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Aug 01 2017

Writers on Remembrance: A Reading by Local Houston Writers

Jeannie Gambill’s poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Cenizo, The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry, Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston, and the Texas Poetry Calendars of 2011 and 2012. She was recipient of the 2011 Dana Award for Poetry. Jeannie was a winner in the ARTlines Competition (2012), and she has been a featured poet in Houston’s Public Poetry Reading Series, and a finalist in the Ruth G. Hardman/Nimrod Poetry Competition. She lives in Bellaire, Texas.
 
Hillary Brooks Houle is a creative writer and teacher in Bellaire, TX. She has an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Communications from American University. She serves as the faculty sponsor for Light & Shadow, a nationally recognized student literary magazine. Her non-fiction work has appeared in USA Today, and her poetry, most recently, in Poet Lore.
 
Eric Avera has been a regular participant in InPrint’s summer writing workshops, and he is a founding member of F Team, a long-standing critique-based writing group in Houston. He has written numerous short stories and poems that remain as yet unpublished, although a few of his poems and a short fiction piece have been printed in his school’s annual literary publication Light and Shadow. Eric is a science teacher by profession, but he also enjoys singing, deejaying, paper and bead crafts, reading, and (of course) writing. He is nearing completion of the initial draft of his first novel-length project.
 
Amber Criswell is a native Texan and lives in Southeast Houston. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Houston - Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. A former high school English teacher, Amber taught Creative Writing and was the faculty advisor for the school literary magazine. Primarily a fiction writer, she has been both a guest at writing conventions and published in literary magazines. Her last publication was a flash fiction piece, 15, featured in the online journal Apocrypha and Abstractions. When stuck on a piece, Amber finds nothing more helpful than taking a quick walk around the neighborhood. In her spare time, she enjoys creating recipes, traveling to places where she does not speak the language, and urban exploration.
 
Jennifer Stephan Kapral writes poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. She was born in the shadows of steel mills in Western PA and studied creative non-fiction at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Houston, TX, and enjoys spending time by the bayous with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
7:00pm
Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet Street
77005 Houston, Texas
Jul 25 2017

u35: July (Mass Poetry Reading)

GennaRose Nethercott is a poet, performer, and folklorist from the woodlands of Vermont, currently living in Somerville, MA. Her recent work has appeared in The Offing, Rust + Moth, Cleaver, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Maudlin House, among others. She writes poems-to-order for passersby on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, a collection of which was released by Honeybee Press in 2015. 
 
Joey Gould has volunteered for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival since 2011. He is nominated for Bettering American Poetry 2016 & his work appears or is forthcoming at Drunk Monkeys, Golden Walkman, Five:2:One, & District Lit. In his spare time he builds decks & makes whistling noises, often at the same time. 
 
Kurt Klopmeier is a Boston writer and adjunct at UMass - Boston and Northeastern. He has been published in Apt, Amethyst Arsenic, Consequence Magazine, and Damfino.
7:00pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury St.
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 30 2017

Tongue & Groove, a literary variety show

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month featuring: Amanda Fletcher, Xach Fromson, Yennie Cheung, Mike Sonksen and our musical guest is Erin & Melissa.

Admission fee: $7.00
6:00pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
90028 Hollywood, California
Sep 09 2017

Tickling the Muse: Engaging your readers with humor

We will begin the day with a craft discussion that examines how the occasional comedic nod can humanize even the most serious of subjects. While different genres have different demands, Peter has found that fiction writers, nonfiction writers and poets can learn much about their own craft by reading, discussing and experimenting with the craft of others. He will showcase models from contemporary writers who have mastered the art of redeeming a piece that might have become self-indulgent or overwhelming. Then Peter will offer you prompts to get you writing, challenging you to add light touches. Spend the day writing and sharing your new drafts in our supportive community. You may bring previously written work or start something new.

Admission fee: $80.00
9:15am
Dante Hall Theater
14 North Mississippi Avenue
08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Sep 17 2017

Red Hen Press at City Lights

Join Red Hen Press in San Francisco at the famous City Lights bookstore for an afternoon of reading! Featuring two upcoming non-fiction Red Hen authors Pope Brock and Florencia Ramirez, as well as Red Hen fiction author, Karen Shoemaker.

Free entry!

September 17th, 2017
5:00 PM
 
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94133
 
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8:00pm
City Lights
261 Columbus Avenue
94133 San Francisco, California

poems

poem
Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking 
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow
poem
How they appear: tunneled vision
in a brackish world. But they weave through it,
ambient, loose as the drops that brush their skin,
slick colony of mists. Or do not weave.

These snaking vines, these luminous passersby
who quiver and blink in strange upstagings
don't form obstructions to a path, but mark details
poem

Well, a great many things have been said
in the oven of hours. We have not been
shaken out of the magnolias. Today was another
hard day. And tomorrow will be harder. Well,
that sounds like our gong. But we’ll have
the boy’s birthday and we will have
music and cake. Well, I will think