October Reading with Roger Reeves, Zachary Caballero, and Onyinye Ihezukwu

By on October 7, 2017


Join us Thursday, October 26th to hear these amazing readers for FREE. Reading starts at 8:30 p.m. Yes, this line up is real. Get ready.

Roger Reeves’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD the University of Texas-Austin and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book is King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013).

Zachary Caballero is a Mexican-American poet from Texas. He has toured nationally and taught writing and performance workshops throughout Texas. He was a member of the 2010 Austin Youth National Poetry Slam Team, They Speak Youth Poetry Slam and a two-time member of the Austin Poetry Slam’s National Team in 2013 and 2014. He co-founded the University of Texas’ only poetry organization, Spitshine Poetry in 2011. Caballero co-coached Spitshine’s 2014 National Slam Team, who took first place at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2014, Caballero worked as a member of FutureCorps, a team of poets, teachers and activists who helped organize and run the 2014 International Youth Poetry Festival, Brave New Voices, hosted by Youth Speaks. Currently, he works for Writers In The Schools (WITS), attends law school, writes & performs poems, and watches the rain in Houston, Texas. Additionally, he has one heart, and it is a homemade tortilla.

was born in Nigeria where she has worked as a broadcaster. Her work largely explores changing socio-spiritual themes in the urban Nigerian setting. Her fiction has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The American Scholar, The St. Petersburg Review, among others. She’s working on a novel.

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September Reading with Yuki Tanaka, Casey Fleming, and Niki Herd

By on September 15, 2017

Poison Pen got a makeover just in time for the September reading so come out and see how nice these readers look. *whistles* We’re excited to have Yuki Tanaka, a poet visiting H-town from Austin, and two amazing local writers, Casey

August Reading with Beth Lyons, Daniel Peña, and B.J. Love

By on August 31, 2017

***** Hey Houston — the reading is still on for tomorrow (Thursday, August 31st) at 8:30 p.m, and we are taking flood donations, so drop by and join us! Poison Girl Cocktail Lounge is accepting donations of towels, blankets, baby

July Reading with Brian Nicolet, Chris Mink, and Lacy Johnson

By on July 20, 2017

You’ve cat to be at this reading featuring Brian Nicolet, Chris Mink, and Lacy Johnson next Thursday, July 27th at 8:30 p.m.: Brian Nicolet holds an MFA from the University of Houston and has received scholarships to Bread Loaf and Sewanee

June Reading with Amy King, JP Gritton, and Selena Anderson

By on June 18, 2017

This reading will be so, so hot. Bring your sundaes and hot pink miniskirts. Thursday, June 29th at 8:30 p.m. at Poison Girl Bar. The readers: Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association

May Reading with Laurie Ann Cedilnik, Rebecca Oxley, and Glenn Shaheen

By on May 19, 2017

The Poison Pen mafia is at it again. See you this Thursday, May 25th at 8:30 p.m.! The Readers: Laurie Ann Cedilnik received her Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University with a specialization in Fiction. Her

April Reading with Mike Scalise, Connie Voisine, and Sam Dinger

By on April 20, 2017

Next Poison Pen, we’ll be racing at Thunder Road. We’ll be playing for pinks. T-birds will include Mike Scalise, Connie Voisine, and Sam Dinger. We think they’re pretty cool. We’d have Twinkies and wine with them any day. Join us Thursday, April 27th at

March Reading with Ed Porter, Randall Tyrone, and Sam Thilen

By on March 20, 2017

Unicorns have blessed this night as the most epic reading in H-town. Edward Porter, Randall Tyrone, and Sam Thilen will share their work alongside shards of hologram dust. Join us Thursday, March 30th at 8:30 p.m. at Poison Girl. Edward Porter’s

February Reading with Jeremy Eugene, Jasminne Mendez, and Josie Mitchell

By on February 15, 2017

Janice Joplin already RSVP’d to this event so COME ON and join us! Thursday, February 23rd at 8:30 p.m. Jeremy Eugene is a poet, educator, and candidate for an M.A. in English degree at Texas Southern University. He is the

January Reading with Janine Joseph, Allegra Hyde, and Will Burns

By on January 15, 2017

We have survived TEXAS WINTER and now we are unveiling some writers who will warm you up with their verse. The event is at Poison Girl on Thursday, January 26th at 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the