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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.


Dec 21, 2018 - Jan 31 2019


Friday, December 21

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

Saturday, December 22

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

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

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

Sunday, December 23

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

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

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

 

Holiday Reminder:
Please check with venues on holidays to make certain that regular events will be taking place.

 

Monday, December 24

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

Tuesday, December 25

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

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

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 26

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

District 1960. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. Featured Readers and open mic. 3337-A Cypress Creek. $2 cover. 7pm-12am

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

Thursday, December 27

Every Thursday - 6pm

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

 

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

Friday, December 28

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

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

Saturday, December 29

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

Zen Ase Poetry Presents
Laughz and Lyrics: Rezolution

8-10pm

End the old year and usher in the new with fun, frolic, frivolity and creativity. Parking. Food truck. Full bar. Live music, poetry, comedy.

Host Poet Pimp. Featuring Siraj Rakeem, the Phenix Fire, Darcie Cole, Shelly T., Ray Ray, JLEWDAKEYS and Rasaan J.

 

The next two dates for Laughz and Lyrics will be:

January 6, 2019
The Dollar Hookah Lounge
13513 Bammel North Houston Rd

January 18, 2019
Mystic Bar and Grill
12510 North Fwy

Tickets: $15 at the door

 

The Key
4803 Main St
Houston TX 77002
346-291-5914

 

Alley Kat. Eats Beats & Jazz-The Darius Lovehall Project. Presented by Reg Rhodes & the I10 Media Group. Poets, live music, three DJs. Tickets $0-$25. 3718 Main St. 9pm-12am

Sunday, December 30

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

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

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

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

Monday, December 31

The Darkling Thrush*

By Thomas Hardy


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

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

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

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

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

 


All events and conditions are subject to change.
All events in Houston unless otherwise specified.
All events free unless otherwise specified.

Events are updated and added as information comes in, so check back often.


January 2019


 

Tuesday, January 1

Nuestra Palabra Radio
KPFT - 90.1 FM
6-7pm

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

Texas live streams and podcast at www.kpft.org

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

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

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

8:30-11pm

Wednesday, January 2

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. BYOB. Open mic/live music/poetry/hiphop/karaoke. Hosted by Queen Niomie Luvv. 13513 Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 cover. 7pm-12am

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

Thursday, January 3

Every Thursday - 6pm

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

 

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

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

Friday, January 4

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

Discovery Green. Orbit Slam Series. Free workshops and poetry slams for youth ages 13-19. Writers in the Schools and Discovery Green host a free writing and performance workshop series for youth (ages 13 - 19) the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. It's an incredible opportunity for students to hone their skills, meet other young writers, and work with professional performance poets. No registration required. 1500 McKinney St. 6-7:30pm

     

First Friday Reading Series

Featured poet: Outspoken Bean

8:30pm

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

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

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First Friday Reading Series is Houston’s oldest open reading series, hosted by Robert Clark since 1975, usually on the first Friday of every month.

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

 

Inprint House
1520 West Main
Houston TX 77006

Saturday, January 5

     

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

2-4pm

Chenelle John is an emerging poet and MFA (poetry) candidate at Sam Houston State University. She is a US Virgin Islands native and has lived in Texas since she was 18. Chenelle has been well received in both her poetry and dance performances, and she is preparing to dive into the world of poetry publication very soon. Her poems focus on West African and Afro-Caribbean mythologies and religions.

Vanessa Zimmer-Powell is a poet and speech-language pathologist. Among her honors are winner of the 2016 Houston Poetry Fest ekphrastic poetry competition and a winner of Rick Steve's Haiku Award. Her poetry has aired on KPFT, KTRU, Houston Public Radio and the Rick Steve's radio program. Vanessa’s poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Austin International Poetry Festival, Houston Poetry Fest, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Ekphrasis, Texas Poetry Calendar, and Untamable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston. Her chapbook, Woman Looks into an Eye, is published by Dancing Girl Press. Her poem, “Aquí” was included in a collaborative collection of ekphrastic poetry and the photography of Jim Bones.

Ji Yoon Lee is a poet and translator and winner of the Joanna Cargill Prize, 2014. Her books include Foreigner’s Folly (Coconut Books, 2014), Funsize/Bitesize (Birds of Lace, 2013), IMMA (Radioactive Moat, 2012), and Cheer Up, Femme Fatale (Action Books, 2015). Her poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote Journal, Eleven Eleven Literary Journal, The Volta, PANK Magazine, Seven Corners Poetry, The Animated Reader, &Now Awards 3, and more. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame.

Ayokunle Falomo Ayokunle Falomo is a Nigerian, a TEDx speaker, an American and the winner of the 2018 Stacy Doris Memorial Award. He is the author of thread, this wordweaver must! and kin.DREAD. As a poet, his singular mission is to use his pen as a shovel to unearth those things that make us human. He and his work have been featured in Glass Mountain and online in The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media, Hive Society, Squawk Back, Pressure Gauge Press, Mantra Review and elsewhere. His work has also taken him to venues and stages around and outside of Texas.

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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.

 

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

 

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

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

Sunday, January 6

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

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

Zen Ase Poetry Presents
Laughz and Lyrics: Jump Start

8-10pm

What is more exciting than a new year? Well, a live show to kick off that new year. Come and get inspired, energized and invigorated to make 2019 the best year ever.

Featuring Poetically Courtney Lynn, Scott Free Poetry, Saxophonist Wesly Walker of Phoenix Rising Jazz, Comic Shelly T, Comic Lady Kaye Jones Harts, Poet Zen Ase, Poet/singer Autiztry.

BYOB. Hookah served. Large parking lot with free parking and an open mic after the featured performers
 

Tickets: $12 Presale & $15 At The Door

 

Dollar Hookah Lounge
13513 Bammel N Houston Rd
Houston TX 77066
832-245-8796

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

Monday, January 7

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

Tuesday, January 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

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, January 9

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. BYOB. Open mic/live music/poetry/hiphop/karaoke. Hosted by Queen Niomie Luvv. 13513 Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 cover. 7pm-12am

Renee's on the Bayou. Poetic Nights on the Bayou. Hosted by Emoetry Speaks. 2541 N. MacGregor Way. $5 poets, $10 audience. 7pm

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

Thursday, January 10

Every Thursday - 6pm

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

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

Friday, January 11

Shabach Enterprise Presents
Fade to Black Reading Series
January 12 & 13

Friday: 8pm

This winter reading series was created as an extension of Fade to Black's summer performance series and reaches a more urban crowd and consists of eight short plays by African American writers.

Some of the plays have poetic content, and some have poets involved in the acting and/or directing of the plays, so they are not only an amalgamation of words and music, but they are part of the amazing Houston poetry scene--a scene that will reach across the world--and has already begun.

THE PLAYS:

ACT I
Eternal Flame by Melanie Payne (FL)
The Amazin' Jason by Brittney S. Harris (VA), directed by Marcus Freeman
Salt by Tramaine Brathwaite (GA), starring Terrance Mays and Kristina Sinclair, directed by Carrae Lane
Uncle Tom's Hangar by Russell Nichols (NM), starring Mariah Goodie and Dillon Dewitt, directed by Candice D'Meza

ACT II
Truth Hurts by Corey Shields (TX), starring Jerome “JSpeaks The Poet” Covington, directed by Bucky Rea
Sell Out by Breana C. Venable (NC), starring Brandon Balque, directed by Devan Wade
Never Roger by Trevor Davis (NY), directed by Matthieu Chapman
The Absolved Exoneration by Kelvin Douglas (TX), starring Jon Johnson, directed by Kara Willis
To Be Black in America: Woof Woof by Reginald Baril (FL), starring Terrance Mays and Nicholas M. Garelick, directed by Callina Anderson

NOTE: Some material may not be suitable for patrons under 16.

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Shabach Enterprise is a multi-dimensional performing arts organization that seeks to foster public awareness and cultural appreciation for theater in the African American community by showcasing the works of aspiring playwrights of color. After a nationwide search, a panel of judges picks the finalists whose work is presented.

The guidelines were simple: playwrights must be African-American, scripts had to be original and unproduced, participation in workshops and readings were acceptable, entry fees were not required, censorship was discouraged, and themes were left solely to the author’s discretion.
 

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

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

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

Saturday, January 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

Rudyard's British Pub. Second Saturday Open Mic. Hosted by Outspoken Bean. 2010 Waugh Dr. 5-7pm

Shabach Enterprise Presents
Fade to Black Reading Series
January 13

Saturday: 8pm

This winter reading series was created as an extension of Fade to Black's summer performance series and reaches a more urban crowd and consists of eight short plays by African American writers.

Some of the plays have poetic content, and some have poets involved in the acting and/or directing of the plays, so they are not only an amalgamation of words and music, but they are part of the amazing Houston poetry scene--a scene that will reach across the world--and has already begun.

THE PLAYS:

THE PLAYS:

ACT I
Eternal Flame by Melanie Payne (FL)
The Amazin' Jason by Brittney S. Harris (VA), directed by Marcus Freeman
Salt by Tramaine Brathwaite (GA), starring Terrance Mays and Kristina Sinclair, directed by Carrae Lane
Uncle Tom's Hangar by Russell Nichols (NM), starring Mariah Goodie and Dillon Dewitt, directed by Candice D'Meza

ACT II
Truth Hurts by Corey Shields (TX), starring Jerome “JSpeaks The Poet” Covington, directed by Bucky Rea
Sell Out by Breana C. Venable (NC), starring Brandon Balque, directed by Devan Wade
Never Roger by Trevor Davis (NY), directed by Matthieu Chapman
The Absolved Exoneration by Kelvin Douglas (TX), starring Jon Johnson, directed by Kara Willis
To Be Black in America: Woof Woof by Reginald Baril (FL), starring Terrance Mays and Nicholas M. Garelick, directed by Callina Anderson

NOTE: Some material may not be suitable for patrons under 16.

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Shabach Enterprise is a multi-dimensional performing arts organization that seeks to foster public awareness and cultural appreciation for theater in the African American community by showcasing the works of aspiring playwrights of color. After a nationwide search, a panel of judges picks the finalists whose work is presented.

The guidelines were simple: playwrights must be African-American, scripts had to be original and unproduced, participation in workshops and readings were acceptable, entry fees were not required, censorship was discouraged, and themes were left solely to the author’s discretion.
 

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

 

Sunday, January 13

Shabach Enterprise Presents
Fade to Black Reading Series
January 11, 12 & 13

Sunday: 2pm

This winter reading series was created as an extension of Fade to Black's summer performance series and reaches a more urban crowd and consists of eight short plays by African American writers.

Some of the plays have poetic content, and some have poets involved in the acting and/or directing of the plays, so they are not only an amalgamation of words and music, but they are part of the amazing Houston poetry scene.

THE PLAYS:

ACT I
Eternal Flame by Melanie Payne (FL)
The Amazin' Jason by Brittney S. Harris (VA), directed by Marcus Freeman
Salt by Tramaine Brathwaite (GA), starring Terrance Mays and Kristina Sinclair, directed by Carrae Lane
Uncle Tom's Hangar by Russell Nichols (NM), starring Mariah Goodie and Dillon Dewitt, directed by Candice D'Meza

ACT II
Truth Hurts by Corey Shields (TX), starring Jerome “JSpeaks The Poet” Covington, directed by Bucky Rea
Sell Out by Breana C. Venable (NC), starring Brandon Balque, directed by Devan Wade
Never Roger by Trevor Davis (NY), directed by Matthieu Chapman
The Absolved Exoneration by Kelvin Douglas (TX), starring Jon Johnson, directed by Kara Willis
To Be Black in America: Woof Woof by Reginald Baril (FL), starring Terrance Mays and Nicholas M. Garelick, directed by Callina Anderson

NOTE: Some material may not be suitable for patrons under 16.

____________________

Shabach Enterprise is a multi-dimensional performing arts organization that seeks to foster public awareness and cultural appreciation for theater in the African American community by showcasing the works of aspiring playwrights of color. After a nationwide search, a panel of judges picks the finalists whose work is presented.

The guidelines were simple: playwrights must be African-American, scripts had to be original and unproduced, participation in workshops and readings were acceptable, entry fees were not required, censorship was discouraged, and themes were left solely to the author’s discretion.
 

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

 

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

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

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

Monday, January 14

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) died January 14, 1898. Besides Carroll's Alice books (and included in them) are some of the finest and most linguistically innovative poems in the English language. He took the idea of "nonsense verse" and turned it through the looking glass. "Jabberwokky" is the best example of his brilliantly twisted wordage, and it has miraculously been translated into a couple of dozen languages--quite an amazing feat considering the problems of translating words such as "slithy" and "frabjous" and "vorpal." It was even translated into American Sign Language--which actually has no written language. See Eric Malzkuhn on Youtube.

 

Tuesday, January 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

 

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

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

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

8:30-11pm

Wednesday, January 16

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

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. BYOB. Open mic/live music/poetry/hiphop/karaoke. Hosted by Queen Niomie Luvv. 13513 Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 cover. 7pm-12am

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

Thursday, January 17

Every Thursday - 6pm

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

 

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

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

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

Friday, January 18

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

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

Saturday, January 19

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

     

Houston VIP Slam Team
Presents
Workshop & Open Mic

7pm Workshop - 8pm Open Mic

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

Featuring Alex the Great!
 

$5 to sit Always free to spit
 

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

 

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Daniel Levin Becker:
Discussion of All That Is Evident Is Suspect

7pm

Since its inception in Paris in 1960, the OuLiPo—ouvroir de littérature potentielle, or workshop for potential literature—has continually expanded our sense of what writing can do. It’s produced, among many other marvels, a detective novel without the letter e (and a sequel of sorts without a, i, o, u, or y); an epic poem structured by the Parisian metro system; a story in the form of a tarot reading; a poetry book in the form of a game of go; and a suite of sonnets that would take almost 200 million years to read completely.

Enter All That is Evident is Suspect: the first collection in English to offer a life-size picture of the group in its historical and contemporary incarnations, and the first in any language to represent all of its members (numbering 41 as of April 2018 ). Combining fiction, poetry, essays and lectures, and never-published internal correspondence—along with the acrobatically constrained writing and complexly structured narratives that have become synonymous with oulipian practice—this volume shows a unique group of thinkers and artists at work and at play, meditating on and subverting the facts of life, love, and the group itself. It’s an unprecedentedly intimate and comprehensive glimpse at the breadth and diversity of one of world literature’s most vital, adventurous presences.

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Daniel Levin Becker is a translator of All Is Evident Is Suspect. Levin Becker was the second American elected as a member of OuLiPo, which happened after he spent a Fulbright year in which he organized and indexed OuLiPo's archives.

He is the author of Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature (Harvard University Press, 2012), editor for the magazine The Believer, translator of multiple French texts and a musician.

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  • Reserve your book online at least 24 hours in advance. Call 713-523-0701 to reserve books on the day of the signing.

  • Please buy books to-be-signed directly from Brazos Bookstore.

  • Get there early because parking in the lot is limited. There is abundant street parking nearby.

  • Brazos Bookstore can have your book signed for you even if you can’t make it. Please pay in advance to guarantee signed books.

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston TX 77005

713-523-0701

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

Sunday, January 20

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

     

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Weasel:
Reading From We Live for Half Moons

5pm

Weasel describes himself as a degenerate author, but most people in the Houston area know him as The Dude of Weasel Press, who has published many of the top poets in the Houston poetry community.

We Live for Half Moons, published by Thurston Howl Press, is his second novella, and his work has been published in several anthologies and literary magazines such as: Slashers, Infurno, 13 Poets, Untameable City, Earth is Huge and We’re All On It, Five2One Magazine and several others.

This event is 18 and over.

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  • Reserve your book online at least 24 hours in advance. Call 713-523-0701 to reserve books on the day of the signing.

  • Please buy books to-be-signed directly from Brazos Bookstore.

  • Get there early because parking in the lot is limited. There is abundant street parking nearby.

  • Brazos Bookstore can have your book signed for you even if you can’t make it. Please pay in advance to guarantee signed books.

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston TX 77005

713-523-0701

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

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

Monday, January 21

Vahan Tekeyan was an Armenian poet, born January 21, 1878, in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire, so he was just 16 when the first Turkish genocide of the Armenians began in 1894. In 1896, he fled to Europe. He returned to Armenia, but was out of the country on April 24, 1915, when the second genocide began in which up to 1.5 million Armenians were massacred. He settled in Egypt for the rest of his life where the bulk of his poetry was written and where he was editor of Arev, an Armenian newspaper still publishing in Cairo today. Much of his writing was informed by the slaughter of the people of Armenia which included some of his best friends.

 

Brazos Bookstore Presents
Thomas Kleven:
The Meaning of Life and Other Poems

pm

The Meaning of Life and Other Poems consists of 44 mostly metered and rhymed poems, each of which is accompanied by an image related to the theme of the poem.

Thomas Kleven is a professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston where he has taught for 43 years. He is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. He has spent much of his life wondering about the meaning of life, although it’s still a mystery to him.

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  • Reserve your book online at least 24 hours in advance. Call 713-523-0701 to reserve books on the day of the signing.

  • Please buy books to-be-signed directly from Brazos Bookstore.

  • Get there early because parking in the lot is limited. There is abundant street parking nearby.

  • Brazos Bookstore can have your book signed for you even if you can’t make it. Please pay in advance to guarantee signed books.

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston TX 77005

713-523-0701

 

Tuesday, January 22

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

     

Poetry Fix Presents
John Milkereit

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 hosted by Mike Alexander.

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John Milkereit’s  poems have appeared in various literary journals such as San Pedro River Review, Big River Poetry Review, Texas Poetry Calendar (Dos Gatos Press) and The Weight of Addition (Mutabilis Press), as well as various anthologies of the Houston Poetry Fest and the Austin International Poetry Fest.

His chapbooks, Home & Away and Paying Admissions, were published by Pudding House Press (2010). His first full-length book collection of poems, A Rotating Equipment is Never Finished, was published by Ink Brush Press (March 2015).

He will be reading from his second full-length book collection of poems, Drive the World in a Taxicab (Lamar University Press, 2018).

Come early as parking is limited & the coffee is good.

Fix Coffeebar
415 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006
713-806-5403

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

Wednesday, January 23

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. BYOB. Open mic/live music/poetry/hiphop/karaoke. Hosted by Queen Niomie Luvv. 13513 Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 cover. 7pm-12am

Renee's on the Bayou. Poetic Nights on the Bayou. Hosted by Emoetry Speaks. 2541 N. MacGregor Way. $5 poets, $10 audience. 7pm

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

Thursday, January 24

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.

Friday, January 25

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

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

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

Saturday, January 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

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

Sunday, January 27

Axelrad. Open mic: music, poetry, etc. 1517 Alabama St. Sign-up, 5pm. Show start, 6pm.

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

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

Monday, January 28

W.B. Yeats died January 28, 1939, at the Hôtel Idéal Séjour, in Menton, France. He was born at Sandymount in County Dublin, Ireland. He stands as one of the great figures in world poetry, but he is also renowned for his plays and as being a founder of the Abbey Theatre. He was the first Irishman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923, and his poetry after that win was even more impressive than his earlier works.

Tuesday, January 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

Bohemeo's. Glass Mountain Reading Series. Featured readers: Matt Flores, Michelle Burk and Musi Trappe. Open mic following featured poets. 708 Telephone Rd. Doors open 6pm. Show: 7-11:30pm

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, January 30

Hookah Lounge. Peace Poetry Paint presents Entertainment Wednesdays. BYOB. Open mic/live music/poetry/hiphop/karaoke. Hosted by Queen Niomie Luvv. 13513 Bammel N Houston Rd. $5 cover. 7pm-12am

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

Thursday, January 31

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 Pen Reading Series Presents
Charlotte Wyatt, Obi Calvin Umeozor, Loyce Gayo

8:30pm

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.

Charlotte Wyatt is the recipient of a 2018 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize for fiction, and was the 2017-18 Inprint Creative Writing Program Fellow. She has served as a fiction editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and has taught fiction in Houston with Inprint, Boldface Conference and WITS.

Obi Calvin Umeozor received his BA in English from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and taught English literature before moving to the States in 2015, where he obtained an MFA in creative writing from Florida State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Orleans Review, Southeast Review, Shift and others. He was shortlisted for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Loyce Gayo is a Tanzanian born slampoet, singer, teaching artist and activist who is currently based in Houston. Gayo is profoundly influenced by her experience in the African Diaspora and uses her craft to celebrate the journey of a people dispersed. She also uses her voice to advocate for the empowerment of marginalized people by supporting local efforts and organizations. Gayo was the slam champion of the UT Spitshine Poetry Slam Team who won the 2014 Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). Her work has been featured on Button Poetry, Write About Now, Badilisha Poetry and PBS. She also teaches creative writing for Writers in the Schools.

 

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