Houston Poet Laureate Hosts Free August Writing Workshops

Posted August 6, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

Gwen ZepedaHouston Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda will offer a series of free poetry workshops at the Houston Public Library Central Branch starting on August 7th. Here is a description of the weekly sessions from the HPL site:
Houston’s first Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, will conduct a series of two-hour workshops for poetry beginners ages 13 and up. Each workshop will consist of selected readings and then several writing exercises. The sessions are designed to enable even the least experienced writers to complete more than one original poem. The workshops will be focused as follows:
What Should I Write? Exercises to Generate Ideas
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | 6 – 8 PM
Setting the Mood: Exercises in Tone
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 6 – 8 PM
Making It Flow: Exercises in Rhythm
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | 6 – 8 PM
Pro Tools: Working with Forms
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | 6 – 8 PM
Location: Central Library | 500 McKinney St. | Houston, TX 77002

Cost: FREEhpl logo red
For more information, check out the Houston Public Library website.

Outdoor Poetry Events on April 20th

Posted April 18, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

Come out and enjoy lovely weather and superb poetry this Saturday, April 20th.  WITS students will participate in events across the city.

image006An incredible line-up of WITS students will be reading their poems and stories on the Menil Entrance Stage at 12 noon as part of the Menil Community & Houston Indie Book Festival. Bring a blanket and stay the whole afternoon!  This annual family-oriented festival features music, film, yoga, children’s story time, and food trucks! WITS writers also will be leading FREE writing tours of the Menil Collection at 1 PM and 3 PM.

66445_authorxaviergarzIn addition to the WITS reading at the Menil Community & Houston Indie Book Festival, several WITS students will read with award-winning author Monica Brown, whose books include Tito PuenteMambo King and Clara and the Curandera, at Discovery Green as part of the Día de los niños/Día de los libros celebration from 12 noon to 2 PM.  This event is also free and open to the public.  It will be kicked off by Houston’s new Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda.

Meta-FourLast but not least, our Meta-Four youth performance poets will be making appearances at several parks, including the Park at Palm Center, George T. Nelson Park, and MacGregor Park, as part of the AWE Celebration to promote arts, wellness, and the environment.



Mayor Parker Announces Houston’s First Poet Laureate

Posted April 11, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

imagesMayor Annise D. Parker and Houston Public Library (HPL) Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson announced that Gwendolyn Zepeda has been selected as Houston’s first Poet Laureate.

Gwendolyn Zepeda, a Houston-based author, has published numerous works of fiction and poetry.  Her book of poems, It’s Zepeda Not Zapata, will be published in 2014. As Houston’s first Poet Laureate, she will do community outreach and conduct poetry-writing workshops in diverse neighborhoods.  We’ll post those workshops here, so that you don’t miss them!

Robin Reagler, Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS), served on the Houston Poet Laureate Selection Committee, which assisted in the nomination and selection process.

Writers Tell Their Houston Stories on November 12th

Posted November 10, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

What: Houston Inside Out: A Symposium

Who: Rosellen Brown, Robb Walsh, Bao-Long Chu, Roger Wood, and Gwendolyn Zepeda

Where: Houston Public Library, Central Branch, 500 McKinney St.

When: Saturday, November 12, 2011  at 1:00 pm

Cost: FREE and open to all!

Writing & C/Siting Houston brings together writers, folklorists and scholars to create written portraits that explore the ways and the wheres through which Houstonians know and cherish their hometown. 

Writers to Share Work at space125gallery (Houston)

Posted January 14, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

abstract32byrealeoni-when-colors-danceFormer WITS Writers and other Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant recipients will bring back the power of spoken word to the HAA’s Literary Salon. While indulging in an evening of literary adventure, the audience will be the first to experience space125gallery’s non-fiction anthology of fantastical creatures, an interactive storybook available for guest stories, drawings, or photographs. At 7 p.m. Christopher Dunn, Christa Forster, Hank Hancock, Jacquelyn Shah and Gwendolyn Zepeda will read their work on January 15, 2008, at the HAA offices (3201 Allen Parkway).

[photo by realeoni on flickr]