Voices of Color Open Mic: A celebration of Houston Writers


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. 

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.
May 9, 2018
7:00 pm

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
and Kevin Prufer.
Both authors will read from their work, followed
by an on-stage interview conducted
by University of Houston faculty member Roberto
. The evening will conclude with a
book sale and signing, at which audience members can meet the

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
 and co-director of Pleiades Press. His editing
projects include Into English: An Anthology of Multiple
. Prufer is a faculty member at the University of
Houston Creative Writing Program.

Apr 23, 2018
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7:30 pm
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Inprint Kwame Alexander Reading

Inprint Cool Brains! Series

Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with
celebrated middle-grade author Kwame Alexander. Mr. Alexander will make a
presentation about his new novel 
Rebound, a follow up to his Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover. Music
by Randy Preston will accompany the presentation.
After the
presentation, he will take questions from the audience, followed by a book
sale and signing, giving fans a chance to visit with him. Books will be
available for sale at the event through the series bookseller Blue Willow
As part of the event, a 100 free copies of Rebound will
be given out to families via a drawing, free poems upon request will be available
by the Inprint Poetry Buskers. Popston
will be available for sale.

Apr 22, 2018
3:00 pm
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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.”


Mar 18, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Bad Love: A Dark Valentine's Eve Reading and Open Mic


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. 

Feb 13, 2018
7:00 pm

Inprint Ann M. Martin Cool Brains! Reading

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

The 2017/2018 Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young
presents Newbery Honor Award winner
Ann M. Martin
, author of the popular Baby-sitters Club books, reading from her New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Rain Reign, which raises awareness
about autism and the impact of hurricanes on kids and the pets they love. 
The first 200 families will
receive a free signed copy of
Rain Reign

Ms. Martin will have an
on-stage conversation with Valerie
Koehler from Blue Willow Bookshop and take questions from the audience.
Afterward, Houston Pets Alive! will share dog stories from
Hurricane Harvey, which opened a
shelter and saved more than 1,800 dogs and cats from the storm. The event will
conclude with a book sale and signing giving fans a chance to meet the author.
Bus scholarships are available for student groups by contacting

Ann M. Martin is the beloved author of more than 35 books in the
popular Baby-sitters Club series
. Her other novels for
middle-grade readers, ages 8-12, include 
Ten Rules for Living
with My Sister
Ten Good and
Bad Things About My Life
, and Everything
for a Dog
. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of
the Universe

Her latest New York Times bestseller Rain Reign is a powerful story about Rose Howard, a
charming and spunky girl on the autism spectrum, the dog she loves, and a
hurricane that changes everything. 
The New York
Times Book Review
“Ann M. Martin, a Newbery Honor winner, offers this affecting, elegantly
burnished middle-grade book about a girl with autism. . . . And yet the book
isn’t actually about autism, or even any coming-of-age theme. It’s about love
and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids–all kids–need
but often don’t get.” Author Kate DiCamillo calls it “heartbreaking and
heart-mending at the same time.”

Jan 14, 2018
3:00 pm
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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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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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Inprint Colm Tóibín Reading

2016/2017 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

2016/2017 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series concludes with internationally
celebrated Irish writer Colm Tóibín. Three times shortlisted
for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín 
has received critical acclaim for his short stories,
nonfiction works, plays, poetry, and novels, including Brooklyn, Nora Webster, and his latest, House of Names. Booklist, in a
starred review, describes House of Names—which
is a retelling of the legend of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon—as "brilliant...gripping...The selfish
side of human nature is...made tangible and graphic in Tóibín's lush
prose." His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. 


reading will be followed by an on-stage interview conducted by novelist and
University of Houston Honors College faculty member Robert Cremins, and a book
sale and signing.
and Houston Public Media will also live stream the reading on and

May 8, 2017
Tickets $5 general admission, available online at
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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!

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.
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
7:00 - 9:30 FREE

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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