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Fall Public Poetry Reading Presentation at Vinson Neighborhood Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) in partnership with Public Poetry invites the community to their Fall Public Poetry Reading program featuring four outstanding local poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). The presentation is Saturday, November 3, 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

Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 2 PMVinson Neighborhood Library
3810 W. Fuqua, 77045, 832-393-2120

Featured Poets
Jasminne Mendez is a performance poet, actress, teacher and published writer. She has performed her poetry in venues all around Houston including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rice University and the Alley Theatre. She has shared the stage with respected writers and poets including Sandra Cisneros and Taylor Mali. She has been published both nationally and internationally by Arte Público Press and “Flash: The International Short Story Magazine,” in England.

John Pluecker is a writer, interpreter, agitator and translator. His work is informed by experimental poetics, interdisciplines and cross-border cultural production; writings have appeared in the “Rio Grande Review,” “Picnic,” “Third Text,” “Animal Shelter,” “HTMLGiant,” “Litera,l” and other outlets. He has published more than six books in translation from the Spanish and three chapbooks translated from daily life, history and/or rivers: “Routes into Texas” (DIY, 2010), “Undone” (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011) and “Killing Current “(Mouthfeel Press, 2012).

Robin Reagler is the Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the leader of the national Writers in the Schools Alliance. She has an Masters in Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers Workshop and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Her poetry chapbook “Dear Red Airplane”was recently published by Seven Kitchens Press.

Scott Wiggerman is the author of two books of poetry: “Presence” and “Vegetables and Other Relationships.” Some of his recent poems have appeared in “Spillway,” “Comstock Review,” “Southwestern American Literature,” “Contemporary Sonnet” and “Hobble Creek Review,” which nominated “The Egret Sonnet” for a Pushcart Prize. A frequent workshop instructor, Scott is also an editor for “Dos Gatos Press,” publisher of the annual “Texas Poetry Calendar” (now in its 15th year), and the recent collection of poetry exercises, “Wingbeats.” For more information, visit his website:

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Vinson Neighborhood Library, 3810 W. Fuqua, 77045, 832-393-2120
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Featured Poets:
•Carolyn Tourney Florek
•Ken Jones
•Teresa Juarez
•Katherine Noble
(Guest Poets will be announced at a later date.)

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

Contact: Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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