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Best Reading Series Houston 2011 - Public Poetry

Poetry has a new platform in Houston, and it's a welcome one: the Public Poetry reading series. Started in the spring of this year by Fran Sanders in partnership with Houston Public Library and held in various public library locations around town, the series features four poets and a celebrity reader per session. Mayor Annise Parker and Dominic Walsh appeared as guest readers during the first two installations, while poets Rich Levy, Martha Serpas, John Gorman and Carol Munn each took turns at the microphone. The open forum lets the poets share their favorite works, covering topics from family life, to environmental issues, to romantic relationships, to societal decay, to intercultural exchange (and, for some odd reason, a lot of poems about the moon).

(An earlier version of this item incorrectly mentioned Stanton Welch as one of the guest readers instead of Dominic Walsh, and failed to note that the Public Poetry reading series had been started in partnership with Houston Public Library. The Houston Press regrets the errors.)

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Willie Perkins
Willie Perkins

I am new in houston, i would like to know where and when are these readings held? My email address is

Fran Sanders
Fran Sanders

Poetry Rules!! Public Poetry is thrilled to share this award with 25 poets, 12 talented students from Writers in the Schools/WITS and our true partner in this monthly series, Houston Public Library.


My daughter(Destiny Gonzales really enjoyed be apart of the reading held. She felt blessed to have been able to have her poems heard. She enjoyed meeting all the authors and hearing their books. And even got some signed. Please keep her in mind if need any WITS students to read at any events.(713-475-2004 or 281-919-9216) Thank you so much for the experence my daughter was able to feel in her life she will always remeber this for the rest of her life. Pat Gonzales


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