Poetry

Beginning Poetry


INSTRUCTORLeslie Contreras-Schwartz
TIME: Six Thursdays, August 30th, September 6th, September 13th, September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: After Saturday, August 25th: $200 members, $230 non-members. After Saturday, August 25th: $215 members, $245 non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVELS: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

In this workshop we will explore what poetry is, why we write it, and how we write it. To understand the fundamentals of what makes a poem a poem, we will examine a broad range of poetic forms and styles, from the lyrical to the prose to the plain-spoken or conversational poem. Through guided writing prompts, students will experiment with writing their own poems in varying styles, challenging themselves to try new forms, tones, and approaches. We will do some serious learning in our time together, but, more importantly, we will open ourselves to playfulness and the joy of writing. We will find out what it means to see poetry as a tool to connect at a deeper level with ourselves and others, while being surprised by our new abilities to realize wonder and delight in the world.

Please note: This workshop builds on Leslie Contreras-Schwartz’s Journey of Poetry, but it also stands alone. No prior experience of poetry is needed or necessary.

Due Date: Sep 4, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Rothko Chapel Hosts a Group Meditation on World Environment Day

Rothko Chapel Hosts a Group Meditation on World Environment Day

To unite the greater Houston area community on the issue of global environmental justice, the Rothko Chapel will host a group meditation on World Environment Day, Tuesday, June 5, from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. beginning inside the chapel and ending outside by the reflecting pool.  Images of water brought by participants will be placed inside a circle created with the Rothko Chapel benches.  The program will begin with a welcome from David Leslie, Rothko Chapel Executive Director, then poet Martha Serpas will share one of her works to set the intention for a 25-minute guided meditation.  At the conclusion of the meditation, there will be a period of reflection and sharing from participants.  The event will close with another short poem to seal the practice and the community offering of meditation for the environment.  The Chapel will remain open for reflection until 7:30 P.M. that evening.  The World Environment Day meditation is a pay-what-you-can program with a suggested donation of $15.00 per person. Rothko Chapel is located in the heart of the Montrose at 3900 Yupon at Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006.

When:
Jun 5, 2018
Houston, TX (May 17, 2018) – To unite the greater Houston area community on the issue of global environmental justice, the Rothko Chapelwill host a group meditation on World Environment Day, Tuesday, June 5, from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. beginning inside the chapel and ending outside by the reflecting pool.  Images of water brought by participants will be placed inside a circle created with the Rothko Chapel benches.  Gulf Coast residents have a complicated relationship with water. Even though it is a source of life, livelihood, and recreation for our many residents, water becomes a wrathful force in the forms of hurricanes, tropical storms, and flooding waters. This tension will be examined during the meditation and in the post meditation conversation.    The program will begin with a welcome from David Leslie, Rothko Chapel Executive Director, then poet Martha Serpas will share one of her works to set the intention for a 25-minute guided meditation. At the conclusion of the meditation, there will be a period of reflection and sharing from participants. The event will close with another short poem to seal the practice and the community offering of meditation for the environment.  The Chapel will remain open for reflection until 7:30 P.M. that evening.  The World Environment Day meditation is a pay-what-you-can program with a suggested donation of $15.00 per person. Rothko Chapel is located in the heart of the Montrose at 3900 Yupon at Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006.   About Rothko Chapel The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge. It is a contemplative space that successfully interconnects art, spirituality, and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs.  Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary.  Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality, and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues. 
Cost:
$15
Time:
6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Tuesday Time & Price:
$15
Location:
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Inprint Rigoberto González & Kevin Prufer Reading

2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint closes out the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown
Reading Series,
in honor of National
Poetry Month,
with celebrated
poets Rigoberto
González
and Kevin Prufer.
Both authors will read from their work, followed
by an on-stage interview conducted
by University of Houston faculty member Roberto
Tejada
. The evening will conclude with a
book sale and signing, at which audience members can meet the
authors.

RIGOBERTO GONZÁLEZ is the author of more than a dozen books
of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. About Unpeopled Eden—his
most recent poetry collection, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the
Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets—Booklist says, “González writes with unrelenting
honesty, composing long poems of successive septets, with an eye for vivid,
brutal imagery…. With what may be his most ambitious collection yet, González
reaffirms his role as a preeminent voice in Chicano poetics.” His poetry
collection So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until
It Breaks
 was a winner of the National Poetry Series, and his
collection Other Fugitives and Other Strangers won San
Francisco State University’s Poetry Center Book Award. González received
the American Book Award for his memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a
Chicano Mariposa
. His latest book What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood came
out this March. His major works of fiction include the novel Crossing Vines and the story collection Men Without Bliss, as well as two children’s
books. He writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online, is a contributing
editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and
serves as critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times.

KEVIN PRUFER’s sixth poetry collection Churches was described by The New York Times as a “gothic extravaganza
featuring alligators, avalanches and medical devices left inside bodies,
delivered largely in long, musical free verse lines,” and was included on
the Times’ list of “Ten Favorite Poetry Books of 2014.” Publishers Weekly says about his newly
published How He Loved Them,
"Prufer considers the complex relationship between beauty and violence in
his remarkable seventh collection of poetry, tracing the barely perceptible
ways that industrial modernity 'gilds us until we glitter.' " His other
poetry collections include In a Beautiful Country, an Academy of American Poets Notable Book for 2011
and a finalist for the Rilke Prize; National Anthem,
one of Publishers Weekly‘s “Five Best Poetry Books of 2008”
and a “Best Book of the Year” by Virginia Quarterly Review;
and The Finger Bone, winner of the William Rockhill
Nelson Award and finalist for Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award.
The Chautauqua Literary Journal calls him “one
of the most forceful, original, and strikingly urgent voices in contemporary
American poetry.” Prufer serves as editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New
Writing
 and co-director of Pleiades Press. His editing
projects include Into English: An Anthology of Multiple
Translations
. Prufer is a faculty member at the University of
Houston Creative Writing Program.

When:
Apr 23, 2018
Cost:
Tickets $5 general admission, available online at www.inprinthouston.org
Time:
7:30 pm
General Categories: 

BABYLON: We the People


BABYLON: We the People deals with socio-political issues that affect society today, and it is essentially these issues being addressed from the youth's point of view; as to why things like the student walkout (which occurs the day after our show) will be addressed and directly tie into the walkout itself.  A big canvas banner made for the walkout will be on display for the rest of the show. This is the first art show of its kind to be this politically charged, especially with all the students involved. This is in collaboration with two other artists in terms of visual art, and 7 other in terms of performance (including poetry, dance pieces, and sound pieces. The performance aspect of it will last for roughly 20 minutes after the doors open at 3:45.

When:
Apr 19, 2018 to Apr 24, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
7:50 - 4:00
Tuesday Time & Price:
7:50 - 4:00
Thursday Time & Price:
3:45 - 6:00
Friday Time & Price:
7:50 - 4:00
Location:

Inprint Cool Brains! Spring Break Fest with Juan Felipe Herrera


Inprint Cool Brains! Spring Break Fest, a free
event designed to delight and inspire, features U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe
Herrera sharing his new book Jabberwalking.
The first 200 families will receive a free signed copy of the book. Kids will
also receive free writing journals. Writer and educator Jasminne Mendez of
Tintero Projects will engage kids with interactive word play activities. The
Inprint Poetry Buskers will write free poems upon request for attendees on
typewriters instantly. Houston Youth Poet Laureate Rukmini Kalamangalam will
give a short reading. POPston popsicles will be for sale. Book sale, signing,
and meet the author will follow.


Juan Felipe Herrera – author of more than 30 books, including collections of poetry, short stories, prose, young adult novels, and picture books for children – was in 2015 appointed the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States, the first Mexican American to hold the post. During his laureateship (2015-2017), Herrera traveled widely, making approximately 130 official appearances, and became known for his energy, enthusiasm, and desire to include everyday citizens in the celebratory work of creating literature. The son of migrant farmworkers, educated at UCLA, Stanford, and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Herrera credits his mother and teachers with encouraging him to write poetry.


He comes to Houston to share his new one-of-a-kind book for middle-graders on writing poetry, Jabberwalking, coming out March 2018 through Candlewick Press. In a playful format, with his spirited illustrations, he shares his “secrets” on “how to turn your wonder at the world around you into weird, wild, incandescent poetry.” As Herrera puts it in Jabberwalking: “There’s no stopping once you are a Jabber Walker – a bonified poet on the tangly streets of the planet where human beings breathe as best they can and slap their hands in the air to greet the sun where periods and dashes and verbs and nouns come flying.”


 

When:
Mar 18, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

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


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Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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