Poetry

Bad Love: A Dark Valentine's Eve Reading and Open Mic


THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Love is not always roses and chocolates. Sometimes love is dark, sometimes it's a punch in the gut, and sometimes it's just laugh-out-loud ridiculous. This Valentine's Eve, join us for a different kind of Valentine's reading--one that doesn't focus on the happily-ever-afters but that instead lingers on all that is less than perfect in, about, and around the subject of love. We'll feature three special guest readers, Jasminne Mendez, Chelsey Clammer, and Adrienne Perry, and will then open the stage to any and all Houston writers and poets for an open mic session. Bring your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and everything in-between!

Open mic signup will be on the night of the event, and will be starting at 6.30 pm. Get there early to secure a 5-minute spot on the Bad Love stage.

WHAT TO READ: Anything about bad love, sad love, love gone hilariously wrong, love cynically rejected, love misplaces, love lost. Feel free to interpret the theme widely: it doesn't have to be romantic love--you can talk about family relations gone sour, friends turned enemies, your cat whom you love but who hates you, or the book you tried to love but that sorely disappointed your expectations. We can't wait to see how you interpret the theme!

WHAT NOT TO READ: We will not tolerate readings containing/promoting acts of violence committed in the name of love. We will not tolerate readings that are racist, sexist, ableist, or contain hate speech against any minority groups. We reserve the right to end any reading with material or themes we deem unacceptable for these or other reasons. 

When:
Feb 13, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:

60+ MONTH-LONG RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS

25 VSC Fellowships Open to ALL Artists and Writers


ALL artists and writers applying at the 2/15/2018 fellowship deadline are automatically considered for one of 25 VSC Fellowships.



Every VSC residency includes:

--private room

--private studio space

--all meals.



Apply: https://vsc.slideroom.com/



We also have a number of special awards (many with stipends), including residency fellowships for artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood; socially-engaged teaching artists; Native American visual artists; 2D woman artists; and artists and writers with demonstrable financial need and more! In addition to these special awards, many generous merit-based grants are available.



For the complete list of awards, visit: www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships


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The Vermont Studio Center is a vibrant, diverse community of artists situated in Vermont's northern Green Mountains. Each month we welcome more than 50 writers and visual artists from across the country and around the globe to our historic campus along the Gihon River in the town of Johnson, Vermont.



Residencies range from 2 to 12 weeks and offer residents unrestricted time for creative work, along with daily opportunities to engage with fellow artists. Our monthly program includes slide nights, readings, open studios, gallery openings, and optional studio visits and conferences with our Visiting Artists and Writers.



Email: info@vermontstudiocenter.org

Phone: 802.635.2727


Due Date: Feb 15, 2018
Contact Name: Nicole Czapinski
Phone: 8026352727
Fee: $25
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Zine Fest Houston 2017

T H E C Y B E R F U T U R E I S N O W

This year the annual Zine Fest Houston event will be at Lawndale
Art Center on Saturday, November 11 from 1-7 PM! Zine Fest Houston 2017
is open to the public free of charge and all ages are welcome. With 100+
vendors and over 1,000 attendees in 2016, the fest continues to grow
apace and 2017 promises to be its biggest year ever.

The theme of this year’s festival is T H E C Y B E R F U T U R E I S N O W !

This
theme is all about indulging our wildest and most ~aesthetically
robust~ fantasies about our cybernetic future! What does a C Y B E R F U
T U R E look like to you? For those of us who grew up in the 90s, or
spent much of those early consumer PC years immersed in a freshly
created digital universe, we imagined a lush world like the ones in our
coolest screensavers, or that amazing-looking open-world game slash
chatroom we would spend hours in. But what about the DANGERS of
cyberfuture? Will sentient AI rise up and smash the oppressive and
small-minded humans that engineered it? Will we never escape the
all-seeing-eye of targeted advertising until we have to pay-to-play for
ad-free vision?

What do you see when you look into your crystal
ball emoji? C Y B E R U T O P I A, or C Y B E R D Y S T O P I A ? The
future is yours to decide… Now!

Programming during the day
includes “Zine Distros in the Digital Age: Releasing Your Work via
Blockchain” presented by Conner Clifton, a lecture by Houston Anarchist
Black Cross, a live podcast recording with Veer Queer, an all inclusive
LGBTQ+ podcast based out of Houston, TX, and a screening of selected
zine clips as well as a teen zine workshop and animation workshop with
DIY Animation Club.

2017 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE*

PROJECT SPACE
2:15-3:00 PM "Zine Distros in the Digital Age: Releasing Your Work via Blockchain" presented by Conner Clifton
3:15-4:00 PM Spotlight On: Anarchist Black Cross Houston Chapter
4:15-5:00 PM Screening of Selected Zine Clips
5:15-6:00 PM Live Podcast Recording with Veer Queer

CLASSROOM SPACE
2:30-3:30 PM Teen Zine Workshop with Jasmine Monsegue
4:00-6:00 PM DIY Animation Club Workshop

*All programming will take place on the 3rd Floor at Lawndale Art Center.

Featured food vendors at this year's fest include Moon Rooster Food Truck, Food Music Life Food Truck and Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Co.!

Zine
Fest Houston is a local volunteer-run organization and annual event
dedicated to promoting zines, comics, and other forms of small press,
alternative, underground DIY media and art. It is also a grassroots
attempt to build the local zine, DIY, and alternative media scenes and
form networks with media creators in other areas. ZFH is committed to
providing accessible space to celebrate self-publishing and small
presses, encouraging the distribution of independent art, writing, and
media primarily through the medium of zines. The goal of the event is
for attendees to discover new zines and be inspired to create their own
DIY art and media projects.

For more information, please visit the Zine Fest Houston website at www.zinefesthouston.org or send an email to info@zinefesthouston.org.

When:
Nov 11, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
1-7PM, FREE

Harvey Relief Open Mic

Writespace is hosting an open mic to collect donations for the LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.

On September 23, Writespace is hosting an open mic to collect donations (cash, check, and credit card accepted) for the LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund. The event is free and all are welcome to participate--come hear local writers and poets read their work in a celebration of Houston's resiliency. If you are interested in reading, please e-mail Cassandra at cassandra@writespacehouston.org.



When:
Sep 23, 2017
Cost:
Free for all, although monetary donations for LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief are encouraged.
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
Free for all, although monetary donations for LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief are encouraged.
Location:
General Categories: 

Self-Directed & Instructional Artist & Writers Residencies: Fall/Winter 2017 – Puebla & Oaxaca, Mexico; Spring 2018 – Cusco, Peru

Arquetopia Foundation – Mexico and Peru

Arquetopia Foundation – Mexico
and
Peru


Self-Directed & Instructional Artist & Writers Residencies:


Fall and Winter Sessions 2017 Puebla
& Oaxaca, Mexico


Spring Sessions 2018 Cusco,
Peru


 


Deadline: Apply Now Through Sunday,
August 13, 2017.


Spaces are limited. Our selection
committee evaluates all residency applications when they are received vs. after
the deadline has passed.


 


Website: http://www.arquetopia.org/new-open-calls-deadlines


E-mail Chris at info@arquetopia.org for more information.


 


Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Mexico,
Arquetopia is an internationally
established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social
scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs are
the largest and most reputable in Mexico and Latin America, with an array of
contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent
cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists in Mexico and Peru. Our resident artists
have come from 60 countries on six continents, and many have returned multiple
times. Our residency programs offer
competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national
and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers,
journalists, and cultural researchers age 22 and over.


 


We are currently
welcoming applications for the following residency programs in Puebla and
Oaxaca, Mexico and in Cusco, Peru:


 


SPECIAL 2-IN-1 ACADEMIC RESIDENCY FOR
ARTISTS,


ART HISTORIANS, AND CURATORS


Click on the link below for
program info.


 


1. Performativity of
Mortuary Rituals 2017: Exploring the Idea of Death in Mexico, Special 2-in-1
International Program (October 9 to November 6, 2017) Puebla, Mexico


Special
2-in-1 International Program Includes Day of the Dead Arts Techniques
Instruction and Self-Directed Art Production. Why is the idea of Death
representing Mexico globally? This 4-week critical program addresses the
subject of Death as a national totem, by questioning its construction as a
macabre source of identity, exploring its relevance in the invention of Mexican
modern art and its secularization in popular culture. It explores the
performativity of rituals in Mexico and focusing on the mortuary celebrations
known as Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/performativity-of-mortuary-rituals-2017


 


 


SELF-DIRECTED RESIDENCIES FOR ARTISTS, ART HISTORIANS, WRITERS,
AND RESEARCHERS


Click on each link below for
program info.


 


2. Art, Design, or Photography
Production Residency
Spring 2018 Cusco, Peru

Self-directed sessions of 4 to 12 weeks
in the spectacular countryside of Cusco. Various techniques and resources
offered.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/self-directed/art-design-or-photography-residency


 


3. Mexican Ceramics
Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla, Mexico

Self-directed sessions of 6 to 12 weeks
in the majestic central historic district of Puebla.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/self-directed/mexican-ceramics-residency


 


4. Printmaking Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla
, Mexico

Self-directed
sessions of 4 to 12 weeks in the majestic central historic district of Puebla.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/self-directed/printmaking-residency


 


5. Art History or
Cultural Research Residency Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla, Mexico


Explore magnificent southern Mexico’s unique archives and resources from
pre-Hispanic to contemporary. Self-directed (staff-assisted) sessions of 3 to 8
weeks in the majestic central historic district of Puebla.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/art-history-or-cultural-research-residency


 


6. Writers
Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Oaxaca,
Mexico; Spring 2018 Cusco, Peru

Self-directed sessions of 3 to 8 weeks in the beautiful countryside
of Oaxaca or Cusco.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/writers-residency


 


 


ARTIST RESIDENCIES WITH MASTER
TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTION


Click on each link below for program info.


 


7. Mexican
Textiles Instructional Residency: Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry Fall/Winter
2017 Oaxaca, Mexico


With master instruction, learn to create
traditional Mexican Textiles (back-strap weaving, embroidery, or tapestry) in
the countryside of Oaxaca, with time for independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/mexican-textiles-residencies


 


8. Peruvian Textiles Instructional Residency: Weaving Spring
2018 Cusco, Peru


With master instruction, learn to create
traditional Peruvian Textiles (back-strap weaving) in the countryside of Cusco,
with time for independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/peruvian-textiles-residency


 


9. Natural
Pigments Instructional Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Oaxaca, Mexico; Spring 2018 Cusco, Peru

With master instruction, learn to create
and use a variety of Natural Pigments in the beautiful countryside of Oaxaca or
Cusco, with time for independent production
.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/natural-pigments-residency


 


10. Gold Leafing and
Estofado Instructional Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla, Mexico;
Spring 2018 Cusco, Peru

With master instruction, learn Gold
Leafing (Gilding) and Estofado techniques in the majestic central historic
district of Puebla or the beautiful countryside of Cusco,
with time for
independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/gold-leafing-residency


 


11. Novohispanic
Arts Instructional Residency: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, or Graphic
Arts
Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla, Mexico

With master instruction, learn one of
four Novohispanic art techniques: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, or Graphic
Arts, in the majestic central historic district of Puebla,
with time for
independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist
residencies/instructional/novohispanic-arts-residencies


 


12. Peruvian Arts
Instructional Residency: Painting or Sculpture Spring 2018
Cusco, Peru

With master instruction, learn one of
two Peruvian art techniques: Painting or Sculpture, in the beautiful
countryside of Cusco,
with time for independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/peruvian-arts-residencies


HOW TO APPLY

Visit
the Arquetopia website at
www.arquetopia.org

E-mail Chris at info@arquetopia.org for complete inclusions, fee, and terms.

Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence
Online Application Form, following the
instructions on the web page.

Following
selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.

 

Arquetopia
is distinguished worldwide for its
array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental
schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets elsewhere, our residency
spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and
researchers and are built on structured, informative programs; a network of
collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios;
and individualized
project support
.

 

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive
and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international
community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all
aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia
actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and
activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national
origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.

File attachments:
Due Date: Aug 13, 2017
Contact Name: Chris Davis
Phone: +52 222 594 77 28
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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. 

When:
Jun 10, 2017 to Jun 11, 2017
Cost:
$10
Time:
9:00 pm to 12:00 am

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
Ayo
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.
When:
May 30, 2017
Cost:
$10
Time:
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:

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

When:
May 27, 2017
Cost:
$15-$45
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:

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.

When:
Jun 8, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Thursday Time & Price:
6:00 pm, free
General Categories: 


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