Due to weather predictions of potential flooding for the Greater Houston area, this First Friday reading has been cancelled
Free and open to the public
Inprint 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 and curated by Robert Clark. Each reading begins with a featured poet, followed by an open mic. On December 7, 2018, First Friday presents Varsha Saraiya-Shah.
Varsha Saraiya-Shah, is an Indian American CPA with an MBA from Cal Poly-Pomona, whose poetic roots come from her mother tongue, Gujarati. She has studied creative writing at Inprint in Houston, at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, at Squaw Valley Community of Writers in California, at Reed College in Oregon, and at San Miguel de Allende in Mexico
She will be reading from her chapbook, VOICES (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her poetry has also appeared in journals and anthologies such as Borderlands, Cha-An Asian Literary Journal, Convergence, Echoes of the Cordillera, Right Hand Pointing, Mutabilis Press, Texas Poetry Calendar and the University of Texas Press. Her poetry has been heard on local Public Radio, at Public Poetry, and was presented as part of a multi-language, multi-century classical/modern dance program entitled “Poetry in Motion” staged by Silambam in Houston, Texas.
As a member of Matwaala, a South Asian Poets’ Diaspora, she has read her work in New York City and in Austin. She performs regularly at Archway Gallery, a multi-genre venue in Houston, and has read ekphrastic poetry at the Rice Gallery as part of the series Words & Art. She serves as its Treasurer of the board of Mutabilis Press.