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Public Poetry Reading Program at the Vinson Neighborhood Library

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). Included in the line-up will be Met-4 Houston. They are young, hi-energy competitors who regularly perform at international poetry slams. This event is free and open to the public.
For more details, please visit or call 832-393-1313.

WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2 PM

WHERE: Vinson Neighborhood Library, 3810 West Fuqua, 77045, 832-393-2120

Carolyn Tourney Florek is co-founder of Mutabilis Press. She is a poet, painter, and garden designer living in Houston since 1983. Her poetry has been published in “The Texas Review,” “Illya’s Honey,” “Texas Poetry Calendar 2010,” and past Houston Poetry Fest anthologies. Her work received an honorable mention in the 2010 Austin International Poetry Fest and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, “Secret Rites,” was a finalist in the Dallas Poets Community annual chapbook competition.

Ken Jones has published three full-length poetry collections, half a dozen chapbooks and hundreds of individual poems in forums nationwide. He has been a finalist for the West Chester Poet’s Prize and a Pushcart Prize nominee. He earned an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a fulltime faculty member at the Art Institute of Houston.

Teresa Juarez graduated from Colorado College in 2005 with a degree in Creative Writing/Poetry. She was honored with the Evelyn Bridges Award for Poetry in 2004 and 2005. She has participated in organizing the Word Around Town Poetry Tour and various other poetry related projects around the city of Houston. She was featured at the Houston Grand Slam Poetry Competition in 2011 and her work has been published in “The Hollins Critic.”

Katherine Noble works for the Harry Ransom Center in Austin and serves on the poetry board of “Bat City Review.” She was the recipient of the Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Literary Arts, the Ellen Engler Burks Memorial Scholarship, the Bailey Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the Fania Kruger Fellowship for a manuscript of her poetry. A student at the University of Texas, she hopes to pursue an M.F.A. in writing after finishing her degree this coming spring.

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