Public Poetry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to expose people to good poetry and to promote this art form by taking poetry public.
Public Poetry collaborates with community partners such as The City of Houston/ Houston Public Library, The 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. Other collaborative partners include, UH-Downtown, News 88.7 KUHF & Classical 91.7 KUHA, Mutabilis Press and Houston Media Source. Public Poetry originates groundbreaking programs that introduce a roster of award winning poets to audiences citywide, free of charge.
Since launching in April 2011, we have been in 17 different venues, from inside the loop to beyond the beltway, organized 83 free poetry events, with over 168 poets participating, including a US Poet Laureate, 4 Texas State Poet Laureates and 2 Pulitzer Prize nominees together with local, regional and several national poets. Cumulatively, over 3000 people have attended our events (as of 10/2016)