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Summer Poetry Reading Series at the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) and Public Poetry invite the community to its free Summer Poetry Readings Series featuring four outstanding local poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). The presentation is a fast-paced hour filled 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 Summer Poet Reading Series will take place at the McGovern–Stella Link Neighborhood Library, 7405 Stella Link, 77025. These events are free and open to the public.

For more details visit or call 832-393-1313.

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Scheduled Summer Poetry Reading Events

Saturday, July 7 | 2 PM

Thay Alaffita’s first chapbook, “Shackles,” came out in December 2011. She won the Lideres de Hoy essay competition awarded by the National Council of La Raza, and has been published in “Harbinger Asylum.” She immigrated with her familia to the United States when she was four years old and grew up in northwest Houston. She attended Texas A&M University on a full scholarship to study English and Spanish, and developed her writing style by mixing both languages and cultures.

Stephen Gros is a poet, artist, and event producer from Texas. Stephen is a founding member of Panhandler Publishing, the Art Institute of Houston’s Poetry Club, the Word Around Town poetry tour, FabriFaction 2012 and the ThoughtCrime Poetry Showcase. Stephen’s poetry has recently appeared in “The Bayou Review,” “The Beatest State In The Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writers,” and The Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, “Di-vêrse’- city.”

Jonathan Moody received his M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Cave Canem alum. His poetry has appeared in such publications as “African American Review,” “Crab Orchard Review,” “Gathering Ground,” “Gemini Magazine,” “good foot,” “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,” “PLUCK!,” “Tidal Basin Review,” and “Xavier Review.” His first book, “The Doomy Poems” (Six Gallery Press), was published this year. Jonathan lives in Fresno, TX with his wife and teaches English at Pearland High School.

Oscar C. Peña, poet and jazz musician, lives in League City. He’s been a juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest and his work appears in various anthologies such as “Di-vêrse’- city” and “Voices Along the River.” Oscar is the author of a chapbook, “Fire of Thorns,” and has performed his poetry at venues throughout Texas. He is the host of the Barnes & Noble 4th Tuesday Poetry Reading Series and Friendswood Library Presents Poetry Night.

And there’s more! You can hear these poets again with new poetry at HPL’s Winter Poetry Reading Series at the Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont, 77092 on Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Saturday, August 4 | 2 PM

Amanda Auchter is the founding editor of “Pebble Lake Review.” She is the author of “The Wishing Tomb,” winner of the 2012 Perugia Press Book Award, and of “The Glass Crib,” winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award. Her work has appeared in “American Poetry Review,” “Bellevue Literary Review,” “Quarterly West,” “The Journal,” and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. from Bennington College and teaches creative writing and literature at Lone Star College.

Kurt Heinzelman is a multiple nominee for the “Pushcart Prize Anthology.” His latest books, both published in 2011, are “The Names They Found There” (poems) and “Demarcations” (a translation of Jean Follain’s “Territoires”). He co-founded and, for ten years, edited the award-winning journal, “The Poetry Miscellany.” He is currently editor-at-large for the “Bat City Review,” editor-in-chief of “Texas Studies in Literature and Language” (TSLL), and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Joseph “JoeP” Palmore, is a veteran spoken word artist and co-host of Poetry Lounge Sundays at BamBou. He also teaches theater and poetry with the Alley Theatre; is in his fifth year acting with the Ensemble Theatre; and is the co-founder of the Black Box Theatre Group, fusing poetry, dance, theater, and music. A native Houstonian, he was recently named as one of “Houston Press’” 100 Creatives 2012. Find out more at

Addie Tsai’s writing most recently appeared in “The Collagist,” “Post Road Magazine,” and “Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality.” She has collaborated with the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on “Victor Frankenstein” and “Camille Claudel,” and also with photographer Traci Matlock as part of TX BI 2011. She received her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and teaches English at Houston Community College, where she coordinates a series that highlights nationally -recognized writers of color.

And there’s more! You can hear these poets again with new poetry at HPL’s Winter Poetry Reading Series at the Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont, 77092 on Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Saturday, September 1 | 2 PM

D.F. Brown is the author of “Returning Fire,” “The Other Half of Everything” and “Assuming Blue.” His poems have been anthologized in “American War Poetry,” “Carrying the Darkness,” and “Unaccustomed Mercy,” as well as numerous literary journals and reviews. His art reviews have been published in “Glass Tire,” “ART LIES” and “Cite.” Born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks and educated at San Francisco State University, D.F. is a decorated combat medic and teaches high school English at a public school in Houston.

Erica Lehrer, a Houston-based poet, is author of “Dancing with Ataxia,” a collection of poetry informed by her diagnosis of a rare neurological illness. Her work has appeared in national and regional journals, such as “Nimrod,” “The Hummingbird Review,” “Big Muddy” (winner of the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Award), and “The Texas Poetry Calendar” 2008-2012, where her poem won 1st prize in 2012. She is a graduate of Princeton University and NYU Law School.

Thad Logan teaches in the English department at Rice University, including courses in contemporary poetry. In 2007, she received an M.F.A. in poetry from Warren Wilson College. Her poems have been published in “The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry” and “Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets.” She is also the author of “The Victorian Parlour: A Cultural Study,” published by Cambridge University Press.

Karyna McGlynn is the author of “I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl,” winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize from Sarabande Books. Her poems have appeared in “Fence,” “Salt Hill,” “Columbia Poetry Review,” “Copper Nickel,” “Octopus,” and “Denver Quarterly.” Karyna was a Zell Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she received her M.F.A. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, where she serves as poetry editor for Gulf Coast.

And there’s more! You can hear these poets again with new poetry at HPL’s Winter Poetry Reading Series at the Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont, 77092 on Saturday, January 5, 2013.

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.


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