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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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Poet-Trees Encourage Anyone to Channel Their Inner Bard

Posted on · (Above: Poetry and messages attached to a tree as part of the Poet-Trees project from Writers in the Schools. Photo Courtesy: WITS) Last April, during National Poetry Month, Writers in the Schools (WITS) began a new project around Buffalo Bayou called the Poet-Trees, where people could write poems or messages and attach them to trees in the […]

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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 […]