Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

Photographs by Jim Bones of the Continental Divide from Alaska into Mexico were displayed alongside ekphrastic poetry, poems written after reflecting on an objet d’art, by 39 poets from Texas and New Mexico. We are proud to present a reading of those poems by Houston poets.

Mike Alexander coordinates a small poetry soiree called Poetry FIX at Fix Coffeebar.

David Cowen is the author of four books of poetry including Sixth and Adams (PW Press 2001), The Madness of Empty Spaces (Weasel Press 2014) and The Seven Yards of Sorrow (Weasel Press 2016), the latter two being named to the Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballots, and the upcoming Bleeding Saffron. David's fiction, poetry and nonfiction have been published in magazines, journals and anthologies in the United States, Great Britain and Australia.

Carolyn Dahl is the co-author of The Painted Door Opened: Poetry and Art, was the Grand Prize winner in the national 2015 ARTLines contest, a finalist in Public Poetry's Work-themed contest, and is published in 25 anthologies.

Robin Davidson 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. She is Professor of English for the University of Houston-Downtown, and the editor of Houston’s Favorite Poems.

Margo Davis is beaming 'cause she’s just retired! She’s busily tracking the Poetry Muse. And grateful to have her poem appear in this stellar anthology.

Kelly Ann Ellis lives, works, and writes in Houston, Texas, where she participates in several critique groups, has won poetry awards, published widely in small journals, and has five chapbooks to her name. She is the co-founder of HotPoet, which produces fusion events featuring poetry and music to promote the arts in Houston.

Priscilla Frake has published widely in literary journals, including Verse Daily, Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, and Carbon Culture Review. Her first book of poems, Correspondence, was published by Mutabilis Press.

John Gorman lives in Galveston where he directs the monthly Poets Roundtable. He is widely published and is currently serving as Guest Editor for the next Mutabilis Press anthology.

Sharon Klander's poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Republic and New Letters, and in anthologies, including The Writing Room and The Art and Craft of Poetry. She has taught creative writing, literature, and composition for the past twenty-five years at Houston Community College--Central.

John Milkereit has never seen or written about camels like those in Jim Bones' photography. John Milkereit has two chapbooks and a one full-length collection of poems which was published in 2015.

Laura Pena was born and raised in Houston, Tx. She has a master's degree in Education and is a bilingual elementary school teacher.

Until 2007, Elina Petrova lived in Ukraine. She has many Ukrainian publication credits and a book of Russian-language poems. Her poetry has been published in Texas Review, Texas Poetry Calendars, FreeFall (Canada), Melancholy Hyperbole, Voices de la Luna, Panoply, and series of anthologies by Mutabilis Press and Dos Gatos Press. Her first book of poetry in English, Aching Miracle, was released in 2015.

A transplant to Texas from India via California in the eighties, Varsha Saraiya-Shah is a die-hard Houstonian. A CPA by profession, she still loves numbers and plays with them. But poetry remains her round-the-clock companion along with music, yoga, family, arts community, gardening, travels, etc.

In her career, Sandi Stromberg was an award-winning magazine feature writer and editor, who started writing poetry to strengthen her prose. That's how she fell in love with poetry. She's been published in many small journals and anthologies, and been guest editor of a couple, most recently Echoes of the Cordillera, a marriage of photos and ekphrastic poems.

Vanessa Zimmer-Powell has received awards for her ekphrastic poetry, and is published in numerous journals and anthologies. Her work will be featured in the July 2018 Public Poetry Library Reading Series.