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.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 | 2 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library | 1302 Heights Blvd, 77008
’s poetry has recently been published in Pocket Guide and he is currently working on a manuscript of poems, titled Big John Abroad
. He is co-director of Poetry at Round Top, an annual festival in the Texas Hill Country featuring the nation’s best poets. A native Austinite, he teaches English and basic carpentry to middle schoolers, and works both on and offstage with several Austin theatre companies, including Underbelly and Breaking String.
’s first book of poetry, Vigil
(1997), was a finalist for the Violet Crown Book Award from Writers’ League of Texas and Barnes & Noble. He was a James A. Michener Fellow at The University of Texas, where he received his M.F.A. degree. He is the founder and director emeritus of the Poetry at Round Top, a major annual literary festival in central Texas.
Celeste Guzmán Mendoza
, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, writes poetry, plays, and essays. Her first full-length poetry manuscript, Beneath the Halo
, was published by Wings Press in September 2013. Her second book, Coming in Waves
, is forthcoming in 2015. She is co-director and a co-founder of CantoMundo, a workshop for Latina/o poets. She has participated in the Macondo Writers Workshop and is a past resident of Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers.
Abe Louise Young
, a chapbook. Her work appears widely in journals including Narrative Magazine
, The Nation
, New Letters
, The Massachusetts Review
, and Bloom
. She holds an M.F.A. from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, and has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Beinecke Scholars Program, the Grolier Poetry Society, and others. An interdisciplinary writer and teaching artist, she leads creativity and writing workshops in Austin.