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

Community literary links

JLF Houston Online

The annual edition of JLF Houston is back this year in a digital avatar with a stellar line-up of speakers. As the world goes through extraordinary and unprecedented times, Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, has continued to create platforms for enriching conversations, free flowing ideas and dialogue, transcending physical and social boundaries. Scheduled between November 21-22, 2020, JLF Houston Online is presented in association with the Consulate General of India, Houston; Asia Society Texas Center; and Inprint.

Speakers include: Amish, Anand Giridharadas, Neelanjana Banerjee, Homi K. Bhabha, Jenny Bhatt, Richa Chadda, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Omar El Akkad, Mimi Lok, W. Caleb McDaniel, Ira Mukhoty, Shruti Rajagopalan, Matt Ridley, Sanjoy K. Roy, Kanishk Tharoor, Lawrence Wright, and others

To join the sessions register here. Registration is free an open to the public. For information on Day 1 click here and for information on Day 2 click here