Houston's oldest open reading series, hosted by Robert Clark since 1975, usually on the first Friday of every month at Inprint House, 1520 West Main, one block south of the Menil Collection, one block east of Mandell, in the Museum District of Houston, always free, open to the public, always an open reading after the featured poet
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

January 4, 2019
Outspoken Bean
Winner of numerous awards and grants, including the Houston Mayor’s Artist in Residence, a performance poet, the project coordinator for Writers in the Schools’ Performance Program, lead coach and mentor for the Meta-4 Houston teen slam poetry team. A Texas Poet Laureate nominee, Bean has performed and led workshops everywhere from Trinidad to Miami to New York City, Including “Inside Out” in Detroit, “Youth Speaks” in San Francisco, and “Word Speak” in Miami. He is ranked nationally as a slam poet and produced a multi-disciplinary event “Plus Fest”, supported by a grant from the Idea Fund, administered by the Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses, and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation.

He serves as an advisor to the Harris County Department of Education. and recently performed his composition “PLAY” onstage with the Houston Ballet.

 Upcoming Featured Poets

-- 2019 --

  January 4 -- Outspoken Bean
February 1
-- Julianne Tran
March 1
-- Elina Petrova
April 5
-- Robin Reagler
May 3
-- Jane Chance
June 7
-- Toni Holland
July 12
-- Our 44th Anniversary -- Cindy Huyser
August 2
-- Billie Duncan
September 6
-- Melissa Studdard
October 11, 12, 13 Houston Poetry Fest 2019 at UH-Downtown
November 1
-- Anis Shivani
December 6
-- Carrie Kornacki

-- 2020 --

January 2, 2020 -- Sean Johnson
February 7
-- John Milkereit
March 6
-- Sara Henning

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