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Vinson Neighborhood Library Offers Public Poetry Reading Program

WHAT:The Houston Public Library (HPL) in partnership with Public Poetry invites the community to their Public Poetry Reading Program featuring four outstanding local poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). The presentation is Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 2 PM. Attendees will be entertained with a fast-paced hour filled with words that can create energy, different emotions, and offers plenty of fun. Afterward the audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets. The event will take place at the Vinson Neighborhood Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more details please visit

WHO:The lineup includes some of Houston’s best poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS):
•Mike Alexander
•Janet Lowery
•Jeremyah Payne/The Fluent One
•Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan
•Special Guest Poet and Talented Student

Special thanks to Houston Public Radio, KUHF News 88.7, and KUHA Classical 91.7. For information please visit

Saturday, October 6, 2012 | 2 PM

WHERE:Houston Public Library
Vinson Neighborhood Library
3810 W. Fuqua, 77045, 832-393-2120

Mike Alexander ran the weekly poetry open mic at Helios for six years out of its 10-year run. He has been on the editorial boards of Lyric and Panhandler. In 2008, he coordinated a chapbook contest for Panhandler. His 2010 chapbook, “We Internet in Different Voices (Modern Metrics),” is available through EXOT books. Previous chapbooks include “Ampersand” (1990), “References” (1996), “January Y2K Blues” (1999), and “Blinded by Absinthe” (2004).

Janet Lowery’s poetry has appeared in “Poetry East,” “Greensboro Review,” “Concho River Review,” and in anthologies such as “Improbable Worlds,” “Texas in Poetry 2,” and “Who Are the Rich and Where Do They Live?” Her poetry collection based on women from Greek mythology, “Traffic in Women,” was published in 2008; her trilogy of plays by the same name was produced 2006-2008 on the University of St. Thomas campus where she teaches literature and creative writing.

Jeremyah Payne/The Fluent One is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University. In the fall of 2007, while studying Computer Science, he began writing and performing poetry as a member of the collegiate slam team. The team went on to rank eighth nationally. Since then he has been a mentor to youth with Meta-Four Houston, and a member of the Houston VIP Slam Team.

Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan earned an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow, and earned a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, where she was a Cambor Fellow. A full-time professor of English at Houston Community College Central, she is the author of “Shadow Mountain” and most recently “Bear, Diamonds and Crane.”

About the Houston Public LibraryThe 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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