Join us for a Night of Poetry

Designed by 9 year old Noli

Designed by 9 year old Noli

This month’s Poetry Night has two featured authors, followed by our usual open mic time. Join us and share the spoken word Sunday, July 12th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Gayle Reaves-King is a Texas native who lives in Fort Worth, where she is a journalist by day. Her poems have been published in Illya’s Honey and Red River Review and in anthologies published by Rebel Poetry of Ireland. This year her chapbook Spectral Analysis was published by the Dallas Poets Community after it was named runner-up in that group’s chapbook contest. She’s part of the brain trust at Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase. A member of the Writer’s Garret in Dallas, she owes a lot to her fellow members of the Stone Soup peer review group. She is currently working with co-authors on two nonfiction books, which she will happily describe to anyone interested.  Learn more about this amazing poet here: Gayle Reaves-King

Logen Cure is no stranger to the Fort Worth poetry scene, and is the author of three chapbooks: Still (Finishing Line Press 2015), Letters to Petrarch (Unicorn Press 2015), and In Keeping (Unicorn Press 2008). Her work also appears in Word Riot, Radar Poetry, IndieFeed Performance Poetry, and elsewhere. She works at Tarrant County Community College where she teaches creative writing and serves as faculty editor for Script, the South campus literary journal. She lives in Grand Prairie with her wife.   Learn more at www.logencure.com

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Coming This Week….

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This weekend is going to hopping at the library.  Saturday we invite Dads and their kiddos for a special Father’s Day story hour at 11.  We’ll have donuts from Funky Town Donuts as well as local favorite Paul’s Donuts. And as always, we’ll have coffee.    We hope to see you for Donuts for Dads to start your Father’s Day weekend with sugar and caffeine.

We are also excited to have Good Neighbor’s Animal Rescue at the library for another pet adoption event which starts at 11.

Then on Sunday at 1pm, the library is hosting a bake sale in honor of Giselle Robinson.  Giselle is an amazing local poet who was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.  She continues to inspire the poetry community across the country with her defiant will to remain an active participant of life. The sentence handed down by doctors has proven no match for the support and prayers serving as an intrinsic component of her fight.  (Click on her name above to see one of her readings.  You won’t be disappointed.)

All proceeds of the bake sale will go towards Giselle’s medical and travel expenses.  We’ll give her the money later that evening when she joins us as the headliner for Poetry Night.

Starting at 5:30 we will have delicious food provided by Fatima Hirsi and her family for $5 a plate and Divination sessions using Loteria (Mexican bingo) cards (developed by poet Tammy Gomez in 1998) that will be $3 to play with the potential to win a prize. We will also be raffling off a record player and a gift card from Dreamy Life Records.($1 to enter)

This will be followed by Giselle’s first feature in over a year with poetry dedicated in her honor by:
Jordan Kurzyniek
Princess McDowell
Michael Hatecher
Gabrielle Renee Singleton
Tammy Melody Gomez
Rose Ann Meredith
Rage Almighty
Fatima Hirsi
& surprise guests TBA

Please join us this weekend for all these special events.

Join us for Poetry Night

Designed by 9 year old Noli

Designed by 9 year old Noli

Join us this Sunday, May 24th at 7pm for A Night of Poetry.   This month we have three featured poets.

Sebastian Hasani Paramo will be a teaching fellow in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas in the fall.  His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Toe Good Poetry, Huizache, and North American Review.  Currently, he wears many hats as editor of The Boiler, curator of the Pegasus Reading Series, and a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas.

Robert Torres has been performing poetry since 2009.  He started the Words Reading Series in San Antonio in 2010.  In 2011, he moved to Denton, where he ran the Punk Poet Society until 2014.  He now runs Pegasus Reading Series with Sebastian Hasani Paramo.  He previously hosted the Free Word webcast with Erica GDLR ( Edyka Chilome.)  He studied Creative Writing and Theater Performance at the University of North Texas, graduating in 2013.  He self-published his book, The Year of the Slut, in 2013.

Michael Guinn is a spoken word poet and a founder of the Fort Worth Poetry Slam Team.  He has opened for Malcolm Jamal Warner and Russell Simmons, and has performed at the Akoben Word Festival, the Austin International Poetry Festival, the Toronto International Slam Championships, and the Arkansas Grand Slam, to name a few.

Admission is always free, but donations are appreciated in order to keep this event going.