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Houston Public Library’s Public Poetry Reading Series comes to Jungman Neighborhood Library

Join Houston Public Library and Public Poetry for the continuation of their award-winning poetry reading series. The program will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2 PM at the Jungman Neighborhood Library. Afterwards, the audience can meet the poets and have copies of their books signed. The lineup includes some of Houston’s best poets, including special guest Arielle Masson, who will be showing some examples of her art and talking about how she works, and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). The Jungman Neighborhood Library is located at 5830 Westheimer Rd., 77057, 832-393-1860. This poetry reading series 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, May 5, 2012 | 2 PM

Special Guest –Arielle Masson
Although from Mexico, Arielle Masson grew up in Brussels, Belgium, and then went on to the university in Paris to complete a Master of Literature and postgraduate studies in Linguistics at La Sorbonne. After moving to Houston in 1986, she studied Fine Arts/Painting at the University of Houston from which she received a Master of Fine Arts. She then received a Fellowship from the Core Program from The Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has extensively exhibited in Museums and Galleries throughout Texas, France and Mexico, and was granted multiples awards, including The Brown Foundation Fellows program at the Dora Maar House, Menerbes, France.

Masson’s practice includes all painting media and she has specialized in the use and fabrication of egg tempera and gouache. More recently she has extended her activities to design major public art pieces for the City of Houston, and the Metro Light Transit in Houston. More important to her is her extensive training in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation that sustains the holistic viewpoint that is inspiring her art. She currently teaches Painting and Drawing at the Glassell School of Art/ St. Thomas University in Houston. View additional work at:

Eric Ekstrand lives in Houston and teaches writing and literature at University of Houston. His poems can be found in “Poetry,” “jubilat,” “Black Warrior Review,” “Indiana Review,” “New South,” “Bat City Review” and elsewhere. He is a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellow and a former Inprint/Brown fellow in poetry. He is a former poetry editor for “Gulf Coast” and works with Writers in the Schools Houston. His full-length collection “Lawn Games” was a finalist last year for the National Poetry Series and was a semi-finalist for the Brittingham and Pollak prizes.

Jasminne Mendez is a performance poet, actress, teacher and published writer. She has performed her poetry in venues all around Houston including the MFAH, Rice and the Alley Theatre. She has shared the stage with respected writers and poets including Sandra Cisneros and Taylor Mali. She has been published both nationally and internationally by Arte Público Press and “Flash: The International Short Story Magazine” in England.

John Pluecker is a writer, interpreter, agitator and translator. His work is informed by experimental poetics, interdisciplines and cross-border cultural production; writings have appeared in the “Rio Grande Review,” “Picnic,” “Third Text,” “Animal Shelter,” “HTMLGiant,” “Literal” and other outlets. He has published more than six books in translation from the Spanish and three chapbooks translated from daily life, history and/or rivers: “Routes into Texas” (DIY, 2010), “Undone” (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011) and “Killing Current” (Mouthfeel Press, 2012).

Robin Reagler is the Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the leader of the national Writers in the Schools Alliance. She has an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Her poetry chapbook “Dear Red Airplane” was recently published by Seven Kitchens Press.

And there’s more! You can hear these poets again with new poetry in our Fall Series at Henington-Alief Regional Library, on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 2 PM.


Saturday, June 2, 2012
Julia Ideson Building, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662
2:00 PM

Featured Poets:

Carolyn Tourney Florek
Ken Jones
Teresa Juarez
Rebecca Wadlinger

(Special guests will be announced at a later date.)

Special thanks to Media Sponsor Houston Public Radio KUHF News 88.7 & KUHA Classical 91.7

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. The year-round reading series is a partnership between Public Poetry and Houston Public Library. Please join us for these free programs, filled with gorgeous language, held on the first Saturday of each month at 2 PM. For more information, please visit

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
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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