The Houston Public Library is a dynamic organization that serves one of the largest service areas—both in population and area—in the United States. The library system is comprised of forty-four public service units including thirty-one Neighborhood Libraries, four Regional Libraries, three Special Collection Libraries, and four Express Libraries, as well as the HPL Mobile Express and a satellite library located at the Children’s Museum of Houston. They host the Houston Public Poetry quarterly reading series and other literary events throughout the year.
The American Poetry Museum is an outreach museum that serves as a space for exhibitions and education centered on the subject of American poetry. The Museum collects objects centered around American poetry and presents events and educational poetry writing workshops for learners of all ages. The Museum also hosts an annual exhibition each year comprised of art, photography and video about different subject matter using poetry as a tool for discussion.
Signal-Return is a letterpress printing studio and nonprofit center for arts education, artists, and arts enthusiasts located in Eastern Market. Their hands-on and wide-ranging programming includes printing and binding workshops, book release parties, exhibitions, and the Motor Signal Reading Series cohosted by Literary Detroit.
Book Suey is a cooperatively owned and democratically run bookstore that provides access to books, connection to local writers and publishers, and meaningful conversation in a safe and welcoming environment. Opened in 2017, the store is located inside Bank Suey and is a community-driven operation owned and supported by members. They host author events and readings and their hours of operation are Wednesdays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, and Saturdays from 12:00PM to 6:00PM.
Green Brain Comics, along with the Emerging Writers Network, hosts Brain Candy, a free, curated live program of prose, music, poetry, and visual art. Brain Candy readings occur every third Monday of the month with new monthly guests.
The shop also hosts book club discussions, comic book signings and release parties, and movie screenings.
The Tuxedo Project Literary Center opened in September 2017 and hosts writing workshops, book readings, author visits and other events. Once the childhood home of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Stephen Henderson, it has been converted to help build community by providing space for meetings and other organizing activities on the 7100 block of Tuxedo. It is open to the public.
The writers’ residence and literary center is in partnership with Marygrove College and the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation.
Room Project is a space for women and nonbinary writers and artists to work individually and collaboratively. They offer a place for new and seasoned writers alike; for people with defined creative projects, and those whose ambitions are still evolving. The space offers a workspace with communal tables, printer, library, and access to podcast equipment with membership fees. There are also events including a regular reading series, writing workshops, and plays.
Artist Village Detroit is located in the Old Redford district of Detroit and was founded in 2003 by Alicia Marion George, affectioningly known as the Queen of the Village; Charles “Chazz” Miller, founder of Public Art Workz and resident artist of AVD; and John George, founder of the Motor City Blight Busters.
There is a regular open mic, Creative Juicez, on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9:00PM to 2:00AM with spoken word performances, live jazz, visual art, and anything in between. Use the entrance of Motor City Java & Tea House for access to the venue.
Scuppernong Books opened in December 2013 and has been an essential part of the rebirth of downtown Greensboro ever since. The general interest/literary community bookstore features fiction and poetry titles, along with a children’s section and a broad range of general interest titles. A café within the store serves organic coffee and espresso, wine and beer, and fresh sandwiches made in house. Scuppernong Books hosts hundreds of events and readings per year, bringing writers from across the country and around the state.
Pages Bookshop carries a highly curated selection of literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. The store also features a children’s area and a section dedicated to past and present-day Detroit, and hosts frequent literary events.