Free and open to the public
Inprint is proud to serve as the host for the First Fridays Reading Series. The First Fridays Reading Series is the oldest poetry series in Houston and was organized by Robert Clark from 1975-2019. Today, First Fridays are curated and hosted by local community members.
Readings are held on the first Friday of each month. The program will include a featured reader, followed by an open mic.
MARLON “MARLEY” LIZAMA is a poet, writer, artist, author, activist, and dancer who focuses on the cultural aspect of writing and the arts. Marlon is the Co-founder and Program Director of Iconoclast Artists, a creative writing program that serves underserved schools and detention centers focusing on incarcerated youth, while disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Through his work with Iconoclast Artists, he has published 5 student anthologies, one of which features the first all-Spanish anthology of the work from students who have been here two years or less. The anthologies provide scholarship opportunities for students and 100 percent of the proceeds go back to the students. Iconoclast Artists is currently programming in Houston ISD, Spring Branch ISD, Galveston ISD, and Leadership Academy working with incarcerated youth.
Lizama was the 2016 recipient of the John P. McGovern award for his work in the community with the arts. Marlon published his first book, Cue the Writer: Cheers to the Notion of Love, Hate, God, and Revolution, which is a collection of short stories and poetry from a young immigrant’s perspective. Through competitions, performances, poetry shows, and the U.S. Department of State, Marlon has traveled to more than 40 countries. Currently he is working on a one-man show called “My Spanglish Hip Hop story,” a timeline of a young immigrant’s journey finding himself through hip hop and subculture. His work and ultimate mission are to use the arts as a tool to reach out and change perspective, environment, and lives.