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Public Poetry Summer Reading Series at the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) in partnership with Public Poetry invites the community to their free Public Poetry Summer Reading Series featuring four outstanding local poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). The presentation is scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2 PM and it promises to be a fast-paced hour filled with words that can create energy, different emotions, and plenty of fun. Afterward the audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets. The event will take place at the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, 7405 Stella Link, 77025, 832-393-2630. This event is free and open to the public. For more details please visit

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McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library
7405 Stella Link, 77025 | 832-393-2630
Saturday, August 4, 2012 | 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 a Masters in Fine Arts 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 “Territories”). 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 the “Houston Press’” 100 Creatives 2012. Find out more at

Jane Creighton’s works have been published in “Ploughshares,” “The American Voice,” “ Gulf Coast,” the online journal of The Poetry Foundation, and in anthologies including “We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon” (Interlink Books), “Still Seeking and Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan” (Lexington Books), “Unwinding the Vietnam War” (Real Comet Press), and “Close to the Bone: Memoirs of Hurt, Rage, and Desire” (Grove Press). She teaches and is Director of the Cultural Enrichment Center at the University of Houston–Downtown.

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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