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Poetry Reading Event – Spring Series Continues at the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) in partnership with Public Poetry invite the community to their free Spring Series of Poetry Readings featuring four outstanding local poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). The presentation will be a fast-paced hour filled with elegant language and intriguing words that combine to create energy, excitement and an emotional charge.

Afterwards, the audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets. The event will take place at HPL’s historic 1926 Julia Ideson Building at 550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit or call 832-393-1313.

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

Saturday, June 2 | 2 PM


Carolyn Tourney Florek is co-founder of Mutabilis Press. She is a poet, painter, and garden designer living in Houston since 1983. Her poetry has been published in “The Texas Review,” “Illya’s Honey,” “Texas Poetry Calendar 2010,” and past “Houston Poetry Fest” anthologies. Her work received an honorable mention in the 2010 Austin International Poetry Fest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, “Secret Rites,” was a finalist in the Dallas Poets Community annual chapbook competition.

Ken Jones has published three full-length poetry collections, half a dozen chapbooks and hundreds of individual poems in forums nationwide. He has been a finalist for the West Chester Poet’s Prize and a Pushcart Prize nominee. He earned an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a fulltime faculty member at the Art Institute of Houston.

Teresa Juarez graduated from Colorado College in 2005 with a degree in Creative Writing – Poetry. She was honored with the Evelyn Bridges Award for Poetry in 2004 and 2005. She has participated in organizing the Word Around Town Poetry Tour and various other poetry related projects around the city of Houston. She was featured at the Houston Grand Slam Poetry Competition in 2011, and her work has been published in “The Hollins Critic.”

Rebecca Wadlinger is a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston, where she works as the managing editor of “Gulf Coast.” Her writing and translations have appeared in recent issues of “Ploughshares,” “Mid-American Review,” “Kenyon Review,” and the “Best New Poets” anthology series, among others. Rebecca received her M.F.A. from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied poetry and playwriting.


You can hear these poets again with new poetry during the Fall Poetry Series on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2 PM. The event will take place at the Henington-Alief Regional Library, 7979 South Kirkwood, 77072, 832-393-1820.

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, 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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