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May 2019


Wednesday, May 1

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, May 2

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, May 3

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: Jane Chance

8:30pm

Jane Chance is the author of two poetry books: Only Begetter, (White Violet Press, 2014) and The Middle Ages (Finishing Line Press, 2018). She has had 10 books published in the area of medieval mythography, and her poetry has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, including Antigonish Review, Ariel, Dalhousie Review, Degenerates: Voices for Peace, Harbinger Asylum, Icarus (Trinity College Dublin), Ilanot Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Literary Review, Lyric, New America (Women Artists and Writers of the Southwest), Nimrod, Poet Lore, Quartet, Southern Humanities Review, Texas Poetry Calendar 2016 and 2018 and Wascana Review. She is the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, Rice University.

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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, May 4

     

Public Poetry Reading Series Presents

2-4pm

Christopher Flakus grew up in Mexico and has spent many years in Texas, including studying literature at St. Edward's University in Austin and University of St. Thomas in Houston. He is a poet, video-journalist and prose writer. His work has been published and/or presented in numerous magazines, blogs and anthologies, including Huffington Post, The Telegraph (UK), Indietronica, Black Heart Magazine, Glass: A Journal of The Arts, The Refined Savage, In Recovery Magazine and Outlaw Poetry. In addition, he was the co-editor of the punk poetry zine Cracked Mirror Repair.

Laura Pena was born and raised in Houston. She holds a BA in English literature and an MA in education. She has been published in di-vêrsé-city, Boundless, Houston Poetry Fest Anthologies, Bayou Review, Harbinger Asylum, Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, 13 Poets and Texas Poetry Calendar. She is the author of My Opaque Heart. Laura is past president and current recording secretary of Gulf Coast Poets, as well as being a member of The Poetry Society of Texas, Academy of American Poets and The Writer’s League of Texas.

Gabrielle Langley was a recipient of the Vivian Nellis Memorial Award for Creative Writing, a featured poet at Houston Poetry Fest, an ARTlines national poetry finalist and named one of "Five Poets You Need to Know About" in HuffPost. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Harbinger Asylum, Eunoia Review, GW Review, The Hatchet and Round Top Poetry Anthology. Currently, she has been touring with her new poetry collection  Azaleas on Fire (Sable Books, 2019). During the day, Langley works as a mental health professional. To safeguard her own mental health, she writes poetry and dances Argentine tango at night.

Ebony Stewart is a touring performance artist and slam poet who has been active in the central Texas slam poetry scene and theater community for over a decade. She had coached multiple award-winning slam teams and is herself a three-time Slam Champion in Austin, as well as having been voted Top Female Touring Poet by the Spoken Word Awards. 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. She  was crowned co-champion of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work can be seen on Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry and Poetry Slam Inc. Her poems also appear in several online magazines including For Harriet, Teen Vogue and Texas Observer.

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This series is an outpouring of poetry that fuses award-winning Houston poets, spoken word artists, academics, local and regional poets and a WITS student. It also features an open mic. To participate, bring a favorite poem (your own or another poet) to read at halftime.

 

Oak Forest Neighborhood Library
1349 W 43rd St
Houston TX 77018
832-393-1960

 

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, May 5

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

Why I Am Like Tequila- Book Launch
Hosted by Jasminne Mendez & Lupe Mendez

Doors open 6:45pm - Event: 7-9pm

 

Están invitados a una noche de celebración para el poeta Lupe Méndez.

Lupe Mendez is a poet/editor/educator/activist originally from Galveston. He works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and to organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. He is a founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub.

In addition to over 15 years of experience as a performance poet, Lupe is internationally published in book and online, including Norton’s Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Stories From the United States and Latin America, The Bayou Review, Flash, Huizache, Luna Luna magazine, La Noria, Glassworks and Gulf Coast Journal.

Lupe Mendez' debut poetry collection Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019) is now out, and he would like his entire community to be there to celebrate this milestone accomplishment. Come acknowledge and applaud a decade's worth of work by this fine member of the poetry community. In addition to the featured poets, there will be food, drinks, music, book sales, a signing and perhaps a surprise or two.

A last-minute message from Jasminne Mendez: Hi everyone! Just wanted to give you all a quick update on how tomorrow’s book sales will work: (Books will be $18.00 even, no taxes. We’ll accept cash, checks, card, Zelle, CashApp, Venmo and Mexican pesos.

Seating is first-come-first-served, so if you need a seat, be sure to come early.

Featured performers are Tania Carrillo, Kevin, Chavez, Ayokunle Falomo, Christina Martinez and Johnathan Moody. Hosted by Natasha Carrizosa.

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For more info, check out Lupe's book-launch Facebook Page

 

Rec Room, #140C
100 Jackson St
Houston TX 77002
713-344-1291

 

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

Monday, May 6

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

Tuesday, May 7

Houston Noir Book Launch
Hosted by Murder by the Book

6:30-8pm

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

This anthology of stories is edited by Houston's first poet laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda and contains stories by Houston's third and fourth poets laureate, Deborah DEEP Mouton and Leslie Contreras Schwartz, respectively.

Also at the event to celebrate the release are Tom Abrahams, Stephanie Jaye Evans, Reyes Ramirez, Icess Fernandez Rojas and Sehba Sarwar.

Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet St
 Houston TX 77005
713-524-8597

 

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 Americana. Bayou City Showcase Songwriters Night. Poets are very much welcome! Host: Mark Zeus. 2957 Bingle Rd. 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

Wednesday, May 8

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

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), featuring Reema Yeager. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

Thursday, May 9

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, May 10

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, May 11

Gulf Coast Poets Monthly Meeting
Featuring Ce Jac

10:30am

Ce Jac will be the featured poet this month. She was one of the cast of poets in Weasel Patterson's 2015 documentary Poetry Is Dead! The cast included other area poets as well: Thomas Ames, Christopher Carmona, Isaac Chavarria, Ce Jac, Brian Kehinde, Dustin Pickering, Amy L. Sasser, Melissa Studdard, William S. Tribell and Z.M. Wise.

Open mic and lunch to follow.

 

Barnes & Noble-Baybrook
1029 W Bay Area Blvd
Webster TX 77598
281-554-8224

 

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, May 12

xnotsuoH and Yanis Bratlien present:
The Poetry of Koraly Dimitriadis

4-5pm


Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian writer and actor. She is the author of the Australian poetry bestseller Love and Fuck Poems and the recent Just Give Me The Pills, and together they form the basis for her theatre show Saying The Wrong Things. Koraly has also made a short film series of her poems called The Good Greek Girl Film Project. She is a freelance opinion writer and has also been published in The Washington Post.

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Opening poets are Natasha Rosofsky and Thomas Harter:

Natasha Rosofsky, in reply to "Who would like you to know that when asked for a three line bio" said: "Natasha enjoys chess, wine, and bourbon. Worked in the nonprofit world most of her career helping animals and families. Has been writing poetry for 9 years."

Thomas Harter offered: "The notoriously elusive Thomas Harter is, in his own words, 'a small poet not well known, not young. Grateful for praise, thanks.'"

 

notsuoH
314 Main St
Houston TX 77002
713-409-4750

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

Monday, May 13

   

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Of Color: Poets' Ways of Making
With Ching-In Chen, Amanda Galvan Huynh, & Addie Tsai

6pm

This collection asks:
How do poets of color come to know what they do about their art and practice? How do they learn from and teach others? For poets of color, what does the relationship of “what one knows” have, with conditions extending but not limited to publishing, mentorship and pedagogy, comradeship and collegiality, friendship, love, and possibility? Is one a real poet if one does not have an MFA? For minority poets not considered part of the mainstream because of the combined effects of their ethnic, class, racial, cultural, linguistic, and other identities, what should change in order to accord them the space and respect they deserve? How best can they discuss with and pass on what they have learned to others?

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Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press; AK Press) and Here is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press). A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. They serve as poetry editor of the Texas Review and on the Executive Board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts as the Director of Membership and Social Media.

Amanda Galvan Huynh is the author of the chapbook Songs of Brujería (Big Lucks Press). She has received scholarships and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Sundress Academy for the Arts, NY Summer Writers Institute, and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She is a winner of a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award, and a finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poetry can be read in RHINO Poetry, Muzzle Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, and The Southampton Review.

Addie Tsai teaches courses in literature, creative writing, and humanities at Houston Community College. She collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankenstein and Camille Claudel, among others. Addie received her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and received her PhD in Dance at Texas Woman’s University. Her writing has been published in Banango Street, The Offing, The Collagist, The Feminist Wire and elsewhere. She is the nonfiction editor at The Grief Diaries and senior associate editor in poetry at The Flexible Persona.

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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

 

Jaime Torres Bodet, who committed suicide on May 13, 1974, was a poet, novelist, educator and diplomat who has been considered one of Mexico’s major literary figures in the 20th century. His publications include a raft of poems in journals and anthologies as well as at least 18 collections and six novels. As a diplomat, he held multiple prestigious posts, including Mexico's ambassador to France and director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He was gravely ill with cancer when he died.

Tuesday, May 14

Art of Coffee (Clear Lake). Dirty Bay Poetry Open Mic. Original work of favorite poems. 1849 El Dorado Blvd. 6-8pm

     

Poetry Fix Presents
 Loueva Smith & The Fabulous Billie Duncan

6:30-8pm

Loueva Smith is an award-winning poet and artist collaborator. Consequences of a Moonless Night (Texas Review Press, 2016) won the Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize, and her plays, Wounded Woman Fashion Show and Bruna Bunny and Baby Girl, were performed at The Houston Fringe Festival in 2008 and 2009. She is also the author of The Book of Wool and Fur a handmade fur-covered collection of love poems created for the 2010 Houston Fringe Festival. Her collaborations include poetry as narration in Shamed, a dance film by Frame Dance Production, choreographed by Lydia Hance, that has been painted into nude watercolors by Cookie Wells for the artists' 2015 show, Body Language. This collaboration become a group submission to REELpoetry/HoustonTX, Houston's first international poetry film festival, which was a curated selection for the festival. She is one of four contributors, Larry D. Thomas, Jack B. Bedell, Sarah Cortez and Loueva Smith, along with Dan Streck, photographer, in the ekphrastic volume, Vanishing Points: Poems And Photographs Of Texas Roadside Memorials. In 2018, her poem "The Dead Weight of Dogs," was a finalist in the Rattle poetry contest.

Billie Duncan is a popular performance poet and author of four poetry books, including Beneath the Desk (acquired by Brown University for inclusion in the Harris Collection of American Poems and Plays) and Requiem for the Plastic Clown (which won the Weasel Press Chapbook Competition). Duncan is also a journalist, photographer and artist, and her poems, articles, columns, photography and artwork have been published in numerous journals, anthologies, magazines and newspapers. She is satellite events coordinator for Houston Poetry Fest and director of Houston Poetry Summit, as well as promoting and consulting for many other poetry organizations. She is an award-winning actress and has directed and/or choreographed numerous plays, pageants and contests. Her script for The World's Most Beautiful Transsexual (Las Vegas) was the basis for the Showtime special, Trantasia. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her poetry collection, When I Am Young Again, and continuing her book-length poetic volume Children of the River, which chronicles the La Salle expedition to the Texas Gulf Coast using multiple poetic forms.

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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

 

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

The Americana. Bayou City Showcase Songwriters Night. Poets are very much welcome! Host: Mark Zeus. 2957 Bingle Rd. 8pm

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 15

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

Write About Now Presents
Lupe Mendez

7:15-10:30pm

Lupe Mendez will be reading from his new poetry collection, Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019). He is an internationally published writer/educator/activist; CantoMundo, Macondo, and Emerging Poets Incubator fellow; and co-founder of the Librotraficante Caravan. He works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say to create literary events, opportunities and workshops. He is the founder of Tintero Projects, which works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region. He has almost two decades of experience as a performance poet and has opened up for such notable writers as Dagoberto Gilb, Oscar Casarez, Esmeralda Santiago and the late Raul Salinas. He has performed his poetry in such diverse spaces as Holocaust Muesum (Houston,TX), the Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts (San Francisco, CA), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque,NM) and the Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin,TX).

His writing is included in Norton's Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories From the United States and Latin America, the 25th anniversary edition of The Bayou Review (University of Houston-Downtown) and Flash (University of Chester, England), the international forum for flash fiction, as well as in numerous other journals, magazines and anthologies. His poetry collection, Why I Am Like Tequila, is forthcoming from Willow Books. He is the co-host, along with writer Jasminne Mendez, of the literary podcast, Ink Well.

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 Hosted by Amir Safi
$5 cover

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venue
address
Houston TX 770
phone

 

Notsuoh Ekim Nepo
Featuring Lex + Adrian

7:30-11pm

Notsuoh has officially kicked off a new open mic series. Cleverly titled Notsuoh Ekim Nepo, the series began on April 16. It will continue on all third Wednesdays, starting today, May 15.

All genres are welcome, including all areas of poetry. A list of possibilities includes lectures, group exercise routines, guided meditations, sales pitches, tap routines, original acoustic jamz, harmonica solo sets, pickle recipe demonstrations, magic tricks, ventriloquism, celebrity impersonations, and on and on. All acts are limited to 8 minutes tops.

Emcee is Yanis Bratlien, facilitated in collaboration with Julia Claire Wallace. The featured artist is Lex + Adrian.

Admission is free, but the organizers ask that you show your support by buying a drink for yourself and your favorite act and have some cash to put in the hat for the featured artist.

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Signup is 7:30-8pm

Feature is 8-8:20pm

Open Mic is 8:30-11pm
 

notsuoH
314 Main St
Houston TX 77002
713-409-4750

 

Thursday, May 16

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, May 17

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

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

Saturday, May 18

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

I.A.G and Sean Johnson Arts Present
2nd Annual Painting Poetry

Doors Open 6pm, Show Runs 7-9pm

This year I.A.G has linked up with Sean Johnson Arts for a night of live poetry, music and art, as well as starting the night out with an open mic welcoming poets, singers, dancers, comedians--hosted by Self the Poet.

Open mic participants are advised that is is best to sign up in advance.

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Tickets: $5 preorder -- $10 at the door

Cash App $goddessfe
Or $seanjohnsonarts

 

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

 

The Outspoken Bean & Woke and Half Asleep Present
Plus Fest 2019

7pm-1am

Plus Fest is the one-day interdisciplinary art experience that celebrates raw, innovative, and high-caliber artistic experience and will highlight spoken-word poetry. Plus Fest aims to break down barriers around artistic disciplines so that new works can be created while every one parties.

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SCHEDULE
7:30pm - Festival opens
8:00pm - DAL - Stories of Black Motherhood.
8:45pm - Panel Discussion
9:30pm - Jasmine Man’s Podcast
10:00pm - Jasmine Mans Live Performance

10:30pm ---------------- INTERMISSION -------------------

11:00pm - Trap Thomas
11:45pm - DJ Sly Fox
12:00am - Intermittent Poetry/Good grooves

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TICKETS

 

Winston Contemporary Art
2426 Bartlett Street, Suite D
Houston TX 77098
832-380-4421

 

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

Sunday, May 19

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, May 20

     

Houston Poet Laureate Reception
Honoring New Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz

6pm

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a poet, essayist and prose writer. Her 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 (Saint Julian Press, March 2016) 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 is included in the just-released Houston Noir (Akashic Press, 2019) anthology, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda. She is currently an interviews editor at American Microreviews and Interviews, works as a writing instructor for Writespace and is a key member of the Houston Poetry Fest Satellite Events Subcommittee.

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Reception RSVP

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The Houston Poet Laureate Program is developed and coordinated by the Houston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The Houston Poet Laureate Program is funded by the City of Houston City’s Initiative Grant Program.


Julia Ideson Building
550 McKinney St
Houston TX 77002
832-393-1662

Tuesday, May 21

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 Americana. Bayou City Showcase Songwriters Night. Poets are very much welcome! Host: Mark Zeus. 2957 Bingle Rd. 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

Wednesday, May 22

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

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, May 23

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.

 

Manifesto Entertainment Presents
Manifesto Form & Bev's Tasty Tipsy Treats
8-11pm

An evening of music and poetry will be in effect. This segment will be hosted by Kris Smith. Also there will be some scrumptious goodies served by Beverly Carthern founder of Bev's Tipsy Treats.

Performing:
Kris Smith
Shannon Mc Call Pendergrass
Stevi Rae
Downtown Dave tonight
Bonita Frisco
Pigeontoad
Zenith Roell
The Black S


(And possibly more)

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$5 admission

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Super Happy Fun Land
3801 Polk
Houston TX 77003
713-880-2100

 

Friday, May 24

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

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 25

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

Iconoclast Sessions Presents
Summer Poetry Fundraiser For
Speak Up Speak Out Youth Poetry Slam

7-10pm

This summer in Galveston, Iconoclast Artists will host Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO), a regional youth poetry slam. They are expecting teams from Houston, Dallas and Austin, as well as from Greensboro, North Caroline and Tampa, Florida. SUSO provides a platform for young artists to speak and be heard while connecting with youth from other communities.

The Summer Poetry Fundraiser will raise funds to help cover lodging and food for youth participating in the SUSO slam. Proceeds will help support the cost of the this two-day youth poetry slam while keeping the slam free and open to the public.

The Summer Poetry Fundraiser will include a night of poetry from some of Houston and Galveston’s most talented poets as well as a silent auction.

For information regarding sponsorships and/or donations contact Iconoclast Sessions.

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Tickets

General Admission Adult: $20
Includes reserved seating and BYOB privileges.
Must show ID.

General Admission College Discount: $15

Student (K-12): $5.00

Dinner Table (10 Tickets): $500
Includes dinner for 10, name of sponsor or organization printed on program, and sponsorship recognition on Iconoclast Artists' website and social media.

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Iconoclast Artists is a non-profit organization that uses creative arts and social emotional learning to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

 

Roof Garden
2214 Strand St
Galveston TX 77550
409-762-5921

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

Sunday, May 26

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, May 27

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

Tuesday, May 28

Art of Coffee (Clear Lake). Dirty Bay Poetry Open Mic. Original work of favorite poems. 1849 El Dorado Blvd. 6-8pm

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

Barnes & Noble-Baybrook. Poetry Reading and Open Mic Group. Featured reader followed by open mic. 1029 W Bay Area Blvd, Webster TX. 7:30pm

The Americana. Bayou City Showcase Songwriters Night. Poets are very much welcome! Host: Mark Zeus. 2957 Bingle Rd. 8pm

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 29

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, May 30

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.

Poison Girl. Poison Pen Reading Series. 1641 Westheimer Rd. 8:30 pm

Friday, May 31

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