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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.


August 2018


 

Wednesday, August 1

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

     

Write About Now Presents
Kyla Jenee Lacey With Her New Book
Plus the WAN Open Mic

7:15-10:30pm

Kyla Jenee Lacey is primarily a spoken word artist who has performed at over 100 colleges and universities in over 30 states. Her first poem was published when she was ten years old. She has been a three-time finalist in the largest regional poetry slam in the country and nominated for numerous awards for college performers. She is also feminist, blacktivist, LGBT ally, budding blogger and tree hugger.

Her art has been featured in Huffington Post, the Root, Afropunk, George Takei, Write About Now, all Def Digital and her mother's refrigerator. She is owned by two black cats, Kit and Kaboodle.

Her new book is Hickoery Dickory Dock, I Do Not Want Your Cock: A Book About Patriachy For Manchildren. This book is a tongue-in-cheek approach to teaching men and manchildren about patriarchy and sexism, Hickory Dickory Dock, I Do Not Want Your C*ck, may deal with some pretty complex issues, but breaks down women's issues so well, that even a caveman or man who thinks he's a gentleman can read it!

Event is hosted by Amir Safi.

Door: $5
 

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

 

Thursday, August 2

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.

 

Words & Art
Ekphrastic Poetry & Prose Reading
Artist: Cary Leibowitz

6:30pm

 

Writers submitted poems and prose in response to the art of Cary Leibowitz. The top entries will be read by their authors. Featured tonight are:

Winston Derden
Cerena Ermitanio
j-coby wayne
Dom Zuccone
Gerald Cedillo
Neil Ellis Orts
Sandi Stromberg
Chuck Wemple
John Milkereit
Billie Duncan
Elina Petrova
Randall Nolty

Stacey and Tracey Isidro

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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 through August 26, 2018.


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

 

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

Five Nine Hookah Lounge. Real Tyme Improv Poetry & Open Mic. All poets/musicians/artists welcome at the open mic. Hosted by XoNe. 11786 Wilcrest Dr. 7-10pm

Friday, August 3

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: Saba Husain

8:30pm

Saba Husain's poems have appeared in Reunion: The Dallas Review, Bridge, the Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VIII: Texas, The Cimarron Review, Barrow Street, Natural The Missing Slate, The Texas Review, Kill Line (Anklebiters Press), Jaggery, and Enchantment of the Ordinary (Mutabilis Press). She was winner of the 2014 Lorene Pouncey Memorial Award at the Houston Poetry Fest and a finalist for the New Letters Poetry Prize. Husain has read her poetry at such venues as First Friday, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Poetry Fix, Words and Art, and for several years at Houston Poetry Fest. she has a BA in creative writing from University of Houston.

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, August 4

     

Public Poetry Reading Series
Featuring Sean Johnson, Savanah Burns,
Raie Crawford, Elena Gonzales Melinger

2-4pm

Born and raised on the north side of Houston Sean Johnson (aka 2 Die 4) came to know poetry at the age of 6 when her mother read to her from Nikki Giovanni’s Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day. Her poetry has appeared in multiple publications, including Riversongs, The Chaos, American Journal of Poetry, Third Wednesday, Sierra Nevada and Tiger’s Eye, and has been published in 23 anthologies worldwide. Sean’s poem “Rearview Mirror” was nominated for a Pushcart. She is the author of the chapbooks, Unpredicted Prophecy and My Name Be. In addition to her work as a stage actress, she has performed spoken word throughout the US. Sean is a humanitarian and missionary in the US, as well as in Africa and Central America.

Savanah Burns is an emerging poet who is currently in the MFA program at Sam Houston State University. She is an intern for the Texas Review Press and The Texas Review, as well as a teaching assistant. She is the poetry editor for the The Gordian Review. Her writing has been featured in Beacon, HistoricalMX.org and poets.org.

Raie (Rayla) Crawford is the current grand slam champion of 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 is currently Houston Performance Poet of the Year (2017-2018, Houston Poetry Fest). Her new book, In|S P A C E|Between, has just been released.

Elena Gonzales Melinger received the 2015 Bryan Lawrence Award for Nonfiction from the University of Houston Creative Writing Department for her zine “Light Skinned Tears” and an honorable mention for the Bryan Lawrence Award for her poem “Summer 1999.” Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Dangerous Constellations, Glass Mountain Magazine, The Aletheia and Texas Review.

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

 

Stimley-Blue Ridge
Neighborhood Library
7007 W Fuqua
Houston TX 77489
832-393-2370

 

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

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

Sunday, August 5

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

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

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

Monday, August 6

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

Tuesday, August 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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30-11pm

Wednesday, August 8

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

Write About Now National Slam Team
Send-off Show & Poetry Open Mic

7:30-10:30pm

Celebrate one of four Houston slam teams who will be competing in Chicago this year at the National Slam Championship.

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And, enjoy the regular WAN Open Mic night as well.

Open Mics are open to all. Each poet gets one poem under 3 minutes. Sign-up list goes up at 7:30pm.

 

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

 

Thursday, August 9

Every Thursday - 6pm

Living Art is a community art program which hosts artists from around Houston, including poets, writers, theatre groups, performance artists, visual artists, car artists and others engaging, educating, promoting and advancing art and artists in the Gulf Coast region. Hosted by Mike McGuire and Bucky Rea.

Five Nine Hookah Lounge. Real Tyme Improv Poetry & Open Mic. All poets/musicians/artists welcome at the open mic. Hosted by XoNe. 11786 Wilcrest Dr. 7-10pm

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

Friday, August 10

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

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

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

Saturday, August 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

     

Rudz Open Mic
Hosted by Outspoken Bean

7pm

The latest regular open mic in Houston is at Rudyards on every second Saturday of the month starting today, August 11, 2018, and hosted by none other than Outspoken Bean.

Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer and educator. He travels the country performing his original works and inspiring creative minds. His work ethic has taken him to Trinidad to Miami to South Dakota to Off-Broadway New York City and across the vast Houston Metropolitan where he inspires people from all walks of life to find and claim their voice. He is a 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013 and, is ranked 11th at National Poetry Slam 2014 (both with Houston VIP).

He started performing spoken-word in 2005. In his senior year at Prairie View A&M, Bean founded and coached the University’s first poetry slam team. In their first year, they won the title in their region and grabbed the 8th place ranking in the country at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI ’08).

Bean has also worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Houston’s Young Audiences: Arts for Learning and Texas Commission for the Arts, Houston Grand Opera, and coached Miami’s youth poetry slam team, Tiger-tail WordSpeak in the summer 2016. He serves as the Project Coordinator, Lead Coach and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project under Writers in the Schools’ WITS Performance program.

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

Sunday, August 12

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Pramila Venkateswaran: The Singer of Alleppey

5pm

This collection of just over 60 poems tells the story of Pramila Venkateswaran paternal grandmother, Sitala, who lived in Kerala, South India, in the early to middle twentieth century. A composer of songs, Sitala was known to use her art to negotiate her position as a woman, wife, and colonial subject.

Though the author knows little about the details of her grandmother's life and none of her songs were preserved, Venkateswaran interviewed older living relatives in Alleppey, Kerala, and listened to folk music that would have influenced her grandmother's songs in order to chronicle Sitala's life and art.

As Meena Alexander observes, “Moving through the cycles of day and night, these poems evoke the arc of a woman’s life, from the blossoming of young adulthood into the decay of old age.” Venkateswaran creatively uses the rhythms of local musical forms such as kummi, kudiattam, naatu paadal (folk song) and vanchipaatu (boat song) to tell the stories about a woman living and growing old in India in the last century.

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Pramila Venkateswaran will be reading from her latest book, The Singer of Alleppey.

She is author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich, 2015) and Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016).

Her poetry, essays and reviews have been published internationally, and she was poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. Included in her many honors are first prizes in national poetry competitions such as Two Review and String Poetry. She was a finalist for the Allan Ginsberg Poetry Prize and in the Finishing Line Chapbook poetry contest.

She is a professor of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY), is actively involved in giving workshops and readings across Long Island and beyond, and is the co-founder of Euterpe, the poetry venue in Emma Clark Memorial Library.

 

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

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, August 13

Robert Southey wrote "After Blenheim" (aka "The Battle of Blenheim") about a famous battle that took place August 13, 1704. The poem, considered to be one of the greatest anti-war poems of all time, was written in 1796 or slightly earlier. Southey was an exceedingly prolific writer of both poetry and prose. Although he was more influential as writer of prose, he was England's Poet Laureate for 30 years.  To read the poem, go to:

The Poetry Foundation: "The Battle of Blenheim"

Tuesday, August 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

East End Cottage. Galveston Poetry Roundtable. Reading and critique. John Gorman, moderator. Open to all. Bring 12 copies of one poem. Okay to bring food. Nonalcoholic drinks available for purchase. 1501 Postoffice (corner of 15th and Postoffice, yellow cottage), Galveston TX. 6:30-9pm

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Takes place on the patio, so check with them before going if the weather is iffy. Hosted by Brandon White. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7-10pm

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

     

Four Houston Slam Teams
Compete at 2018 National Poetry Slam

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

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

 

Preliminaries That Contain Houston Slam Teams

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Wednesday, August 15

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

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

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

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

     

Four Houston Slam Teams
Compete at 2018 National Poetry Slam

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

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

 

Preliminaries That Contain Houston Slam Teams

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Thursday, August 16

Every Thursday - 6pm

Living Art is a community art program which hosts artists from around Houston, including poets, writers, theatre groups, performance artists, visual artists, car artists and others engaging, educating, promoting and advancing art and artists in the Gulf Coast region. Hosted by Mike McGuire and Bucky Rea.

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

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

Five Nine Hookah Lounge. Real Tyme Improv Poetry & Open Mic. All poets/musicians/artists welcome at the open mic. Hosted by XoNe. 11786 Wilcrest Dr. 7-10pm

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

     

Four Houston Slam Teams
Compete at 2018 National Poetry Slam

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

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

 

Preliminaries That Contain Houston Slam Teams

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Friday, August 17

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

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Victoria Surliuga

6pm


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

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

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

 

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

Saturday, August 18

Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Coversando a traves de la poesia. Julie Pujol y amigos. Traiga su poesía o la poesía de otros autores que te gusta leer, sus historias cortas, la guitarra. (Bring your poetry or the poetry of other authors you like to read, your short stories, the guitar.) 7026 Hwy 6 N. 1pm

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

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

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

Sunday, August 19

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

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

Monday, August 20

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

Tuesday, August 21

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

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

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

 

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

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

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Takes place on the patio, so check with them before going if the weather is iffy. Hosted by Brandon White. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7-10pm

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

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

8:30-11pm

Wednesday, August 22

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

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

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

Thursday, August 23

Every Thursday - 6pm

Living Art is a community art program which hosts artists from around Houston, including poets, writers, theatre groups, performance artists, visual artists, car artists and others engaging, educating, promoting and advancing art and artists in the Gulf Coast region. Hosted by Mike McGuire and Bucky Rea.

Five Nine Hookah Lounge. Real Tyme Improv Poetry & Open Mic. All poets/musicians/artists welcome at the open mic. Hosted by XoNe. 11786 Wilcrest Dr. 7-10pm

Friday, August 24

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 25

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

Brasil. Writing workshop followed by a poetry slam. Poets can to earn points toward competing for the national team. Hosted by Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. 2604 Dunlavy. $5 to sit, always free to spit. Doors open 6:30pm. Workshop at 7pm. Slam at 8pm

Mojeaux's Louisiana Drinkery. Open Mic. Hosted by Royal the Artist. 2024 Rusk St. 9pm

Sunday, August 26

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

5-8pm

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

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

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


Cover:$10

 

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

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

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

Monday, August 27

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

Tuesday, August 28

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

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

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

Dunn Brothers Coffee. All-talent open mic. Poets welcome. Takes place on the patio, so check with them before going if the weather is iffy. Hosted by Brandon White. 201 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX. 7-10pm

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

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

Wednesday, August 29

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

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

Five Nine Hookah Lounge. Real Tyme Improv Poetry & Open Mic. All poets/musicians/artists welcome at the open mic. Hosted by XoNe. 11786 Wilcrest Dr. 7-10pm

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

Thursday, August 30

Every Thursday - 6pm

Living Art is a community art program which hosts artists from around Houston, including poets, writers, theatre groups, performance artists, visual artists, car artists and others engaging, educating, promoting and advancing art and artists in the Gulf Coast region. Hosted by Mike McGuire and Bucky Rea.

Poison Girl. Poison Pen Reading Series. 1641 Westheimer Rd. 8:30 pm

Friday, August 31

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