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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, June 1, 2024
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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Catherine Lu is an arts writer, Emmy-nominated producer, radio/TV announcer, and creative. She works for Houston Public Media and has contributed to NPR. She is the founder of the independent arts blog, Houston Arts Journal. Her poetry has been published in Mom Egg Review, and she is the Inprint Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Fellow in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, where she is pursuing her MFA.



José Chapa Valle is a US poet raised in Mexico, or vice versa. He authored Notes from the Last Age (FlowerSong Press, 2020) and two other books of poetry. His work in English has appeared in the Acentos Review, Eye to the Telescope, Star*Line and elsewhere. Some of his poetry in Spanish can be found in the digital archives of Luvina, Periódico de Poesía, Caelum, and Tierra Adentro. He lives in Katy, Texas, where he works as a leadership development facilitator, sans degree.





Maha Ahmed is an Egyptian-American poet and translator. She is currently an English & Creative Writing PhD candidate at the University of Houston specializing in Empire Studies. Her poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Grist, The Adroit Journal, Rusted Radishes, The Recluse, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor for Rusted Radishes and the winner of the 2023 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry. Her critical and creative work explores the Arab-American diaspora and the avant-garde.




Chankrisna Tea (she/they) is a non-binary Khmer artist from Houston, TX. She is invested in the art of sequences, poetry and comics, and her work can be found in Infrarrealista Review, Sybil, and more.