Poetry Reading

Voices of Color Open Mic: A celebration of Houston Writers

JOIN US FOR AN OPEN MIC CELEBRATING THE VOICES OF HOUSTON’S WRITERS OF COLOR!

Whether poets or prose writers, playwrights or young adult authors, Houston-based writers of color have roots around the country and globe and work in every conceivable genre, style, and across languages. If you identify as a writer of color, bring your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and everything in-between to read on the Voices of Color stage! Fuente Collective is co-hosting this event with Adrienne Perry, who will be the evening's emcee. 

INFO: This event is free and open to the public. Open mic signup will start at 6.30 pm on the night of the event. Get there early to secure a 5-minute spot. 

WHAT TO READ: Anything. In any language. Bring your poems about Peter Pan, flash fiction about encounters with feral kitties, essays imparting visions of love and world peace, or the newest pages in your YA novel. The field of possibility is wide open, so read work that speaks your truth and share what inspires you. 

WHAT NOT TO READ: 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. 

ABOUT ADRIENNE PERRY
Adrienne Perry grew up in Wyoming and earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2013. From 2014-2016 she served as Editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Adrienne has received a Hedgebrook residency, is a Kimbilio Fellow, a member of the Rabble Collective, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Tidal Basin Review, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel and a collection of essays.
When:
May 9, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:

Folk & Art Tales

http://www.jomarvisions.com/folk-and-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. 

When:
Jul 15, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes

"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

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..


When:
Jun 7, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion at Rockstar Gallery: Bringing two art forms together, art and poetry!

An Ekphrastic Poetry Experience. Poets, join
us for this one of a kind contest, based on Allen Ginsberg’s famous
phrase “First thought best thought” which described the Beat poets’ love
for spontaneity and immediacy in the arts. You are invited to
contemplate artwork by the featured artists at Rockstar gallery and to
write a poem in response to one of the pieces. Yes, you will turn down
your inner editor and tune in to what the art says to you in the moment.
Poets will have one hour to pen an ekphrastic poem, which they will
read to an audience of listeners, posting their poem beside the piece
that inspired it. The audience will then vote on their favorite poem of
the evening. Editing is overrated! It is time to just combust!

When:
Apr 19, 2017
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a night of art and poetry! Write a poem on your favorite piece of art, and read it at the end of the night, or just come and enjoy the night and see the art and hear the poetry.
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
7:00 - 9:30 FREE
Location:

Poetry Slam + Catalogue Release Party


The "Origins of the Self" catalogue is hot of the presses! Come celebrate with an evening of poetry read and performed by Houston-based teens.

With the exhibition as a backdrop, young poets will read works reflecting the exhibition’s theme of identity. The exhibition catalogue contains essays by Teen Council member Isabella Neblett, and the Teen Council and Public Programs Coordinator, as well as installation photographs and a full list of artworks featured in the exhibition. Catalogues will be available for purchase through in the Museum Shop. This program will be organized by CAMH’s Teen Council.
When:
Mar 23, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Writefest Workshoppers Showcase & Open Mic

Writefest: A Literary Journal Festival for Emerging Writers

OPEN MIC
​THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH 7-9PM
LOCATION:​BRASIL
2604 DUNLAVY ST, HOUSTON, TX 77006

In keeping with tradition, we're once again hosting a big open mic event on the Thursday night of Writefest week! Join us to hear Writefest workshoppers read some of the the pieces they've been working on, as well as other Houston poets and writers who want to share their work.

Any genre and form. 
5 minutes per reader. 

Free and open to the public. 

To sign up to read, send us an email at write@writespacehouston.org.

About Writefest:
Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.For more information about the festival, visit www.writefesthouston.com or @WritefestTX. Writefest is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writespace is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts.
When:
Mar 9, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
7:00PM FREE
Location:

Writefest Instructor's Reading & Holler Happy Hour

Writefest: A Literary Journal Festival for Emerging Writers

Writefest Instructor's Reading & Holler Happy Hour
March 8th, 2017 6-10pm. 
FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Join us Wednesday, March 8th 2017, 6-10pm for a literary evening featuring this year's Writefest workshop instructors, who will read excerpts of their work in a variety of genres. The reading will start at 7pm, but we'd love for you to join us as early as 6 pm to enjoy a $4-Beers Happy Hour hosted by Holler Brewing Co., Sawyer Yard's newest brewery. Local food truck Pita Bites will be on site.

Featured Readers: 
Kathy Fish - Instructor for Flash Fiction
Julia Rios - Instructor for Speculative Fiction
Thomas H. McNeely - Instructor for Fiction
Chelsey Clammer - Instructor for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Leslie Contreras Schwartz - Instructor for Poetry
Cassandra Clarke - Bonus Session Instructor
Marian Szczepanski - Bonus Session Instructor

About Writefest:
Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.For more information about the festival, visit www.writefesthouston.com or @WritefestTX. Writefest is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writespace is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts.

This event is free and open to the public.
When:
Mar 8, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6:00PM FREE
Location:

A family of poets continues Rothko Chapel's 'Concept of the Divine' series

The intersection of poetry, family and spirituality.

The Rothko
Chapel is set to host an event exploring the intersection of poetry,
spirituality and family.

 

At 7 p.m. on
Tuesday, Feb. 21, the nonprofit’s new “Concept of the Divine” series continues
with readings and conversation with Willis, Aliki and Tony Barnstone, three
poets from the same family – a father, daughter and son. 

 

The three poets
are also related to Howard Barnstone – Willis’s brother – one of the architects
who designed the Rothko Chapel, located at 3900 Yupon St., Houston, TX
77006. 

 

During the
event, each poet will read from their collection of work, examine their own
personal concept of the divine, and engage in conversation with each other and
the audience.

 

A reception and
book signing follow the program. The event is free and open to the public, with
a suggested donation of $10.

When:
Feb 21, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
Free - Suggested donation $10
Location:
General Categories: 

"Reflecting/Reimagining: Selections from Glassell School of Art Studio School Faculty Members" & more!


Visit the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Art Gallery to get a glimpse of Houston’s vibrant art scene in the new exhibition, “Reflecting/Reimagining: Selections from Glassell School of Art Studio School Faculty Members.” Glassell is the teaching institute of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Attend a preview reception Thursday, Jan. 19, 5-7 p.m. in the Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Snacks and libations will be provided.

The eclectic exhibition features the works of 11 Glassell faculty artists: Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, Susan Budge, Sharon Dennard, Nathan Dube, Jeff Forster, Jan Harrell, Clara Hoag, Patrick Palmer, Mark Ponder, Christopher Wallace and Sandra Zilker. 

UHCL Art Gallery Director Jeffrey Bowen said that the artists featured in the exhibition represent “a robust sampling of Houston’s dynamic art scene.” He added, “As educators, they also serve as a reminder of the myriad opportunities locally available to those who wish to hone their artistic skills.”

The exhibition runs through March 23. Entrance to the gallery is free, and temporary parking permits can be purchased in the Visitor Lot or Lot D.



Join featured artists in brown-bag luncheons at noon beginning on: 
Wednesday, Jan. 25 (with Jan Harrell and Chris Wallace); 
Monday, Jan. 30 (with Dube and Zilker); 
Tuesday, Jan. 31 (with Bodnar-Balahutrak and Hoag); 
Monday, Feb. 6 (with Forster); 
Friday, Feb. 10 (with Budge and Palmer).

On Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-10 p.m., the UHCL Writing Center will host a public night of flash fiction and poetry inspired by the exhibition. Established and community writers will read new work in the atrium directly in front of the gallery’s glass walls. The event will feature readings by Joanna Eleftheriou, Dana Kroos and Adrienne Perry. Attendees will then have an opportunity to perform their own readings during an open-mic session.

“This exciting event will highlight the symbiosis and contagiousness of creativity,” said Conor Bracken, assistant director of the Writing Center. “Each reader will be reading work inspired by the artworks displayed in the gallery behind them. It’s not every day you get to see or hear how one creative impulse can reproduce itself in so many different forms.”

The art exhibition is funded in part by Lunar Rendezvous Festival. In-kind support is provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Anyone needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this program should contact the UHCL Art Gallery at 281-283-3311 or artgallery@uhcl.edu at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.

To learn more about the exhibition, contact Bowen at 281-283-3376 or visit www.uhcl.edu/artgallery. For more information about the flash-fiction reading, call Bracken at 281-283-3968, or go to www.uhcl.edu/writing-center/flash-fiction-reading.

When:
Jan 19, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
More events in conjunction with the exhibit: Join featured artists in brown-bag luncheons at noon beginning on:  Wednesday, Jan. 25 (with Jan Harrell and Chris Wallace); |  Monday, Jan. 30 (with Dube and Zilker); |  Tuesday, Jan. 31 (with Bodnar-Balahutrak and Hoag); |  Monday, Feb. 6 (with Forster); |  Friday, Feb. 10 (with Budge and Palmer). | |  Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-10 p.m., the UHCL Writing Center will host a public night of flash fiction and poetry inspired by the exhibition.
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:


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