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Public Poetry Reading Series

Public Poetry Reading Series In-Person

Poetry comes alive the first Saturday of each month at 2 PM with readings performed by a creative mix of artists. Participants are invited to read a piece for Open Mic during featured poets intermission​.

Registration is required for this event. 

This series is organized by Public Poetry and is presented in partnership with Houston Public Library.

Saturday, December 2, 2023
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
1st Floor Events
Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building
Age Group:
  Adults     Teens (13-18 yrs)  
  Arts & Culture  
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Kaitlin Rizzo - Kaitlin Rizzo is a writer, researcher, and translator working on a series of projects related to the life of Baroque painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Last year, she was a Finalist for the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. Her writing can be found forthcoming in Plume and the anthology Shreela Ray: On the Life and Work of an American Master, published by Pleiades, Copper Nickel, and Gulf Coast presses. She lives and teaches in Houston, where she is a Co-President and Founder of the Adjunct English Society, which advocates for sustainable wages for contingent faculty at the University of Houston. 


Randall J. Tyrone - Randall J. Tyrone’s poems have appeared in Electric Literature’s Okey-Panky, Oversound Poetry and Nomadic Press. He has been anthologized in the Bodies Built For A Game Anthology by Prairie Schooner. He has received a scholarship to attend the Tin House Summer Workshop and was awarded the Bentley-Buckman Poetry Fellowship to attend the Writers Week at the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. He has an MFA in poetry from the University of Wyoming. He’s very excited for you.



Jennifer Maritza McCauley - a writer, poet, and university professor. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kimbilio, CantoMundo and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. She holds an MFA from Florida International University and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Missouri. The author of the cross-genre collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF and the short story collection WHEN TRYING TO RETURN HOME, she is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.



J Estanislao Lopez - J. Estanislao Lopez is the author of We Borrowed Gentleness (Alice James Books 2022). His poems have been featured in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. He lives and teaches in his hometown, Houston.




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