Public Poetry

Library: Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building

Date: 4/2/2016

Room: Central Library Program Place

Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Type: Poetry

Age Group: adults

Four featured poets are scheduled to present their work, which is the typical program format. However as part of the 5th anniversary celebration, 13 additional poets, including Houston’s Poet Laureate Robin Davidson, are slated to read a poem (a minute and a half max. each). Organization founder Fran Sanders and HPL programming staff welcome everyone in attendance and moderate the lineup, i.e., introduce the featured poets.


Featured Poets


Choonwha Moon

“If tomorrow you notice a dancing light on the water, / it is me, bathed in a well of well-being. / I will be a porous vessel afloat on this sensation / taking the breath of these voices in my sails.” From: Virginia Woolf’s Last Letter to Her Sister


Bruno Rios

“I like the way / I like / the sound of words, / the way those words make a sound / the way I like. / I also like the way I like / the sound a wave makes, / a single wave / in the middle of the sea,” From: The Word Nothing


Laurie Clements Lambeth

“In the spine and brain’s night / stars blaze all day. Enough light to search by. / If I could unzip my skull, release stars to the sky / it wouldn’t be home in here. I get by all right.” From: Upon Reading the Radiologist’s Report


Jordan Simpson

“I am more roadmap than tradition / Geography / Has made such a melting pot of me / I am more nomad than immigrant / I’ve been clicking my heels / For as long as I can remember” From: Jamerican



Public Poetry collaborates with community partners such as the City of Houston/ Houston Public Library, who formed the monthly program series, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Menil Collection and Writers in the Schools/WITS to promote poetry in public venues and to present award winning poets to diverse audiences. Public Poetry originates groundbreaking programs that introduce a roster of award winning poets to audiences citywide, free of charge. Since launching in April 2011, Public Poetry has been in 17 different venues, from inside the loop to beyond the beltway; and it has organized 53 free poetry events, with over 130 poets participating, including a US Poet Laureate, 4 Texas State Poet Laureates and 2 Pulitzer Prize nominees together with local, regional and national poets. Cumulatively, over 2,600 people have attended Public Poetry events.