Year 3 at Public Poetry started in April with our Spring Series library readings that featured twelve fine poets over the course of three months.
Spring readings brought poets planted in academia, (Ange Mlinko, Katharine Jager, Chuck Taylor), others entrenched in the community doing good (James Adams, Gerald Cedillo, Bao-Long Chu, Darla McBryde, Dustin, B. Pickering, Charlie Scott), a UH student (Scott Chalupa), and two poets who joined us from Austin, (Usha Akella and Cindy Huyser). Some fabulous young poets involved with Writers In the Schools/WITS also stepped up to perform original work – and those kids had it memorized!
Additionally, Public Poetry celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day with several hundred young ones at Kashmere Gardens Elementary School, and as a continuation of the PRIZE POETS program presented in January, offered a workshop/conversation with Fady Joudah, initiated by Writers In the Schools, funded in part by a grant from the City’s Initiative Program through the Houston Arts Alliance. Additionally, each month throughout the year, our presence in the community is enhanced with our poets being included on The Front Row, KUHA (91.7 fm) and KUHF, (88.7 fm), insightfully interviewed by St.John Flynn or Katherine Lu.
Our wonderful partnership with Houston Public Library takes us to new library locations every three months, and for the upcoming Summer Series we’ll be at what is undoubtedly the most elegant library in Houston, The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, in the Carriage House, 5300 Caroline, 77004, once home to William Clayton (1880-1966) a prominent citizen who served several presidents. It is situated in the museum district, close to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Our 2 PM first-Saturday-of-the-month Summer Series will feature 13 new poets. On JULY 6, Michael Berryhill, Chris Carmona, Anis Shivani, Dulcie “Digh” Veluthukaran will be featured. AUGUST 3, we’ve got Kay Cosgrove, Peter Hyland, Lupe Mendez, David Tomas Martinez, Nancy K. Pearson reading. SEPTEMBER 7 is Daniel Carrington, Christa Forster, Robert Lunday, Bishop Ragtyme. Brochures with their bios will be available in libraries throughout Houston shortly, so please pick some up and pass them around. There will also be information on our web site coming very soon.
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