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Houston Poetry Summit

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 (Rice Gallery)

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

Texas Poetry Events

Houston Poetry Fest

Active Poets & Writers

Writers Board

Gulf Coast Poets

 

 

 

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.


May 2018 Calendar


 

Tuesday, May 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

Fix Coffeebar. Poetry Fix. Featured Poets who read and are interviewed, as well as an open mic. Featured: Ken Jones and Billie Hill. Emcee Mike Alexander. 415 Westheimer. 6:30pm

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

Da Camera presents Poetry and Music:
Exile and Return
Poet Adam Zagajewski With Sarah Rothenberg on Piano

7:30pm

Da Camera of Houston concludes its 2017–18 chamber music series with “Poetry and Music: Exile and Return,” featuring pianist Sarah Rothenberg and poet Adam Zagajewski. This program of literary and performing arts, presented in collaboration with Inprint, includes works by Franz Schubert, Fanny Mendelssohn and others, performed alongside recent and past writings by Zagajewski.

Adam Zagajewski is Poland’s most famous living poet, winner of the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, a Prix de la Liberté and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2010, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in a Polish city that became part of the Soviet Union, Zagajewski left his native country 1982 for Europe and the United States, where he was a visiting professor in University of Houston’s Creative Writing program. In 2002, he returned home to Krakow. Now, Adam Zagajewski returns to Houston to read from works recent and past in a collaborative program of music and poetry with longtime collaborator Sarah Rothenberg. Zagajewski’s books include Eternal Enemies: Poems; Slight Exaggeration: An Essay; and Two Cities: On Exile, History and the Imagination.

Sarah Rothenberg has received international acclaim as soloist, chamber musician, and for innovative multi-disciplinary concert presentations that she conceives and directs. In addition, her commitment to unjustly neglected composers of the past has resulted in her American premières and recordings of works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Alexander Mosolov, Nikolai Roslavetz, Arthur Lourié and early piano works of Arnold Schoenberg. Artistic Director of Da Camera of Houston since 1994, Sarah Rothenberg was previously a founding co-director of the Bard Music Festival in New York. Her writings on musical and cultural subjects have been published in The Musical Quarterly, Conjunctions and Nexus. The French government awarded her the medal of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters in 2000.

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Tickets $60

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


 
Photo of Sarah Rothenberg by Fred Covarrubias

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

The Proletariat Gallery & Public House. Coast2Soul Poetry Open Mic. All are welcome. 2221 Market St, Suite 100, Galveston. Sign-up: 8pm. Event:

8:30-11pm

Wednesday, May 2

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

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

Thursday, May 3

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, May 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: Marie Brown

8:30pm

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

The First Friday Reading Series is Houston’s oldest open reading series, hosted by Robert Clark since 1975, usually on the first Friday of every month. It takes place at Inprint House, 1520 West Main, one block south of the Menil Collection, one block east of Mandell, in the Museum District of Houston.

It is always free and open to the public. An open reading always follows the featured poet.

Inprint House
1520 West Main
Houston TX 77006

Saturday, May 5

     

Public Poetry Reading Series

2-4pm

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

Paige Quiñones is a first year PhD student in poetry at University of Houston and a graduate fellow at the Center for Mexican American Studies. She earned her MFA from the Ohio State University in 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street Review, Lambda Literary, McSweeney's, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, Southeast Review and elsewhere. Her poem Summer, or Daughters I Haven't Met was a finalist for Best of the Net 2015.

Katherine Hoerth is the author of three poetry books: a collection titled The Garden, Uprooted (Slough Press, 2012) and two chapbooks titled Among the Mariposas (Mouthfeel Press, 2010) and The Garden of Dresses (Mouthfeel Press, 2012). She received her MFA from University of Texas Pan American and currently teaches writing at South Texas College. Katherine's poems have appeared in various journals, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Front Porch and Breakwater Review. She also serves as assistant poetry editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal, in addition to reviewing first books of poetry for Boxcar Poetry Review. In 2010, Katherine received the Nuestra Voz Poetry Prize for border women poets.

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize winning writer and assistant professor in the Department of English at University of Houston-Downtown. Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as a writer, blogger, book reviewer and journalist. He is a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar and a graduate of Cornell University. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the Kenyon Review Online, Callaloo, and Huizache among other venues. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog. His first novel, BANG, published by Arte Publico Press just came out. He lives in beautiful Houston, Texas.
 

Ring Neighborhood Library
8835 Long Point
Houston TX 77055
832-393-2000

Public Poetry

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

Jasminne Méndez in Full Bloom:
Come Celebrate Her New Book
Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e

6pm

Writer and activist Jasminne Méndez will launch her new book with a reception and a reading from her collection of essays and poetry surrounded by artwork from visual artist Emily Ufer.

The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Méndez marshals pathos and outrage to depict the ironic circumstances of her life as she begins to disconnect from her overly protective parents. But tragic illness--she was diagnosed with scleroderma at 22 and lupus just six years later--and unexpected twists of fate not only bring her closer to her Latino cultural roots, her doting mother and strict father, but also drive her to transform pain and disappointment into art. Méndez’s incisive self-analysis takes her creativity from an obscure, dark place into full resplendent bloom.

In this stirring collection of personal essays and poetry, Méndez shares her story, writing about encounters with the medical establishment, experiences as an Afro Latina and longing for the life she expected but that eludes her.

Emily Ufer's work, "You Look Fine," is inspired by the life of someone with an autoimmune disease. The burdens they carry are often hidden or lie dormant, attacking only behind closed doors or shut eyelids. They hide and mask themselves to blend into normal society. On their weakest days, which actually may be their strongest days, they wonder whether their symptoms are marks of strength. Through the process of working with many layers of gel transfers and acrylic paint, she hopes to convey this battle and its many layers, both physically and emotionally, for those suffering from diseases that often remain so silent and invisible.

 

Houston Arts Alliance Gallery
3201 Allen Parkway, #250
Houston TX 77019
713-527-9330

 

The Library Coffee & Wine House. Poetz Realm Open Mic. Hosted by Duchess Pendragon. Free to spit; $5 to sit. See video promo. 2612 Scott St. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

Sunday, May 6

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

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

Monday, May 7

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

Tuesday, May 8

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

Fix Coffeebar. Poetry Fix. Featured Poets who read and are interviewed, as well as an open mic. Emcee Mike Alexander. 415 Westheimer. 6:30pm

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

Houston VIP Slam
Presents
Slam Houston
8-10
pm, Doors Open 7pm

The mission of Houston VIP Slam includes creating a community where writers can come to create, practice and sharpen their skills for the page and the stage. Through the medium of slam poetry, Houston VIP Slam brings literacy to the forefront.

The monthly slam allows 12 poets to compete for spots on the Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. The top 12 poets at the end of the slam season will compete in the Grand Slam. The top five poets in the Grand Slam will move on to represent Houston at the National Poetry Slam for that year.

  • Poets sign up first-come-first-served the night of the event.

  • Each poet has 3 minutes to perform. Time starts the moment the poet engages the audience in word or action

  • No props or musical accompaniment.

  • There are 2 rounds. Poets with the highest score advance to the second round.

  • At the end, the poet with the highest cumulative score wins.

  • Poets must verify names of poems and score before leaving.

  • Poets may NOT repeat poems during the season with the exception of the Grand Slam and specialty slams.

Points awarded:
1st place, 4 points; 2nd place, 3 points; third place, 2 points; all poets participating, 1 point.

Tickets: $10 at the door

For more info, go to Houston VIP Slam
 

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

 

Wednesday, May 9

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

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

Thursday, May 10

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

Friday, May 11

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

Bountiful Balcony Books & Woodlands Writing Guild
Present
Open Mic: Mother

7-8:30pm

Come celebrate Mother’s Day weekend and share your work about mothers with fellow Woodlands area writers and readers.

All skill levels and ages are welcome. Time slots will be 5-minutes maximum. Pieces should adhere to the Mother theme and be PG-13. Most genres allowed—poetry, fiction, essay, memoir—however, no erotica or extreme gore please.

Sign-ups will begin at 7pm and continue until 8:30pm with as many readers as possible. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and there will be door prizes. No entry or reading fee.

This event is a collaborative effort by Third Gen Coffee, Bountiful Balcony Books, and The Woodlands Writing Guild.

If you have questions, please email Jody Townsley Morse

 

Third Gen Coffee
25136 Grogans Park Dr.
The Woodlands TX 77380
512-566-9685

BooCoo's Sports Bar. Speak Ya Mind. Poets, singers. Host Tiffany Scales/The Wordmatician. 1664 FM 1960 Rd West. 8-10pm

Saturday, May 12

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

      

Gulf Coast Poets

Presents
Sarah Frances Moran

10:30am - 12pm

The May Gulf Coast Poets meeting features Sarah Frances Moran who is a queer latina poet born and raised in Houston. Sarah is a staunch advocate for animal welfare and resides in Waco with her partner and their menagerie of four-legged critters.

Her publications include two books: I Am A Terrorist (Weasel Press, 2018) and Evergreen (Weasel Press 2016). Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and for a Pushcart. She's been included in dozens of publications including Drunk Monkeys, Rust+Moth, Star 82 Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

Open mic and lunch to follow the meeting and featured reader.

 

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


Brazos Bookstore. Amanda Johnston reads from her debut book of poetry Another Way to Say Enter. She will be reading with Jonathan Moody. 2421 Bissonnet St. 7pm

Sunday, May 13

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

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

Monday, May 14

Karl Shapiro died May 14, 2000, in New York City. Shapiro started writing poetry while he was serving in the military in World War I, and he wrote V-Letter and Other Poems while he was stationed in New Guinea, a collection for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. He was US Poet Laureate in 1946 and 1947. He continued to be lauded for the rest of his life for his 18 books of poetry, seven essay collections, one novel and three autobiographies. His last book (Coda: Last Poems) was published posthumously in 2008, organized and edited by Robert Philips who was the director of the UH Creative Writing Program from 1991-1996.

Tuesday, May 15

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

 

     

Poetry Fix Presents

Katherine Hoerth & Ayokunle Falomo

6:30-8pm

Every other Tuesday, Poetry Fix presents two featured poets who read and are interviewed, after which there is an open mic, all of which is emceed by Mike Alexander.

Katherine Hoerth is the author of three poetry collections: The Garden Uprooted (Slough Press, 2012), Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots (Lamar University Literary Press, 2014) which won the Helen C. Smith Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters for the best book of poetry, and her latest collection, The Lost Chronicles of Slue Foot Sue (Angelina River Press, 2018). In 2017, she joined Lamar University's English faculty as an assistant professor of creative writing and editor-in-chief of Lamar University Literary Press. Her work has been published in journals such as Georgia Review, Pleiades and Front Porch. Katherine is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. She lives in Beaumont.

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.

 

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

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. Coast2Soul Poetry Open Mic. All are welcome. 2221 Market St, Suite 100, Galveston. Sign-up: 8pm. Event:

8:30-11pm

Wednesday, May 16

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

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

Thursday, May 17

Archway Gallery. Archway Readers. Hosted by Donna E. Perkins. Featured slate of readers with open mic following. 2305 Dunlavy St. Reception: 6pm. Performance: 6:30-8:15pm

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

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

Friday, May 18

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

MECA. Orbit Slam Series. Free workshops and poetry slams for youth ages 13-19. Sponsored by Meta-Four and Writers in the Schools. Hosts DEEP and Zachary C. No registration required. 1900 Kane St. 6-7:30pm

Rudyard's British Pub. Gulf Coast Magazine Reading Series, featuring writers of all writing genres, including poetry. Check their website for specifics on genres and featured writers: Gulf Coast Reading Series. 2010 Waugh Dr. 7-8:30pm

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

Saturday, May 19

Words & Art
Ekphrastic Writing Workshop
Artist: Cary Leibowitz

12:30-1:30pm

Writers are invited to explore Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show using prompts, group discussion and imagination. Participants delve deeply in the artist's world through stories and poems.

This workshop is open to all writing levels. This exhibition does contain some adult themes and very adult language. For details, please read CAMH's Family Review.

Writers who wish to be featured readers at the Words & Art event at the museum do not have to attend the workshop in order to submit. They can visit the museum at other times when the exhibit is open.

Deadline for submissions is midnight, Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Works must be one page or less and must respond to the artworks in the exhibition Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show. Submissions are judged by Mary Wemple and a guest judge. Featured readers will be announced on Friday, July 20, 2018.

The Words & Art reading with the featured poets will be Thursday, August 2 at 6:30pm.

Words & Art is a workshop and reading series inspired by the art in Houston. It was founded and is organized by poet and artist Mary Wemple.

Exhibit opening: May 11, 6:30-9pm
Workshop: Saturday May 19, 12:30-1:30pm
Deadline: Saturday July 14, midnight
Reading: Thursday August 2, 6:30-7:30pm

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Since the early 1990s, Cary Leibowitz has carried on with an interdisciplinary practice that turns a critical eye on subjects of identity, modernism, the art market, queer politics, and kitsch. In his comically self-effacing text-based works, for which he is best known, he mixes his obsessions with popular culture and fine art with elements of social commentary, self-loathing, institutional critique, and stand-up comedy. His work manages to seamlessly blend comedy and neurosis in such a way that questions about appearance and identity become a running commentary on the self/other.

Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show will be on view May 12, 2018 through August 26, 2018.


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

 

 

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

Plus Fest 2018

2-10pm

Plus Fest: everything + poetry festival is a one-day interdisciplinary art event that celebrates raw, innovative and high-caliber artistic experience and will highlight spoken-word poetry. Plus Fest aims to break down barriers around artistic disciplines so that new works can be created.

The one-day festival will position spoken-word artists on a level playing field with local visual artists, videographers, DJs, musicians and others to create new works and will showcase the work through a variety of innovative platforms.

The goal of Plus Fest is interactive impact; the festival will feature poetic photo booths, poetry slams, art installations and speedwriting buskers. By offering a wide variety of entry points, the festival will change the participant’s perception of poetry.

Plus Fest will be packed with performances on Buffalo Bayou tour boats, with yoga meditation, during poetry slams, in concert with graffiti artists, and Plus Fest even has a moonbounce.

There will be special performances by Dee-1, G. Yamazama, Houston Poet Laureate Deborah DEEP Mouton, Seven the Poet, Matthew Cuban and Alysha Wise.

 

Tickets ($10-$50)


Locations:

Buffalo Bayou Partnership
1019 Commerce St
Houston, TX 77002

Holiday Inn Downtown Rooftop Terrace
1616 Main St
Houston TX 77002

 

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. Poets Northwest monthly reading. The Poetry of TBA. Attendees are invited to bring one or two original poems (one-page limit per poem) for the read-around. 6815 Cypresswood Dr, Spring TX. 10am-12pm

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

MECA. Orbit Slam Series. Free workshops and poetry slams for youth ages 13-19. Sponsored by Meta-Four and Writers in the Schools. Host DEEP and Zachary C. No registration required. 1900 Kane St. 6-7:30pm

The Library Coffee & Wine House. Poetz Realm Open Mic. Hosted by Duchess Pendragon. Free to spit; $5 to sit. See video promo. 2612 Scott St. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

Sunday, May 20

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

Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery.
241 W 19th St

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Casa Ramirez Presenta

A BabyMoon Reading

2-4pm

To celebrate the impending arrival of a new baby girl, Los Mendez will read their works.

Jasminne Mendez will read from her newest book, Night Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essay & Poetry. Lupe Mendez will read from his forthcoming poetry collection, Why I Am Like Tequila. There will be a Q&A and book signing.

Jasminne Mendez is an award-winning author, performance poet and educator. She received her BA in English literature and her MEd in curriculum and instruction from University of Houston. Mendez has had poetry and memoir published both nationally and internationally and her first multi-genre memoir Island of Dreams published by Floricanto Press was awarded Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book by the International Latino Book Awards in 2015. Recently, her personal essay "El Corte" received honorable mention in the Barry Lopez Creative Non-Fiction Prize in CutThroat, A Journal of the Arts. She is the co-founder of Tintero Projects: A Reading & Writing Workshop Series, an organization that seeks to build and promote emerging and established Latinx writers in Houston. She is a 2016 VONA/Voices Alumni and a Macondo Fellow and she is an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

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

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

Free and open to public.

Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery
241 W 19th St
Houston TX 77008
713-880-2420

 

Monday, May 21

Glass Mountain Presents
Boldface Conference - Day 1
Full Conference: May 21 – 25, 2018

Boldface is the only conference in the US dedicated to emerging writers. It offers daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind. The conference runs May 21 through May 25.

Boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017. The student-driven perspective offers unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

Attendees are invited to submit their work for the Robertson Prize, a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.

Featured Writers: Poetry, Analicia Sotelo; fiction, Daniel Peña; nonfiction, Dickson Lam

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MONDAY, MA
Y 21
8:30-9:30 Breakfast and Registration
   Rockwell Foyer
9:40-9:55 Opening remarks by conference administrator, Josie Mitchell and faculty advisor,  

   Audrey Colombe
   Rockwell Pavilion
10:00-11:30 Workshops
11:30-11:40 BREAK
11:45-12:30 Masterclasses
   Will Burns: “Lovably Obsessive: Developing Vibrant Characters”
   10G, MD Anderson Library
   Cait Weiss Orcutt: “Pack Up / Don’t Stray”: Using Cartography to Chart a New World of Poems
   Rockwell Pavilion
   Charlotte Wyatt: “‘The Great Clomping Foot of Nerdism’ or How I Learned to Stop Worrying
   and Love Worldbuilding”
   Honors College Commons
12:30-1:30 Lunch
   Rockwell Foyer
1:30-2:15 Reading

   Visiting writer Dickson Lam, with introduction by Boldface faculty Matthew Krajniak
   Rockwell Pavilion
2:20-3:45 Workshops
3:45-4:15 BREAK
4:15-5:00 Craft Talk

   Visiting writer Daniel Peña: “Trauma and Radical Empathy: Painting Scenes Through Narrative  

   Gaze and Authorial Observation (On the Page and Off),” with introduction by Boldface faculty
   Rhianna Brandt
   Rockwell Pavilion

 

For more information go to Boldface website

 

University of Houston Locations:
The Honors College,  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library
 

Brazos Bookstore. Reading and signing. Justin Jamail, Exchangeable Bonds. 2421 Bissonnet St. 7pm

Tuesday, May 22

Glass Mountain Presents
Boldface Conference - Day 2
Full Conference: May 21 – 25, 2018

Boldface is the only conference in the US dedicated to emerging writers. It offers daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind. The conference runs May 21 through May 25.

Boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017. The student-driven perspective offers unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

Attendees are invited to submit their work for the Robertson Prize, a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.

Featured Writers: Poetry, Analicia Sotelo; fiction, Daniel Peña; nonfiction, Dickson Lam

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TUESDAY, MA
Y 22
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
   Rockwell Foyer
10:00-11:30 Workshops
11:30-11:40 BREAK
11:45-12:30 Masterclasses
   Rhianna Brandt: “‘Is Any Body There?’: Attending to Body-Centered Detail”
   10G, MD Anderson Library
   Brenden Oliva: “More Than Just Describing Place: The Rules of Setting and When to Break   

   Them”
   Honors College Commons
   Paige Quiñones: “In Other Words: What Code-Switching Can Do for You!”
   Rockwell Pavilion
12:30-1:30 Lunch
   Rockwell Foyer
1:30-2:15 Reading by visiting writer Daniel Peña, with introduction by Boldface faculty Paige 

   Quiñones
   Rockwell Pavilion
2:20-3:45 Workshops
3:45-4:15 BREAK
4:15-5:00 Craft Talk by visiting writer Analicia Sotelo: “Authenticity, Originality, and Ego: How to
   Navigate Culture & Lyric in Eurocentric Spaces” with introduction by Boldface faculty Cait Weiss  

   Orcutt
   Rockwell Pavilion
TUESDAY AFTER-HOURS EVENT
7:00 Featured faculty readers Paige Quiñones, Onyinye Ihezukwu and Will Burns plus student

   open mic reading, emceed by Glass Mountain editor Kim Coy, at Kaboom Books (3116

   Houston Ave.). Sign up at the registration table.
 

For more information go to Boldface website

 

University of Houston Locations:
The Honors College,  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

 

 

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, May 23

Glass Mountain Presents
Boldface Conference - Day 3
Full Conference: May 21 – 25, 2018

Boldface is the only conference in the US dedicated to emerging writers. It offers daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind. The conference runs May 21 through May 25.

Boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017. The student-driven perspective offers unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

Attendees are invited to submit their work for the Robertson Prize, a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.

Featured Writers: Poetry, Analicia Sotelo; fiction, Daniel Peña; nonfiction, Dickson Lam

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WEDNESDAY, MA
Y 23
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
   Rockwell Foyer
10:00-11:30 Workshops
11:30-11:40 BREAK
11:45-12:30 Masterclasses
   Onyinye Ihezukwu: “Speed Up: On Character Interiority And Momentum In Fiction”
   Honors College Commons
   Justin Jannise: “The Literary ‘Selfie’: Self-Portraiture in Poetry and Prose”
   Rockwell Pavilion
   Annie Shepherd: “Plot in the Novel and Short Story: How to Get it Started, How to See it

   Through”
   10G, MD Anderson Library
12:30-3:00 Lunch & Mid-Week Break for Consultations, Conversations, and Community
   A limited number of trips to Project Row Houses and Houston Museum of African
   American Culture will be available as well as spots in the Write OM; Yoga for Creative Writers 

   class. Sign up at the registration table.
1:00-2:30 Write OM; Yoga for Creative Writers
   Honors College Commons
   $10. Wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. Prior yoga experience 

   is not necessary. Sign up at the registration table.
3:00-3:40 Readings by Boldface faculty Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Matthew Krajniak and Rhianna 

   Brandt, with introductions by Shards: Glass Mountain Online editor Tamara Coleman
   Rockwell Pavilion
3:45-5:00 Workshops
WEDNESDAY AFTER-HOURS EVENT
7:00 Featured Faculty Readers Charlotte Wyatt & Cait Weiss Orcutt plus student open mic

   reading, emceed by Glass Mountain managing editor Amanda Ortiz, at Brasil Cafe (2604

   Dunlavy St). Sign up at the registration table.
 

For more information go to Boldface website

 

University of Houston Locations:
The Honors College,  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

 

Poetic Nights on the Bayou

With the Incredible Kyle Blue
Hosted by Emoetry Speaks

7pm

National Spoken Word Awards 2017 Winner Kyle Blue returns to the scene for one special night. He is the feature in a show that also has an open mic, so bring your heat.

Kyle Blue has been responsible for other great events such as Odd Thursdays Houston, Under The Hut Poetry Night and The Backdoor open mic at Radical Eats. Kyle Blue has performed on various stages all over the city including The Improv, Poetry Lounge Houston, Midtown Art Center and Juke Joint Comedy Club.

Cover: $10

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

 

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

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

Thursday, May 24

Glass Mountain Presents
Boldface Conference - Day 4
Full Conference: May 21 – 25, 2018

Boldface is the only conference in the US dedicated to emerging writers. It offers daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind. The conference runs May 21 through May 25.

Boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017. The student-driven perspective offers unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

Attendees are invited to submit their work for the Robertson Prize, a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.

Featured Writers: Poetry, Analicia Sotelo; fiction, Daniel Peña; nonfiction, Dickson Lam

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THURSDAY, MA
Y 24
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
   Rockwell Foyer
10:00-11:30 Workshops
11:30-11:40 BREAK
11:45-12:30 Masterclasses
   Matthew Krajniak “Trust Yourself: Moving Toward Your Own Aesthetic”
   Rockwell Pavilion
   Novuyo Rosa Tshuma: “What Does My Reader Need to Know When? Building Narrative

   Momentum in Fiction”
   Honors College Commons
12:30-1:30 Lunch
   Rockwell Foyer
1:30-2:15 Reading by visiting writer Analicia Sotelo, with introduction by Boldface faculty Justin

   Jannise
   Rockwell Pavilion
2:15-2:45 BREAK
2:45-4:00 Workshops
4:10-5:00 Craft Talk by visiting Writer Dickson Lam: “Keeping it 100: Bringing Your Whole Self

   to the Page,” with introduction by Boldface Faculty Charlotte Wyatt
   Rockwell Pavilion

 

For more information go to Boldface website

 

University of Houston Locations:
The Honors College,  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library
 

 

Friday, May 25

Glass Mountain Presents
Boldface Conference - Day 5
Full Conference: May 21 – 25, 2018

Boldface is the only conference in the US dedicated to emerging writers. It offers daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind. The conference runs May 21 through May 25.

Boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017. The student-driven perspective offers unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

Attendees are invited to submit their work for the Robertson Prize, a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.

Featured Writers: Poetry, Analicia Sotelo; fiction, Daniel Peña; nonfiction, Dickson Lam

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FRIDAY, MAY 25
Writing Onward: Literary Magazines and Organizations featuring:
   Revolving Door Press / Christina Escamilla
   Minerva Rising / Emily Shearer
   Fuente Collective
   Glass Mountain
   Grackle and Grackle
   Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
   Houston Arts Alliance
   Silk Road Review
   Tintero Projects
   UH PhD in Escritura Creativa/Creative Writing
   Women in Visual and Literary Arts
   WITS (Writers in the Schools)
   Writespace

   Rockwell Foyer
 

9:30-10:30 Breakfast
   Rockwell Foyer
10:30-11:30

   Panel: “Advice for Getting Started with Publishing” with visiting writers Dickson

   Lam, Daniel Peña and Analicia Sotelo and with Laura Biagi (former literary agent, JVNLA of NYT
   bestselling authors; assistant fiction editor, Gulf Coast) and Katherine Hill (fiction co-editor,  

   Glass Mountain). Moderated by Glass Mountain editor Kim Coy
   Honors College Commons
10:30-11:30

   Panel: “Applying to Grad School: Student and Faculty Perspectives” with Rossanne  

    Arii (UH, MFA Creative Writing-Fiction and former Grisham Fellow, University of Mississippi), 

   Alexander Parsons (director, UH Creative Writing Program). Moderated by Glass Mountain 

   fiction editor Katherine Hill
   Rockwell Pavilion
11:30-11:45 BREAK
11:45-12:45

   Panel: “Engaging Your Literary Community in Writing: Jobs in the Nonprofit Sector” 

   with Robin Davidson (former Houston Poet Laureate; UHD professor), Rich Levy (executive

   director, Inprint), Raj Mankad (Rice Design Alliance, editor of Cite Magazine), Lupe Méndez
   (founder of Tintero Projects, poet, activist and educator), Jon Meyer (program coordinator, 

   WITS; alumnus, UH-CWP; Boldface faculty 2016-17), Giuseppe Taurino (assistant director, 

   UH Creative Writing Program), Marina Tristan (assistant director, Arte Público Press), Elizabeth 

   White Olsen (founder, Writespace Writing Center) and Charlotte Wyatt (UH-CWP;  

   administration, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference). Moderated by Glass Mountain poetry editor
   Aubrey Ward
   Rockwell Pavilion
   Panel: “Writing in More Than One Language” with Gabriela Maya (UH professor and author),
   Jasminne Mendez (co-founder, Tintero Projects; author/poet, Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e:
   Personal Essays and Poetry
), Natalia Trigo (candidate for UH’s PhD in creative writing:
   Spanish) and Ranjana Varghese (HCC Professor). Moderated by Shards Editor Tamara   

   Coleman
   Honors College Commons
12:45-1:45 LUNCH
   Lunchtime Talk: “Arts Activism” with Erika Jo Brown (UH-CWP PhD; author, I’m Your

   Huckleberry  2014), Robin Davidson (UHD professor; former Houston Poet Laureate), Lupe
   Méndez
(founder of Tintero Projects, poet, activist and educator), Krupa Parikh 

   (communication & community relations director, Inprint), Ranjana Varghese (HCC
   professor), and Allyn West (writer and editor, Houston Chronicle). Moderated by Miah Arnold  

   (Glass Mountain Advisory Board president; Grackle and Grackle Writing Studios founder and  

   director)
   Rockwell Pavilion
1:45-2:30 Panel: “Preparing a Manuscript for Contest/ Submission” with Conor Bracken (author, 

   Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour), Kim Coy (editor, Glass Mountain), J.P. Gritton (UH-CWP PhD

   alumnus; author, Wyoming 2019), Justin Jannise (UH-CWP PhD; editor, Gulf Coast) and Cait 

   Weiss Orcutt (UH-CWP PhD; author VALLEYSPEAK, 2017). Moderated by Glass Mountain fiction 

   editor Aubrey Cowley
   Rockwell Pavilion
   Panel: “Literary Translation in Theory and Practice” with Christian Bancroft (author, Now Sing:  

   Reflections on Modernism and Queering Translation), Joanna Eleftheriou (UHCL professor; 

   nonfiction writer and Modern Greek translator), Fady Joudah (physician; poet and translator) 

   and Jiyoon Lee (poet; translator, Cheer Up, Femme Fatale 2015). Moderated by Glass Mountain  

   managing editor Amanda Ortiz
   Honors College Commons
2:30-3:00 BREAK
3:00-3:45 Readings by Boldface faculty Justin Jannise, Brenden Oliva and Annie Shepherd with
   introductions by Glass Mountain editor Kim Coy
   Rockwell Pavilion
3:50-4:00 Closing remarks by conference administrator, Josie Mitchell
   Rockwell Pavilion
AFTER-HOURS EVENT
7:00-9:00 Farewell Party
   Calhoun’s Rooftop Bar & Grill (4701 Calhoun Rd., University of Houston)

 

For more information go to Boldface website

 

University of Houston Locations:
The Honors College,  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

 

Xone Poetry Presents
Rhythmz II: Spring'n da Groove

7-9pm

Enjoy an evening of poetry, music and art with performances by DA Truth, Tmbuk2 Da Poet, Duchess Pendragon, Goddess Fe, Kyle Blue and XoNe. Hosted by Phat Dude.

$8 presale

$10 at the door

Tickets

 

Library Coffee and Wine House
2612 Scott St
Houston TX 77004
832-548-1940

Writespace. Anything Goes All-Genre Open Mic. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, et al. Strict 5-minute limit, so time yourself beforehand. Audience members will provide written, anonymous feedback. Receiving feedback is optional. To sign up in advance, email write@writespacehouston.org, or sign up at the door starting at 7:30pm. 2000 A Edwards #212. 7:45pm

BooCoo's Sports Bar. Speak Ya Mind. Poets, singers. Host Tiffany Scales/The Wordmatician. 1664 FM 1960 Rd West. 8-10pm

Saturday, May 26

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

Monthly Houston VIP Slam & Workshop
Featuring Champion Poet Jonathan Mendoza

Doors Open: 6:30, Workshop: 7pm, Slam: 8pm

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-based activist, poet, educator and musician. Being multiracial of Mexican and Eastern European Jewish descent, he writes on identity, US-Latin American relations, and ancestry, as well as mental health and contemporary global issues.

Jonathan is a proud Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni, coach and organizer; a two-time grand champion of Berklee College of Music’s slam team; a three-time Best Poem Award recipient at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational; and a 2015 National Poetry Slam champion with the House Slam of Boston.

His work can be found on Button Poetry and SlamFind, and in his newly released chapbook When the Crows Come (Pizza Pi Press, 2017). He is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in arts for social advocacy and a minor in political science.

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Come early for the writing workshop. This month Houston VIP has a special sponsor: The Positive Purpose Movement will be in the house and matching funds to send the team to nationals.

$5 to sit; always free to spit.

 

Brasil
2604 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006
713-528-1993

 

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

The Library Coffee & Wine House. Poetz Realm Open Mic. Hosted by Duchess Pendragon. Free to spit; $5 to sit. See video promo. 2612 Scott St. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

Sunday, May 27

     

Public Poetry
& Brazos Bookstore Present
Erica Nicole & RJ Wright

5pm

Erica Nicole and RJ Wright are both performance poets whose books have been published by 310 Brown Street.

Originally from New York, Erica Nicole is a Houston-based psychiatric nurse and poet. She is a two-time member of the Houston VIP Slam Team, ranked fifth in the nation. She slams regularly with Houston VIP and Write About Now. Erica Nicole was a finalist in the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival and a semifinalist in the 2016 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. She placed third at the 2017 Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival. She has been published in 310 Brown Street’s Texas Slamthology and Z Publishing House’s Texas’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. 310 Brown Street published her book To The One Who Loves Her Next. Recordings of her work can be found on the Write About Now and The Shout Houston YouTube channels.

RJ Wright, also known as England, is a writer from Seattle, Washington, by way of Cambridge, England. He has a BS in psychology with a minor in military science from Prairie View A&M University. He is now pursuing a masters in human science and serving as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. RJ has been a performance poet for the last 10 years and has appeared internationally. He has been a member of nationally ranked slam poetry teams that have competed across the United States. He was the 2016 Houston Poetry Fest Performance Poet of the Year. He is currently a part of Houston Slam Team. His book, Growing Pains & Grass Stains was published by 310 Brown Street. His performances can be seen on Write About Now's YouTube channel.

 

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

 

 

heART&SOUL Presents
Vol. 104: Hear Him

5-8pm

Poets, musicians and storyteller pay homage to man.

5:00pm-6:00pm... THE MIXER
DJ LoQi spins the hottest Neo Soul, R&B music as you arrive for your heART&SOUL experience.

6:00pm-8:00pm... THE EXPERIENCE
This experience will feature an open mic of artists ready to spark stories about life and everything in between as they express, HEAR HIM.

Tariff:$10

SPOKEN WORD + DANCE + SONG + VISUAL ART = Where the ARTS merge!

 

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, May 28

May Swenson was born on May 28, 1913, and was a poet, playwright and translator. Like Elizabeth Bishop, Swenson could find the extraordinary in the ordinary and could surprise the reader with images that exploded like tiny mind mines. She was widely published and won multiple awards. Two areas in which she excelled were sensual poetry and iconographic poetry.

Tuesday, May 29

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

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, May 30

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

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

Thursday, May 31

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Robin Reagler & Martha Serpas

7pm

Robin Reagler is the author of Teeth & Teeth (Headmistress Press, 2018) and Dear Red Airplane (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011, 2018). Teeth & Teeth is the winner of the Charlotte Mew Prize selected by Natalie Diaz. Dear Red Airplane won the ReBound Series and has been re-issued with a foreword by Laura Mullen. Reagler’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Pleiades, Iowa Review, Colorado Review and other journals. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from the University of Houston's creative writing program. She serves as the executive director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and leads the national WITS Alliance.

Martha Serpas is the author of three collections of poetry: The Diener (LSU), The Dirty Side of the Storm (Norton) and Côte Blanche (New Issues). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Southwest Review and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Library of America’s American Religious Poems and The Art of the Sonnet (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press). She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State University, New York University and University of Houston, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School. A native of south Louisiana, she remains active in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at University of Houston.

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

 

 

Poison Pen Reading Series Presents
Karyna McGlynn, Analicia Sotelo & Nancy Reddy

8:30-10:30pm

Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), selected by Alex Lemon for the National Poetry Series, and the chapbook Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Tupelo Quarterly, 32 Poems, Smartish Pace and elsewhere. She is assistant professor of writing and first year studies at Stockton University in southern New Jersey, and she lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin (Milkweed Editions, 2018), the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, selected for a 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Boston Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, New England Review and The Antioch Review. She holds a BA in English literature from Trinity University and an MFA in poetry from University of Houston. She works for Writers in the Schools.

Karyna McGlynn's Hothouse (Sarabande Books, 2017) is a New York Times Editor's Choice. Other books are I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl (Sarabande Books, 2009), The 9-Day Queen Gets Lost on Her Way to the Execution (Willow Springs Editions, 2016), Alabama Steve (Sundress, 2014) and Scorpionica (New Michigan Press, 2007). Her poems have been in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, Black Warrior Review, Subtropics, AGNI, Witness, Ninth Letter and The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day.

 

Poison Girl
1641 Westheimer Rd
Houston TX 77006
713-527-9929