What is WAT?!

The Word Around Town (WAT) tour is an annual week-long poetry marathon held in Houston at a different venue each night of the week. The 2014 Word Around Town Poetry Tour organizers are Gerald Cedillo, Joe B, Lupe Mendez, Tanyia Johnson and Stephen Gros. Founded in 2006 by Zelene Pineda, Joe B and Stephen Gros the WAT tour has performed at a myriad of venues and event spaces friendly to poetry and the arts.  The list includes notable community centers like M.E.C.A.Talento Bilingüe de Houston and Project Row Houses, art spaces like Aerosol Warfare and The Artery, as well as open mic staples such as Taft Street Coffee, Bohemeo's and notsuoH.

 

 

The Mission

The mission of the WAT tour is to introduce poets to different venues and to new audiences in the Houston area. Now in it's 9th year poets featured on the tour continue to range in styles from academic to slam and spoken word to experimental. The venues showcased on the tour are just as diverse from the local coffee shop to community centers, bars and non profit institutions. The WAT tour exists to entertain while creating a forum for poets to find new audiences.

If you're interested in hosting an evening of the tour as a participating venue, or becoming a sponsor or volunteer or if you just want to say hi, please go to our contact page and drop us a line.