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Public Poetry Reading Series

Public Poetry Reading Series Online

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 virtual event. The Public Poetry Reading Series uses the Microsoft Team platform for virtual meetings. Participants using their smartphones or tablets will need to download the Microsoft Team app to participate. Participants using their computers will not need to download the Microsoft Teams app.

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

Saturday, April 1, 2023
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Age Group:
  Adults     Teens (13-18 yrs)  
  Arts & Culture  
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Loyce Gayo is a Tanzanian-born creative writer, teaching artist, filmmaker and organizer based in Houston, TX. Their work interrogates race, & nation as it relates to African Diasporic identity. Gayo has been featured on Button Poetry, Write About Now, Badilisha Poetry, Fields Magazine, and PBS.




Ryan McMasters is an internationally published poet out of Houston, Texas. He has work published in The City of Houston’s website, Write About Now’s Youtube channel, Ireland’s HCE Review, Peculiar Journal, Shiela-Na-Gig journal, Moon Tide Press, Allegory Ridge, the San Antonio Review, Show Bear Family Circus, Flowersong Press, and Bending Genres.



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’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.


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