Past Readings

MONDAY, April 9th, 7:00-9p!! –

For our APRIL Tintero Projects Monthly Reading Series FEATURE, we bring you – Les presentamos a Daniel Peña!

Now to celebrate and echo the work of the Latino/a Theatre New Playwright’s Festival: Sin Muros at Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Projects and Stages have teamed up to help bring more Latino/a audiences to the theatre!

REMEMBER – This Reading Series happens every 2nd Monday of the month and we are looking for the fire with all the bold readings and inspirations!



Daniel’s BIO:

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.  Formerly, based out of la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City where he worked as a writer, blogger, book reviewer and journalist.  He is a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar and a graduate of Cornell University.  His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the Kenyon Review Online, Callaloo, and Huizache among other venuesHe’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog and his novel, BANG, is out from Arte Publico Press. He lives in beautiful Houston, Texas.

MONDAY, March 19th, 7:30-9p!! –

For our March Tintero Monthly Reading Series FEATURE, we bring you – Les presentamos a Icess Fernandez Rojas!

Now to celebrate and echo the work of the Latino/a Theatre New Playwright’s Festival: Sin Muros at Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Projects and Stages have teamed up to help bring more Latino/a audiences to the theatre!

REMEMBER – This show switched up dates a bit and we are holding the reading on the 19th, the 3rd Monday of the month and we looking for the fire with all the bold poems and inspirations!



Icess Fernandez Rojas is a teacher and a writer. She earned her BA in Communications from the University of Houston and her MFA from Goddard College. Her journalism has been published in USA Today and

Her commentary has been published in the Huffington Post and the Guardian. Her fiction has been anthologized in Soul’s Road: A Fiction Collection and published in literary journals including Minerva Rising and The Fem Lit Magazine. She is the recent recipient of the Owl of Minerva Award, which allowed her to create a writing retreat for Afro­Latina writers.In addition she is a VONA/Voices of Our Nation Foundation alum and this summer she will be a 2017 Kimbilio Fellow. She’s a professor at Lone Star College – Kingwood.


For our February Tintero Monthly Reading Series FEATURE, we bring you a DOUBLE FEATURE! – Les presentamos a Jonathan Mendoza + Eloisa Perez – Lozano!

Now to celebrate and echo the work of the Latino/a Theatre New Playwright’s Festival: Sin Muros at Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Projects and Stages have teamed up to help bring more Latino/a audiences to the theatre!

REMEMBER – shows are the 2nd Monday of the month so this month – February 12th, Eloisa and Jonathan join us from San Antonio, TX  and the HOU with all the bold poems and inspirations!


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Jonathan’s Bio:

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-bred, Jewish and Mexican-American poet, youth social justice educator, community organizer and activist. He is a National Poetry Slam champion with the House Slam of Boston, Massachusetts, a three-time Best Poem winner at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, and author of When the Crows Come under Pizza Pi Press. He is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a degree in Arts for Social Advocacy and currently works in San Antonio, Texas as a full-time immigrant rights organizer with Movimiento Cosecha.

Eloisa’s Bio:

Eloísa Pérez-Lozano graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in psychology and an M.S. in journalism and mass communications. Two of her poems were finalists in the 2017 Friendswood Public Library Ekphrastic Poetry contest. A 2016 Sundress Publications Best of the Net nominee, her poetry has been featured in “The Texas Observer,” “Houston Chronicle,” “Diverse Voices Quarterly,” and “The Acentos Review,” among others. She lives with her family in Houston, Texas.


In order to start the new year off right, we bring you all the poetry, no really, ALL THE POETRY  – GET READY, THIS FIRST WEEK IS MAJOR:

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A Sunday/Monday Combo!!

JOIN US on  Sunday, January 7th – as we host
“PEREGRINAS: California Women Poets in the Southwest”

at INPRINT HOUSE // 1520 W. Main // 4-6p

Houston will serve as the last leg of their multi-city tour and we are honored to have these brilliant writers visit the H.

Bring your friends and foes alike and come enjoy this Latinx literary opportunity! This event is free and open to the public and the poets should have books on hand to sell. PLEASE SUPPORT THESE VOICES!  

and then


at Stages Repertory // 3201 Allen Pkwy // 7-9p

Coming up from San Antonio, TX,  poet and activist – Gerard Robledo shares his work with Houston.
REMEMBER – shows are the 2nd Monday of the month. THERE IS AN OPEN MIC BEFORE THE FEATURE – so Houston poets, come out and share your work!


Around the Block: A Night of Literary Voices – Dec. 14th // 6-8p


Join the Museum and Tintero Projects for a unique night of literary art!

Five Houston writers present work inspired by the exhibition HOME—So Different, So Appealing. You’ll join the writers on a walk around the “neighborhoods” and “hogares” (homes) presented in the exhibition. Each of the writers have a created a literary work in prose, poetry, fiction and theatre all the public. Museum patrons are invited to take an interactive visit through the exhibit, engage with the artwork and then in certain moments, engage with a “literary moment” as a writer presents their work, throughout the evening.

Tintero Writers:

  • Ching-In Chen
  • Corinna Delgado
  • Christopher Diaz
  • Icess Fernandez Rojas
  • Josh Inocéncio

WHEN? – Thursday, December 14th, 2017 // 6p – 8p
WHERE? – MFAH – Law Building // 1001 Bissonet St. Houston, TX 77005


HOME—So Different, So Appealing features U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who use the universal concept of “home” as a lens through which to view socioeconomic and political changes in the Americas over the past seven decades. More than 100 works by 39 artists explore the differences and similarities within art related to immigration and political repression; dislocation and diaspora; and personal memory and utopian ideals.

The exhibition brings together U.S. artists of Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican origin in a dialogue with artists from Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela, among other countries. Despite the political, cultural, and religious affinities they share, these two broad and highly diverse groups have been, until now, treated separately from one another.

Across a variety of media—including painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, film, and video—these artists examine and interpret one of the most basic social concepts by which individuals, families, nations, and regions understand themselves in relation to others. In the process, these works of art also offer an alternative narrative of postwar and contemporary art.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th – 7-9p!! –

For our DECEMBER Tintero Reading Series FEATURE, we bring you
Luis Galindo 

In preparation for the upcoming Latino/a Theatre New Playwright’s Festival: Sin Muros at Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Projects and Stages have teamed up to help bring more Latino/a audiences to the theatre!

REMEMBER – shows are the 2nd Monday of the month so this month – December 11th, Luis brings us some stage presence as the curtain goes up on his poetry!


Luis’ Bio:

Luis has been a professional actor for over 15 years. He has worked and lived in NYC, Chicago and Los Angeles. He had also worked in Connecticut, Montana, Utah and Texas both on stage and screen. He has taught acting at Tulane University, New York Film Academy (Los Angeles branch) and for the Alley Theatre.

He was an acting company member of Company of Angels (LA’s oldest theatre company) and of the Independent Shakespeare Company of Los Angeles, where he also sat on the board of directors for 6 seasons.He also works as a voice actor in Anime films. He is a founding member of Gravity Players here in Houston along with his lovely wife Courtney Lomelo

He received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program. He has a new poem being published in FLAPPERHOUSE magazine this winter and is the author of two collections of poetry: Electric Rats in a Neon Gutter and The Roaring Dawn, The Silent Mountain.

November 2017

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13th – 7-9p!! –

For our NOVEMBER Tintero Reading Series FEATURE, we bring you
Edyka Chilomé

In preparation for the upcoming Latino/a Theatre New Playwright’s Festival: Sin Muros at Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Projects and Stages have teamed up to help bring more Latino/a audiences to the theatre!

REMEMBER – shows are the 2nd Monday of the month so this month – Nov. 13th , Edyka will drop some knowledge and speak truth to power. Don’t sleep on this.


Edyka’s Bio:

Edyka Chilomé, born Erica Granados – De La Rosa, is a queer indigenous literary artist, speaker, performer, educator, and cultural worker based in North Texas. A child of Salvadorian and Mexican immigrant activists, she was raised in social justice movements grounded in the tradition of spiritual activism. She holds a B.A. in social and political philosophy with an emphasis on social justice from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Multicultural Women’s Studies from Texas Women’s University where her research focused on the decolonial power of spiritual [Art]ivism. Edyka has been asked to share her poetry and speak on social justice issues on multiple media platforms and in spaces around the country including Tedx, The Huffington Post, GLAAD, The Tucson Poetry Festival, Prindle Institute for Ethics, The Dallas Museum of Art, Duke University, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, and The Texas Democratic Convention. She has published numerous articles, essays, plays, and poems including a collection of poetry that explores queer mestizaje in the diaspora entitled “She Speaks Poetry”, praised by the founder of Democracy Now en Español as “…a must read for those yearning to discover new ways to open up to deep personal and global transformation.”

Currently she is co producing a multimedia indigenous futurism project based on her original theatrical play Where Earth Meets The Sky, set for its world premier Spring 2018 in Dallas Tx produced by Cara Mia Theatre Company. You can often find her sharing poetry and stories that focus on indigeneity, gender politics, spirit, art, and diaspora. Edyka was recently named top 25 most influential artists in the DFW by Artist Uprising Magazine.



MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th – 7-9p!! –

For our OCTOBER Tintero Reading Series FEATURE, we bring you Marlon Lizama.

In preparation for the upcoming Latino/a Theatre New Playwright’s Festival: Sin Muros at Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Projects and Stages have teamed up to help bring more Latino/a audiences to the theatre!

REMEMBER – shows are the 2nd Monday of the month so this month – OCT. 9th , Marlon will thrill the crowd with his words and message!

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Marlon’s Bio: 

Marlon Lizama is a Poet/artist that focuses on the cultural aspect of writing and the arts. Coming to the United States at the age of 9, he discovered himself in the sub-cultural called Hip Hop. Joining a group which quickly became world renowned through competition, theater, workshops, and cultural exchange programs, Havikoro represented a group of young dancers, poets, and artist that put Houston on the world culture map. Marlon has been to over 40 countries through competition, performances, poetry shows, and through working with the state department. Currently, Lizama is the Artist in Residence at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, where he is leading and teaching a writing program (Iconoclast Artists) that works with youth from all over the city. Youth groups include Sharpstown high school, incarcerated youth, St. Paul’s spiritual youth group, and Houston probation department. The goal of the program is to create writers and published young authors with the celebrated anthology They Say as the culminating goal.

Marlon most recently published “Cue the Writer: Cheers to the Notion of Love, Hate, God, and Revolution”, a collection of short stories and poetry that speak from a young immigrant’s perspective.



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8th // 7-9p
Inprint House 
1520 W. Main St.

Tintero Projects Presenta:

A LAUNCH PARTY for “Posada: Offering of Witness And Refuge” – JOIN US as we bring in Xochitl Julisa Bermejo into town. She is already presenting earlier in the week at Sam Houston State University (SHOUT OUT to our friends Ching-In Chen, Nick Lantz & Olivia Clare) and has graciously agreed to come down and share her work!  In addition, local poet, Ayokunle Falomo will grace the stage and open for Xochitl!


This reading will give us a chance to talk all things in Bermejo’s book, all things West Coast to Gulf Coast and hold a conversation about what works in writing for these grand poets and this event is the HOUSTON PREMIERE to Xochitl’s book!

Make sure to bring some dough, as both poets will have books on hand to sell and sign.


Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016), and former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee. She’s received residencies from Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundation and is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. Her work is published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and The James Franco Review among others. A short dramatization of her poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and the curator of HITCHED.

Ayokunle Falomo is: a Nigerian, a poet who uses his pen as a shovel to unearth those things that make us human, a TEDx speaker, an American, and the author of kin.DREAD.
He and his work have been featured in print (Local Houston magazine, Glass Mountain), and online (The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Hive Society, Squawk Back, Pressure Gauge Press) publications. His work has also led to venues and stages around & outside of Texas. He enjoys walking & talking to himself (a lot) and sometimes, he is fortunate enough to have other people there to listen.



Harvey hit us all. So let this Monday reading be a moment of celebration and warmth. If you want to take a break, enjoy some brillant words, if you want to be around people and sit in comfy theatre seats and build community, then come join us. We bring snacks. We hope this poetry feeds you. We want to share space with you. Come read your poetry. Come get your mind off the work for a quick minute. We promise to make it worth your while.

Our readings are always free and open to the public, so please bring toda la familia!

Reyes Ramirez is a Houstonian. In addition to having an MFA in Fiction, Reyes received the 2014 riverSedge Poetry Prize and has poems, stories, essays, and reviews (and/or forthcoming) in: Southwestern American Literature, Gulf Coast Journal, Origins Journal, The Acentos Review, Cimarron Review, riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature, Front Porch Journal, the anthology pariahs: writing from outside the margins from SFASU Press, and elsewhere. You can read more of his work

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Big News! – AUGUST READING 2017




In the long standing tradition of the former Nuestra Palabra Showcases and in preparation for the upcoming Latino/a Theatre New Playwright’s Festival: Sin Muros, Tintero Projects and Stages Repertory Theatre  have teamed up to help bring more Latino/a audiences to the theatre! We are excited to be able to collaborate with them on this new festival project and in an effort to promote Latino/a writers of all genres, Stages has graciously offered us their space to host Tintero Readings.

Beginning in August, on the second Monday of every month, from 7-9pm Tintero Projects will host an hour long open mic (sign up is limited, so first come first on the mic) followed by a poetry reading/ performance by a Latino/a poet. Following the reading, in true Tintero fashion we will hold space for Q&A with the featured writer and a book signing (if the author has books) will follow.

Our readings are always free and open to the public, so please bring toda la familia!

Please save the date!




Tintero Afro-Latina

Tintero Projects will bring 3 brilliant Afro-Latina poets to Houston’s Northside! Please join us as Tintero Projects brings to the stage the brilliant work of
Natasha Carrizosa
Ariana Brown
Jasminne Mendez-Writer/Poet.

This event is free and open to the public and a Question & Answer session will follow right after the reading!!


SPECIAL THANKS TO the Leonel Castillo Community Center for providing the space for this special poetry event.





To represent the Houston community, over 70+ Houston poets and writers of diverse backgrounds (African American, Latinx, Asian American, LGBTQIA, and other groups) will come together to share messages of peace, democracy, unity and hope. The diversity of our city, the solidarity among its writers, and the power of the written and spoken word are at the center of the readings.

There are two events planned.

1) #WritersResist//Houston: “We Too Sing America” – on Jan. 15th.
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2) #WritersResist//Houston: “Let Us Gather” – on Feb 2nd.

These events will feature poets and writers representing various Houston literary organizations: Houston VIP, Balcony Poets, Inprint, Write About Now, First Friday Reading Series, Writespace, the University of Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say and Writers in the Schools, among others.

This reading is free and open to the public and we encourage the community’s attendance and support.

Accessibility info: the space is wheel chair accessible – there’s an elevator down the hall for folks to use to get upstairs.

To ensure our most widespread and effective impact, this inaugural theme reflects an important tone. Writers are asked to read their own works as appropriate, or relevant passages from the Constitution, or works representing diverse writers’ voices throughout history that speak to the ideals of Democracy.

Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of Democracy.





Since we began our reading series in Summer 2016, we have been able to bring in and showcase some great writers, including: Raina Leon, Malcolm Friend, Yesenia Montilla, Charles Alexander, Rodrigo Toscano and Denice Frohman.

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We have had the privilege of working with historical and excellent venues and organizations such as Casa Ramirez Bookstore, Failure 2 Identify(F2I), Kaboom Books and Inprint House.

If you or your organization is interested in hosting a reading with Latinx poets and writers please Contact Us!

Here are some pics of our past readings…

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Check out a recap of our Summer Reading Series  in the Houston Chronicle!


RODRIGO TOSCANO’s newest book of poetry is Explosion Rocks Springfield Fence Books, 2016) His previous books include, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in the anthologies Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. His poetics plays have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater and Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival. His radio pieces have aired on WPIX FM, KAOS Public Radio, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. His poetry has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Portuguese, Norwegian and Catalan. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, Communication Workers of America, and National Day Laborers Organizing Network. Originally, from San Diego, and after 16 years, in Brooklyn, NY, Toscano now lives in New Orleans.

CHARLES ALEXANDER is an artist, poet, bookmaker and founder/director of Chax Press. Author of 5 full-length books of poetry and 10 brief chapbooks of poetry, editor of one critical work on the state of the book arts in America, author of multiple essays, articles, and reviews. Most recent books of poetry are Pushing Water, published by Cuneiform Press, and the chapbook Some Sentences Look for Some Periods, a chapbook, from Little Red Leaves Textile Series. Another Little Red Leaves chapbook, Two Pushing Waters, has just been released. Has taught literature and writing at Naropa University, University of Arizona, and elsewhere, and currently is Poet & Designer in Residence at the University of Houston-Victoria, where he directs the MFA Creative Writing Program and manages the UHV Center for the Arts. He is a past recipient of the Arizona Arts Award, and has participated in the TAMAAS Poetry Translation Project in Paris. In January 2016 served as a faculty member for US Poets in Mexico. He lives in Victoria, Texas, with his partner, the painter Cynthia Miller.