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June 21 - July 31
2018 Calendar


Thursday, June 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

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

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 25

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

Tuesday, June 26

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. Featured: Rebecca Spears and Holly Walrath Emcee Mike Alexander. 415 Westheimer. 6:30pm

 

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Terrance Hayes

7pm

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box, Hip Logic and Muscular Music. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn (2015) was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry.

He will be reading from his new book, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin.
 

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

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

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, June 27

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
Pride Open Mic
Featuring Lacey Roop
Hosted by Southerly

Signup Starts 7:30pm, Show Starts 8pm
$5 C0ver

Lacey Roop is one of the most accomplished and versatile performance poets around. Besides being a top-scoring poet at multiple slams, including Women of the World Slam and Individual World Poetry Slam. She works with musicians, including Grammy-winning group The Wailers and transformative musical group Conspirare. She has been a featured performer at Desert Rocks Musical Festival and on PBS's Roadtrip Nation. She is the author of a full-length book of poetry, And Then Came the Flood (Timber Mouse Publishing). As an advocate and ally, Lacey's work discusses gender & sexuality, marginalized voices, and women-empowerment.

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Open Mic: In celebration of pride month, has created uplift voices in the GLBTQ community. Poets get one poem under 3 minutes. Signup list goes up at 7:30pm.
 

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

 

Thursday, June 28

Every Thursday - 6pm
Today: Ebony Stewart

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.

 

The PM Show: Poets & Musicians
A Public Poetry Production

Doors Open: 7pm

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.

In 2018, there are three shows, hosted by improv poet James Trotter, each featuring four poets with different combinations of musicians. The shows open with the musicians performing, followed by the collaboration of poets & musicians and finishing with the musicians again.

This event features the poetry of Houston Poet Laureate Deborah DEEP Mouton, Tamara Nicholl-Smith, Aerika Lewis and Marie Brown, along with musicians The Wheel Workers.

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

 

Improv Houston. Poetry or Die: "Thy Kingdom Come," Interfaith Poetry Show. Hosted by Jeanette Marie and Michael Khalidthefuture Reado. 7620 Katy Fwy #455. 8-10pm

Poison Girl. Poison Pen Reading Series.  Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. 1641 Westheimer Rd. 8:30-10pm

Friday, June 29

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

Hot Poets: Deep Roots
Featuring John Gorman & Billie Duncan

8pm - Midnight

Hosted by Tina Cardona and Kelly Ann Ellis

5th Annual Summer Solstice Party 2018 celebrates Houston's Hot Poets by remembering their poetic DEEP ROOTS. Few have inspired or mentored more poets than Dr. John Gorman and The Fabulous Billie Duncan. Join us in honoring John and Billie as our featured readers at Re:HAB (the best little bar on the Bayou) for this summer's solstice celebration.

We will begin the festivities with readings, performance and words of whimsy / wisdom from Dr. John Gorman and the Fabulous Billie Duncan (starting at eight, so don't be late)! Then, stick around! There's more to come!

Per our usual ritual.--Poets, bring 25 copies of an original, never-before-heard poem utilizing this year's theme: DEEP ROOTS. One poem should be minus the author's name (to be cast anonymously into a basket.) Poems are then randomly drawn and read aloud by each poet participating, with all trying to guess the author's identity. . Phantom prizes will be awarded for correct answers, and poets will go home with an instant anthology commemorating this summer's solstice party!.

Bring a guest, food to share, and a blanket or lawn chair--and help us celebrate our deep roots with the return of summer and Houston's Hot Poets in Re:HAB!

 

Re:HAB Bar on the Bayou
1658 Enid
Houston TX 77009
713-225-1668

Saturday, June 30

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

HOME. GIRL. HOOD.
An Evening With Ebony Stewart

Doors Open: 7pm, Show: 8pm

Join the award-winning touring artist and author of Home.Girl.Hood. the incomparable Ebony Stewart in an evening of poetry, dance, short films and conversation.

The night features dance performances by Fat Bottom Cabaret; dance + poetry trio Ayokunle Falomo, Damion Sam and Otis Berry; comedy from Byrson Brown; short films from Folklore Films; and more.

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Ebony Stewart is a touring performance artist and slam poet who has been active on the Texas slam poetry scene and theater community for over a decade. The only adult female three-time slam champion in Austin, Texas, voted Top Female Touring Poet by the Spoken Word Awards. Crowned co-champion of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work can be seen on Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Slam Inc., and read in several online magazines such as For Harriet, Teen Vogue and The Texas Observer. In 2015, she debuted her one-woman show, Hunger, for which she won a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and received the David Mark Cohen New Play Award. In 2017 she debuted her second-one woman show, Ocean, for which she won two B.Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and Best Original Script.

Ebony Stewart aka The Gully Princess is the #storyoftheblackgirlwinning.

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Organized by Ebony Stewart

Sponsored by Savannah Blue Arts and Outreach

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Tickets

Advance: $20, Door: $25

Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach

Eventbrite
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MATCH - Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston
Matchbox Theater 1
3400 S Main St
Houston TX 77002
713-521-4533

 

poACTry Presents
An Encore Production of

48

7pm (Saturday)

Cast: Starring Felicia Shantell as Katt, with  Ajali Poet Funches, Rain Thepoet, Roshanda Johnson, Randall Cameron Hutchinson, and Eric Jones.

48 is a poetic stage play written by Sean Johnson, Rain the Poet and Ajali Funches. In 48, the main character, Skyy Rivers, is on a collision course with perceptions that will change the lives of all involved. In other presentations, this group has tackled political protest, the impact on fatherless children, support system amongst women, domestic abuse, God's wrath on disobedience, romantic situations and deadly historical events.

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Tickets: $20

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Felicia Shantell Martin (Poet Goddess Fe) has been performing poetry for 10 years, starting in 2008 at TSU with Poetry and Politics, directed by Nefertari Raven and Michael Graham. In 2012, she joined forces with Ajali Poet Funches to form poACTry Productions. With multiple plays under her belt (Perfect Cool Down, Journey in my Big Girl Shoes, Soul'd Out, Rage of Passion), Felicia branched out to work with award-winning comedy group 2K Comedy led by comedian/promoter Ramone Johnson to launch 2K Poetry in 2014. 2K Poetry was created to express all forms of artistry: poetry, music, dance, theatre, improv and spoken word. Goddess Fe has performed at multiple venues, including Houston Improv, Warehouse Live and Houston Museum of African-American Culture.

Born and raised on the north side of Houston Sean Johnson (aka 2 Die 4) came to know poetry at the age of 6 when her mother read to her from Nikki Giovanni’s Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day. Her poetry has appeared in multiple publications, including Riversongs, The Chaos, American Journal of Poetry, Third Wednesday, Sierra Nevada and Tiger’s Eye, and has been published in 23 anthologies worldwide. Sean’s poem “Rearview Mirror” was nominated for a Pushcart. She is the author of the chapbooks, Unpredicted Prophecy and My Name Be. In addition to her work as a stage actress, she has performed spoken word throughout the US. Sean is a humanitarian and missionary in the US, as well as in Africa and Central America.

Rain Thepoet is a published author, national slam poet/spoken word artist, playwright and actress. A poem she wrote for KHOU-TV was central to a commercial that was aired both during the Super Bowl and Grammys and won the 2016 Eye on Excellence Award as well as the Lone Star State Emmys. Besides being a teaching artist at the Alley Theatre, she is the coach and 2018 Slam Champ for the Gawd Slam! Poetry Team. Among many other accomplishments and accolades, Houston Chronicle reviewed her as one of Houston’s most talented artists, Dialogue Magazine named her as an Artist of the Month, she performed at the fifth annual event of the Redefinition Experience at Ensemble Theatre, and she emceed a weekly poetry and music show alongside legendary DJ Robert "Showbiz" Mosley on KCOH Radio.

Ajali Poet Funches is the owner of Ajali Entertainment and cofounder of poACTry Productions. She has made a name for herself in Houston’s cultural arts community under the nom de plume Ajali, and over the past 21 years has performed with such noted artists as Shola Iyiola (noted jazz musician) and Carl Thomas (Grammy nominated R&B Artist). In addition, she has performed in poetic stage plays, as a featured artist, and as an event host at multiple venues including at weddings, open mic nights and spoken word shows. All of this while raising two children, who are now adults, and working in the broadcast media industry.

Randall Cameron Hutchinson, also known as Royal Acid, is a member of G.O.D. (Gifts of Direction) where he has been performing poetry for five years. His poetry stems from a Christian-based background in writing and reciting centered solely on his own life’s events and encounters.

Eric J. Jones has a deep love of poetry and is an emerging artist in poetry and performance. He is a certified personal trainer and wellness enthusiast, disciplines that he brings to his participation in poACTry.
 

Midtown Arts Center
3414 La Branch St
Houston TX 77004


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.


July 2018


 

Sunday, July 1

Transcendent Zero Press Presents
Independence Shindig

7pm

Independence Shindig is one of many shindigs hosted by Transcendent Zero Press. This event will host four interesting and outstanding poetic voices of the Houston community: Laura Pena, Michael Woodson, Vera Icon and Mark Jodon. This is the first time these poets will be in one place so expect some raucous and rowdy fun! You can enjoy the poets while having a dinner of Mexican food or a beer.

Open mic follows the features. and we love newcomers.

$10 at the door

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Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St
Houston TX 77002
713-226-8563

 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

Texas Tea Regional Slam

6-8:30pm

Once a year, all 5 slam teams in the Houston area collide to crown the Best Slam Team in Houston. Houston VIP, Gawd Slam, Another WAN, Metafour Houston and Write About Now will battle for the pride and the money. Join them at the Texas Tea Regional Poetry Slam where the mic will burn a blue flame.

 

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

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

Showtime Bar & Lounge. Sunday Night Live (SNL). Open mic & featured reader. DJ: Itz Magic. Hosted by Slim the Poet. 12706 North Fwy. 9pm

Monday, July 2

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

Tuesday, July 3

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, July 4

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, July 5

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

1st Thursday Manifesto Potluck

8-11pm

 
An evening of music and poetry will be on deck. This segment will be hosted by Kris Smith.

Featured performers are:

Kris Smith, Danah Marie, Brian Kehinde, Muzak John, Downtown Dave, Shannon Mc Call, Ronald Gaitz, The Black S, Stevi Rae Gray, The Funeral Business, Sensassual

Parking is either at Walgreen's across the street or in the back area of Solidarity by the train tracks. Enter through the big gate with red letters and enter through the first door downstairs.

This will be a potluck as well. Bring a little you get a lot.

 

Solidarity
6733 Harrisburg Dr.
Houston TX 77011

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

Friday, July 6

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
43rd Anniversary of First Friday

Featured poet: Deborah DEEP Mouton,
Houston Poet Laureate

8:30pm

Deborah DEEP Mouton is an internationally-known poet, as well as a singer, actress, photographer, wife, mother and the third Poet Laureate for the City of Houston, appointed in April 2017 by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World, DEEP has established herself as a notable force in the performance and slam poetry world. A slam coach and performer with numerous competitions and championship titles to her name, she has been featured on BBC, NPR, Upworthy, Blavity, Button Poetry, Write About Now and the opening video of the 2017-18 Houston Rockets season.

Her work can be found in the upcoming Houston Noir (Akashic Books, 2019), Survival Through Art (Wicked Banshee Press, 2014), and the 2012 and 2017 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology (2012 and 2017). Her pen name, DEEP, originated in middle school and is an acronym for Determined to Excel in Everything Possible.

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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, July 7

     

Public Poetry Reading Series
Featuring Ayokunle Falomo, D.F. Brown,
Vanessa Zimmer-Powell & Marie Brown

2-4pm

 

Ayokunle Falomo is a Nigerian, a TEDx speaker, an American and the winner of the 2018 Stacy Doris Memorial Award. He is the author of thread, this wordweaver must! and kin.DREAD. As a poet, his singular mission is to use his pen as a shovel to unearth those things that make us human. He and his work have been featured in Glass Mountain and online in The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media, Hive Society, Squawk Back, Pressure Gauge Press, Mantra Review and elsewhere. His work has also taken him to venues and stages around and outside of Texas.

D.F. Brown was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks and served with the 14th infantry in Vietnam, 1969-70, as a combat medic. Educated at University of Missouri and San Francisco State University, Brown is the author of Returning Fire, Assuming Blue and The Other Half of Everything. A sequence from his newest book,  Ghost of a Person Passing in Front of the Flag won second place in the Jeffry Sharlett Memorial Prize from Iowa Review.

Vanessa Zimmer-Powell is a poet and speech-language pathologist. Among her honors are winner of the 2016 Houston Poetry Fest ekphrastic poetry competition and a winner of Rick Steve's Haiku Award. Her poetry has aired on KPFT, KTRU, Houston Public Radio and the Rick Steve's radio program. Vanessa’s poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Austin International Poetry Festival, Houston Poetry Fest, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Ekphrasis, Texas Poetry Calendar, and Untamable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston. Her chapbook, Woman Looks into an Eye, is published by Dancing Girl Press. Her poem, “Aquí” was included in a collaborative collection of ekphrastic poetry and the photography of Jim Bones.

Marie Brown began writing poetry at age 10 to cope with the abuse she experienced as a child. She is a mother, grandmother, spoken word artist, author, nurse and an active volunteer in her community. Marie began performance poetry while attending Texas Southern University under the guidance of Dr. Thomas F. Freeman as a member of the infamous Texas Southern Debate Team and went on to become the first female member of the inaugural Houston Poetry Slam Team, 2002. In 2018, Marie served as coach of the Houston Poetry Slam Team. She utilizes her passion for poetry to serve numerous benefits, including University of Houston Scholarship Fund, AIDS Foundation Houston, United Negro College Fund, Santa Maria Hostel (shelter for women), and Houston Community College/Domestic Violence Awareness.

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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.

Stimley-Blue Ridge
Neighborhood Library
7007 W Fuqua
Houston TX 77489
832-393-2370

 

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

Weaving the Terrain:
100 Word Southwestern Poems

Dos Gatos Press

7pm

Weaving the Terrain: 100-Word Southwestern Poems is the third collection in a unique series from Dos Gatos Press, “Poetry of the American Southwest”—following up on Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku and Haiga (2013) and Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (2016). Each poem is exactly one hundred words, no more, no less. Within this restriction, however, you’ll find poems as varied as the landscape, the history, the people they evoke. Weaving the Terrain includes stunning prose poems and haibun, as well as poems in every shape made possible by a poet’s imagination and the hundred words chosen. Each poem is a concentrated gem on a topic related to the broad area known as the Southwest.

Editors David Meischen and Scott Wiggerman have arranged 211 poems by 151 poets in eight engaging chapters, opening with “These Immediate Splendors,” poems that will immerse you in momentary delights, and closing with “Necklace of Stones,” poems that explore grief, loss, endurance. In between, you’ll find chapters with these evocative titles: “Body of Memory,” “Songs of the Living,” “Sienna and Sand,” “Half-Lives Slowly Ticking,” “All Hunger and Thirst,” and “Rooted in Resilience.”

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Featured poets at this event are Jane Chance, Kathleen Cook, Dede Fox, Priscilla Frake, John Milkereit, Elina Petrova, Lynn Reynolds, Sally Ridgway, Matthew Riley, Allyson Whipple, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell.

 

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

 

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

 

Words & Art Deadline

The deadline for the next Words & Art reading is coming up on Saturday July 14, midnight! If you would like to be a featured reader, send your writing to:

Words & Art Submission

One page limit. Must be in response to the current exhibit at the CAMH, Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show.

Sunday, July 8

FuenteFair:
An Interactive Celebration of Writing & Other Arts

4-8pm


FuenteCo is turning one and celebrating Houston's creative community of writers and artists of all forms, genres and styles. Explore (and participate in) this interactive pop-up fair, and get to know the FuenteCo team over cake, drinks and snacks.

In the evening hours, there will be a showcase of a selection of multidisciplinary, multilingual work created by past FuenteCo participants during our workshops and retreats, including flash fiction by writer Patricia Flaherty Pagan, a poetry installation by Megan Sparks and a dramatic monologue by Jelisa Robinson. The winners of our Bad Love Poetry Contest—Reyes Ramirez, Sofia Morffe and Eloísa Pérez-Lozano—will be there to read their winning pieces, too.
 

Spring Street Studios #119
1824 Spring St
Houston TX 77007
713-993-9823

 

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

Showtime Bar & Lounge. Sunday Night Live (SNL). Open mic & featured reader. DJ: Itz Magic. Hosted by Slim the Poet. 12706 North Fwy. 9pm

Monday, July 9

June Jordan, the extraordinarily talented and honored poet, playwright and essayist was born July 9, 1936, in Harlem, NY. With 27 volumes of writings, including not only poems but essays, libretti and books for children, Jordan was a monumental force in American literature. Her poetry was not only intensely personal but soaked in a sense of social justice and spoke not only about but to the oppressed and marginalized. She often used vernacular English when writing about African American identity and racial inequality and encouraged young black writers to experiment with that idiom.

Tuesday, July 10

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
Featuring Carolyn Dahl & Thomas Harter

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.

Carolyn Dahl was a finalist in the Malovrh-Fenlon poetry contest, Public Poetry’s Work-Themed competition, PEN Texas Literary non-fiction contest, and was the Grand Prize winner in the national ARTLines2 contest. Her essays and poems have been published in twenty-five anthologies including Women On Poetry (McFarland), Goodbye, Mexico (Texas Review Press), Beyond Forgetting (Kent State), and in various literary journals including Copper Nickel, Rock & Sling, Camas, Hawai’i Review, Plainsongs & Colere. She is the co-author of The Painted Door Opened, and when she isn't writing poetry or making art, she loves raising monarch butterflies.

Thomas Harter is a spoken word poet (not a slam poet and not an academic poet). He has read in public for over 40 years. He has sponsored & hosted & promoted poetry his entire adult life. Harter was the co-founder of a Houston writers group called The Writers Forum, and he personally founded a writers group called Meta-4. Most of his poetry has been written in and about Houston.

 

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

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, July 11

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, July 12

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.

 

Xone Poetry
Introduces
Real Tyme
Improv Poetry & Open Mic

7-10pm


Xone Poetry is introducing a new twist on Improv: improv poetry with a variety of topics created by the host and the audience providing an experience as spontaneous as it is entertaining. The goal is to create an environment of fun vibes and vibrant artistry. All poets/singers/artists are welcome at the open mic.

 

This is the opening night, and the show will be every Thursday from here on out.

Food and drinks are available. Hosted by XoNe.

 

Five Nine Hookah Lounge
11786 S Wilcrest Dr
Houston TX 77099
832-672-7859

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

Friday, July 13

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, July 14

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

Behind The Smile
By Slight
Book Release Party
5-8pm

Join Slight in celebrating the publication of his first poetry book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase

Special Guests:
Emoetry Speaks
Yurz Truly
Raquel Segura (Da Truth)
Deonte Scott

And desserts by Curly Girl Confections.

The event is free, but please RSVP via Eventbrite.

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Sleight is the author of Behind the Smile, a collection of poetry that is written in a sequential way so as to reveal the hidden aspects of the poet’s life. Sleight was born Robert E. Timmons II in Houston and discovered his love of poetry his senior year of high school when he found spoken word poetry as an artistic way to express himself through stressful times. Sleight attended University of Pittsburgh in order to pursue a degree in electrical engineering, but he was very involved around campus as he continued to develop his artistic expression. He wrote and performed spoken word poetry all over campus and the City of Pittsburgh, as well as acting in University of Pittsburgh’s Theatre Department. Since then, Sleight has continued to hone his artistic talent and plans to continue writing performing and acting.
 

Bar Boheme
307 Fairview St
Houston TX 77006
713-529-1099

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, July 15

Montrose Center. The Head Doctor's Sunday Love Confession. The Punany Poets with Jessica Holter. Tickets: $35. 401 Branard St. 6-7:30pm

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

Showtime Bar & Lounge. Sunday Night Live (SNL). Open mic & featured reader. Feature: Poetically Courtney Lynn. DJ: Itz Magic. Hosted by Slim the Poet. 12706 North Fwy. 9pm

Monday, July 16

May Sarton died of breast cancer on July 16, 1995, in York, Maine at age 83. She was born in Belgium in 1912, and when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, her family fled to England and moved a year later to Boston. In her career as a writer she produced 17 books of poetry, 13 memoirs, 20 novels and two children's books. She was adamant that even though she wrote about her relationships with women, she was not a "lesbian poet." She was not covert about her orientation, but she worried while writing Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing in the mid-sixties that writing a central character who was a lesbian might turn some away from her previous successful writing. Instead, it was embraced as part of the growing rejection of homosexuality as being unnatural and unlawful.  died July 16, 1995, in York, Maine.

Tuesday, July 17

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, July 18

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, July 19

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

     

Friendswood Public Library Presents
Robin Davidson & Chuck Wemple

7-8pm

Robin Davidson, Houston's second poet Laureate, is a poet, translator and professor of English at University of Houston- Downtown. She is author of two poem chapbooks: Kneeling in the Dojo (Finishing Line Press) and City that Ripens on the Tree of the World (Calypso Editions), as well as the full collection, Luminous Other, recipient of The Ashland Poetry Press’s 2012 Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. She is co-translator with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska of The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska (Northwestern UP). She has received, among other awards, a Fulbright professorship at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and an NEA translation fellowship. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Common Knowledge, Gulf Coast, Paris Review, Poet Lore, qarrtsiluni, Tampa Review and Tupelo Quarterly.

Chuck Wemple is a poet and scientist living in Houston who has written poetry for over 23 years. Poetry has played a central part in his life since he stumbled into live readings by Yvgeny Yevtushenko and Robert Bly while he was studying geology at University of Montana. He is the former co-editor of the poetry review Spiky Palm and the president of Mutabilis Press. His work incorporates themes of mythology, magical realism and the occasional circus bear.

 

Friendswood Public Library
416 S Friendswood Dr
Friendswood TX 77546
281-482-7135

 

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

Five Nine Hookah Lounge. Real Tyme Improv Poetry & Open Mic. All poets/musicians/artists welcome at the open mic. Hosted by XoNe. 11786 Wilcrest Dr. 7-10pm

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

Friday, July 20

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, featuring xxx. Hosted by Black Snow and Rain. 425 West Gray. 8pm-12am

Saturday, July 21

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

Apollo Poetry Showcase

Doors Open, 7:30pm & Show  Is 8-10pm


Sol-Poetry joins forces with Poetry or Die founder Khalid The Poet to present Apollo @ MATCH, an exclusive poetry show aimed at highlighting some of Houston’s most talented and popular poets.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

 

MATCH Houston
3400 S Main St
Houston TX 77002
713-521-4533

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

Sunday, July 22

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

Showtime Bar & Lounge. Sunday Night Live (SNL). Open mic & featured reader. DJ: Itz Magic. Hosted by Slim the Poet. 12706 North Fwy. 9pm

Monday, July 23

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

Tuesday, July 24

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

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, July 25

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, July 26

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.

Five Nine Hookah Lounge. Real Tyme Improv Poetry & Open Mic. All poets/musicians/artists welcome at the open mic. Hosted by XoNe. 11786 Wilcrest Dr. 7-10pm

Poison Girl. Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Gulf Coast editors. 1641 Westheimer Rd. 8:30 pm

Friday, July 27

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

     

Ocotillo Review Presents
Readings From the Summer Edition

6:30-8:30pm


Poets and writers from around Texas will gather to read work published in the Summer Edition of The Ocotillo Review. Light fare will be served and copies of current and previous editions of the journal will be available. Performing literary artists include Russell Ashworth, Gabrielle Langley, Marc Hess, Rebecca Oxley, Diane Heath, Andrea Barbosa, Tony Burnett and others.

Hosted by Kallisto Gaia Press.

 

Visionary Heights
1331 Nicholson St
Houston TX 77008
832-530-4456

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

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, July 28

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, July 29

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 and open mic. 211 S Main St, Bryan TX. 8:30-11pm

Showtime Bar & Lounge. Sunday Night Live (SNL). Open mic & featured reader.  DJ: Itz Magic. Hosted by Slim the Poet. 12706 North Fwy. 9pm

Monday, July 30

Thomas Gray died on July 30, 1771, in Cambrodge, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried in St. Giles Chruchyard in Buckinghamshire where he had begun to write his masterpiece, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," a poem that over two and a half centuries after it was completed still resonates with its language, its tone, and its sense of the equality of death. Some of the phrases in the poem (such as "the paths of glory lead but to the grave" or "far from the madding crowd") have inspired other writers with their succinct power. Gray only published 13 poems in his lifetime, but this one poem is enough for continued indelibility.

Tuesday, July 31

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