The full website is continuing to expand and add information.

Please keep coming back as we add more events and information!

                     

 

 

Home Organizations Venues Submissions

Member Organizations

100 Thousand Poets for Change

Alianza Poetica Intercultural

Failure to Identify

First Friday

Gulf Coast Poets

Houston Poetry Fest

Houston Poetry Slam

Houston VIP Slam Team

Inprint

Invisible Lines

Meta-Four

Nuestra Palabra

poACTry Productions

The Poetic Den

Poison Pen Reading Series

Public Poetry

Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach

Speak!Poet

Voices Breaking Boundaries

Women in the Visual & Literary Arts (WiVLA)

Word Around Town (currently inactive)

Words & Art

Writers in the Schools (WITS)

Writespace

 

Supporting Members

Robin Davidson

Michel Hudson

Alex Wukman

Gwendolyn Zepeda

 

Poetry Calendars & Event Listings

ArtsHound - A Service of Houston Arts Alliance

Eventful

 

 

Texas Poetry Groups Facebook Pages

Active Poets & Writers

Gulf Coast Poets

Houston Poetry-Collective

Houston Poetry Scene

Poetry and Stuff

Poetry Events Happening Across the U.S.

Public Poetry

Spoken Words - Houston

Texas Poetry Community

Texas Poetry Events

Women in the Visual and Literary Arts

World Spoken Word & Poetry

Writers Board
 

 


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.


December 2018 - Jan 7 2019


Saturday, December 1

     

Public Poetry Reading Series
Presents Christopher Diaz, Cindy Huyser,
Reyes Ramirez, Sandi Stromberg

2-4pm

Christopher Diaz is a Chamorro poet, freelance photographer, and military veteran. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a B.A. in English, then served for six years as a Public Affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force. As a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools, he teaches performance poetry and creative writing to students across the city. He was the Grand Slam Champion and co-coach of Write About Now’s nationally-ranked 2017 slam poetry team. Recently, he earned a spot on the 2018 slam team and won the title of Grand Slam Champion again. He lives in Houston with his partner Emily and his dog Benny, and he serves the poetry community as an organizer, workshop facilitator, and video producer.

Cindy Huyser is a poet and photographer who lives in Austin. Her chapbook, Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems (Blue Horse Press, 2014), was co-winner of the 2014 Blue Horse Press Chapbook Contest. Layers (Plain View Press, 1994) also features 20 of her poems. Her poems, “Harvest” and “Letter to a Fugitive,” were recently nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and her poem “Pendulum” received a 2017 “Best of the Net” nomination. In 2013, she was special guest poet for the Austin International Poetry Festival. She has participated as a juried poet in the Houston Poetry Fest in 2011, 2015, and 2017, and was selected as the Houston Poetry Fest featured poet for 2012. In 2015, Cindy helped to keynote the Gulf Coast Power Association’s EmPOWERing Women Leadership Conference with a reading from Burning Number Five. Cindy co-edited Texas Poetry Calendar for Dos Gatos Press (dosgatospress.org) from 2009 – 2014 and will be editing the 2019 edition of Texas Poetry Calendar for its new publisher, Kallisto-Gaia Press. She also co-edited Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion Award.

Reyes Ramirez is a prize-winning writer and an educator. He has taught creative writing to underserved youth in Austin, Houston and Lockhart at universities, community centers, libraries and detention centers
and has poems, stories, essays and reviews published or forthcoming in Blue Mesa Review, Houston Noir, Gulf Coast Journal, Origins Journal, The Acentos Review, Cimarron Review, riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature, Front Porch Journal and elsewhere. Ramirez won the 2012 Sylvan Karchmer Fiction Prize, the 2014 riverSedge Poetry Prize and the 2017 Blue Mesa Review Nonfiction Contest. He is the program director for Barrio Writers in Houston, on the teaching staff of WITS, and copy edits for Arte Publico Press. He is a graduate of Harvard University Kennedy School for Public Leadership’s Latino Leadership Initiative and is currently working on a novel.

Sandi Stromberg is an award-winning poet and magazine feature writer. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Illya’s Honey, Colere, Borderlands, Main Street Rag’s anthology Crossing Lines, several regional anthologies—Improbable Worlds, The Weight of Addition and TimeSlice, as well as in several Texas Poetry Calendars and online at Sol Magazine and Ampersand Poetry Journal, among others. Stromberg guest edited Mutabilis Press’ anthology, Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston, one of 12 books chosen for the Houston Chronicle's 2017 Readers Challenge.She has been a juried poet eight times in the Houston Poetry Fest and serves on the board of Mutabilis Press, a poetry press in Houston, Texas.

____________________

 

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.

Mancuso Neighborhood Library
6767 Bellfort
Houston TX 77087
832-393-1920

 

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, December 2

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, December 3

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

Tuesday, December 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

Glass Mountain Issue #21
Launch Party

7pm

 

Celebrate the release of Glass Mountain Volume 21 at the back patio of Cafe Brasil. Featured readers are Cassandra Waggett, Daniellie Silva, Kinza Muzahir and Sophia Hashmi. And be sure to get a copy.


Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at University of Houston. This launch party will feature a reading by students published in the newest issue with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided.

 

Cafe Brasil
2604 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006
713-528-1993

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, December 5

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 Slam (cash prizes) or Open Mic. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

Thursday, December 6

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, December 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

Tony Hoagland Memorial Celebration

6pm


Join the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and Inprint for an evening to remember the wonderful poet, teacher and storyteller Tony Hoagland. Tony was a nationally renowned poet and critic and a faculty member of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, as well as being a beloved and active member of the Houston literary community. A group of writers from across the country will share poems and remembrances, including Robert Boswell, Erika Jo Brown, Carl Dennis, Carrie Fountain, Peter Harris, Niki Herd, Alex Alex Parsons and Kevin Prufer. Refreshments provided, as if Tony's memory is not refreshing enough--a bright light, a supportive soul, a strength of spirit with just the right touch of fragility.

There will also be a showing of a video of a reading and conversation featuring Tony Hoagland with poet Sharon Olds from the 2015/2016 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. The reading was supposed to have to taken place at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, but the April 2016 North American storm complex dumped nearly 20 inches of rain on the Houston area, causing widespread and devastating flooding and making transportation impossible. April of that year went on record and the wettest April in the recorded history of Houston. The video, however, is a pure delight. Check it out at the celebration of Tony's life and/or at this link:

Hoagland/Olds Video
 

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

 

     

First Friday Reading Series

Featured poet: Varsha Saraiya-Shah

8:30pm

Varsha Saraiya-Shah’s chapbook of poetry, VOICES, was published in the fall 2016 by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Cha, Borderlands, BorderSenses, Convergence and The Texas Observer, and in anthologies such as Between Heaven and Texas (University of Texas Press) and Five Inprint Poets. In October 2015, she was a poet-in-residence at Noepe, Martha’s Vineyard Center for Literary Arts. Currently, Saraiya-Shah serves as treasurer and member on the Mutabilis Press Board and on the advisory committee of WiVLA (Women in Visual and Literary Arts).

____________________

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, December 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

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

     

ESCRITORES EN LA CASA
Octavio Quintanilla

7pm


Inprint, Fuente Collective y Tintero Projects lo invitan a una lectura con el escritor Octavio Quintanilla como parte de la serie de lecturas en español, Escritores en la casa. La lectura es gratuita y abierta al público. Los libros del autor estarán disponibles para la venta durante el evento. Quintanilla es el autor de la colección de poemas, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) y Poet Laureate of San Antonio.


Inprint, Fuente Collective and Tintero Projects invite you to a reading with writer Octavio Quintanilla as part of the series of readings in Spanish, Escritores en la casa (Writers in the House). Reading is free and open to the public. The author's books will be available for sale during the event. Quintanilla is the author of the collection of poems, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and Poet Laureate of San Antonio.

 

Inprint House
1520 W Main
Houston TX 77006
713-521-2026

Sunday, December 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, December 10

Carolyn Kizer was born on December 10, 1925 in Spokane, Washington. Poet, essayist, and translator, her work is not stuck in one genre or form, yet still manages to have the individualistic strength of her feminism and breadth of knowledge, tinged often with wit and irony. Her many honors and awards include Pulitzer Prize, three Pushcarts, Frost Medal, Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. Her body of work includes nine poetry books, two books of essays and a book of translations from Chinese, Urdu, Macedonian, Hebrew and French-African. 

Tuesday, December 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, December 12

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 Slam (cash prizes) or Open Mic. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

Thursday, December 13

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, December 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, December 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

Sunday, December 16

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, December 17

John Greenleaf Whittier was born December 17, 1807, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was a poet, journalist, politician and dedicated abolitionist. He was highly regarded as a poet in his lifetime and one of the Fireside Poets, along with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, James Russell Lowell and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Perhaps his most often quoted lines are from his poem "Maud Muller":

     For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
     The saddest are these: "It might have been!"

Tuesday, December 18

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, December 19

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

Wednesday, December 19

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

Write About Now Poetry Slam
Featuring Erica Nicole

7:15-10:30pm

Featured performance by Erica Nicole and cash prizes for the top three slammers.

Erica Nicole is a Houston-based performance poet and a nurse specializing in adolescent psychiatry, who was originally from New York. She is a member of the 2017 Houston VIP Slam Team, which is ranked 5th in the nation. She slams regularly with Houston VIP and Write About Now.

She was a finalist in the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival and a semifinalist in the 2016 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. She has been published in 310 Brown Street's Texas Slamthology and Z Publishing House's Texas's Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. Recordings of her work can be found on the YouTube channels of Write About Now and The Shout Houston. (Bio not updated for 2018.)

____________________

Cover:  $5 cash   -   $6 card

____________________

Signups open to all. First come, first served.

1st place: $30
2nd place: $20
3rd place: $10

____________________

A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance. The high score and the low score are dropped and the rest are added to give the poet their score for that round. The scores are added across the rounds and a final score it tallied and the top 3 scores win cash prizes. 2 Rounds.

____________________

DO NOT PARK ON TAFT OR LOVETT WHERE THERE IS A PERMIT SIGN. DON'T PARK AT THE SHOPPING CENTER OR THE RESTAURANT NEXT DOOR ON EITHER SIDE. THEY WILL TOW YOU. YOU CAN VALET AT AVANTGARDEN. YOU CAN PARK IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND WALK A COUPLE OF BLOCKS. DON'T GIVE THE TOW TRUCKS YOUR MONEY. WATCH FOR NO PARKING SIGNS.

venue
address
Houston TX 770
phone

 

Thursday, December 20

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, December 21

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, December 22

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, December 23

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, December 24

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

Tuesday, December 25

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, December 26

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 Slam (cash prizes) or Open Mic. Hosted by Amir Safi. 411 Westheimer. $5 cover. 7:15-10:30pm

Thursday, December 27

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 ON THE LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

Russian-Jewish poet and essayist Osip Mandelstam died on December 27, 1938, at a transit camp near Vladivostok on his way to serve a 5-year sentence in a corrective-labor camp in Siberia. As he had once said, “Only in Russia poetry is respected--it gets people killed. Is there anywhere else where poetry is so common a motive for murder?” His wife, writer Nadezhda Mandelstam, devoted her life to saving his work from seizure and destruction all the while avoiding her own capture by the authorities.

Friday, December 28

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, December 29

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, December 30

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

Under the Volcano. Manifesto Showcase (poetry and music). Host: Kris Smith. Featured: Kris Smith, Muzak John, Shannon McCall Pendergrass, Marcel Wormsley, CJ Randolph. 2349 Bissonnet St. 8-11pm

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

Monday, December 31

The Darkling Thrush*

By Thomas Hardy


I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

*Written at the end of December 1900, as the century was ending.

 


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.


January 1-7 2019


 

Tuesday, January 1

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, January 2

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, January 3

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, January 4

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: Outspoken Bean

8:30pm

Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean is a poet, compassionate mentor and dedicated educator. From Trinidad to St. Louis and back to Houston he inspires others to find their voices. He is a Texas Poet Laureate nominee and Ranked 25th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2012. In 2006, he made the poetry slam teams for both San Antonio and Houston. In his senior year at Prairie View A&M, Bean founded and coached the University’s first poetry slam team. In their first year, they won the number one title in their region and an eighth place ranking in the country.

Bean has also worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Writers in the Schools, Houston’s Young Audiences: Arts for Learning, Texas Commission for the Arts and Houston Grand Opera. He serves as program director, lead coach and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a non-profit organization that uses reading, creative writing, poetry and performance techniques to increase literacy, instill critical thinking, intersect cultures and inspire leadership in today's youth.

____________________

 

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 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, January 5

     

Public Poetry Reading Series
Chenelle John, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell,
Ji Yoon Lee, Ayokunle Falomo

2-4pm

Ayokunle Falomo 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.

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.

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.

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.

____________________

 

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

 

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

 

Mod Coffeehouse. Write Thoughts Literary Group. Bring one or two poems or a short story. Works read, then discussed. Open invitation to any interested writers. 2126 Postoffice St., Galveston. 2-4:30pm

Writespace. Quiet Write-In. Members and workshop attendees for the day free. Others $5 (plus $1.59 fee): must be Registered Here. No walk-ins. 2000 A Edwards #212. NOTE: Difficult to find first time; click here for directions. 4:30-6pm

Sunday, January 6

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, January 7

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