Texas

In 2015, Carmen Tafolla was appointed state poet laureate of Texas. The author of over twenty books, Tafolla was chosen in 2012 as the first poet laureate for the city of San Antonio. She has received a number of awards, notably the prestigious Americas Award, presented to her at the Library of Congress in 2010. Tafolla will be succeeded by Laurie Ann Guerrero in 2016.

 

upcoming events

date
Aug 06 2017
Open Mic Showcase
Calling all performers! We welcome playwrights, actors, composers, and songwriters to Open Mic Showcase, where participants have the opportunity to act out a scene, perform a monologue, or play a theatrical score. The material can be original or an old standby, as long as it's family friendly, we'd love to hear what you've got!
 
Write and share your poetry with the group in a round robin open mic session.
 
The Austin Public Library Hosts Open Mics at various locations. 
 
Free and open to the public.

 

3:30pm
5335 Burnet Road
78756 Austin, Texas
Aug 19 2017
Open Mic Poetry
Calling all performers! We welcome playwrights, actors, composers, and songwriters to Open Mic Showcase, where participants have the opportunity to act out a scene, perform a monologue, or play a theatrical score. The material can be original or an old standby, as long as it's family friendly, we'd love to hear what you've got!
 
The Austin Public Library Hosts Open Mics at various locations. 
 
Free and open to the public.
3:30pm
5335 Burnet Road
78756 Austin , Texas
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
2421 Bissonnet Street
77005 Houston, Texas

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poems

poem

Old fang-in-the-boot trick. Five-chambered
asp. Pit organ and puff adder. Can live
in any medium save ice. Charmed by the flute
or the first thunderstorm in spring, drowsy
heart stirs from the cistern, the hibernaculum,
the wintering den of stars. Smells like the cucumber
served

poem
Sunday takes us to the relic-boxes of small Texas towns,
their shops of Sears and Roebuck
            sewing machine stands,
bordello bedframes, and scrap-metal lawn art: a butterfly
stakes a Spartan garden
            with pollen rust.
Learning the hard way not to touch even the brass panel
of a swinging
poem
I never knew them all, just hummed
and thrummed my fingers with the radio,
driving five hundred miles to Austin.
Her arms held all the songs I needed.
Our boots kept time with fiddles
and the charming sobs of blondes,

the whine of steel guitars
sliding us down in deer-hide chairs
when jukebox music was over.