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Poetry Reading Series at Houston Public Library’s John P. McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library

WHAT: The Houston Public Library (HPL) in partnership with Public Poetry invites the community to their free Poetry Readings Series featuring four outstanding local poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). The presentation will be a fast-paced hour of poetry presentations that combine to create energy, excitement and an emotional charge. Afterwards, the audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit

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

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2012 at 2 PM

WHERE: John P. McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, 7405 Stella Link, 77025, 832-393-2630

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 family 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.

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.


Blanca Quezada
Sr. Communications Specialist
Houston Public Library
832.393.1382; cell 713.435.9596

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