Houston Poetry Fest Closing Celebration: Robin Davidson & Houston’s Favorite Poems

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

Hosted by Brazos Bookstore and Houston Poetry Fest

Robin Davidson, a resident of Houston for more than 50 years, was named Houston’s second Poet Laureate by Mayor Annise Parker in 2015 and served through April 2017 under the leadership of Mayor Sylvester Turner. As one of her projects as Houston’s poet laureate, she put together a team of poets and poet organizers to create the anthology Houston’s Favorite Poems, which was modeled after U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project.

She earned Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and is the author of two poem chapbooks, Kneeling in the Dojo and City that Ripens on the Tree of the World, and the collection Luminous Other, awarded the Ashland Poetry Press’s 2012 Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. She is co-translator with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska of The New Century: Poems from the Polish of Ewa Lipska, and is completing a second volume of translations of Lipska’s recent Droga pani Schubert/Dear Mrs. Schubert poems.

Davidson is the recipient of a Fulbright professorship at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship, and was a finalist for Texas State Poet Laureate in 2017. She taught literature and creative writing as professor of English for the University of Houston-Downtown.