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


Jan 21- Feb 21 2019

 


 

Friday, February 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

Lawndale Art Center and
Collective of Houston Asian Americans (CHAA)
Present
Burning 100 Demons
6:30-8:30pm


Message From the Organizers:
Burning 100 Demons is a Lunar New Year ritual that celebrates our queer ancestors through spoken, written, and embodied poetry, planned in conjunction with Antonius Bui's yêu em dài lâu (me love you long time) exhibit at Lawndale Art Center. Inspired by Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons!, we will be reflecting on our demons of 2018, the life moments that haunt you, form you, and stay with you. We invite the community to burn their demons and dream new intentions as a way to bring forth the Year of the Pig. Ching-In Chen and Antonius Bui, the co-organizers of the event, are honored to be collaborating with artists Koomah and Olaniyi Akindiya to create an intersectional space for healing and catharsis.

We kindly request that you bring a sacred object of your choice to place on or near the altar in the exhibit for the duration of the performance. Dinner will be provided the night of the event.

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Koomah's facebook page
Olaniyi Akindiya's website
Ching-In Chen's website
CHAA's facebook page
Lynda Barry's One! Hundred! Demons!

 

Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main St
Houston TX 77002
713-528-5858

 

Zen Ase Poetry Presents
Laughz & Lyrics: Soul Train Edition

7:30-10:30pm

Featuring:

Zen Ase
Darcie Cole
Siraj Rakeem
Shelly T
Julius Fogle
Jazzy Jeff
Lady Kaye
, Host

Message from Zen Ase Poetry:

You remember back in the day when you had no cares? You were chilling with your friends, grubbin, listening to your favorite tunes, caught up in the moment, laughing, dancing, vibing, relaxed? Well that's what this show is about. Good times. Great drinks. Great music. Good food. Great entertainment.

Bring your posse. And sit back and relax and unwind.

We are easy to find. Exit Greens Rd on 45 north and pass the gas station. We're the big brown building. Full parking lot. Free parking. Right on the feeder of 45. Hookah available. Dance floor. Pool Table. Full Bar.

 

Mystic Sports Lounge Bar& Grill
12510 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77060

 

     

First Friday Reading Series

Featured poet: Juliane Tran

8:30pm

Juliane Tran is a writer, performance poet, tutor, entrepreneur and aspiring polyglot. Originally from Fremont, California, she is currently an undergraduate student in creative writing at University of Houston and a poetry editor for Glass Mountain. She has been featured on Houston Public Media, Public Poetry's PM Show, Poetry Fix Reading Series, Open Mouth Reading Series and 100 Thousand Poets for Change. She has multiple publications, including Houston Poetry Fest anthologies for 2017 and 2018 (juried poet).

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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, February 2

     

Public Poetry Reading Series Presents
Tamara Nichols-Smith, Savanah Burns,
Raie Crawford, Usha Akella

2-4pm

 

Tamara Nicholl-Smith, a Houston native, was Albuquerque's first woman to win the city poetry slam championship. She served on two Albuquerque teams before returning to her hometown to coach Houston's first slam team all the way to the national semi-finals. Tamara enjoys collaborating with musicians and hopes to do so again in the near future. Her poetry has appeared in five anthologies, two bus panels, one parking meter and was the focus of a spoken-word classical piano fusion CD.

Savanah Burns is currently in the MFA program at Sam Houston State University. She is an intern for the Texas Review Press and The Texas Review, as well as a teaching assistant. She is the poetry editor for the The Gordian Review. Her writing has been featured in Beacon, HistoricalMX.org and poets.org.

Raie (Rayla) Crawford is an award-winning member of Houston VIP Slam Team. 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 was Houston Performance Poet of the Year (2017-2018, Houston Poetry Fest). Her book, In|S P A C E|Between, was released last year.

Usha Akella has authored three books of poetry and scripted one musical drama. The Rosary of Latitudes (2016) is a compilation of poetry and prose writings on travel and poetic discovery. Her work is included in various anthologies, including Selfhood: Varieties of Experience and Harbinger Asylum. She was selected as a cultural ambassador for the city of Austin for 2015 and is the founder of Matwaala, the first South Asian Diaspora Poets Festival in the US. She is also the founder of the Poetry Caravan in New York and Austin, which takes poetry readings to the disadvantaged in women’s shelters, senior homes, and hospitals.

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The library event also includes a WITS student reading, open mic, book give-away and After-Words to continue the conversation at a recommended eatery TBA.

 

Scenic Woods Regional Library
10677 Homestead Rd
Houston TX 77016
832-393-2030

 

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, February 3

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

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, February 4

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

Tuesday, February 5

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
7-8pm

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
Mutabilis Press: Enchantment of the Ordinary

6:30-8pm

The Enchantment of the Ordinary (Mutabilis Press) launched in January, but the excitement is not over. Poetry Fix is celebrating the book with an "after-party" with poets whose work is published in the anthology.

Come on by to hear readings and visit with the poets in a relaxing and friendly setting.

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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 hosted by Mike Alexander.

Come early as parking is limited and the coffee is good.

 

Fix Coffeebar
415 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006
713-806-5403

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. Coast 2 Soul Poetry Open Mic. All are welcome. 2221 Market St, Suite 100, Galveston. Sign-up: 8pm. Event:

8:30-11pm

Tuesday, February 6

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. BYOB. Open mic/live music/poetry/hiphop/karaoke. Hosted by Queen Niomie Luvv. 13513 Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 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 7

Every Thursday - 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.

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

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

Friday, February 8

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

Write About Now Presents
Slam Mania: A Poetry Slam Extravaganza

7:30-11:30pm

For the first time ever, the 2018 Individual Poetry Slam Champion, Michael Ting, will be squaring off against the 2018 Texas Grand Slam Champion, Black Chakra, LIVE in Houston, Texas.

Michael “Mic” Ting is a San Francisco Bay Area native whose poetry navigates topics of race, assimilation, family, loss and evolution through honest storytelling and emotional upheaval. He has been a part of three national poetry slam teams, and in 2016 his team, Palo Alto, took second at Group Piece finals. Mic is also the reigning 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam champion and co-produces a poetry and improv show called The Bridge.

Black Chakra is a spoken word and hip-hop artist whose talents have been showcased on stages across America. In his time competing in poetry slam competitions he has been a national poetry slam champion, Texas Grand Slam champion, Southern Fried slam champion and plethora of others too long to list. Black Chakra embodies the City of Baltimore through aggressive performance and incredible writing. Next to being the talented writer that he is what he takes most pride in is being a youth poetry teacher for Dewmore Baltimore. He helps Baltimore youths cultivate their talent and showcase it on national stages.

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Tickets $20

This show is all ages. Seating is first come, first served.
Then, it's standing room only.

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7:30pm - Doors open

7:30-8:15pm - DJ Set

8:15-8:45pm
Under Card Tag Team Match
2018 National Poetry Slam Semifinalists
RJ Wright & Xach Blunt vs. Kodak & Self the Poet

15 minute intermission

9:00-9:20pm
Spotlight Feature
2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion Ebony Stewart

15 minute intermission

9:35 - 10:05pm
Title Match
Michael Ting vs. Black Chakra

15 minute intermission

10:05
DJ Set/ Afterparty

Parking:
There's plenty of free parking around. You can park for free in the parking lot across from the venue on Waugh. There is also a free parking lot across the street on Welch. Otherwise, organizers recommend parking for free on the streets in the neighborhood. Also, they suggest carpooling with friends or maybe splitting an Uber or Lyft.
 

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

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

Saturday, February 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

Sunday, February 10

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

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

Zen Ase Poetry Presents
Laughz & Lyrics: Aphrodiziac

8-10

pm

Live music, comedy, and poetry.
1. Poet/rapper Siraj Rakeem
2. Poet/artist/designer Darcie Cole
3. Poet/singer Autiztry
4. Poet Bro Malcolm
5. Comic Julius Fogle
6. Comic Mayam Robinson
7. Singer Dennis Hargrove
8. Poet Zen Ase
9. Comic Lady Kaye

 

Description:
Single. Taken. Divorced. It's complicated. This is the pre -Valentines Day weekend. Some of us will get the V or the D, or both. Some will have to do without, but we all can celebrate and commiserate on the complexities of love, dating, marriage and any and all romantic interactions. Sit back, relax, get a drink, a food plate from Kountry boy eatz and/or a hookah. Prepare to hear both sexes roasted by comics, serenaded by singers and analyzed by poets. In the game of love, we all have won and lost at some point, but we lived to play again. Get your groove on, get your groove back or just vibe with the groove.


$12 and up on Eventbrite
No tickets sold at the door

 

Showtime Bar and Lounge
12706 North Fwy
Houston TX 77060
832-286-4152

 

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

Monday, February 11

American poet Sylvia Plath committed suicide on February 11, 1963. She sealed up her kitchen to protect her children, then turned on the gas and put her head in the oven. Her life was riddled with bouts of mental illness which in some ways fueled her creative output, most notably The Bell Jar (her only novel) and The Collected Poems, for which she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize. Her husband, poet Ted Hughes, had left her six months before for Assia Wevill, who, six years after Plath, sealed up their kitchen and turned on the gas. But, unlike Plath, she took their 4-year-old daughter with her.

Tuesday, February 12

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
7-8pm

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

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

Tuesday, February 13

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. BYOB. Open mic/live music/poetry/hiphop/karaoke. Hosted by Queen Niomie Luvv. 13513 Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 cover. 7pm-12am

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Roja Chamankar: Dying in a Mother Tongue

pm

This collection of poetry by the celebrated southern Iranian poet and filmmaker Roja Chamankar (b. 1981) introduces English-speaking readers to one of the most accomplished and well-loved poets of her generation. Chamankar’s work blends surrealism and the southern coastal landscape of the poet’s upbringing with everyday experiences in rapidly urbanizing Tehran. While locating herself in the modernist tradition of Iranian poets like Forugh Farrokhzad and Ahmad Shamlu through form and imagery, Chamankar infuses this tradition with concerns unique to a generation that grew up in post-revolutionary Iran and endured the effects of the Iran-Iraq war. Seascapes, love and eroticism, the disconnection of modern life, and myths and fairytales figure prominently in these vivid, lyrical poems.

In the rich miniature worlds of Chamankar’s poetry, readers become privy to a range of experiences, from desire and pain to rage and humor. Sometimes abstract, other times surreal—Chamankar’s unique poetic voice, like the sea she returns to again and again, combines and sweeps these experiences to shore with assurance, strength, and beauty.

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  • Reserve your book online at least 24 hours in advance. Call 713-523-0701 to reserve books on the day of the signing.

  • Please buy books to-be-signed directly from Brazos Bookstore.

  • Get there early because parking in the lot is limited. There is abundant street parking nearby.

  • Brazos Bookstore can have your book signed for you even if you can’t make it. Please pay in advance to guarantee signed books.

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston TX 77005

713-523-0701

Renee's on the Bayou. Poetic Nights on the Bayou. Hosted by Emoetry Speaks. 2541 N. MacGregor Way. $5 poets, $10 audience. 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, February 14

2019 NACCS Tejas Foco
Regional Conference
February 14-16

The 2019 NACCS Tejas Foco regional conference will bring together professors, scholars, students, activists, writers and artists in the area of Mexican-American studies.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

Houston Community College - Eastside Campus
6815 Rustic Street
Houston, TX 77087

 

Every Thursday - 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.

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

Friday, February 15

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

2019 NACCS Tejas Foco
Regional Conference
February 14-16

The 2019 NACCS Tejas Foco regional conference will bring together professors, scholars, students, activists, writers and artists in the area of Mexican-American studies.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

Houston Community College - Eastside Campus
6815 Rustic Street
Houston, TX 77087

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

Saturday, February 16

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

2019 NACCS Tejas Foco
Regional Conference
February 14-16

The 2019 NACCS Tejas Foco regional conference will bring together professors, scholars, students, activists, writers and artists in the area of Mexican-American studies.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

Houston Community College - Eastside Campus
6815 Rustic Street
Houston, TX 77087

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

IAG and Soular Sounds Present
Soular Nights: A Night of Romance

7-11pm

 


I.A.G Productions and Soular Sounds present Soular Nights, a Night of Romance hosted by Poet Goddess Fe and Travis M. Guest performances: Born Royal, Pocket-size, Scott free and Courtney Lynn, Abstract the Dancer, RoRo B Sangin, Mallory, Coco Sullivan featuring Nikia J'Nae. Special musical guest David Laflur. Live Music by G.V.O Band. Dj Koala Khool.

Caribbean food and drinks and the various romantic styles of art all night long

Tickets:   $15 presale   $20 at the door

 

Isles Eatery and Rhum Bar
1515 Pease Street
Houston, TX 77002
713-739-9039

 

Midtown Bar & Grill. Best Lil Poetry House in Texas, featuring TBA. Hosted by Black Snow and Rain. 425 West Gray. 8pm-12am

Sunday, February 17

Joseph Machado Book Launch Event:
Soup With the Moon: Unrelenting Poetry
Benefiting Iconoclast Artists

2-4pm

Joseph Machado’s work has been influenced by the Beats, the sciences and unusual forms such as palindromes. He has a PhD in polymer science, has published extensively in the scientific literature and has worked in a variety of roles and locations in the oil and gas industry for 30 years. Originally from Massachusetts, he has been a performing poet in London and Houston. He is also the president of the board of Horse Head Theatre Company, has a life-long interest in fitness, was recently married, and has three grown children. Until recently he served on the organizing committee of Houston Poetry Fest and still supports the festival in other capacities.

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Joseph has provided an itinerary for the show:

Dig my poems
Groove to live music interludes
Have a drink
Buy my book
Get it signed
Have another drink

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Iconoclast Artists is a growing community of young artists that provides unique support and encouragement for hundreds of under-served students within high schools, middle schools and juvenile detention centers. With classroom instruction in creative writing and expression, Iconoclast takes over core curriculum classes every week to provide academic, artistic, and social/emotional support.

Founded in 2014 by Marlon Lizama and Matthew Russell, Iconoclast is cultivating a new imagination among the next generation of creators. Iconoclast seeks to nurture improbable friendships that span the boundaries of race, religion, socio-economics and ethnicity, and to give the art that emerges a platform. By coming together to create, discuss ideas, and perform, we are building a brave space for Iconoclast's students and a new reality for Houston and Galveston.

 

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

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

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

Zen Ase Poetry Presents
Laughz & Lyrics: Brillianz

7pm

Poet/rapper Siraj Rakeem
Poet/designer Soulasphere
Saxophonist Wesley Walker
Comic & Host Lady Kaye
Comic Sally Lebig
Poet Rasaan J
Poet Jazzy Jeff
Poet Zen Ase
Poet Travis M.
Poet Bro Malcolm


Tickets: $10 Eventbrite - $15 Door

 

Martini Blu Jazz Cafe
3101 Fountain View Drive
Houston TX 77057
832-965-5580

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

Monday, February 18

Audre Lourde was born February 18, 1934, in Harlem during the Great Depression. She rose to attention as a voice in the civil rights movement and antiwar movements in the ‘60s. She had had poems published in various foreign anthologies and black literary magazines, but her first book of poetry, The First Cities, was published in 1968. Three more followed, then Coal hit and set her as a light in the Black Arts Movement. She was also a successful prose writer. She died of cancer at the age of 58.

Tuesday, February 19

     

Poetry Fix Presents
Fady Joudah & Angelique Jamail

6:30-8pm

Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American physician, poet and translator. He was born in Austin, Texas, and grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia. He was educated at University of Georgia, Medical College of Georgia and University of Texas Health Sciences in Houston. In 2002 and 2005 he worked with Doctors Without Borders in Zambia and Sudan, respectively.

Joudah’s debut collection of poetry, The Earth in the Attic (2008), won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, chosen by Louise Glück. Joudah followed his second book of poetry, Alight (2013) with Textu (2014), a collection of poems written on a cell phone wherein each piece is exactly 160 characters long. His fourth collection is Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance (2018). In 2014, Joudah was a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry.

Joudah's translations have won numerous awards, including the Banipal prize from the UK, PEN USA award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize.

Joudah lives with his family in Houston, where he works as a physician of internal medicine.

Angélique Jamail’s poetry and essays have appeared in over two dozen anthologies and journals, including New Reader Magazine, Waxwing, Time-Slice, Improbable Worlds, Pluck Magazine, The Milk of Female Kindness––An Anthology of Honest Motherhood, Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston, Femmeliterate, Bayou City Magazine and The Enchantment of the Ordinary. Her work was selected as a finalist for the New Letters Prize in Poetry in 2011.

Her poetry collection The Sharp Edges of Water (Odeon Press) has just been released. She teaches creative writing and English in Houston.

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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 hosted by Mike Alexander.

Come early as parking is limited & the coffee is good.

 

Fix Coffeebar
415 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006
713-806-5403

 

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
7-8pm

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. Coast 2 Soul Poetry Open Mic. All are welcome. 2221 Market St, Suite 100, Galveston. Sign-up: 8pm. Event:

8:30-11pm

Tuesday, February 20

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

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. BYOB. Open mic/live music/poetry/hiphop/karaoke. Hosted by Queen Niomie Luvv. 13513 Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 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 21

Every Thursday - 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