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McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library Offers a Summer Public Poetry Reading Program

The Houston Public Library 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, September 1, 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 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 www.houstonlibrary.org.

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

Featured Poets:
D.F. Brown is the author of “Returning Fire,” “The Other Half of Everything” and “Assuming Blue.” His poems have been anthologized in “American War Poetry,” “Carrying the Darkness” and “Unaccustomed Mercy,” as well as numerous literary journals and reviews. His art reviews have been published in “Glass Tire,” “ART LIES” and “Cite.” Born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks and educated at San Francisco State University, D.F. is a decorated combat medic and teaches high school English at a public school in Houston.

Erica Lehrer, a Houston-based poet, is author of “Dancing with Ataxia,” a collection of poetry relating to her diagnosis of a rare neurological illness. Her work has appeared in national and regional journals, such as “Nimrod,” “The Hummingbird Review,” “Big Muddy” (winner of the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Award), and “The Texas Poetry Calendar” 2008-2012, where her poem won 1st prize in 2012. She is a graduate of Princeton University and NYU Law School.

Thad Logan teaches in the English department at Rice University including courses in contemporary poetry. In 2007, she received an M.F.A. in poetry from Warren Wilson College. Her poems have been published in “The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry” and “Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets.” She is also the author of “The Victorian Parlour: A Cultural Study,” published by Cambridge University Press.

Karyna McGlynn is the author of “I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl,” and winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize from Sarabande Books. Her poems have appeared in “Fence,” “Salt Hill,” “Columbia Poetry Review,” “Copper Nickel,” “Octopus,” and “Denver Quarterly.” Karyna was a Zell Fellow at the University of Michigan where she received her M.F.A. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston where she serves as poetry editor for “Gulf Coast.”

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 www.publicpoetry.net.

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 www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

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Contact: \
Blanca Quezada
Sr. Communications Specialist
Houston Public Library
832.393.1382; cell 713.435.9596
blanca.quezada@houstontx.gov

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