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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.


Aug 15 - Sep 15 2018


Wednesday, August 15

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

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. Featured Readers and open mic. Bammel N Houston Rd. $2 cover. 7pm-12am

Avant Garden. Write About Now Poetry Open Mic. Featured: Alex Tha Great. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

     

Four Houston Slam Teams
Compete at 2018 National Poetry Slam

The National Poetry Slam is an annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four-to five-person teams from all over North America gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. NPS is the largest team performance poetry event in the world. Teams from all over North America, and a few from other places, converge in a different city every summer for five days of poetry, revelry and competition.

Houston is sending four slam teams to the competition: Houston Slam Team, Houston VIP Slam Team, Write About Now Slam Team and Gawd Slam.  Each preliminary bout in the national slam contains four teams. Each team competes in two preliminaries. For some reason, the organizers have placed Houston teams against each other in two preliminary competitions. Houston Slam and Houston VIP will face each other in one of the prelims, and Write About Now and Gawd Slam will compete in another. (Editor's note: Perhaps they fear the power of the Houston poetry scene.)

 

Preliminaries That Contain Houston Slam Teams

August 14, 7pm-
The Den Theatre - Mainstage (upstairs)
Teams : Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Houston Poetry Slam, Houston VIP

August 15, 7pm-
Collaboraction (The Pentagon Theatre)
Teams : Beltway Poetry Slam, Write About Now, Project X, dada slam

August 15, 7pm-
Emporium (Wicker Park location)
Teams : Gawd Slam!, Slamalamadingdong, Kansas City Poetry Slam, Root Slam

August 15, 9pm-
Chopin Theatre
Teams : Houston VIP, Austin Poetry Slam, Steel City Slam, Slammageddon

August 16, 9pm-
Open Books
Teams : Art Amok Slam, Write About Now, San Diego PoetrySLAM, Gawd Slam!

 

Congratulations to our Houston slammers
and the best of luck in the Windy City!

 

Thursday, August 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

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

     

Four Houston Slam Teams
Compete at 2018 National Poetry Slam

The National Poetry Slam is an annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four-to five-person teams from all over North America gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. NPS is the largest team performance poetry event in the world. Teams from all over North America, and a few from other places, converge in a different city every summer for five days of poetry, revelry and competition.

Houston is sending four slam teams to the competition: Houston Slam Team, Houston VIP Slam Team, Write About Now Slam Team and Gawd Slam.  Each preliminary bout in the national slam contains four teams. Each team competes in two preliminaries. For some reason, the organizers have placed Houston teams against each other in two preliminary competitions. Houston Slam and Houston VIP will face each other in one of the prelims, and Write About Now and Gawd Slam will compete in another. (Editor's note: Perhaps they fear the power of the Houston poetry scene.)

 

Preliminaries That Contain Houston Slam Teams

August 14, 7pm-
The Den Theatre - Mainstage (upstairs)
Teams : Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Houston Poetry Slam, Houston VIP

August 15, 7pm-
Collaboraction (The Pentagon Theatre)
Teams : Beltway Poetry Slam, Write About Now, Project X, dada slam

August 15, 7pm-
Emporium (Wicker Park location)
Teams : Gawd Slam!, Slamalamadingdong, Kansas City Poetry Slam, Root Slam

August 15, 9pm-
Chopin Theatre
Teams : Houston VIP, Austin Poetry Slam, Steel City Slam, Slammageddon

August 16, 9pm-
Open Books
Teams : Art Amok Slam, Write About Now, San Diego PoetrySLAM, Gawd Slam!

 

Congratulations to our Houston slammers
and the best of luck in the Windy City!

Friday, August 17

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

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Victoria Surliuga

6pm


Shadow (Translated from the Italian by Alessandro Carrera and Giorgio Mobili) is Victoria Surliuga’s new book of poetry in bilingual Italian-English format. The fragmentation of the self and a divided attention towards life are the main themes addressed. Surliuga’s poems reflect on existence and death, the shortcomings of childhood’s happy memories, and the inability to accept one’s body as the sole identity bearer.

Surliuga moves freely from descriptions of the world’s surface down to the depths where life and dreams cannot be told apart. Hers are poems of hope, aiming to reassemble one’s voice in life, find the center for consciousness within the body, and give a new foundation to one’s perception of the world.

Five artworks by Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo enhance the abstract contours of the poems while accompanying the reader though a journey of reflection about the value of one’s past and its impact on the present. “The choir of children abandoned / in the woods yells, ‘leave us here’,” Surliuga writes, while “at night powder grains / floated in the chiseled air.”

 

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

Saturday, August 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

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

Sunday, August 19

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, August 20

Salvatore Quasimodo was born in Sicily on August 20, 1901, and became one the foremost Italian poets of the Twentieth Century. He began his serious career in poetry when he was almost 30 and became fully devoted to poetry as his life’s work in 1938. He won numerous honors, including the Etna-Taormina International Prize in Poetry in 1953 (along with Dylan Thomas) and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1959.

Tuesday, August 21

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

Featuring interviews with leading authors and new voices in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memorias, teatro and musica with insights into the Latino literary Renaissance in all its splendor. Hosted by Tony Diaz.

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

 

Fix Coffeebar. Poetry Fix. Featured Poets who read and are interviewed, as well as an open mic. Emcee Mike Alexander. 415 Westheimer. 6:30pm POETRY FIX DOES NOT OCCUR IN AUGUST. IT WILL RETURN IN SEPTEMBER.

Cafe Luxor. Slam Houston. Hosted by Nikki Da Kidd. $5 to sit. Free to spit. 3720 Washington Ave. 7-10pm 

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

Wednesday, August 22

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

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. Featured Readers and open mic. Bammel N Houston Rd. $2 cover. 7pm-12am

Avant Garden. Write About Now Erotic Poetry Slam (cash prizes). Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

Thursday, August 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.

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

Friday, August 24

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

Library Coffee & Wine House. Paint n' Poetry Open Mic. Presented by 2R Poetry. Hosted by Gawd Slam. 2612 Scott St. 7-9pm

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, August 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

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, August 26

Kevin Dapree Presents
Power of Forgiveness
HeART&Soul Vol. 107

5-8pm

Join heART&SOUL as artists come together on the open mic to speak life into the power of forgiveness and the reality of working towards change and healing. Process will be interpreted through song, poetry and storytelling, a sure way to define the power of forgiveness.

5:00pm-6:00pm: The Mixer
Experience the sound of DJ LoQi spinning the hottest neo soul and R&B music to stimulate your mind, body and soul as you mix with others in anticipation of the experience.

6:00pm-8:00pm: The Experience
The experience features an open mic of artists ready to spark stories about life and love and everything inbetween. This open mic always brings the heat.


Cover:$10

 

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

Indigo at Midtown. Poetry Lounge Open Mic. Poetry performances, acoustic sets and live DJ. Hosted by Se7en, Joe P and Nikki Da Kidd. Tickets (Eventbrite): Advance $10; Door $15. 2117 Chenevert St. 6-10pm

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

Monday, August 27

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

Tuesday, August 28

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, August 29

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

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. Featured Readers and open mic. Bammel N Houston Rd. $2 cover. 7pm-12am

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

Avant Garden. Write About Now Poetry Open Mic. Featuring Gawd Slam. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover.

Thursday, August 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, August 31

Charles Baudelaire died on August 31, 1867, in Paris. His most famous work was the book Les Fleurs du mal for which both Baudelaire and his publisher were successfully prosecuted for offenses against public decency. His poetry-prose style and dangerous content (sex, death, perversion, the corruption caused by urbanism, and other such subjects that were considered either taboo or simply tasteless) thrilled many but scandalized many more. He was never good with money, smoked opium, drank excessively, contracted venereal diseases and changed the face of poetry.

 


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.


Sep 1 - 15  2018


 

Saturday, September 1

     

Public Poetry Reading Series

2-4pm


Ji Yoon Lee is a poet and translator and winner of the Joanna Cargill Prize, 2014. Her books include Foreigner’s Folly (Coconut Books, 2014), Funsize/Bitesize (Birds of Lace, 2013), IMMA (Radioactive Moat, 2012), and Cheer Up, Femme Fatale (Action Books, 2015). Her poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote Journal, Eleven Eleven Literary Journal, The Volta, PANK Magazine, Seven Corners Poetry, The Animated Reader, &Now Awards 3, and more. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame.

The poetry of Tamara Nicholl-Smith, a Houston native, has appeared on two Albuquerque city bus panels, one parking meter, numerous radio shows, and was the focus of a spoken-word classical piano fusion CD. Her poems have been published in anthologies including From the Page to the Stage and Back Again, Harwood Poetry Anthology and the 2014 Houston Poetry Festl Anthology.
She was Albuquerque’s first female 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 semifinals. Along with leading poetry workshops, she has been featured at poetry readings across the country.

José Ramón Ruisánchez is associate professor of Latin American literature and creative writing at University of Houston. He has published five novels, a book-length personal essay, and numerous academic texts, mostly on Mexican literature. He is the editor of the Mexican Poetry Section for the Handbook of Latin American Studies of the Library of Congress since 2014. He occasionally delves in English verse.

Chenelle John is an emerging poet and MFA (poetry) candidate at Sam Houston State University. She is a US Virgin Islands native and has lived in Texas since she was 18. Chenelle has been well received in both her poetry and dance performances, and she is preparing to dive into the world of poetry publication very soon. Her poems focus on West African and Afro-Caribbean mythologies and religions.

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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

The Poetic Den Presents
Poetry Exclusive "New Edition"
Rescheduled From June

6-10pm

The Poetic Den presents "New Edition" giving a little bit of love back to one of the greatest groups of our time. You don’t have to worry with your host Mr. Reverse It and DJ Rhemarkable in the mix. We’re going all the way back with you. Don’t be counted out!!

Special Guest: Petty Poet

Performing Poets:
-- Mr. Reverse It
-- Siraj
-- Phenix Fire
-- Shacolby Shantell
-- Max
-- Bro. Malcolm
-- Lady 380


21+ and up ($5/$7 Online Pre-Sale | $15 @ Door)

Tickets

 

Cafe 4212
4212 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77004
713-522-4212

Sunday, September 2

MKT Bar (Inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods). MAC Houston Open Mic. 1001 Austin. 5:30-8pm

Indigo at Midtown. Poetry Lounge Open Mic. Poetry performances, acoustic sets and live DJ. Hosted by Se7en, Joe P and Nikki Da Kidd. Tickets (Eventbrite): Advance $10; Door $15. 2117 Chenevert St. 6-10pm

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

Monday, September 3

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

 

Tuesday, September 4

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

8:30-11pm

Wednesday, September 5

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

LIREC Movement Creative &
Invisible Lines Present
A Houston Fringe Festival Event:
Maraposa

7:30pm

An immersion into poetry, music, dance, motherhood and flight.

The four elements of nature--fire, water, air and earth--stir, animate, recombine and evolve as life moves through the stages of love in the bonds between lover and lover, creator and community, soul and nature, and finally mother and child.

"Mariposa: The Poetry and Chrysalis of Sharon Olson" is a multi-artist collaboration, exploring the metamorphosis of passion, sex, pregnancy, and motherhood through dance, music, voice, and the poetry of Houston artist Sharon Olson.

Choreography by E.D. Williams
Original music by Genesis Guajardo, Kathryn Fay, E.D. Williams
Engineering by Michael Hollander and Remy Dillenseger

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Tickets: $10

Also on Thursday, September 6, at 8:30pm

 

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

 

Thursday, September 6

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

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

LIREC Movement Creative &
Invisible Lines Present
A Houston Fringe Festival Event:
Maraposa

7:30pm

An immersion into poetry, music, dance, motherhood and flight.

The four elements of nature--fire, water, air and earth--stir, animate, recombine and evolve as life moves through the stages of love in the bonds between lover and lover, creator and community, soul and nature, and finally mother and child.

"Mariposa: The Poetry and Chrysalis of Sharon Olson" is a multi-artist collaboration, exploring the metamorphosis of passion, sex, pregnancy, and motherhood through dance, music, voice, and the poetry of Houston artist Sharon Olson.

Choreography by E.D. Williams
Original music by Genesis Guajardo, Kathryn Fay, E.D. Williams
Engineering by Michael Hollander and Remy Dillenseger

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Tickets: $10

Also on Thursday, September 6, at 8:30pm

 

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

 

Friday, September 7

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: Michael J. Galko

8:30pm

Michael J. Galko is an associate professor of genetics at MD Anderson Cancer Center. His laboratory studies wound healing and pain, as does his poetry. He has lived about a third of his life each in New England, California and Texas. He has recently had poems published or accepted at The Red River Review, Poetry WTF!?, Failed Haiku, bottle rockets, Right Hand Pointing, The Ocotillo Review, The Red Eft Review and The Mojave River Review. In 2016 he was a juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest.

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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, September 8

Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Poetry Society of Texas: Gulf Coast Poets monthly Meeting. Featured reader: TBA. 1029 W Bay Area Blvd, Webster TX. 10:30am

Performance: Cell Lust | a body

2-3pm


Emilý Æyer and Traci Lavois Thiebaud partner with music, poetry, light installation and animated collage to evoke mindful wonderings on subjects of death, gender, and what it means to be human. An ephemeral exploration of gender, sex and relationships through word, light and sound as told by the celestial bodies of the universe.

As the performers personify these non-binary entities, they propose a future in which our earthly forms derive meaning outside of polarity and instead align with the fluidity of the cosmos. Realizing this future forces a necessary rewiring of social beliefs that rely on the constructs of the binary.

This performance continues CAMH’s legacy of showcasing new performance work within the gallery space. Cell Lust | a body will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition Stage Environment: You Didn’t Have to Be There.

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Emilý Æyer is a vocalist who lives, works, and creates in Houston. She has studied vocal performance for over 20 years. Æyer works as a vocalist, freelance writer, and figure model. Her original music has been featured almost exclusively in the underground circuit via the variety show Carol, co-created by Traci Lavois Thiebaud.

Traci Lavois Thiebaud is a writer, multimedia artist, director, producer and performer. She studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. Currently Thiebaud produces video and live creative content with Dinolion, and teaches improv comedy at BETA Theater.

 

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd
Houston TX 77006
713-284-8250

 

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

Rudyard's British Pub. Second Saturday Open Mic. Hosted by Outspoken Bean. 2010 Waugh Dr. 5-7pm

Sunday, September 9

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, September 10

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) was born on September 10, 1886, in Bethlehem, PA. She was a leading poet of the imagist movement, along with Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. she was also a novelist and memoirist. Despite her brilliance and literary output, she was one of the victims of male critics in the early to mid 20th century who tended to erase women from literary history. She was rediscovered in the seventies and hailed not only for the strength of her feminism but for her exquisite use of language. She lived most of the last part of her life in Switzerland, but she did travel to the US in 1960 to receive an American Academy of Arts and Letters medal. In September of 1961, she died of a stroke and her remains were buried in the city of her birth.

Tuesday, September 11

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

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, September 12

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, September 13

Tintero Projects in Association With MFAH Presents
Readings & Workshop Series:
Art + Poetry: A Walkabout Literary Experience
In Cullen Sculpture Garden

7-9pm

Join Tintero Projects: Readings & Workshop Series and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to enjoy a one-of-a-kind literary event. The MFAH and Tintero Projects host five notable Houston poets and writers in an exploration of the Cullen Sculpture Garden.

Join in a walkabout reading, and experience the sculpture garden in a new way: through the words of some of Houston’s most exciting writers. Traverse the space as each poet reads or performs a literary work inspired by one of the many sculptures.

Arrive a little early to enjoy drinks, food-truck bites and music at Happy Hour Thursday, 5 to 8 pm.

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Kevin Chavez is a current senior at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston. Kevin is a lyricist, musician and poet with several pieces published in the Iconoclast Artist teen poetry anthology, They Say. Kevin hopes to pursue a career in creative writing and would like to attend University of Texas.

Ayokunle Falomo's work has been featured in print and online numerous times, including in Glass Mountain, Berkeley Poetry Review, The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media, Pressure Gauge Press, Write About Now, Mantra Review, Santa Fe Writers Project and Barzakh Magazine. He is the recipient of MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and his poems have been selected as finalists or winners for Fourteen Hills Press' Stacy Doris Memorial Award, Flypaper Magazine's Music Poetry Contest, The OffBeat's Poetry Contest and Nimrod Journal's The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry.

Cristina Martinez is a spoken word artist whose work has been featured on We Are Mitú and HuffPost Latinos. Cristina has had the privilege of competing in Red Stick Regional Slam, Red Alert, and Southern Fried Poery Slam in 2018. She has performed with Houston’s Public Poetry at public libraries, The T.R.U.T.H. Project at MATCH, an installment at Station Museum and a cast member for a staged reading of Just Like Us by Karen Zacarías at Stages Theatre.

Jonathan Moody holds an MFA from University of Pittsburgh. He’s also a Cave Canem graduate fellow whose poetry has appeared in various publications such as African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands, Boston Review, The Common, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast and Harvard Review Online. Moody is the author of The Doomy Poems (Six Gallery Press, 2012). Olympic Butter Gold, his second collection, won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize.

Dulcie David Veluthukaran is a writer, educator and poetry activist. Dulcie first arrived on the slam scene in 2005, and has tinkered with spoken word intermittently since. She has been on Team Ballabajoomba (2006, 2007), Houston VIP (2014, 2015, 2016) and worked with adult and youth teams in a coaching capacity. Dulcie is part of multiple writing cohorts and is currently  supporting writing instruction in Houston schools.

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A tranquil oasis of art and nature, the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden showcases masterworks of 20th- and 21st-century sculpture by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Dan Graham, Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin and David Smith.

Information about the garden, parking and public transportation.

 

Cullen Sculpture Garden
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

900 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

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

Friday, September 14

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, September 15

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

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