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University of Houston Downtown Welcome Center|201 Girard St, Houston, TX | Map

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Houston's oldest poetry festival (established in 1985), Houston Poetry Fest includes readings, panels and off-site events to support the Houston poetry community. The Festival Main Weekend is October 12-14 at University of Houston-Downtown's Welcome Center, Third Floor Girard Street Building, 201 Girard Street. That weekend includes the guest poets, featured poet, juried poets, performance poet winner, youth poet winner, awards, the open reading and panels. -- The full festival also includes satellite events, beginning September 18 and continuing through October 19. -- The satellite events are part of HPF’s inclusion and recognition of Houston’s dynamic and diverse poetry community and encompass multiple styles, content and viewpoints, with both established and emerging artists being able to showcase their talents. In addition, the satellite events pay respect to and are supported and hosted by Houston’s vibrant and capable poetry organizations, while highlighting some of the venues that support poetry—from college campuses to bars to art galleries. -- Sponsored by Houston Poetry Fest, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. Co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Cultural Enrichment Center of the University of Houston-Downtown. Houston Poetry Fest celebrates poetry and those who create it. The festival includes numerous events which center around the main weekend in which the guest, featured and juried poets perform, along with winners of the competitions. Satellite events are in various locations in the week before and after the main weekend.