Literary Arts

Inprint Katherine Paterson Reading

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

KATHERINE PATERSON, two-time winner of the Newbery
Medal and the National Book Award, has captivated young readers for over four
decades and is the author of more than 30 books. Her bestselling middle grade
novels, among others, include Bridge
to Terabithia
 and The Great
Gilly Hopkins
. She comes to Houston to share her latest middle grade
novel My Brigadista Year, which
Booklist describes as “a fascinating...portrayal of a turbulent time in history,” and
Kirkus Reviews says, “the themes of literacy, freedom, and community stay
strong. Educational and inspiring.”
On September 26, 1960, Fidel Castro
declared to the United Nations that Cuba would eradicate illiteracy within one
year. More than 100,000 students from the cities volunteered as brigadistas in
the campaign; most of them were 12 to 19 years old and over half were
women. Publishers Weekly writes,
“Paterson’s story is without political agenda, focusing instead on an
improbable (and successful) literacy campaign and how it dramatically expands
the world of one sheltered but determined girl.” Ms. Paterson’s other awards include
the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s
Literature, she is well known for her work in promoting literacy in the United
States and internationally, and in 2000 the Library of Congress named her a
Living Legend.

Ms. Paterson will make a lively presentation about her book,
followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book sale and signing. 

Nov 12, 2017
3:00 pm
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Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s

A new exhibit will open at the University of Houston Libraries in November.

Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s, curated by Nancy Agin Dunnahoe of Wild Dog Archives, celebrates a collection of 1970s second-wave feminist and anarcha-feminist works collected or created by Henry Weissborn and generously donated by Wild Dog Archives to UH Special Collections.

In the late 1970s, a sociology student and Yippie named Henry Weissborn organized the University of Houston (UH) Direct Action Committee. His underground D.I.Y. zines, Ultra and Wild Dog, explored sociopolitical issues such as civil disobedience, LGBTQ rights, feminism, and a new counterculture called punk. Weissborn also contributed to other independent activist publications, including the inaugural issue of Bread & Roses (1978), the UH Feminists Newsletter. “Patriarchy is a destructive, culturally embedded force, and a revolution in consciousness is a prerequisite for its elimination,” he wrote in Bread & Roses.

This collection of zines and alternative press periodicals represents a movement toward equality, which has yet to be fully realized in 2017. Selected works from the collection will be on display during the 40th anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference as a tribute to the writers, reviewers, theorists, activists, organizers, and consciousness-raising groups of the second wave who strove for equal representation and a revolution of human rights.

The exhibit will be on display from November 5 through November 12 near Special Collections on the second floor of MD Anderson Library. For more information, contact Mary Manning at 713.743.5893.
Nov 5, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Inprint Nathan Englander & Nicole Krauss Reading

2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

The 2017/2018 Inprint
Margarett Root Brown Reading Series kicks off with award-winning fiction
writers Nathan Englander & Nicole Krauss.

Nathan Englander’s collection What We Talk about When We Talk
about Anne Frank
 was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize,
won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book and an NPR Best Book
of 2012. Michael Chabon hailed the collection as “certifiable
masterpieces of contemporary short-story art.” Englander’s other works include
the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable
, the novel The Ministry of Special
and the play  The Twenty-Seventh Man.
He will read from his new novel, coming out in September, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, a political
thriller set in the conflicted Israeli-Palestinian


Nicole Krausswhose work
has been translated into more than 35 languages, is, according to The New York Times, “one of America’s most
important novelists.” Her novel Great House was
a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love won the William Saroyan Prize
and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger. About her new novel Forest Dark, coming out in September, Publishers Weekly writes, “Krauss’s elegant,
provocative, and mesmerizing novel is her best yet…. Vivid, intelligent, and
often humorous, this novel is a fascinating tour de force.”

Reading followed by
on-stage interview, book sale, and signing.

Sep 18, 2017
General admission tickets $5 available at
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
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Folk & Art Tales

This month, we become storytellers through our artwork.  From the tall tales to revered folklore of our past, we knit it together and show the world what we're made of.  If you're an artist you may participate in the show, if you just love art then come to the show as a guest.  Either way, fun will be had by all.


There will be live music, bites and drinks and this event is in conjunction with JoMar Visions Third Saturday open Studios. 

Jul 15, 2017
3:00 pm
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"Piece of Mind"

Stark Nova alongside @poeticsoulbee is proud to announce "Piece of Mind". Come out for live poetry from local talents as well as art from local Houston artist. Free drinks will be provided! Stark Nova gear will also be for sale so please come support and leave with something nice. 

Jun 10, 2017 to Jun 11, 2017
9:00 pm to 12:00 am

Purple Legend Poetry Show

Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach with Central Houston Public Library Joint Partnership Presents the "Purple Legend Poetry Show" We will have Poets performing in honor of Prince. We will have a Prince Tribute performance by Kiland Lee "Mr. Houston". Also, we will have Femme Blaicaaso the Artist doing a live Speed Painting of Prince during the show. The incredible "Jem thePoet" will be hosting this show as we get to experience the vibes from DJ "Ol Skool". This is a tribute to honor the late legend Prince and is being held on his birthday. We are excited about this adventure with Houston Public Library. This event is a No Cover Charge Event and will be so much fun..

Jun 7, 2017
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Shout: Why Choose Courage?

This month, we are asking you to choose courage, Houston. All of us know those people in our lives whose courage helps us to know that however things might seem, there is still reason to hope. We need you to be that person for someone else, and we hope that the art that we bring to the mic this month can help inspire and uplift you. 

Nelson Mandela said, "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." In this time when fear and xenophobia threaten to tear our city, our state, and our country apart, we aspire to be nothing less than conquerors. 

Come out on May 30th, and let's be stronger together. 

On the mic:
Dulcie David Veluthukaran
Natash Carrizosa
Gerald Cedillo
The Dream
welcoming Trademark back to the mic 
and more...

Visual Art by Sam Turner
Dance by Deborah Pineda
Music by Asma Mirza

... and DJ Corinna Delgado!

Come early for Rayla Crawford's "A Conversation for Colored Girls" beforehand.
May 30, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Memorial Day Musical Comedy Night

Join us for a night of cheek-splitting laughter as we bring the laughs in the forms of stand-up and musical comedy! We'll open the show with a hilarious set featuring Rich Williams as seen on FOX/BET/The Real! Blessed (from Canada) will be starting the music out for the night followed by a set from Houston-locals Offset! Starting the musical comedy will be Demonic Hen, literally a band of Vegetables. Buster Whilaby and The Gimp keep it going with songs about the importance of working out and yielding to bikers. Headlining the show will be irreverent X-Rated parody band The Pukebox with their billboard top 100 vulgar parodies! Come party with us and finish off a 3-day weekend properly! We'll make sure your cheeks hurt on Tuesday morning!

May 29, 2017
8:00 pm to 11:59 pm

Plus Fest: The Everything plus Poetry Festival

Plus Fes+: The Everything plus Poetry Festival is a one-day interdisciplinary art event that celebrates raw, innovative, and high-caliber artistic experience and will highlight spoken-word poetry. Plus Fes+ aims to break down barriers around artistic disciplines so that new works can be created. The one-day festival will position spoken-word artists on a level playing field with local visual artists, videographers, DJ’s, musicians, and others to create new works and will showcase the work through a variety of innovative platforms. The goal of Plus Fes+ is interactive impact; the festival will feature poetic photo booths, poetry slams, art installations, and speed writing buskers. By offering a wide variety of entry points, the festival will change the participant’s perception of poetry.

Location: Esperson Gallery, 1201 Fannin St Ste 131, Houston, TX 77002
Afterparty held at Market Bar (1001 Austin Street Houston, Texas) from 10:30PM to 2:00AM

May 27, 2017
4:00 pm

Xicana poet signs new book at The Collective

Deniz Lopez, The Collective, Xicana poet

Deniz “dee!colonize’ Lopez,
writer, editor and poet, will read from and sign her book “dee! collection, the
complete layers” Thursday, June 8, at the Community Artists’ Collective, 4101
San Jacinto at Cleburne, Suite 116, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The book is a poetic compilation of the political,
cultural and spiritual aspects of life from 2005 to the present through the
eyes of an evolving Tejas-born Xicana woman. 
The poems explore the development of Lopez’s ideology through
non-fiction poetry and prose pieces, footnotes and even the messages in between
the lines to reach the reader.

Lopez, a founding
member and owner of All Real Radio LLC, is an artist and activist who has held position or collaborated
with such organizations as MEChA, The Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement,
The Word Around Town Poetry Tour, Creative Women Unite and Voices Breaking
Boundaries to bring a message of revolution, self-sustainability and community
consciousness to the forefront. The themes of her artistry include the
abolition of the death penalty, an end to police brutality, empowerment of
women, immigration rights, black/brown unity, indigenous culture and history
and self-mastery.

Jun 8, 2017
6:00 pm
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Thursday Time & Price:
6:00 pm, free
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Houston, TX 77266-6494


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