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.

First Friday readings are currently on hold. Any update regarding future readings will be posted here. 

November 15, 2019–Anis Shivani
December 6, 2019–Carrie Kornacki
January 3, 2020–Sean Johnson
February 7, 2020–John Milkereit
March 6, 2020–Open Reading
April 3, 2020–Rebecca Oxley
May 1, 2020–Leslie Contreras Schwartz
June 5, 2020–Joseph Machado
July 10, 2020–First Friday’s 45th Anniversary with Kevin Prufer
August 7, 2020–Jasminne Mendez
September 4, 2020–Marlon “Marley” Lizama
October 9, 10, 11, 2020–Houston Poetry Fest 2020
November 6, 2020–Michael D. Snediker
December 4, 2020–TBA
January 8, 2021–Aliah Yvonne Tigh
February 5, 2021–TBA

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JLF Houston 2019

Produced by Teamwork Arts in partnership with Inprint, Asia Society Texas Center, and the Consulate General of India, JLF Houston is a two-day festival with internationally acclaimed authors and thinkers engaging in a range of provocative panels and debates alongside some of Houston’s leading local writers, running Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 2019.

Participating writers include Sohaila Abdulali, Susan Abulhawa, Purushottam Agrawal, Usha Akella, Daniela Arnold, Edward Carey, Chandrahas Choudhury, William Dalrymple, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Tarfia Faizullah, Namita Gokhale, Lacy M. Johnson, Mira Jacob, Manisha Koirala, Mike Magee, Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton, Priyamvada Natarajan, Makarand R. Paranjape, Bapsi Sidhwa, Monique Truong, Sunanda Vashisht, Vivek Virani, Coert Voorhees, Lawrence Wright, among others.

For information and tickets on Day 1, September 13, which honors celebrated author Bapsi Sidhwa and includes a keynote address by her on opening night click here. For information on Day 2, September 14, which includes panels featuring several authors click here. Purchasing tickets for Day 1 includes admission into Day 2.