TONY DIAZNovelist and Professor; El Librotraficante and founder of
Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say
That is how Houston celebrates arts across demographic lines, across neighborhood boundaries, across genres. That is what Quantum Demographics is all about. People know about the black gold running through veins that erected the Houston skyline, but more people need to know about the powerful poetry pumping through the veins of this city. Nuestra Palabra, the Librotraficantes, Rebel Crew and Make.Play.Speak are all proud to contribute their part to this celebration of all that is brilliant in Houston.
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Houston's Word Around Town 2012 - August 14, 2012
Houston poets and spoken word artists are in a buzz this week with the Word Around Town happenings. Many of you may already know about this week of poetic fun and some of you may have already attended one of the nightly readings. We asked Inprint friend and local blogger Dean Liscum to give us more details about Word Around Town 2012 and report on some of these readings for us...MORE
Notes midway through the WAT Tour - August 16th, 2012
Standing Room Only
The tour has made stops at Bohemeo’s, the Artery, BoomTown Heights, and EAT Gallery. They are each unique places with their own personality. Bohemeo’s has got a community center atmosphere with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for groups and a permanent stage. The Artery is a secreted away performance paradise in the middle of Midtown. Boomtown Heights is a traditional arthouse coffee shop in a part of town that has badly needed one for a while. EAT Gallery has the feel of a sidewalk cafe with a motto that I wish I’d have used with my family at meal time, “Each item is a complete work of Culinary Art. NO MODIFICATIONS or substitutions”. I’m not sure what the usual crowds are like for these venues. Seeing a bunch of poets and their entourages, I imagine that the regulars ran. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure the proprietors made bank as the WAT events have all been standing room only...MORE
“The full spectrum of Houston poetry is showcased annually around town via the growing Word Around Town Poetry Tour. If you haven’t heard of it yet, this seven-day tour is the perfect opportunity to educate your mind and entertain your soul through the works of local poets.” MORE
“For seven years, the Word Around Town Tour has offered the brightest and the best of Houston’s poets for free to the public. It’s the perfect chance for you to experience some local wordplay.” MORE
Filmed interviews with several of the poets on the 2012 tour. Check out the video!