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Public Poetry: Meet Poets Regina Vigil & Winston Derden

April is National Poetry Month. Meet two Houston poets here.


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April is National Poetry Month, and we meet two local poets, who will be featured on the Public Poetry Reading Series, this Saturday, April 5, at 2pm at the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library

Regina Vigil is the program coordinator at Writers in the Schools (WITS). Previously she worked at Lawndale Art Center and photographed day-old babies in hospitals. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review and Gigantic Sequins. She is launching the pillow-making enterprise, Narwhal Sonata. Ms. Vigil chats about her former life as a baby photographer and her fascination with the animal world, plus she shares a couple of her poems, with Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu in Part 1 of this joint interview:


Winston Derden is a former journalist, fiction writer, and poet. His poetry appears in New Texas, the Texas Poetry Calendar, two Houston Poetry Festival anthologies, Words and Art, Harbinger Asylum, Pink-Eye Lemonade, Big River Poetry Review, and Illya’s Honey. He is a lifetime member of Gulf Coast Poets. He read on the 2013 Word Around Town tour and is regularly featured at Houston-area poetry readings.  Mr. Derden talks about why he writes poetry and shares two of his poems, “Graceful” and “Medium Small” with Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu, in Part 2:

Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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