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Public Poetry at the Henington-Alief Regional Library

Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2 PM

WHAT: The Houston Public Library (HPL) in partnership with Public Poetry presents the first of the 2013 Public Poetry Series, featuring four outstanding local poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools (WITS). Attendees will be entertained with a fast-paced hour filled with words that create energy, emotions, and offers plenty of fun. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets. This program is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit or call 832-393-1313.

WHEN: Saturday, January 5, 2013 AT 2 PM

WHERE: Henington-Alief Regional Library
7979 South Kirkwood, 77072, 832-393-1820

WHO: Thay Alaffita
Stephen Gros
Jonathan Moody
Oscar C. Peña

About the Poets
Thay Alaffita has authored a chapbook, “Shackles,” and her poetry has been published in the “Harbinger Asylum” and in the “Muse for Women Anthology.” She also won an award for her writing from the National Council of La Raza. She immigrated with her familia 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 established 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.

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

SAVE THE DATE – More Poetry at HPL
Prize Poets
Saturday, January 12 | 2 PM
Central Library, 4th Floor Program Place, 500 McKinney St., 77002, 832-393-1313
Join us for readings and discussions by the Yale Series of Younger Poets 2012 Prize Winners, Fady Joudah and Katherine Larson. The Yale Series of Younger Poets champions the most promising new American poets. Awarded since 1919, this prestigious prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States.
FEATURED POETS: Fady Joudah & Katherine Larson.

Heights Open Poetry Mike
Wednesday, January 16 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd, 77008, 832-393-1810
Hear readings of poetry by great poets born during the month, and then read your own original poetry. Refreshments will be provided.

Public Poetry
Saturday, February 2 | 2 PM
Henington-Alief Regional Library, 7979 South Kirkwood, Houston, TX 77072 | 832-393-1820
FEATURED POETS INCLUDE: Amanda Auchter, Jane Creighton, Kurt Heinzelman, and Joseph “JoeP” Palmore.

Public Poetry
Saturday, March 2 | 2 PM
Henington-Alief Regional Library, 7979 South Kirkwood, Houston, TX 77072 | 832-393-1820
FEATURED POETS INCLUDE: D.F. Brown, Erica Lehrer, Thad Logan, and Karyna McGlynn.

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.


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

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