6:00pm... THE MIXER
DJ LoQi spins the hottest Neo Soul, R&B music as you arrive for your heART&SOUL experience.

6:00pm-8:00pm... THE EXPERIENCE
This experience will feature an open mic of artists ready to spark stories about life and everything in between as they express, HEAR HIM.

Tariff:$10

SPOKEN WORD + DANCE + SONG + VISUAL ART = Where the ARTS merge!

 

Guava Lamp
570 Waugh Drive
Houston TX 77019
713-524-3359

 

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, May 28

May Swenson was born on May 28, 1913, and was a poet, playwright and translator. Like Elizabeth Bishop, Swenson could find the extraordinary in the ordinary and could surprise the reader with images that exploded like tiny mind mines. She was widely published and won multiple awards. Two areas in which she excelled were sensual poetry and iconographic poetry.

Tuesday, May 29

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

Fix Coffeebar. Poetry Fix. Featured Poets who read and are interviewed, as well as an open mic. Emcee Mike Alexander. 415 Westheimer. 6:30pm

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, May 30

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, May 31

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Robin Reagler & Martha Serpas

7pm

Robin Reagler is the author of Teeth & Teeth (Headmistress Press, 2018) and Dear Red Airplane (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011, 2018). Teeth & Teeth is the winner of the Charlotte Mew Prize selected by Natalie Diaz. Dear Red Airplane won the ReBound Series and has been re-issued with a foreword by Laura Mullen. Reagler’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Pleiades, Iowa Review, Colorado Review and other journals. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from the University of Houston's creative writing program. She serves as the executive director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and leads the national WITS Alliance.

Martha Serpas is the author of three collections of poetry: The Diener (LSU), The Dirty Side of the Storm (Norton) and Côte Blanche (New Issues). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Southwest Review and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Library of America’s American Religious Poems and The Art of the Sonnet (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press). She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State University, New York University and University of Houston, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School. A native of south Louisiana, she remains active in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at University of Houston.

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston TX 77005
713-523-0701

 

 

Poison Pen Reading Series Presents
Karyna McGlynn, Analicia Sotelo & Nancy Reddy

8:30-10:30pm

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.

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), selected by Alex Lemon for the National Poetry Series, and the chapbook Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Tupelo Quarterly, 32 Poems, Smartish Pace and elsewhere. She is assistant professor of writing and first year studies at Stockton University in southern New Jersey, and she lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin (Milkweed Editions, 2018), the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, selected for a 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Boston Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, New England Review and The Antioch Review. She holds a BA in English literature from Trinity University and an MFA in poetry from University of Houston. She works for Writers in the Schools.

Karyna McGlynn's Hothouse (Sarabande Books, 2017) is a New York Times Editor's Choice. Other books are I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl (Sarabande Books, 2009), The 9-Day Queen Gets Lost on Her Way to the Execution (Willow Springs Editions, 2016), Alabama Steve (Sundress, 2014) and Scorpionica (New Michigan Press, 2007). Her poems have been in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, Black Warrior Review, Subtropics, AGNI, Witness, Ninth Letter and The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day.

 

Poison Girl
1641 Westheimer Rd
Houston TX 77006
713-527-9929
 

 

 


All events and conditions are subject to change.
All events in Houston unless otherwise specified.
All events free unless otherwise specified.

Events are updated and added as information comes in, so check back often.


June 1-24, 2018


Friday, June 1

Inprint House. Inprint Writing Cafe. A place for writers to focus each week on their work. 1520 West Main. 9am-12pm

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: John Gorman

8:30pm

John Gorman lives in Galveston and is a professor emeritus of Literature at UH-Clear Lake. His work has appeared most recently in the ekphrastic anthology Echoes of the Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes Along the Great Divide and in The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. VIII: Texas (Texas Review Press/Texas A&M University Press Consortium). He is guest editor of the forthcoming Mutabilis Press collection The Enchantment of the Ordinary.

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, June 2

     

First Saturday Reading Series
Hosted by Public Poetry

2-4pm

Featured poets are Cindy Huyser, Ebony Stewart, Bucky Rea, Niko Smith.

The event includes the featured poets, a WITS student reading, audience readings and After-Words at a local eatery. Bring a favorite poem (yours or another poet’s) and come read!

Everyone is invited to join with After-Words at Korea Gardens after the readings.

This series is organized by Public Poetry and is presented in partnership with Houston Public Library.


Ring Neighborhood Library
8835 Long Point
Houston TX 77055
832-393-2000

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

Sunday, June 3

     

Workshop
Erica Nicole & RJ Wright

3-5pm

This poetry workshop is given by two award winning slam poets with day jobs in mental health. The workshop will incorporate aspects from their professional life and from the poetic. At work they use collaborative treatment plans with a patient-centered care model that focuses on an individual's strengths, their goals, and what barriers exist to achieving their goals. As poets, RJ & Erica employ literary devices to convey a wide range of emotions and create a story that audiences can empathize with and relate to.

Their workshop will focus on the personification of each individual's strengths and the barriers they face in life. RJ and Erica will guide the workshop participants in outlining the characteristics of their strengths and barriers, and crafting a poem based on their relationship to the topic. They encourage everyone to participate and Towards the end of the workshop to share their work (whether it be the whole poem, a line or a concept).

Originally from New York, Erica Nicole is a Houston-based psychiatric nurse and poet. She is a two-time member of the Houston VIP Slam Team, ranked fifth in the nation. She slams regularly with Houston VIP and Write About Now. Erica Nicole was a finalist in the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival and a semifinalist in the 2016 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. She placed third at the 2017 Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival. She has been published in 310 Brown Street’s Texas Slamthology and Z Publishing House’s Texas’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. 310 Brown Street published her book To The One Who Loves Her Next. Recordings of her work can be found on the Write About Now and The Shout Houston YouTube channels.

RJ Wright, also known as England, is a writer from Seattle, Washington, by way of Cambridge, England. He has a BS in psychology with a minor in military science from Prairie View A&M University. He is now pursuing a masters in human science and serving as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. RJ has been a performance poet for the last 10 years and has appeared internationally. He has been a member of nationally ranked slam poetry teams that have competed across the United States. He was the 2016 Houston Poetry Fest Performance Poet of the Year. He is currently a part of Houston Slam Team. His book, Growing Pains & Grass Stains was published by 310 Brown Street. His performances can be seen on Write About Now's YouTube channel.

 

Tickets: $10 at the door

 

Rudyard's British Pub
2010 Waugh Dr
Houston TX 77006
713-521-0521

 

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, June 4

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

Tuesday, June 5

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, June 6

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

Avant Garden. Write About Now Poetry Open Mic. Featuring Mic Check Slam Team. Open Mics are open to all. Poets get one poem under three minutes. Sign up list goes up at 7:30. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:30-10:30pm

Thursday, June 7

Every Tuesday - 6pm
Today: Poet Chris Wise

Chris Wise will be talking about his books, Colliding With Orion and the upcoming collection Thirsty Earth.

Chris is a poet, novelist, and television host. He has published in various poetry anthologies and literary magazines such as Nerve Cowboy, Blue Collar Review, and Road Not Taken. He has been a featured author in Cowboys and Indians Magazine; he was a featured poet in the Huffington Post’s Video Reading series, and he appeared as himself in the animated comedy series The Damn Show.

He currently serves on the committees of several organizations that promote poetry throughout the Houston area, as well as writing for, and hosting, the internet television show The Crawl on kh-tv.com (where he features Texas wineries, distilleries, breweries and events that promote them).

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Living Art is a community art program which hosts artists from around Houston, including poets, writers, theatre groups, performance artists, visual artists, car artists and others engaging, educating, promoting and advancing art and artists in the Gulf Coast region. Hosted by Mike McGuire and Bucky Rea.

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

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

Friday, June 8

Inprint House. Inprint Writing Cafe. A place for writers to focus each week on their work. 1520 West Main. 9am-12pm

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

Saturday, June 9

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

Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach
Presents
2nd Annual Bayou City Group Slam

7-10pm

There will be eight teams consisting of four to five poets competing for cash prizes. Each team is trying to raise money to attend the 2018 National Poetry Slam in August in Chicago. This should be an all-out word brawl.

Poets will be performing solo poems and group poems. If you've never seen duo, trio or even five-poet performances, you are in for a treat!

Some of the hottest poets on the poetry circuit will be competing representing Houston Poetry Slam, Austin Poetry Slam, Write About Now, Houston VIP Slam Team, GawdSlam, Meta-Four Houston and Slam New Orleans.

 

MECA
1900 Kane St
Houston TX 77007
713-802-9370

Sunday, June 10

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. Poetry slam. 211 S Main St, Bryan TX. 8:30-11pm

Monday, June 11

   

Brazos Bookstore Presents
St. Julian Press Authors
Leslie Contreras Schwartz and Melissa Studdard

7-8pm

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is an essayist and poet. Her new collection of poems, Nightbloom & Cenote (St. Julian Press, May 2018), was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. She is the author of Fuego, and was a finalist for the 2018 Houston Poet Laureate. Her work has recently appeared in Catapult, The Texas Review and Tinderbox, and was a finalist for the 2018 Joy Harjo Poetry Competition for Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. Her fiction will be included in the Houston Noir anthology, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda (Akashic Press, 2019). She is currently an interviews editor at American Microreviews and Interviews, and works as a writing instructor for Writespace.

Melissa Studdard is the author of the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (St. Julian Press) and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared or are forthcoming in a wide variety of journals, magazines, blogs and anthologies, such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Psychology Today, Harvard Review, New Ohio Review, Bettering American Poetry and Poets & Writers. In addition to writing, she serves as executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, president of the Associated Writing Program’s Women’s Caucus, and an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews. Her awards include The Forward National Literature Award, The International Book Award and The Readers’ Favorite Award.

 

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston TX 77005
713-523-0701

 

Anna Akhmatova was born June 11 (OS), 1889, in Odessa, Russian Empire (which is now Odesa, Ukraine). She was a quite noteworthy Russian poet in the 20th Century, not only for her brilliance as a poet but for her courage during the regime of Stalin. Her cycle Requiem (1935-40) about that regime is her most significant achievement. During Stalin, her first husband was executed by the Soviet secret police, her son was incarcerated in the Gulag, and her common law husband died in the Gulag. She was forbidden to write but managed to have friends smuggle out poems line by line. She was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in 1965 and received three nominations in 1966.

Tuesday, June 12

     

Southern Fried Poetry Slam
in San Antonio
With Houston Poets Participating

For the first time in 26 years, Southern Fried Poetry Slam is in Texas! Two Houston slam teams and one Houston indie are on the roster.

Today, Tuesday, June 12, is early check-in and poet registration as well as Puro Slam/Early Bird Slam. Check the schedule for more details.

Schedule

 

For more info: Southern Fried Poetry Slam Website

 

 

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

 

     

Poetry Fix Presents

Weasel Patterson & Assorted Poets (Perhaps You)

6:30-8pm

Every other Tuesday, Poetry Fix presents two featured poets who read and are interviewed, after which there is an open mic, all of which is emceed by Mike Alexander. This Tuesday, Weasel Patterson and David Cowen were scheduled, but Cowen had to be rescheduled at a later date, so the open mic portion will be expanded. Poets, be sure to bring your best.

According to Weasel himself, he is a degenerate author who received his BA in literature at University of Houston-Clear Lake. He currently uses it as scrap paper to fuel his publishing endeavors with Weasel Press and Red Ferret Press. He has appeared in a documentary titled Something Out of Nothing (S.O.O.N) directed by Mitchel Dudley, and has been a featured poet on Living Art with Dr. Michael Woodson, 90.1 KPFT. In 2016, Weasel was a Juried Poet for the 2016 Houston Poetry Festival. He released his latest chapbook We Don't Make It Out Alive, on May 1, 2018.

 

www.poetweasel.com

 

Fix Coffeebar
415 Westheimer
Houston TX 77006
832-807-4562

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

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, June 13

     

Southern Fried Poetry Slam
in San Antonio
With Houston Poets Participating

For the first time in 26 years, Southern Fried Poetry Slam is in Texas! Two Houston slam teams and one Houston indie are on the roster.

Today, Wednesday, June 13, is poet registration, opening ceremony, volunteer orientation, two preliminary bouts and decathlon slam. Check the schedule for more details.

Schedule

 

For more info: Southern Fried Poetry Slam Website

 

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

District 1960. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. Featured Readers and open mic. 3337-A Cypress Creek. $2 cover. 7pm-12am

Write About Now Presents
Raie Crawford Book Release

7:30-10:30pm

Raie (Rayla) Crawford is the current grand slam champion of Houston VIP Slam Team under The direction of the poet laureate of the City of Houston Deborah DEEP Mouton.

In her short time in the poetry community Rayla has been ranked in the top 20 female poets of Women of the World Poetry Slam (2014-2015/ 2017-2018), top 25 poets of the Individual World Poetry Slam (2017-2018), and is currently Houston Performance Poet of the Year (2017-2018, Houston Poetry Fest).

She is as vibrant on the page as on the stage. Come celebrate the release of her new book entitled In|S P A C E|Between.

 

Avant Garden
411 Westheimer
Houston TX 77006
832-519-1429

 

Thursday, June 14

     

Southern Fried Poetry Slam
in San Antonio
With Houston Poets Participating

For the first time in 26 years, Southern Fried Poetry Slam is in Texas! Two Houston slam teams and one Houston indie are on the roster.

Today, Thursday, June 14, is slammasters' meeting, scenic foot tour, workshops, slammasters' slam, haiku slam, two preliminary bouts and erotic open mic. Check the schedule for more details.

Schedule

 

For more info: Southern Fried Poetry Slam Website

 

 

Every Tuesday - 6pm
Today: Tom Harter
 

Thomas Dean Harter (Tom Harter) has sponsored, hosted, promoted and performed poetry for over 40 years. He was co-founder of a Houston writers group called The Writers Forum and founded a writers group called Meta-4 (not to be confused with the current youth poetry group Houston Meta-Four). Most of his poetry was written in and about Houston.

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Living Art is a community art program which hosts artists from around Houston, including poets, writers, theatre groups, performance artists, visual artists, car artists and others engaging, educating, promoting and advancing art and artists in the Gulf Coast region. Hosted by Mike McGuire and Bucky Rea.

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

Friday, June 15

     

Southern Fried Poetry Slam
in San Antonio
With Houston Poets Participating

For the first time in 26 years, Southern Fried Poetry Slam is in Texas! Two Houston slam teams and one Houston indie are on the roster.

Today, Friday, June 15, is slammasters' meeting, community service activity, scenic foot tour, workshops, LGBTQ open mic, nerd slam, haiku slam, two preliminary bouts and Friday jamboree. Check the schedule for more details.

Schedule

 

For more info: Southern Fried Poetry Slam Website

 

Inprint House. Inprint Writing Cafe. A place for writers to focus each week on their work. 1520 West Main. 9am-12pm

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

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

Saturday, June 16

i10media Group Presents
Poetry Night
With a Call for Poets

7-9pm

This is a night of poetry and live music with Eats Beats & Jazz - The Darius Lovehall Project, with three DJs in the mix.

This event will now be every Saturday night.

Tickets are $0 to $50. Act fast, and get free tickets!

Tickets

Poets Wanted
Text 713-807-7000

 

Alley Kat Bar and Lounge
3718 Main St
Houston TX 77002
713-874-0722

 

     

Southern Fried Poetry Slam
in San Antonio
With Houston Poets Participating

For the first time in 26 years, Southern Fried Poetry Slam is in Texas! Two Houston slam teams and one Houston indie are on the roster.

Today, Saturday, June 16, is slam family picnic, indie finals, haiku finals, team finals and after-party. Check the schedule for more details.

Schedule

 

For more info: Southern Fried Poetry Slam Website

 

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

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

   

Snow Industries Presents
Best Lil' Poetry House in Texas
Featuring Houston Poetry Slam Team

9-10 pm, Doors Open 8pm

Hosted by Black Snow and Rain. Featuring the 2018 members of Houston Poetry Slam Team.

 

Midtown Bar & Grill
415 West Gray
Houston TX 77019
713-528-2887
 

Sunday, June 17

     

Southern Fried Poetry Slam
in San Antonio
With Houston Poets Participating

For the first time in 26 years, Southern Fried Poetry Slam is in Texas! Two Houston slam teams and one Houston indie are on the roster.

Today, Sunday, June 17, is the goodbye brunch at El Tropicano Hotel. Check the schedule for more details.

Schedule

 

For more info: Southern Fried Poetry Slam Website

 

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, June 18

António Feliciano de Castilho died June 18, 1875, in Lisbon, Portugal. Blind from the age of 6, he nonetheless excelled in his academic studies and rose to prominence in the Portuguese Romantic Period. He is now not as revered as he was during his life, and his style began to be attacked towards the end of his life by a younger generation of poets who found him to be lacking in originality.

Tuesday, June 19

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

Coast 2 Soul Open Mic Poetry Night
Featuring Erica Nicole

Sign-up: 8pm. Event: 8:30-11pm

 

Erica Nicole succeeds both on the page and on the stage. Although a published poet, she is better known as a nationally ranked spoken word artist. She is a member of Houston VIP Slam Team and appears frequently in venues in the Houston area, as well as in other Texas cities.

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Coast 2 Soul Open Mic Poetry Nights take place on the first and third Tuesdays of every month and are open to poets of all genres.

Come speak your Truths!

 

The Proletariat Gallery & Public House
2221 Market St, Suite 100
Galveston TX 77550
409-356-9092

Wednesday, June 20

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

District 1960. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. Featured Readers and open mic. 3337-A Cypress Creek. $2 cover. 7pm-12am

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, June 21

Every Tuesday - 6pm

Living Art is a community art program which hosts artists from around Houston, including poets, writers, theatre groups, performance artists, visual artists, car artists and others engaging, educating, promoting and advancing art and artists in the Gulf Coast region. Hosted by Mike McGuire and Bucky Rea.

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, June , June 22

Inprint House. Inprint Writing Cafe. A place for writers to focus each week on their work. 1520 West Main. 9am-12pm

Rudyard's British Pub. Gulf Coast Magazine Reading Series, featuring writers of all writing genres, including poetry. Check their website for specifics on genres and featured writers: Gulf Coast Reading Series. 2010 Waugh Dr. 7-8:30pm

The Original Meta-4 Poetry Group Reunion
& Open Mic

7:30pm

Before the youthful poets in today's Meta-Four Houston were even born, before there was even a real poetry scene in Houston, a group of intrepid poets led by Tom Harter came up with the bright idea of getting together and, yes, reading their poetry aloud (as poets have been wont to do for centuries). That group was Meta-4.

Tom has been away from Houston for quite some time, but he is back, and someone got the bright idea to gather the old gang back together and have an open mic at Bohemeo's. Any and all poets are welcome to participate.

Featured poets will be Tom Harter, Brandy Lewis and Bucky Rea.

So, grab your poetry and join in! Or just come on by and enjoy the evening.

 

Bohemeo's
708 Telephone Rd
Houston TX 77023
713-923-4277

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, June 23

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

Brasil. 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. 2604 Dunlavy. $5 to sit, always free to spit. Doors open 6:30pm. Workshop at 7pm. Slam at 8pm

Mojeaux's Louisiana Drinkery. Open Mic. Hosted by Royal the Artist. 2024 Rusk St. 9pm

Sunday, June 24