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January 2018 Newsbits

Member Organizations 

Houston Poetry Slam Announces New Team

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

The Poetic Den

Public Poetry

Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach


Voices Breaking Boundaries

Women in the Visual & Literary Arts (WiVLA)

Word Around Town (currently inactive)

Words & Art

Writers in the Schools (WITS)


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

The new Houston Poetry Slam Team was finalized on December 14. Representing Houston in Chicago in August will be Marie Brown, Kathy Lewis, Kanei Mitchell, Amanda Ashley and Khalid The Future.

The legendary Marie Brown is an award-winning poet, artist, singer and producer.

Kathy Lewis is a dynamic spoken word artist and author of Word of Mouth: A Poetry Compilation.

Kanei Mitchell is accomplished poet and actress who gigs extensively, including hosting Houston Improv's Poetry or Die monthly show.

Amanda Ashley is an emerging poet and world traveler with undeniable star power.

Khalid The Future is a perfect example of how poetry can save a soul. It was poetry that pulled him from a young life in prison to an accomplished performance poet.

They will be honing their skills under the masterful coaching of Cedric Ary (aka Brother Said), slam master, and Savannah Blue, assistant slam master.

Ary was slam master from for HPS from 2005 to 2013. he has a variety of accomplishments in the Houston poetry scene, including curating a production for Voices Breaking Boundaries being a 2010 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant recipient. His CDs include Urban Kinky Soul Epiphany and A Taste of Honey.

Blue is one of the top poetry event producers in the country, as well as an award-winning poet in her own right.

Houston Poetry Slam was formed in 2002 and was the first poetry slam in Houston certified by Poetry Slam Inc. (PSi).

Jungman Neighborhood Library Has Reopened

On Thursday, October 13, the Jungman Neighborhood Library reopened after having been closed for renovations since May 2014. It opened initially on October 20, 1975, as the first regional branch library in the Houston Public Library System and had a large collections of book in specialized areas such as petroleum, electronics, physics and business administration.

Public Poetry will be having its winter readings in January, February and March at the renovated library.

Featured readers for January 6 are Corinna Delgado, M. Miranda Maloney, Amanda Ortiz and Robin Reagler.

Please see the calendar for more information on the January reading.