Texas Institute of Letters

Join us in celebrating the Texas Institute of Letters Finalists and Award Winners with a poetry reading.

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Laura Villareal is a poet and book critic. Her debut poetry collection, Girl’s Guide to Leaving, (University of Wisconsin Press 2022) was awarded Texas Institute of Letter’s John A. Robert Johnson Award for a First Book of Poetry. She earned an MFA at Rutgers University—Newark and has been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Stadler Center for Poetry and Literary Arts, National Book Critics Circle’s Emerging Critics Program, VONA, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program at University of Texas-Austin. She is currently an associate with Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, where she co-edits and writes for Letras Latinas Blog 2, in addition to working on other related projects.

Ayokunle Falomo is Nigerian, American, and the author of Autobiomythography of (Alice James Books, 2024), AFRICANAMERICAN’T (FlowerSong Press, 2022), two self-published collections and African, American (New Delta Review, 2019; selected by Selah Saterstrom as the winner of New Delta Review’s 8th annual chapbook contest). A recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, MacDowell, and the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where he obtained his MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry, his work has been anthologized and widely published.

J. Estanislao Lopez is the author of We Borrowed Gentleness (Alice James Books 2022). His poems have been featured in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, The Slowdown Podcast, and elsewhere. He lives and teaches in his hometown, Houston.




JLF Houston 2023

JLF Houston

presented in partnership with Teamwork Arts and Asia Society Texas

JLF Houston returns to the Bayou City in its 6th edition. The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, which annually draws half a million people to the Pink City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, has always believed in the hope, strength, and vitality literature gives. Now that inspiring atmosphere is coming to Houston.

Join Teamwork Arts, Asia Society Texas Center, and Inprint to celebrate the Houston edition of this international literary festival alongside a diverse community of fellow book lovers.

Houston’s festival includes discussions with renowned filmmaker Mira Nair, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Houston’s Poet Laureate Aris Kian, community leader and author Tony Diaz, and many more.

Saturday, September 16, 10 am – 6 pm

Asia Society Texas
1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004

with more events:
Friday, September 15, 3 pm – 9 pm at The University of Houston
Sunday, September 17, 9 am – 10 am at Rothko Chapel & 5 pm – 6 pm Eternal Gandhi Museum

See below for more information on Inprint happenings and the JLF Houston schedule.
To purchase Saturday day passes, click here.

2023 BIPOC Book Fest

The 2023 BIPOC Book Fest takes place Saturday, May 13, 10 am – 6 pm at the Asia Society Texas Center.

Inprint is proud to be a partner of the annual BIPOC Book Fest, a celebration centered on underrepresented voices through a showcase of literary works that feature Black, Indigenous, people of color, and other creatives of marginalized communities. Curated with diversity in mind, the festival combines the nostalgia of the book fairs we knew and loved as children with unique programming, panels, readings, vendors, book-related memorabilia, poetry performances, and more!

Inprint will kick off the festival with an Inprint Writing Workout led by the newly appointed Houston Poet Laureate Aris Kian from 10 am – 11 am. The bilingual Inprint Poetry Buskers will also be on-site writing free personalized poems from 12 – 3 pm. See below for more information on Inprint happenings and click here for the BIPOC Book Fest schedule and tickets.