What is the WAT: Seven Nights of Poetry, H-Town Style

Poetry ain't dead, y'all (despite what you just read, a.k.a. the most eloquent English-language construction you'll ever see). At least not next week.

For the sixth consecutive year, Word Around Town (WAT) will showcase its annual poetry blowout beginning on Sunday. Spread across seven nights at seven different spots, WAT will feature close to 20 wordslingers, including Brother Said, Teresa Juarez, Dee!colonize and Marie Brown.

The Word Around Town brainchild was imagined by Houston-area poets Zelene Pineda, Joe B and Stephen Gros, all who have continued to keep the word alive in local venues, online and on the radio.

All shows at the festival, which don't cost a thing, start at 8 p.m. More information can be peeped at the Word Around Town website.

The schedule, as of the time this post was published, went a little something like this:

Sunday, July 17: Bohemeo's, 708 Telephone Road Monday, July 18: The Artery, 5401 Jackson Street Tuesday, July 19: Taft Street Coffee, 2115 Taft Street Wednesday, July 20: Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 South Jensen Drive Thursday, July 21: Khon's, 2808 Milam Friday, July 22: AvantGarden, 411 Westheimer Saturday, July 23: Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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