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Kick Off the Holiday Season with a Poetry Reading at HPL Express Discovery Green Library [12/3/2011]


BY Alex Wang [ November 17, 2011 at 18:44:03 ]

Kick off the holidays by listening to the captivating words of several talented local and visiting poets at the Houston Public Library’s (HPL) Public Poetry Reading Event on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 2 PM. Everyone is invited to enjoy the great upcoming line up of some of Houston’s best poets, including guest poet Ken Jones, and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). The event will be held at HPL Express Discovery Green Library, located at 1500 McKinney, 77010, 832-393-1375. This poetry reading is presented by the Houston Public Library in partnership with Public Poetry. The event is free and open to the public. For more details visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

Guest Poet

Ken Jones recorded and performed as a poet/musician in the Austin and L.A. underground music scenes in the 1980's and 1990's. A Writer member of ASCAP, his songs have appeared on dozens of CDs. videos, movies and other releases. His 2011 appearance at the Houston Fringe Festival with “Live Ate” won the Critic’s Choice Award. Currently he is touring Texas with “Poetry at the Piano,” which showcases his solo piano music. This music, as well as a seasonal offering, “It’s Christmas Time, Baby,” is available on CDBaby under PoetKen or on YouTube at ThePoetKen Channel. For more information, you can visit his website at www.poetken.com.

Jones is also a published poet and his work has appeared in academic and underground journals, magazines, anthologies, websites and other forums. For over 20 years, he has given readings of his original work at bars, bookstores, coffeehouses, conferences, and other venues. He earned an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin and is a full-time faculty member at the Art Institute of Houston, teaching Creative Writing among other subjects, His collection “Unutterable Blunders and Palace Disasters” was published by PlainViewPress in 2006. “Ceaselee Greaspaint in Combat Stance” was published by Slough Press in 2007, and Jones' most recent book is “Pleadings from the Pleaides” (Poetry in the Arts Publications), available at www.poetryinarts.org and his latest chapbook is “Bones of Rebellion” (Brave New Books chapbook series).

Featured Poets

Dr. John Gorman lives in Galveston and teaches literature and creative writing at UH-Clear Lake. His poems, collected in three chapbooks and soon to appear in a more substantial format, have appeared individually in “Arrowsmith,” “Curbside Review,” “Buffalo Press,” and many other publications in Texas, nationally, and in Canada. Active in Houston Poetry Fest and elsewhere on the reading scene, he will be the featured poet at the First Friday Series Birthday Reading in July. He moderates the monthly Galveston Poets Roundtable.

Carol Louise Munn’s poems have appeared in Poetry, “The GSU Review” (Georgia State University), “So to Speak” (George Mason University), “Ilya’s Honey,” and “Fugue” (University of Idaho). Her work has been anthologized in Stories from “Where We Live: The Gulf Coast” and also in “Houston Poetry Fest 2004, 2006, and 2009 Anthologies.” She received the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Michael R. Gutterman Award for Poetry. She teaches English and creative writing at St. John’s School.

Evangelina Vigil-Piñón is a widely-anthologized, nationally-recognized poet and the recipient of prestigious literary awards. She is the author of “Thirty an Seen a Lot,” celebrating the folk life and culture of her native San Antonio, and “The Computer Is Down,” a late twentieth century monument of civilization in the modern city, published by Arte Público Press. One of her poems is engraved on a downtown Houston sidewalk as part of a public art installation celebrating 150 years of Houston literary history.

Kevin Prufer’s newest books are “In a Beautiful Country” (Four Way, 2011) and “National Anthem” (Four Way, 2008), named one of the five best collections of the year by “Publishers Weekly.” He’s also editor of “New European Poets” (Graywolf, 2008), among others. He is Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.
Save the Dates – Winter 2012 Public Poetry Series Presentations

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Park Place Regional Library 8145 Park Place, 77017
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Featured Poets: Outspoken Bean, Rademas Ortiz, Loueva Smith, Randall Watson
(Guest Poets will be announced at a later date.)

Saturday, February 4, 2012
Park Place Regional Library, 8145 Park Place, 77017
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Featured Poets: Poets: Alan Ainsworth, Joe Campana, Sarah Cortez, Jeannie Gambill, Van G. Garret
(Guest Poets will be announced at a later date.)

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Park Place Regional Library, 8145 Park Place, 77017, 832-393-1970
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Featured Poets: Hayan Charara, Ryler Dustin, Marcell Murphy, Susan Wood
(Guest Poets will be announced at a later date.)
About Public Poetry

Public Poetry is an innovative monthly reading series that brings the public and poetry community together, creating a buzz about poetry. Public Poetry events feature outstanding local and visiting poets, plus a public figure or local guest celebrity and a short student reading, with a meet-the-poets book signing at the end of each program.

HPL Public Poetry events are held the first Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM. For more information visit www.publicpoetry.net.

Public Poetry was recently recognized by the Houston Press “Best Of Award” for Best Reading Series - 2011.

About the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.


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