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30th Annual Houston Poetry Fest at Willow Street Pump Station Oct. 9-11

The University of Houston-Downtown will host the 30th Annual Houston Poetry Fest (HPF) at Willow Street Pump Station, Oct. 9-11.

According to the HPF website, the annual event is an opportunity for poets and lovers of poetry to gather in celebration of poetry and those who create it.

Each year, local poets are invited to submit their works, and top entries are selected by a system of blind judging, in which no names appear on the poems. The selected, or juried, poets have the opportunity to perform a formal reading at the UHD event and to have their works published in the event's anthology. The HPF steering committee invites guest poets to share their work, as well.

This year's featured poet is Glynn Monroe Irby, graphic designer and coauthor of the book "3 Savanna Blue." Irby has been published in several festival anthologies, including Sol Magazine, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review and Galaxy Journal. He was selected in 2006 as one of the "Bards of the Bayou."

An open reading will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, 2-4:30 p.m. Visit the HPF website for a full schedule of events.