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.  

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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.

FEB.1, 7 & 8

Park Place mapFirst off in February is an exceptional roster of younger poets who will be reading at Park Place Regional Library at 2 PM on Saturday, February 1. Come listen to the words of Kay Cosgrove, Peter B. Hyland, David Tomas Martinez, Lupe Mendez and Nancy K. Pearson. To learn more about these five poets, follow this link.

short version 001The following Friday, February 7 at 7 PM, Public Poetry is bringing two poets to Houston for a special free reading at The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross, 77006.  Public Poetry Presents: Sasha West and Jason Schneiderman in collaboration with The Menil Collection and supported by Poets & Writers Inc. To read more, click here.

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  A Poetry Writing Workshop with Sasha West and Jason Schneiderman

“I’m exhausted. I spent all morning putting in a comma and all afternoon taking it out”- Oscar Wilde.
Public Poetry is also offering a workshop “Presence & Absence” with West & Schneiderman on Saturday, February 8 at 2 PM at the Montrose Library meeting room, downstairs.  TO REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE  Space is limited.  To read about this exciting opportunity to spend part of an afternoon with these poets, click here.

And there’s lots more poetry in and around our fair city.  You can discover for yourself  simply by clicking here

See you at Public Poetry on February 1, 7 & 8. 


A Fabulous February!

feb 1 2014 001It’s going to be a busy month.  We’re starting off on the first day, Saturday, February 1, at Park Place Regional Library with five outstanding poets. . .read more here

menilPublic Poetry is proud to partner with The Menil Collection for a FREE reading by Sasha West and Jason Schneiderman on FRIDAY February 7 at 7 PM. . . read more here

AT 2 PM on SATURDAY, February 8, Public Poetry is offering a POETRY WORKSHOP with Jason Schneiderman & Sasha West. For workshop information,  scroll down this page to Presence and Absence. Spaces are limited.  To REGISTER, click here.

For more poetry activities in and around Houston, Texas visit THE POETRY CARD.

Ringing In The New Year

Park Place mapSaturday, January 4, we’re ringing in the New Year with a  2 PM reading at  Park Place Regional Library. 8145 Park Place Blvd, 77017.  We’ve got a stellarJan 2014 substitute 001 line-up that includes a Pushcart Prize winner (Anis Shivani), a professor (Michael Berryhill), a performance poet and (Dulcie “Digh” Veluthukaran) and a Chican@ beat poet (Christopher Carmona,) plus a talented WITS student. . .click here to read more. . .

Public Poetry at The Menil Collection:  Mark your calendar for Friday, February 7 / 7PM to hear  a free reading by SASHA WEST & JASON SCHNEIDERMAN.  On Saturday, February 8, there will be a workshop with both poets; details will be announced shortly.

imagesDON”T WE WISH!  You may have noticed that our last several emails have been about making a donation to Public Poetry.  We need your support to fulfill our mission to expose the public to as much good poetry as possible and to promote this art form.  Right now -while you are reading this – please click here and give.  Thank you.



On the move. . .

Public Poetry is on the move.  Every three months we take poetry to a new library location.  For our Fall Series, (Saturdays: October 5, November 2, December 7) we’ll be in the vicinity of hwy. 290 & Bingle (see map below).  Please join us there for an afternoon of outstanding poetry.

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