Where the Arts Collide: Color:Story Exhibition Opens Saturday

Color:Story 2019 is art exhibit that exemplifies this concept– that the arts, when combined, create something greater than the sum of their parts. Artists Leslie Gaworecki and Marlo Saucedo asked poets to submit their work for this project. They chose seventeen writers and created paintings based on the selected poems.

Art by Leslie Gaworecki that incorporates text from “Pop Poem 17” by Robin Reagler

The opening for Color:Story 2019 will be Saturday, 5 – 8 pm, at the Silos at Sawyer Yard in Gallery 200. It will be on display until March 23, 2019.

The Silos at Sawyer
1502 Sawyer Street, Houston, Texas 77007

Book Signing at #AWP18 in Tampa

I’ll do two book signing stints for two new chapbooks at #AWP18 in Tampa. Both will be  on Thursday, March 8th, the first day of the conference.

I’ll be signing Dear Red Airplane at the University of Houston booth #1225 at 12 noon. If you’re at the Bookfair, please come thru! It would be great to see/meet you.

Get your copy of Teeth & Teeth and say hi at the Headmistress Press booth #T1932 at the #AWP18 conference in Tampa on Thursday, March 8th, at 2 pm.


A Box Full of Teeth


A big box of my new chapbook arrived this week. I’m still feeling completely stunned by it. Teeth & Teeth is the winner of the Charlotte Mew Prize, selected by poet Natalie Diaz and published by Headmistress Press. Here’s how Ching-In Chen describes it:

Robin Reagler’s Teeth & Teeth is a wild-mouthed dispatch from the cities of mourning we all inhabit, a desperate love letter to the waiting selves which grow out of exile from normalcy. In the face of the wearing down of the body, despite loss, these poems demand gratitude for the fierce habits of the living. —Ching-In Chen

You can purchase Teeth & Teeth at Headmistress Press or amazon.com.

NYC Recast as a City of Women


From The New Yorker magazine: What if the New York City subway map paid homage to some of the city’s great women? 


I love this map from Rebecca Solnit’s new book, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (University of California Press, 2016) which was co-edited by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. Like so many of life’s most wonderful things, I was made aware of this map by Maria Popova in her blog, Brainpickings. Having read several of Solnit’s books in the past, I’m really looking forward to reading this one, especially since I’ve lived in New York and love it. And of course there’s my love of trains!

If I were still a college professor, I can imagine creating a whole course around this one map. I think it would be the best class ever.

NaPoWriMo 2014 Begins Today




If you are planning to writing a poem a day in April, there are sources of inspiration all around. Starting in the most obvious place, check out the NaPoWriMo site. You will find everything you need to get started. Add your blog to the list of participants and join the community of writers.

There are also poetry prompts being published on blogs across the Internet. Check out:


The Bell Jar

Chris Jarmick




Writer’s Digest

When stuck (which will be soon enough) I plan to use The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelly Agodon and Martha Silano (Two Sylvias Press). Feel free to share your fave NaPo links here.

Writing, Promptly


NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has gained momentum over the past decade, and a number of best-selling novels–Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– began in this veritable boot camp for writers. The appeal lies in the short intense nature of the project, with the product being a 50,000 word first draft. Daily word count goals keep you on track, and the NaNo site provides a supportive community. November is almost upon us. Perhaps THIS year is YOUR year?

Collage by Rex Ray

50 States, 50 Novels: Some Great American Novels

I’m on of those people who loves reading books about the places I travel while I am traveling. Therefore I love the idea of choosing a novel for each of the 50 US states. Maybe one day I’ll make my own list. In the meantime, check out this literary tour of America from QwikLit.


It is impossible to contain all of the United States of America in one novel. From Alabama to Wyoming, there is little to connect every work here except for the fact that they are, well, American. But if you’re currently sitting on your front porch, looking for an escape to anywhere in America, be it the Everglades of Florida, the beaches of Southern California, or even the cold, merciless terrain of Alaska — then worry not: we have found some of the finest works of contemporary literature this country has to offer, and placed them all on one comprehensive list. Enjoy!

Alabama – John Green – Looking for Alaska (2005)

Don’t let the title fool you; John Green places his main character, the biography-obsessed prep-school student called Miles, in the middle of a love triangle centered around an Alabamian prep school. Green has a knack for channeling the ‘coming-of-age’ to…

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Scattered Blossoms Reading on May 12th, 2013, 2 pm at Cy Twombly Gallery

Scattered Blossoms: Poems Inspired by Cy Twombly


Please join us for

A Poetry Reading at the Menil Collection

Sunday, May 12th, 2 pm

Cy Twombly Gallery

The Menil Collection

1515 Sul Ross

Houston, TX 77006

Featuring these poets:

Joseph Campana

Jane Creighton

Robin Davidson

Christa Forster

Peter Hyland

Jonathan Moody

Laura Mullen

Robin Reagler

Fran Sanders

Charlie Scott

Randall Watson

Tria Wood

Dom Zuccone

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance through the City of Houston.

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Pseudomorph by Rebecca Hoogs

How to Draw Anime/MangaI feel like a Rebecca-
like shape, like the real one

has cast me off, spurt me out
and left me to face her predators,

like the real me is off
enjoying her airpocketless body,

while I stay behind going blotto,
a so-so blurb on the back of a book,

a blurry word. My beak keens
for something to say, but I’m a bubble

that’s lost its thought, an ink-tank
without a think. O morph, o nym,

I know I’m just your pseudo,
your thin skin, but please

return my heart and other vitals.
It’s thankless, this being like,

a being not quite right.

by Rebecca Hoogs

previously published at Verse Daily

My AWP Campaign Statement

A number of people have said nice things about my AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) campaign statement, so I decided to make it public. If you are an individual member of AWP, you are eligible to vote in the election. The deadline is November 22nd.

I am honored to be nominated to the AWP Board of Directors. I began attending the annual AWP conference a dozen years ago. For me, the yearly meeting represents a convergence of the various parts of my life. Each year I reconnect with classmates and professors from my undergraduate, MFA, and PhD programs. I catch up with colleagues and former students from schools and programs where I’ve taught. I meet new people each go-round and enjoy conversations with amazing authors, editors, and educators. These intersecting relationships will serve me well on the AWP Board.

Creating community is what I do every day as Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS).  I am proud to have been involved with WITS for the last 20 years and to have witnessed in person the long-term transformational work that we do.  I have seen the effects of our program on thousands and thousands of children, many of whom are now adults who truly understand the pleasure and power of reading and writing.  I have a deep connection with and investment in WITS, and I believe that my 2 decades of work have helped the organization to stay true to its original mission, but also evolve to face new challenges.  This is the energy and vision that I will bring to AWP.

WITS is my job, my career, and my passion. I am proud of what we have accomplished.  WITS is ranked the #1 literary arts organization in Texas.  We’ve been named the best summer camp for kids in Houston. But, we never lose sight of what matters. 1523 West Main is not just an office where we run a business; it’s a house where we grow and plan and dream.  We have a backyard where we plant rosemary, a calico cat that sleeps on our porch, and a kitchen where we drink coffee and read our horoscopes.  These things make a difference.  They remind us that we are a community and that WITS is all about people.  AWP is about people, too.  It’s not just panels, keynote addresses, and plenaries.  Our connections and creativity run deeper.

My hope is that in the midst of what many are calling a “creativity crisis,” AWP will become a beacon.  One of the best ways to do this is to continue our mission of reaching out to diverse writers and engaging in work together that we cannot accomplish alone.  This past year I had the pleasure of helping to start a movement to bring poetry to new audiences.  Public Poetry was recently named the best reading series in Houston. I believe that the value of poetry is for everyone.  I’m proud to be a member of AWP because it enables writers to be artists, educators, professionals, and activists in a way that makes sense.

In addition to my work at WITS in Houston, I also lead the WITS Alliance, a group of 22 similar organizations with the same mission of literary education. Through this project, I assist writers as they create their own programs for young people, sharing my expertise in fundraising, teaching, budgeting, and entrepreneurship. The vision of the WITS Alliance is that one day every child will get the chance to work with a practicing writer in their own school or community.

As you know, Walt Whitman was a traveler at heart, and he never tired of meeting new people. With each new person, he listened carefully, and in listening, he heard amazing stories.   As an AWP Board member, I will position myself as a listener in order to help AWP better meet the needs of writers and writing programs.  The role of the AWP board is to provide leadership—in a volunteer capacity–to one of the largest literary communities.  If elected to this position, I will be ready to serve.

Biographical Information:

Robin Reagler is the Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) in Houston, TX.  Each year WITS serves 20,000 students in grades K-12 with long-term literary programs.  Robin not only leads WITS in its Houston endeavors; she also heads the WITS Alliance, a national consortium of over 20 literary arts education groups. Through the alliance, she consults with writers starting new programs in the U.S. and Canada. Robin earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and a PhD from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Her poems have been published in Ploughshares, North American Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, and VOLT. Her chapbook, Dear Red Airplane, was published this year by Seven Kitchens Press.

The New Experience by Suzanne Buffam

The Listening Room by Rene Magritte

I was ready for a new experience.
All the old ones had burned out.

They lay in little ashy heaps along the roadside
And blew in drifts across the fairgrounds and fields.

From a distance some appeared to be smoldering
But when I approached with my hat in my hands

They let out small puffs of smoke and expired.
Through the windows of houses I saw lives lit up

With the otherworldly glow of TV
And these were smoking a little bit too.

I flew to Rome. I flew to Greece.
I sat on a rock in the shade of the Acropolis

And conjured dusky columns in the clouds.
I watched waves lap the crumbling coast.

I heard wind strip the woods.
I saw the last living snow leopard

Pacing in the dirt. Experience taught me
That nothing worth doing is worth doing

For the sake of experience alone.
I bit into an apple that tasted sweetly of time.

The sun came out. It was the old sun
With only a few billion years left to shine.

by Suzanne Buffam, “The New Experience” from The Irrationalist

The New Experience by Suzanne Buffam : The Poetry Foundation