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Public Poetry Reading Outdoors at the Houston Public Library’s HPL Express Discovery Green Library

Fall is a great time to enjoy listening to the magical words of exceptional local and visiting poets outdoors at the Houston Public Library’s (HPL) Public Poetry Reading Event on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 2 PM at the HPL Express Discovery Green Library. Everyone is invited to enjoy the great upcoming line up of some of Houston’s best poets, including singer/songwriter Don Sanders and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS).

The HPL Express Discovery Green Library is 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 or call 832-393-1313.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 | 2 PM

Featured Guest singer/songwriter Don Sanders is also a storyteller, recording artist, and novelist. Sanders’ “Bayou Song,” was recently recorded and released by Lyle Lovett. Over the years he has shared the stage with Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Arlo Gutherie, Lightin’ Hopkins, Guy Clark, Eric Taylor, Vince Bell, Townes Van Zandt, Christine Albert, Bobby Bridger, and Janis Joplin. Sanders is also cited and quoted in biographies of Janis Joplin (“Scars of Sweet Paradise”) and Townes Vandt (“A Deeper Blue” and “To Live’s to Fly”).

An honorary board member of Kerrville Music Festival, Sanders has served on the board of the Tejas Storytelling Association and was a founding member of listener-sponsored KPFT radio. Sanders is currently best known for his story and song performances in hundreds of schools, festivals and theaters throughout the Southwest.

Featured Local Poets Include:

Samuel Amadon is the author of “Like a Sea,” University of Iowa Press. His poems have appeared in numerous publications such as: “American Poetry Review,” “Boston Review,” “Denver Quarterly,” “Tin House,” and “Verse.” He is a poetry editor at “Gulf Coast” and a WITS writer.

Robin Davidson’s poems and translations have appeared in such literary magazines as “The Paris Review,” “AGNI,” “Literary Imagination,” “Tampa Review,” “Gulf Coast,” and the Polish journal “Fraza.” She’s the recipient of a Fulbright award, an NEA translation fellowship, and two Houston Arts Alliance fellowships. Her book of translations, “The New Century: Poems” by Ewa Lipska, appeared in 2009 (Northwestern UP). She currently teaches creative writing as an associate professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Elisa A. Garza teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. Her community teaching includes teacher workshops for Inprint, and elementary and middle school writing groups. Garza’s chapbook, “Familia,” was a best seller for The Portlandia Group press. Her poems have been printed in many journals, and have received several awards, including a Literature Fellowship from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Emerging Writer Award from the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.

Dave Parsons is recipient of an N. E. H. Dante Fellowship to SUNY, the French-American Legation Poetry Prize, and the 2006 Baskerville Publisher’s Prize/TCU for an outstanding poem published in their literary journal, Descant. His three books: “Editing Sky” (Texas Review Poetry Prize), “Color of Mourning,” and “Feathering Deep” (forthcoming 2011) are all by Texas Review Press/TXAM Univ. Press. He was elected to The Texas Institute of Letters in 2009 and teaches at Lone Star College.

Save the Date

Saturday, December 3 | 2 PM

Featured Poets Include:

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 Publico 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.

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 or call 832-393-1313.


Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
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