Iconoclast presents another evening of poetry at St. Paul's on Thursday, October 22, in Fondren Hall. Presenting will be
Dr. Robin Davidson
Houston’s Poet Laureate; Associate Professor, University of Houston - Downtown
Upon being named Houston’s Poet Laureate in May, Davidson said, “One of Poetry’s greatest strengths is its capacity to engender human empathy in the reader, the listener, the writer. As Poet Laureate, I hope to serve all Houstonians by listening to the stories they have to share and promoting the art of Poetry — its thrilling engagement with language — as deeply relevant to each of our lives.”
Davidson has published two poetry chapbooks, Kneeling in the Dojo and City That Ripens on the Tree of the World, and one collection, Luminous Other. Her poems and translations have appeared in literary journals including The Paris Review. She has served as a visiting Fulbright professor in Kraków, Poland, and as president of the board for Houston’s Writers in the Schools program.
Performance poet, actress, teacher, and published writer
Born from immigrant parents of the Dominican Republic, Mendez learned both English and Spanish at a very early age and has used this asset by performing, reading and writing poetry, short stories, and plays in both languages.
While earning her B.A. in English literature and M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston, she played leading roles in plays including A Raisin in the Sun, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, and Yerma. She also spent many of those years writing and performing poetry, captivating audiences through the passion and energy of her words and voice. Mendez has been published both nationally and internationally, and her first multi-genre memoir, Island of Dreams. was published by Floricanto Press in November of 2013.
Three New Poets
Three young women from the creative writing program hosted by St. Paul’s for youth from all over the city. Youth are involved from seven different sites, including Sharpstown high school, incarcerated youth, and St. Paul’s spiritual youth group.
The goal of the program, led by poet Marlon Lizama, is to create writers and published young authors.
Iconoclast the name of the Artist-in-Residence program hosted by St. Paul’s. It is an outgrowth of ProjectCURATE, a program that seeks to enflesh learning through the diverse body of the city and church, helping to bring people together to build faith and kinship, in order to realize God’s expansive embrace in the lives of all of God’s people.