City of Houston
The Houston Public Library (HPL) in partnership with Public Poetry invite the community to a free Poetry Reading featuring four outstanding poets and a guest poet. This presentation will be a fast-paced hour filled with beautiful language and intriguing words that combine to create energy, excitement, and an emotional charge.  After the presentation, the audience will have an opportunity to meet the poets and get signed copies of their books.  This event will take place Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the Kendall Neighborhood Library, 609 N. Eldridge, 77079, 832-393-1880. This program is free and open to the public. For additional details visit or

The Houston Public Library and Public Poetry have partnered to bring the community a free Poetry Reading Series the first Saturday of each month throughout 2011. The series features local and visiting poets. Public Poetry exists to bring the public and the poetry community together, and to create a buzz about poetry.


Saturday, August 6 at 2 PM
Kendall Neighborhood Library
609 N. Eldridge, 77079, 832-393-1880

Alan Ainsworth’s poetry and prose have appeared in “The Atlantic Monthly,” “The Paris Review,” “The American Book Review,” “The New England Review,”“ArtLies,”“Mutabilis Press,” and other journals. He teaches in the English Department of Houston Community College-Central.

Joseph Campana is a poet, arts reviewer, and scholar of Renaissance literature. He is the author of “The Book of Faces,” with poems in “Slate,” “Conjunctions,” “Guernica,” “Kenyon Review,” “Poetry,” and many other venues. He has received grants from the NEA and the HAA and teaches literature and creative writing at Rice University 

Sarah Cortez has numerous poems anthologized here and in Europe and won the 1999 PEN Texas Literary Award in Poetry. A police officer since 1993, she is a co-editor of the crime literary journal “Lineup: Poems on Crime” and author of “How to Undress A Cop.” Most recently, she edited “You Don’t Have A Clue: Latino Mystery for Teens” by Arte Público Press, (2011) and co-edited “Indian Country Noir” (2010). 

Jeannie Gambill’s poetry has appeared in “Gulf Coast,” “Cenizo,”  “The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry,” and in “Texas Poetry Calendar 2011.” Her poetry will also be in the upcoming “Texas Poetry Calendar 2012.” She has been a finalist in the Ruth G. Hardman/Nimrod Poetry Competition. Jeannie has long resided in the Houston area, though she also claims West Texas and South Georgia as home. 

Van G. Garrett’s poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in the United States, Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, and elsewhere. His collection of poetry, “Songs in Blue Negritude” (Xavier Review Press, 2008), was introduced by A. Van Jordan. His second collection, “ZURI: Love Songs” (introduced by Kwame Alexander) will be published by Cap & Sneakers Studios and available on eBooks summer 2011. For touring schedule visit:

About the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, theHoustonMetropolitanResearchCenter, theClaytonLibraryCenterfor Genealogical Research, The African American Library at theGregorySchool, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’sMuseumofHouston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.


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