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Welcome to REELpoetry/HoustonTX 2019

REELpoetry/HoustonTX is three days with more than 50 films including cinepoetry, documentaries and videos from local, national and international filmmakers, poets and artists. Catch screenings of U.S. premiers, films by previous prize winners, and videos of homegrown performance poets. You’ll also find talks, a workshop and a panel discussion scattered throughout, as well as live poetry performances. It’s an occasion to network and socialize with creative people who combine film and poetry in distinctive ways. It’s a place to adjust your expectations, to wrap your mind around potentialities, to consider what poetry and film are capable of and to stretch beyond the boundaries where film and poetry intersect.


REELpoetry/HoustonTX is produced by Public Poetry.

Public Poetry’s collaborative programs and projects put hundreds of poets in front of thousands of people at libraries, museums, music venues and more. We mix it up, so that established local published poets, academics, performance poets and kids read together.

A monthly library reading series, scavenger hunt with poetry clues, ekphrastic contests where curators at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston select artworks to inspire poetry and publishing the winning poems in a gorgeous anthology ART BECOMES POETRY, the Poetry Ride (a coach trip to the Round Top Poetry Festival with a workshop on the journey by Houston’s poet laureate), special series, workshops, Ex Libris essays and podcasts on poetry, “The PM Show: Poets & Musicians,” poetry at dance parties, all give well-regarded poets and poetry greater visibility. In 2015, we brought former US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, to Houston to launch his internationally acclaimed “Favorite Poem Project” for our city, which led to Houston Poet Laureate Robin Davidson to launch Houston's Favorite Poem Project.

Collaboration, innovation and inspiration are all part of Public Poetry's activities.


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