Iconoclast Sessions are public poetry performances that pair an academic poet with a spoken word poet. This session's poets are Jane Creighton, Professor of English at the University of Houston, and The Fluent One, a member of the Houston VIP Slam Team. The Iconoclast Session on Oct. 21 is free and open to the public.  

JANE CREIGHTON is a poet, writer, and Professor of English at the University of Houston—Downtown. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, The American Voice, and Gulf Coast, as well as in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature (Edinburgh UP), Encountering Disgrace (Camden House), We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon (Interlink Books), Still Seeking and Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan (Lexington Books), Unwinding the Vietnam War (Real Comet Press) and Close to the Bone: Memoirs of Hurt, Rage, and Desire (Grove Press), and she has an early collection of poems, Ceres in an Open Field (Out & Out Books).

THE FLUENT ONE is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University. In the fall of 2007, while studying computer science, he began writing and performing poetry as a member of the collegiate slam team. The team went on to rank 8th nationally. Since then he has been a mentor to youth with Meta-Four Houston, and a member of the Houston VIP Slam Team. The Fluent One was awarded a spot in the 2012 Public Poetry Reading Series in conjunction with the Public Poetry and the Houston Public Library System.

Iconoclast--founded in 2014 by Dr. Matt Russell and local poet Marlon Lizama--aims to create new friendships and understanding across the divisions of class, culture and ethnicity through poetry writing and performance.

For more details, contact Dr. Matt Russell at mrussell@stpaulshouston.org or visit www.iconoclastartists.org.