Entering the Kusama Universe


This is the last week for Houstonians to go spelunking in the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the MFAH. The show features two of her famous Infinity Rooms, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and Love Is Calling. If there’s any doubt about Kusama’s rock star status in the art world, take note of the myriad postings of her social media hashtag, as well as the 24 hour visitation on Saturday. O brave new world!  For more on the Houston exhibit, check out Houston Arts & Culture and the MFAH website.


Take a Walk in the Garden at Rice Gallery

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The current exhibit at Rice Gallery is “Garden Object,” an installation by Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo, who run a design studio called El Ultimo Grito. The garden they’ve created at Rice is rather otherworldly, as gardens go. Here’s a link to the “making of” video, definitely worth 2 minutes of your day. For more information, including the artistic statement, visit the Rice Gallery site.

Unwoven Light by Soo Sunny Park

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WITS summer campers write stories and poems while inspired by “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park, the art installation currently on exhibit in the Rice University Art Gallery.

The art installation “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park is currently on display in the Rice Gallery at Rice University. The combination of chain link fencing and colorful plexiglass converts the space into a kaleidoscopic wonderland. The exhibit will continue until August 30, 2013.

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Soo Sunny Park “Unwoven Light” – Rice University Art Gallery – Houston, TX (Photo credit: Mr. Kimberly)


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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Rice University’s Final Frontier: Skyspace

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Photos by Karen Warren  © 2012 Houston Chronicle

Look up! A new public art work by James Turrell will soon grace the landscape of the Rice University campus in Houston. Due to open officially in a few weeks, the new “Skyspace” will put on a light show each day at sunrise and sunset.

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.

Havel and Ruck Redux

Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, the creators of Inversion, have created a new piece of temporary public art by the Houston artistic team of Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. Located at Project Rowhouses, the structure is part art, part stage and part park. It’s also awesome art. There are concerts and activities planned there (3705 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX) this fall.



Death by Kiting

Death by kiting, originally uploaded by nakedgremlin.

I love this love this love this. Here are a few thoughts from the photographer, David Chien:

I’m enveloped in Jacob Hashimoto’s Superabundant Atmosphere. The entire installation was made up of thousands of handmade kites hanging at different lengths from the ceiling.

In person, the piece was incredibly soothing and non-confrontational… unlike the photo — which actually makes it look more like an angry jelly fish wanting to suck my brains out.

The installation was created at the Rice Gallery here in Houston.