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Houston Poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah

Posted on · In the fourth installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah, and she reads her poem called, “For a Man With One Earring,” which was inspired by a moment in traffic on the 610 Loop. Varsha Saraiya-Shah’s chapbook of poetry, […]

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Niki Herd: Poetry is Her Weapon

Posted on · In the third installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet Niki Herd. She describes how her poems begin on scraps of paper and how poetry is her weapon, and she reads her poem, “Girrl.” Herd grew up in Cleveland and earned degrees in […]

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Houston Poet Glynn Monroe Irby

Posted on · In the second installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet, Glynn Monroe Irby, and we hear one of his poems. He talks about his love of Dylan Thomas and the Texas landscape, and he reads his scenic poem, Imagi 31. Glynn Monroe […]

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Houston Poet Kristi Beer Reads Her Poem ‘Snapshot’

Posted on · In this first installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet, Kristi Beer, and hear an intimate and evocative poem called Snapshot. Kristi Beer works for the nonprofit literary organization, Inprint. She has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and […]

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo on Being Rejected By Publishers

Posted on · April is National Poetry Month, and tonight (April 3, 2017), poets Ada Limón and Gregory Pardlo will give a reading as a part of Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu recently spoke with Pardlo about his work and his collection of poetry called Digest, which won him the Pulitzer Prize […]

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Houston Poet Bruno Rios

Posted on · We meet Bruno Ríos. He’s a poet, novelist, translator and Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Hispanic Studies of the University of Houston. His academic and creative work has been published in numerous magazines and journals in the United States, Mexico and several countries in Latin America. Specialized in contemporary Mexican literature, his academic work explores […]

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How Will Fewer Regulations Affect Houstonians? Thursday’s Show (February 9, 2017)

Posted on · President Trump says he’s going to seriously roll back regulations on businesses. So, for a city like Houston with so much industry, what would that mean for us? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how fewer regulations might affect business and the environment in Greater Houston. Joining us for this conversation is Adrian […]

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Houston Poet Conor Bracken

Posted on · We meet Conor Bracken. Originally from Virginia, Bracken teaches and writes in Houston. His work has been published in — or forthcoming from — Handsome, the minnesota review, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, and Thrush Poetry Journal, among others. He’s held numerous jobs — including as an English tutor, a software tester and a food truck fry cook […]

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Houston Poet Bruno Rios

Posted on · We meet Bruno Ríos. He’s a poet, novelist, translator and Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Hispanic Studies of the University of Houston. His academic and creative work has been published in numerous magazines and journals in the United States, Mexico and several countries in Latin America. Specialized in contemporary Mexican literature, his academic work explores […]

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Up Close With Houston’s First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate

Posted on · For the past two and a half weeks, Andrew White has had a secret. That’s because the senior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was chosen to be Houston’s first-ever youth poet laureate – but he wasn’t allowed to tell anyone until the news was announced last week (Nov. 12, 2015) […]

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Meet Houston’s New Poet Laureate: Robin Davidson

Posted on · Last week, Houston officials announced the city’s new poet laureate is Robin Davidson, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. Davidson is Houston’s second Poet Laureate, following Gwendolyn Zepeda, who was appointed in 2013 and just completed her term. The city’s poet laureate is tasked with representing Houston by creating excitement about […]

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Houston Poet Tells Modern Stories with an Old Art Form: Sonnets

Posted on · When you think of sonnets, perhaps your mind goes immediately to Shakespeare and rhyming, metered verse that’s often about love. But Houston poet Cedric Ary attempts to lend the art form to modern subject matter. Despite being known more for spoken-word poetry and poetry slams, he tells Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu sonnets were his […]