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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

Make.Play.Speak

Meta-Four

Nuestra Palabra

Public Poetry

Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach

Speak!Poet

Voices Breaking Boundaries

Women in the Visual & Literary Arts (WiVLA)

Word Around Town (WAT)

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.


Feb 2017

Wednesday, February 1

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

Fat Boy's Bar & Grill. Hilarious Hump Day. Open to comedians, entertainers and spoken word artists. Hosted by Blue DaComic. 2596 South Loop W. 8pm

Thursday, February 2

Rescheduled from Jan 20
Because of Weather Concerns

Writers Resist

Let Us Gather

5-8pm
 

To represent the Houston community, 70+ Houston poets and writers of diverse backgrounds (including African American, Latinx, Asian American, LGBTQIA, and other groups) will come together to share messages of peace, democracy, unity and hope. The diversity of our city, the solidarity among its writers and the power of the written and spoken word are at the center of the readings.

These events feature poets and writers representing various Houston literary organizations: Houston VIP, Balcony Poets, Inprint, Write About Now, First Friday Reading Series, Writespace, University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say and Writers in the Schools, among others.

Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party and wishes to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future--how writers can be a unifying force for the protection of Democracy.

All Real Radio, Iconoclast Sessions, Librotraficante and Tintero Projects: Readings & Workshop Series have joined together to host this #WritersResist event in Houston. Nationally published writers Ching-In Chen, Tony Diaz, Jasminne Mendez and Lupe Mendez serve as co-organizers.

This reading is free and open to the public.

This is the second of two events in Houston for Writers Resist. The first one was January 15 at Houston Holocaust Museum.

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Lineup for Writers Resist on Thu, Feb 2:

Carolyn Adams
Fareena Arefeen
Marie Brown
Thay Bustamante
Natasha Carrizosa
R.T. Castleberry
Gerald Cedillo
Olivia Clare
Deniz Yxayotzin Lopez "dee!colonize"
Corinna Delgado
Tony Diaz
Amyna Dosani
Kelly Ann Ellis
Eric Blaylock "Equality"
Jeremy Eugene

Ayokunle Falomo
Saba Husain
Kathryn Fay Mitchell
Jonathan Moody
Joshua Nguyen
Ahmad Hygh "Nyne"
Laura Pena
Adrienne Perry
John Pluecker
Reyes Ramirez
Bucky Rea
Hugo Esteban Rodríguez
Fran Sanders
Analicia Sotelo
Dulcie David Veluthukaran

Stalina Villarreal

 

St. Paul's Methodist Church
5501 Main at Binz/Bissonnet
Houston TX 77004

 

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

Super Happy Fun Land. Host Kyle Blue. Featured poets followed by Odd Thursdays All-Talent Open Mic. 3801 Polk. $5. Doors open: 8:30pm. Performance: 9pm-12am

Friday, February 3

First Friday Reading Series

Featured poet: Laura Pena
8:30pm

Laura Pena was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She holds a BA in English literature and an MA in education. She has been published in di-vêrsé-city, Boundless, Houston Poetry Fest Anthologies, Bayou Review, Harbinger Asylum, Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, 13 Poets and Texas Poetry Calendar.

Laura is past president and current recording secretary of Gulf Coast Poets, as well as being a member of The Poetry Society of Texas, Academy of American Poets and The Writer’s League of Texas. She will be reading from her forthcoming book, My Opaque Heart.

First Friday Reading Series is hosted by Robert Clark. Open mic follows the featured reader.

Inprint House
1520 West Main
Houston TX 77006

Saturday, February 4

Public Poetry Reading Series

2-4pm

Carolyn Dahl was the Grand Prize winner in the 2015 Public Poetry/MFAH national poetry competition, ARTlines2 and a finalist award winner in PEN Texas in non-fiction. She has been published in 25 anthologies and in many literary journals such as Copper Nickel, Plainsongs, Camas, Hawaii Review and Rock and Sling. Also a visual artist, she is the author of three art books and is co-author of The Painted Door Opened: Poems and Art.

Jeremy Eugene does not put out publicity. He takes the stage and lets his poetry speak to his life and character. A performance poet extraordinaire, he was born on Valentine's day 1993 and has been shooting arrows through the hearts of his listeners ever since he discovered the voice that spoke his words.

Octavio Quintanilla’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwestern American Literature and Texas Observer. He is a CantoMundo Fellow with a PhD from the University of North Texas. He is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014).

Analicia Sotelo is a poet who is emerging with great vigor. Affiliated with both WiTS (Writers in the Schools and Poison Pen Reading Series, she is the author of Nonstop Godhead (Poetry Society of America, 2017) and has multiple publishing credits, including The New Yorker, Boston Review, Antioch Review and Meridian.


Johnson Neighborhood Library
3517 Reed Rd
Houston TX 77051
832-393-2550

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

Sunday, February 5

Club 2020. Kevin Dapree presents heART&SOUL Vol. 80: Women of Color Rock! Multi-talent open mic: singers, spoken word artists, dancers and visual artists. $10. Pre-show mixer, 5-6pm. Open mic, 6-8pm Volume and title change each month.

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

SugarHill Lounge. Poetry Lounge presents Legends Veteran Poets Show.  Hosted by Se7en. $5 cover. 2533 Southmore. Free admission before 7 with RSVP at Eventbrite. Doors open 6pm. Show starts 7:30pm

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

Monday, February 6

Ben's Beans. Open mic hosted by Taylor Gibson. Music and poetry. 1302 Dallas St. 8pm

NOKturne. First Monday Reading Series. Hosted by Dustin Pickering. 17062 Saturn Lane. Clear Lake. 8-10pm

Tuesday, February 7

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

The Library Coffee and Wine House. Artistic Sound Open Mic. Hosted by Aprill Renee. Poets and musicians pay $5 to do two 5-minute sets. Video-recorded and televised in Houston via Houston Media Source. 2612 Scott St. 7-11pm

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Hosted by Bruce Courtney. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7:30-10pm

Wednesday, February 8

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

Happy Fatz. Manifesto Showcase. Poetry and music. Hosted by Kris Smith and Caren Shaughnessy. Poets: Kris Smith, Caren Shaughnessy, Keno Sims, Muzak John, The Black S. 3510 White Oak Dr. 7-9:30pm

Fat Boy's Bar & Grill. Hilarious Hump Day. Open to comedians, entertainers and spoken word artists. Hosted by Blue DaComic. 2596 South Loop W. 8pm

Thursday, February 9

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

Friday, February 10

Discovery Green. Orbit Slam Series. Free workshops and poetry slams for youth ages 13-19. Sponsored by Meta-Four and Writers in the Schools. Hosts Outspoken Bean and Karyna. No registration required. 1500 McKinney St. 6-7:30pm

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

Saturday, February 11

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

Discovery Green. Orbit Slam Series. Free workshops and poetry slams for youth ages 13-19. Sponsored by Meta-Four and Writers in the Schools. Host Outspoken Bean and Karyna. No registration required. 1500 McKinney St. 6-7:30pm

Sunday, February 12

SugarHill Lounge. Poetry Lounge presents Legends Veteran Poets Show.  Hosted by Se7en. $5 cover. 2533 Southmore. Free admission before 7 with RSVP at Eventbrite. Doors open 6pm. Show starts 7:30pm

Nu Gruves Lounge. Sophisticated Sunday with host Lord Abraham Greatson. An all-artist open mic. Poets welcome. 4102 Broadway, Galveston. $5 cover. 8-10pm

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

Monday, February 13

Lucille Clifton died February 13, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 73. From the very beginning of her poetry career, she was recognized and lauded. Her books garnered numerous awards; she was Poet Laureate of Maryland; and, she was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. She even had two books of poetry named as finalists for one year's Pulitzer, and she was the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Tuesday, February 14

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

The Library Coffee and Wine House. Artistic Sound Open Mic. Hosted by Aprill Renee. Poets and musicians pay $5 to do two 5-minute sets. Video-recorded and televised in Houston via Houston Media Source. 2612 Scott St. 7-11pm

Five Element Kung Fu/Wusu. Insession, a music and poetry session. 2327 San Jacinto. 4-7pm

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. Hosted by Bruce Courtney. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7:30-10pm

Wednesday, February 15

Heights Library. Readings of poetry by great poets born during the month, followed by an open mic. 1302 Heights Blvd. 6pm

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

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

Fat Boy's Bar & Grill. Hilarious Hump Day. Open to comedians, entertainers and spoken word artists. Hosted by Blue DaComic. 2596 South Loop W. 8pm

Thursday, February 16

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, February 17

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

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

Saturday, February 18

Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Coversando a traves de la poesia. Julie Pujol y amigos. 7026 Hwy 6 N. 1:30pm

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

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

Sunday, February 19

SugarHill Lounge. Poetry Lounge presents Legends Veteran Poets Show.  Hosted by Se7en. $5 cover. 2533 Southmore. Free admission before 7 with RSVP at Eventbrite. Doors open 6pm. Show starts 7:30pm

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

Monday, February 20

Ben's Beans. Open mic hosted by Taylor Gibson. Music and poetry. 1302 Dallas St. 8pm

Tuesday, February 21

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

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

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

 

Rothko Chapel

Reading & Conversation:
Willis Barnstone, Aliki Barnstone
& Tony Barnstone

Presented in partnership with Saint Julian Press

7pm

Willis Barnstone has written more than 70 books of scholarship and poetry. A New Testament and Gnostic scholar, he published The Restored New Testament, including the Gnostic gospels of Thomas, Mary and Judas. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, the distinguished professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus and senior scholar in the Institute of Biblical and Literary Studies at Indiana University.

Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, editor and visual artist. She is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Dwelling. Her first book of poems, The Real Tin Flower, was published at the age of 12 with a forward by Anne Sexton. She has received multiple awards, including the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. She is Poet Laureate of Missouri and professor of English and creative writing at University of Missouri.

Tony Barnstone is a poet, author, essayist and literary translator. In addition to his 18 published books, his work has appeared in dozens of American literary journals. His latest work, Pulp Sonnets, is a book of illustrated poetry based on 20 years of research into classic pulp fiction, Gothic literature, B movies and comic books, illustrated by Iranian artist Amin Mansouri. He is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College.

A reception and book signing follow the program.

Suggested donation $10.

Rothko Chapel
3900 Yupon St
Houston TX 77006
713-524-9839

The Library Coffee and Wine House. Artistic Sound Open Mic. Hosted by Aprill Renee. Poets and musicians pay $5 to do two 5-minute sets. Video-recorded and televised in Houston via Houston Media Source. 2612 Scott St. 7-11pm

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Hosted by Bruce Courtney. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7:30-10pm

Wednesday, February 22

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

Fat Boy's Bar & Grill. Hilarious Hump Day. Open to comedians, entertainers and spoken word artists. Hosted by Blue DaComic. 2596 South Loop W. 8pm

Thursday, February 23

Poison Girl. Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Gulf Coast editors. 1641 Westheimer Rd. 8:30 pm

Friday, February 24

Rudyard's British Pub. Gulf Coast Magazine Reading Series, featuring Carlos Hernandez, Katie Condon, Jennifer Lowe. 2010 Waugh Dr. 7-8:30pm

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, February 25

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

Brazilian Arts Foundation. 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. 244 W. 19th St. $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, February 26

SugarHill Lounge. Poetry Lounge presents Legends Veteran Poets Show.  Hosted by Se7en. $5 cover. 2533 Southmore. Free admission before 7 with RSVP at Eventbrite. Doors open 6pm. Show starts 7:30pm

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

Monday, February 27

Ben's Beans. Open mic hosted by Taylor Gibson. Music and poetry. 1302 Dallas St. 8pm

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

Tuesday, February 28

 

Submissions Deadline: Public Poetry Work Contest

 See Submissions Page for details.

 

 

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

The Library Coffee and Wine House. Artistic Sound Open Mic. Hosted by Aprill Renee. Poets and musicians pay $5 to do two 5-minute sets. Video-recorded and televised in Houston via Houston Media Source. 2612 Scott St. 7-11pm

Bohemeo's. Glass Mountain Reading Series. 708 Telephone Rd. 6pm

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Hosted by Bruce Courtney. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7:30-10pm

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