Gaming The Game & Playing Poetry

OK, let’s start with the good stuff:


PSSST:  The odds are in your favor! And entering is FREE.


  • Read four short poems here with hints from the MFAH

  • Decide which four museum artworks they go with 

  • More info and entry form HERE

PSSST: All entries must be received by midnight April 30, 2014.

Admission to the MFAH is always free on Thursdays.

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Getting there:

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MAY 1st

Read what Mary Biddinger has to say about

Margaret Atwood’s “You Are Happy

MAY 19th  7PM

Join in our live discussion on Facebook


Poetry Book Club Premiers LIVE on Facebook

jenny pinkTuesday, April 22, set your watches to 7:00 PM Central Time to talk with Jenny Browne about Richard Hugo’s 31 Letters and 13 Dreams as Public Poetry: Ex Libris premiers live on Facebook.  To start the conversation, there’s an essay and questions from Jenny Browne on our Ex Libris page.

At 7:00 PM, get on Public Poetry’s Facebook page. At the top of the page, click on our EX LIBRIS Public Poetry logo (left of “likes”) log on thru Facebook or as a guest, and join in the discussion.

Every month, a new poet will discuss a poetry book they are recommending.  Essays and questions to ponder will be posted on the Ex Libris drop down menu.  Public Poetry will host a live discussion on Facebook with the presenting poets at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of the month, where you can have your say.


Texas State Poet Laureate & 2 NEW Web Projects

RegisterWednesday and Thursday, April 16 & 17, Texas State Poet Laureate, Rosemary Catacalos will be in town.  Wednesday, she’ll “Begin Everywhere” starting at the Willow Street Pump Station at 4:30 with a conversational workshop. To Register Click Here. Artful thurs Students Click Here.  She will “Begin~Again” at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with a free reading as part of the MFAH’s Artful Thursday at 6:30 PM.  Free tickets are available in advance here. ‘There will also be a benefit Public Poetry After-Party with her.  If you want to be there  click here. (Tickets are tax-deductible, except for a fair market value of $25).


The Game: OR

posterJust For National Poetry Month (only for the month of April), Public Poetry and the Museum of Fine Arts are collaborating on a museum scavenger hunt with clues to four museum artwork in original poetry by Martha Serpas, Mike Alexander, Bao-Long Chu and Gwendolyn Zepeda, (appointed by Houston’s Mayor to be our city’s Poet Laureate). Find the art and you’re eligible to win an intimate portrait (head) by museum school faculty member Lydia Bodnar Balahutrak, and other fabulous prizes. Details and submission links are on Public Poetry’s web site here and on the MFAH’s web site here.

Ex Libris:

Ex Libris flyer AprilEvery month, month after month, Public Poetry’s live web book club will enlist a new poet to discuss a book they recommend. You can join in that discussion love the Third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM. Details here

Let us know what you think!




An EVENT/full April

Public Poetry is about to turn 4(!) and we’re introducing all kinds of new programs and projects.  To make the information easier to find, we’ve reconfigured our web site, so that all will be revealed by going to the EVENT tab.  Neat (and tidy)!  And you can also subscribe to our free monthly newsletter for updates.

AprilposterApril is a full month. We’re celebrating our 3rd anniversary with our monthly series partner and soul-mate, Houston Public Library.  For that special event we’ve got a new line-up of poets, including Winston Derden, Catherine Durham Oldmixon, Yerra Sugarman and Regina Vigil.The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invited Public Poetry to help them celebrate National Poetry Month in April.  Of course, we didn’t want to disappoint so we proposed two projects, The Game, an on-line month-long scavenger hunt in April with clues in poems by Houston Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, Martha Serpas, Bao Long-Chu and Mike Alexander.  Be sure to check out the prizes that will go to 4 lucky winners chosen at random. Public Poetry is also bringing the Texas State Poet Laureate, Rosemary Catacalos, to the museum for a free reading at the MFAH’s Artful Thursday on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 PM.

State Poets Laureate stay busy, and she will also be at UH-Downtown on Wednesday, April 16, from 4:30-5:30 PM, giving a   conversational workshop;

Begin Everywhere: A Conversation
Exploring Ways Disparate Elements Make A Poem

After-Party Rose 001as well as mixing and mingling at Public Poetry’s After-Party following the MFAH reading.  We’d love for you to join us at this ticketed benefit. And, there’s more this month!!  We’re really excited about our new monthly series, Public Poetry: EX LIBRIS!!EX LIBRIS bookplate 001




  April 1 – April 30 ques 2

 Game On!  Play for FREE with the MFAH & Public Poetry. Your challenge is to find four works of art at the MFAH based on clues provided by Public Poetry and MFAH.   Your clues come in ekphrastic poems written by Mike Alexander, Bao-Long Chu, Martha Serpas & Gwendolyn Zapeda, each complemented by  short facts supplied by the MFAH.  Four lucky winners chosen at random will receive either a portrait by Glasell School art instructor Lydia Bodar-Balahutrak, or museum membership or a memorable lunch with poets and artist or a selection of signed poetry books.  All of this will be free, and on a special web page starting April 1.

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Public Poetry is celebrating its 3th Birthday on Saturday at McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library.  Come early and rev up with a youth slam featuring WITS/Meta-Four Houston  at 11 AM  Then do lunch at noon with Houston Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn ZepadaAt our usual time of  2 PM,  Public Poetrywill debut its 2014-15 library poetry series, starting with Winston Derden, Katherine Durham Oldmixon , Yerra Sugarman & Regina Virgil.

April 16

Public Poetry is offering a Wednesday Workshop with Texas State Poet Laureate, Rosemary Catacalos.  Program details and registration will be available here starting March 24.  

rose 3April 17

Public Poetry is featured at the MFAH’s Artful Thursday program. Everyone is invited to a FREE reading 6:30 PM in the MFAH’s Brown Auditorium featuring Texas State Poet Laureate, Rosemary Catacalos, followed by a book signing.

We’re also having a ticketed After-Party with our State Poet laureate. Tickets will be available on our web-site starting March 24.

April 18   EX LIBRIS 

NEW!! Public Poetry is debuting a “live” monthly poetry book club on the web.   We have a different poet each month who will recommend an overlooked or under-appreciated poetry book.  They will tell you why they are recommending it and provide some questions to ponder.  Here’s the good part: Two weeks later they will be on-line live to take your questions, to comment, to discuss, to get into a heated argument . . . Details will be announced April 1.

Special Event at The Menil Collection + Writing Workshop

poster pngreading EVENTPublic Poetry is bringing two poets to The Menil Public Poetry is bringing two poets to The Menil Collection for a free reading on Friday, February 7 at 7 PM. This special event features poets Sasha West & Jason Schneiderman.

Public Poetry’s poetry writing workshop with Jason Schneiderman and Sasha West is on Saturday, February 8, at 2.  For details, click here and scroll down that page.