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House of Poetry

This spring event gives voice to local and regional poets who enjoy reading their poetry and talking about the craft.  Before the annual one-day event, we ask that the HOP participants contribute poems to the annual booklet.  On the day of HOP, which begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm, we distribute the booklet from which HOP participants read their work.  We also engage in discussion of poetry, informally during breaks and the luncheon, and more formally during prepared workshops.  The two one-hour workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, are given by guest presenters and focus on techniques for writing poetry (such as how to build images).  Presenters are recognized poets from the region and have included Texas poet laureates.

This year marked the 30th year of HOP; the 31st HOP in the spring of 2019 will continue as in the past, on April 3rd directly before Beall Poetry festival. 

The House of Poetry, with its attendant activities, thrives to the extent that you and others who love verse support it.  We would like to thank all who have supported the House of Poetry.  If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to Baylor University and designate it to the House of Poetry.

House of Poetry Committee:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Dell
  • Dr. Maura Jortner
  • Dr. Donna Walker-Nixon