Public Poetry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to expose people to good poetry and to promote this art form by taking poetry public.
Public Poetry’s collaborative programs and projects put hundreds of poets in front of thousands of people at libraries, museums, music venue and more. We mix it up, so that established local published poets, academics, performance poets, and kids read together. A monthly library reading series, scavenger hunt with poetry clues, ekphrastic contests where curators at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston select artworks to inspire poetry and winning poems are published in a gorgeous anthology ART BECMES POETRY, occasional workshops, Ex Libris essays and podcasts on poetry, “The PM Show: Poets & Musicians,” poetry at dance parties, all give well-regarded poets and poetry greater visibility. In 2015, we brought former US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, to Houston to launch his internationally acclaimed “Favorite Poem Project” for our city.
Since launching in April 2011, we have been in 21 different venues, from inside the loop to beyond the beltway, organized 99 poetry events, with over 200 poets participating, including a Poet Laureate of the United States, 4 Texas State Poet Laureates and 2 Pulitzer Prize nominees together with local, regional and several nationally recognized poets. Cumulatively, over 3500 people have attended our events (as of 9/2017)