Public Poetry exists to bring together the public and the poetry community, and to create a buzz about poetry. Join us for a free poetry reading series presented on the first Saturday of each month.
These interactive poetry events will feature local and visiting poets, and the occasional local celebrity or public figure. Poets will be available for Q&A and book signing at the end of each program.
The series is a partnership between Public Poetry and Houston Public Library.
McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library | 7405 Stella Link, 77025
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 11 AM - 4 PM
11 AM - Writers in the Schools (WITS) Neptune Slam
This preliminary slam is part of the Space City Slams, free performance poetry competitions for teens (ages 13-19). Visit witshouston.org for more information.
1 PM - Lunch with Houston's Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda
Gwendolyn will read and discuss poetry with attendees, who are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy. Desserts and drinks will be provided.
2 PM - Public Poetry's 3rd Anniversary
Four poets read their poetry as part of the 3rd anniversary of this award-winning program.
is a former journalist, fiction writer, and poet. His poetry appears in New Texas
, the Texas Poetry Calendar
, two Houston Poetry Festival anthologies, Words and Art
, Harbinger Asylum
, Pink-Eye Lemonade
, Big River Poetry Review
, and Illya’s Honey
. Some of that work is collected in the chapbook Analects
. He is a lifetime member of Gulf Coast Poets. He read on the 2013 Word Around Town tour and is regularly featured at Houston-area poetry readings.
Katherine Durham Oldmixon is a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly and co-director of the Poetry at Round Top festival. Recent poems appear in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cider Press Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and in her chapbook Water Signs, a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Award. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin, M.F.A. from University of New Orleans, M.A. and B.A. from University of Houston, and is Professor of English at Austin’s historic Huston-Tillotson University.
is the author of two poetry collections: Forms of Gone
and The Bag of Broken Glass
, both published by The Sheep Meadow Press. She received a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and awards from PEN American Center, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, and The Nation
magazine. She is a Ph.D. candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.
Regina Vigil is the program coordinator at Writers in the Schools (WITS). Before that, she worked at Lawndale Art Center and photographed day-old babies in hospitals. She helped found the University of Houston’s Boldface Conference and an undergraduate literary magazine, Glass Mountain, where she now serves on the board of advisors. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review and Gigantic Sequins. She is launching the pillow-making enterprise Narwhal Sonata.