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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.


Oct 21 - Nov 21, 2018


Sunday, October 21

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 Form. Emceed by Kris Smith. 2349 Bissonnet. 8-10:30pm

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

Poetic Den & Reverse It Magazine Present
Poetry Special: Butterfly Effect

6-10pm

Everything is cause and effect... Experience the movement when selfish needs meet desires of the heart! The effects are devastating. Hosted by Mr. Reverse It with DJ Rheamarkable in the Mix!

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Performing Poets:
- Bro. Malcolm
- Max
- Siraj
- Tha Ugly Truth
- Zen Ase
- P.O.E.T P.I.M.P
- Chris Cantu

21 and up

Tickets: $5 Pre-Sale | $10 @ Door

 

Cafe Luxor-Hookah Bar & Grill
3730 Washington Ave
Houston TX 77007
713-864-0000

Monday, October 22

Richard Hugo died of leukemia on October 22, 1982, in Seattle, Washington. He was a fairly minor American poet whose work centered on the economic depression of the Northwest. His published work included almost a dozen books of poems, two books of essays and a mystery novel. He taught creative writing at University of Montana and became head of the creative writing program there. He suffered depression, loneliness and alcoholism. Hugo House, a writing center in Seattle is named after him.

Tuesday, October 23

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, October 24

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

Femme Open Mic & Slam
Hosted by Ebony Stewart

7:30-10:30pm

 

This is an open mic and slam featuring some of the dopest women, non-binary, and femme poets around the Houston area.

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Ebony Stewart has been a touring performance arts spoken word poet and active artist in the Central Texas slam poetry scene and theater arts community for over 10 years. The only adult female three-time slam champion in Austin, she has shared stages with many brilliant artists including the late Amiri Baraka. In 2015, Ebony Stewart debuted her first one-woman show, Hunger at The VORTEX, which was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award for outstanding original script and won outstanding lead actress in a drama. Sometimes known as The Gully Princess, she writes because she has to and eats cupcakes for fun.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, October 25

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

Super Happy Fun Land. Manifesto Form. Emceed by Kris Smith. 3801 Polk St. 8-10:30pm

Friday, October 26

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, October 27

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, October 28

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

I.A.G Productions Presents
Open Mic Luncheon Benefit
4-7pm

 

I.A.G Productions is having an open mic luncheon at The Isles Eatery & Rhum Bar, and all artists are welcome: poets, singers, comedians, etc., to get ready for the Annual Season's Greetings Charitable Concert with RoRo B. Sanging & Friends, taking place on December 1.

This is to benefit families in need, so you can make a small donation for a deserving family, and you might also donate clothes, toiletry items, non-perishable foods to the West End Church of Christ Homeless Outreach Ministry, 718 Malone St.

 

The Isles Eatery & Rhum Bar
1515 Pease Street
Houston TX 77002
713-739-9039

Monday, October 29

 

Looking for a great Halloween costume idea?
Go as your favorite poet!

 

Tuesday, October 30

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 October/Halloween Reading

Doors open 6:30. Reading begins 7pm

 

Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at University of Houston. The reading will feature guest writers (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided. Costumes and and/or scary stories are optional but encouraged.

This month's featured readers are Jessica Wilbanks, Trip Nguyen and Juliane Tran.

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Jessica Wilbanks is the author of When I Spoke in Tongues (Beacon Press 2018). An accomplished nonfiction writer and essayist, she has received a Pushcart Prize as well as awards from national literary journals such as Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Redivider and Ruminate. Awards for her essay “On the Far Side of the Fire” include a notable mention in The Best American Essays 2014, and it was a finalist for the PEN Center USA’s prestigious Literary Award in Journalism. Wilbanks has an MFA in creative nonfiction from University of Houston’s creative writing program, where she served as an editor for Gulf Coast Magazine.

Trip Nguyen is a lover, writer, actor and an advocate for following your life’s passions. Previously an actor with a decade of experience in commercial and film acting, he believes it is his formal Meisner training, with its extensive character work and scene analysis, that provides his greatest tools in storytelling. Currently an undergraduate student in the creative writing program at University of Houston, his prior acting experience is now utilized in his writing. His fiction is often transgressive in nature, sometimes weird and includes magical realism, neo noir, or surreal, pastiche elements.

Juliane Tran is a writer, performance poet, tutor, entrepreneur and aspiring polyglot. Originally from Fremont, California, she is currently an undergraduate student in creative writing at University of Houston and a poetry editor for Glass Mountain. She has been featured on Houston Public Media, Public Poetry's PM Show, Poetry Fix Reading Series, Open Mouth Reading Series, 100 Thousand Poets for Change and will be the featured reader for First Friday Reading Series in February 2019. She has multiple publications, including Houston Poetry Fest anthologies for 2017 and 2018 (juried poet).

 

Bohemeo's
708 Telephone Rd
Houston TX 77023
713-923-4277

 

Tea'ze Daiquiri Lounge. Spit It Out Poetry. Host: Tiffany Scales. 1975 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City. Signup starts 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm

Wednesday, October 31

Halloween-Themed Open Mic & Costume Party
Featuring Melania-Luisa

7:30-10:30pm

 

Halloween-themed poems only. Bring your most creepy, crawly, haunting, spooky, monstrous works. You get one poem under 3 minutes. Sign up list goes up at 7:30pm.

Everyone who reads on the mic gets in free.

The winning costume gets $100.
There'll be lots of candy!

$5 cover

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Melania-Luisa Marte is a first-generation American. She was born in the Bronx and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. Her multi-cultured upbringing inspires her to write about navigating the world as a native Spanish speaker of Afro-Dominican descent. She is also a member of the 2017 Dallas Poetry Slam Team currently ranking 5th in the nation. She has performed, featured and competed in cities across the country. Marte was a finalist at the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Competition and ranked 5th in the 2018 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition.

She has done speaking events, panels and shared poems at New York University, Paul Quinn College, Texas A & M University, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, National Dominican Student Conference, Women of Color in Solidarity Conference and People Magazine, among others.

 

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

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Coolest Costume/Open Mic Party. Prizes for best costume. Free hot cocoa all night. DJ Who Is SAMO. Featured Readers and open mic. Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 cover. 7pm-12am

 


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.


 Nov 1-21 2018


 

Thursday, November 1

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

Friday, November 2

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

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

     

First Friday Reading Series

Featured poet: Andrė De Korvin

8:30pm

 

Born in Berlin to Russian parents, Andrė De Korvin was raised in Paris, received a PhD in mathematics at UCLA, taught at UH–Downtown for many years, served as a researcher in fuzzy logic, is the author of 153 mathematical research works with 884 citations and 646 reads, and is also a poet. His first book of poems, The Four Hard Edges of War (1992), was also published in a bilingual edition (English and Italian) in 1999, and later set to music.

His second book of poetry, Dreaming Indigo Time (2005), was followed by The Day the Clocks Spoke Russian (2016). He has two more books of poetry nearing completion. He was chosen to be the Houston Poetry Fest’s featured poet in 1989 and guest poet in 1998. His poems have been published in The Bayou Review, Buffalo Press, Bayousphere, IE, Arrowsmith, Green Fuse, International Voices, The Forum, Suddenly IV, The Texas Review, Lyric, The Weight of Addition and Time Slice.

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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, November 3

Glass Mountain Presents
Write-A-Thon

9am-5pm

Join UH's Glass Mountain for their annual fall fundraiser aimed at supporting emerging writers, Write-A-Thon. It's a full day of food, craft talks, writing, raffles and an open mic! Come and go as you please or stay the whole day to get some writing done, learn some tips from our craft talkers/writing pros, possibly win some prizes, eat good food, raise some money, hang out with some super cool people, and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Proceeds will go toward the annual Boldface Conference for emerging writers on its 10th year of existence. For more info on the conference, which takes place in May, go to: Boldface Conference.

For more info on Write-A-Thon, go to Write-A-Thon.

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Cover charge is only $25 (a deal in the eyes of Houston Poetry Summit)

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For sponsorship options, go to:  Give Online Now.

You can also text BOLDFACE to 41444, which will direct you to their MobileCause giving site.

 

McElhinney Hall

Cullen Blvd near Entrance 14
UH Campus
Houston TX 77004

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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

     

Public Poetry Reading Series

2-4pm

 

This month's Public Poetry Reading features Robin Davidson, Daniel Pena, Norma Pascusz and Niko Smith.

Four amazing featured poets, a student from Writers In the Schools, and an open mic for everyone makes this an awesome event. Poets will sign books, plus there's a free book raffle and the After-Words get-together  to mix and mingle.

 

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

 

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, November 4

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, November 5

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Randall Watson
Reading From The Geometry of Wishes

7pm


Randall Watson’s first book, Las Delaciones del Sueño, translated by Antonio Saborit and with a preface by Adam Zagajewski, was published in a bilingual edition by the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. His collection The Sleep Accusations received the 2004 Blue Lynx Poetry Award and his novella, Petals, under the heteronym Ellis Reece won the 2006-07 Quarterly West Novella Competition. He is also the editor of The Weight of Addition, An Anthology of Texas Poetry, published by Mutabilis Press.

In Randall Watson’s The Geometry of Wishes, as much a subtle narrative sequence as it is a collection of lyrical meditations, an ecstatic generosity arises from an elegiac base, moving through our inescapable patterns of loss to emerge as an invocation of our mutuality, our tenderness. Refusing easy sentiment, these poems, resonant and limber, traverse the complexities of longing that beguile us, deepening our lives, giving them both gravity and lightness.

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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

 

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

Tuesday, November 6

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, November 7

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

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, November 8

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.

 

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents

Jane Chance: The Middle Ages

7pm


Jane Chance will be reading from her new book, The Middle Ages (Finishing Line Press, 2018).

Her poetry has appeared in 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, Wascana Review and other journals and anthologies, including Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women. Her first book of poems, Only Begetter, was was published by Kelsay/White Violet Press in 2014.

Recipient of an NEH Fellowship, Guggenheim, Bellagio Residency and membership at the Institute for Advanced Study-Princeton, she has published six books on medieval mythography, four books on medieval women writers and medievalists, and six books on J.R.R. Tolkien, for which she has received several awards, including two best book awards from the South Central Modern Language Association and finalist status for the Mythopoeic Press annual competition. The Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, Rice University, she received a D.Litt. from Purdue University in 2013.

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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

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

Friday, November 9

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, November 10

Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Poetry Society of Texas: Gulf Coast Poets monthly Meeting. Featured reader: Jasper Kerkau. 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

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Sally Connolly:
Ranches of Isolation
7pm

I’m a big fan of Sally Connolly’s Grief & Meter: Elegies for Poets After Auden. In her new book, she takes her title from perhaps Auden’s best-known poem and, twinning him early on with Eliot, tries to keep the old transatlantic route open in both directions. As a kind of mid-Atlantic type myself, I like this. I don’t think Connolly lives on an isolated ranch, but she does live in Houston. Her autobiographical chapter about being Irish-English (not Anglo-Irish) is both delightful and necessary for understanding the smart perspective she brings to the poetry she discusses here. —John Matthias

Sally Connolly opens up the realities of space and place that certain writers today inhabit in ink, but which need the direction of such a brilliant critic to help us enter, wander and wonder within. —Greg Delanty

Ranches of Isolation is Sally Connolly's second book of literary criticism. She is the graduate director of University of Houston English Department. She is an associate professor of contemporary poetry and is an authority on American, British and Irish verse from modernism to the present day. She previously taught at Wake Forest University and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Connolly’s main area of research is the elegiac tradition, particularly elegies for poets.

Her first book Grief and Meter: Elegies for Poets After Auden was published by University of Virginia Press in 2016. Her next project is a critical biography of the Anglo-American poet Thom Gunn. Her reviews and articles appear in publications such as Poetry, The Times Literary Supplement and Yeats Annual. She has been the recipient of several prestigious honors and awards including the Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard University.

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Sally Connolly is that rare thing, a critic of contemporary poetry who is at once sharp, funny, and judicious. Whether weighing up the merits—or demerits—of winners of the T. S. Eliot Prize, or pondering the nature of Irish-Englishness, or parsing the work of recent Poets Laureate, Connolly proves herself an expert and entertaining guide to what is happening in poetry on both sides of the Atlantic. —Mark Ford

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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

Sunday, November 11

Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach
And Candy's World Entertainment
Present
Girls Night Out Houston

3:30-6:30pm



Two of Texas' top organizers have joined forces to bring to you one powerful show. This should be an all-out word brawl between some of the nation's top women poets. They will battle it out in a head-to-head poetry slam. Also on board is one of Houston's top women poets, the one and only Rayla Crawford.

Rayla Crawford is a member of the award-winning Houston VIP Slam Team under The direction of the poet laureate of the City of Houston Deborah DEEP Mouton. In her short time in the poetry community Rayla has been ranked in the top 20 female poets of Women of the World Poetry Slam (2014-2015/ 2017-2018), top 25 poets of the Individual World Poetry Slam (2017-2018), and won 2017 Houston Performance Poet of the Year (Houston Poetry Fest). Her new book, In|S P A C E|Between, was released this year.

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Tickets

$10 presale $15 at door

 

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

 

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, November 12

Juana de Asbaje was born November 12, 1651, in San Miguel de Nepantla, New Spain. She was the first feminist poet in North America. With no formal education, she learned Latin at 10 and was an insatiable reader. In order to dedicate her life to writing, she entered the Convent of San Jeronimo in Mexico City. Her writings about the role of women in society and her lack of respect for the power of men brought her into conflict with the Catholic Church, and she was forced to stop writing, sell her books and give the money to the poor. Her body of work included 26 plays, 13 essays and 100 poems. She has been on both coins and paper money in Mexico.

Tuesday, November 13

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

Last Concert Cafe. Manifesto Form. Emceed by Kris Smith. 1403 Nance St. 7-9:30pm

Tea'ze Daiquiri Lounge. Spit It Out Poetry. Host: Tiffany Scales. 1975 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City. Signup starts 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm

Wednesday, November 14

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

Poetic Nights on the Bayou Open Mic
Featuring Christina Cantu
Hosted by Emoetry Speaks

Doors Open 7pm, Show starts 8pm

Christina Cantu is an emerging author and performance poet in Houston. Author of Welcome to the American Freak Show!: A Cross-Section of the American Experience Through Poetry and a lauded performer, she uses her experiences pf growing up as a mixed-race kid in the wrong part of town to both charm and engage the audience. As she has said, "Evoking responsible personal liberation and raising social consciousness are at the heart of everything I say and do. The world is a freak show, and we just have to learn to love our own weirdness, whatever that may be, without squashing that in others, while working towards being the best version of ourselves."

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Cover: $5 for performers - $10 for audience

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Poetic Nights on the Bayou hits the Houston nights every 2nd and 4th Wednesday with some of Houston’s most amazing artists & poets. All artists are welcomed: poets, singers, comedians, musicians, magicians, etc. If you have talent, come on in.

Renee's on the Bayou
2541 N. Macgregor Way
Houston TX 77004
713-527-7777

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, November 15

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, November 16

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

     

Gulf Coast Reading Series
Featuring Hanif Abdurraqib, Cait Weiss Orcutt,
Devereux Fortuna, Matthew Krajniak

7pm

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN America and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork and Chicago Tribune, among others. His next books are Go Ahead In The Rain, a biography of A Tribe Called Quest, due out in 2019 from University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No Mo', due out in 2020 from Random House.

Cait Weiss Orcutt’s poetry has appeared in or on Academy of American Poets/Poets.org, Boston Review, Chautauqua and Field. Her book Valleyspeak (2017) won the Zone 3 First Book Prize. Cait has an MFA from Ohio State and is currently pursuing her PhD at University of Houston. She teaches creative writing at Grackle and Grackle, Inprint, the Jewish Community Center, the Menil Collection, the Salvation Army, University of Houston and WITS. She is the recipient of an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/MD Anderson Foundation Fellowship and the graduate advisor of Glass Mountain, the UH undergraduate literary journal.

Devereux Fortuna is a writer and visual artist from Arizona. She received an MFA in Poetry from New York University and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing and literature at University of Houston. Her poetry and visual art are forthcoming in American Chordata and Waxwing Magazine.

Matthew Krajniak is currently a PhD candidate at University of Houston. He has work forthcoming or in Gulf Coast, Origins Journal, The Wax Paper, The Avalon Literary Review and other publications.

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Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts presents readings from University of Houston Creative Writing Program graduate students and contributors to its pages. The monthly Gulf Coast Reading Series supports the journal’s mission to spotlight the work of both esteemed and emerging writers with voices as diverse as the Gulf itself.

 

Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main St
Houston TX 77002
713-528-5858

 

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

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

Saturday, November 17

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

The Darius Lovehall Project Presents
I Love Poetry Night

9pm-12am

 

Tickets: Free to $25

 

Alley Kat Bar and Lounge
3718 Main St
Houston TX 77002
713-874-0722

Sunday, November 18

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, November 19

Sharon Olds was born November 19, 1942, in San Francisco, but has spent most of her life in New York, now splitting time between the city and Pittsfield, New Hampshire. She has taught creative writing at NYU for four decades. Olds is a highly lauded American poet (Pulitzer Prize, T.S. Eliot Prize, National Book Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, New York State Poet Laureate, etc.) Much of her body of work is works about the body from overt sensuality to chilling torture. Her content runs the gamut from deeply—sometimes uncomfortably—personal to poems carved out from human experiences ripped from history.

Tuesday, November 20

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