The WAT?! Tour’s 9th year promises to be its biggest yet. The week-long poetry marathon kicks off Sunday, August 10th and runs through Saturday, August 16th.
It’s poetry for 7 nights straight in 7 venues. It’s a lineup that consists of 19 of Houston’s top poets and a select, nightly feature that promises to bring diversity and excitement that defines what it means to be a performing poet in Houston. Participating poets range in styles from academic, slam, spoken word and experimental.
As always the show is free and open to the public nightly at 8pm sharp every night of the tour.
THE 2014 VENUES
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10TH BOHEMEO’S ART HOUSE 708 TELEPHONE RD., HOU. TX, 77023
MONDAY, AUGUST 11TH INPRINT! 1520 WEST MAIN, HOU. TX, 77006
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12TH WILLOW ST. PUMP STATION 811 N. SAN JACINTO, HOU., TX 77002
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13TH AVANT GARDEN 411 WESTHEIMER HOU., TX 77006
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14TH BOOMTOWN HEIGHTS 242 W. 19TH ST. HOU. TX, 77008
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15TH THE ALLEY KAT BAR & LOUNGE 3718 MAIN ST., HOU. TX, 77002
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16TH BRASIL 2604 DUNLAVY ST. HOU. TX, 77006
THE 2014 LINE- UP
This line up represents the full spectrum of Houston poetry- poets garnering attention from local, national and international publications, along with prize winning slam poets; poets working on MFAs and PHDs amongst performers, hosts and producers of theatre, blogs, live shows and internet radio. They are professors, students, activists, jazz musicians, and graduates from the school of hard knocks from all over the Houston area.
*ALICE ALSUP | SAVANNAH BLUE | BGK | GERALD CEDILLO | PW COVINGTON
WINSTON DERDEN | DIGH | ERANIA EBRON | MARLON LIZAMA | SAL MACIAS
JONATHAN MOODY | BISHOP RAGTIME | OSCAR PEÑA
RAIN | AMIR SAFI | TRADEMARK | MARY WEMPLE
THE 2013 VETERAN FEATURES
These poets have performed with the tour for at least 3 years, and have earned a short feature at a venue during one night of the tour. They are Hip-Hop Artists, Lyricists, Teachers, Arts Organizers and Visionaries. They help build poetry in Houston
ARIA | STEPHEN GROS | LUPE MENDEZ | THEFLUENTONE | CHRIS WISE
*NOTE: In Memoriam – Sadly, Alice Alsup passed away soon after being selected for a slot on the Poetry Tour. The organizers ask the participants and the audience to honor her memory by holding a moment of silence every night of the tour. No one new was selected to replace Alice on the WAT Tour – out of respect and love for the poet.