First Fridays


Readings begin at 8:30 pm

Inprint House
1520 West Main
(two blocks south of The Menil Collection, one block east of Mandell)

Admission is free

poetry fest logoInprint is proud to serve as a host for the First Friday Poetry Reading Series. The First Friday Series is the oldest poetry series in Houston and has been held monthly on the first Friday of each month since 1975. The series is coordinated by Robert Clark, who may be e-mailed at or The featured poet is always followed by an open mike. Readings begin at 8:30 pm. Readings are free and open to the public.

Please note that Inprint only serves as host to the Series, it does not
coordinate the Series.

Upcoming readings:

cropped and small Photo on stairs #2 by Felix Sanchez

July 10, 2015–First Friday’s Fortieth Anniversary featuring Rich Levy

On July 10, First Friday will feature Rich Levy to celebrate First Friday’s Fortieth Anniversary.  Rich Levy is a poet and, since 1995, has served as executive director of Inprint, a literary arts nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop; his poems, essays, and reviews have appeared (or are slated to appear) in various publications, including Boulevard, Callaloo, CITE, The Florida Review, The Hopkins Review, Houston Chronicle, Intro, Pebble Lake Review, Pool, The Texas Observer, The Texas Review, and others; and his poetry collection Why Me? was published in 2009 by Mutabilis Press. In 2011 he was selected by the Houston Press as Houston’s “Best Poet.” He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. He is a jazz obsessive and has raised three children and several cats and dogs.

August 7, 2015–Chuck and Mary Wemple

September 4, 2015–Vanessa Zimmer-Powell

October 9, 10, 11–Houston Poetry Fest 2015 (UH Downtown)

November 9, 2015–Jane Creighton

December 4, 2015–TBA

 Please noteThe Menil Collection has begun construction on its new Drawing Institute down the block from our office. Currently a crew is installing new water and sewer lines on our side of the street. Therefore, our block of West Main is one-way going East. To park, enter West Main from Mandell and proceed past the Inprint office to the small parking lot at the end of the block on the right. You may park in any open space in this lot. Should the lot be full, exit the lot to the south, cross Colquitt, and enter the next parking lot beside the west side of the Menil’s Richmond Hall. Thank you for your patience with this.

Upcoming Community Events

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Casa Cultural de las Americas presents Mario Vargas Llosa on Friday, October 30, 2015 as part of their International Literature Festival. Click here for more details.

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