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Past Programs

The Flamenco Poets Society has produced original programing since its inception. Below is a selection of our past events.

Cesar Vallejo
Poetry and Music with Edgar Guajardo, performing – artist reader and Thomas Helton, music composition.

Celebrating Caribbean Women Poets –  Poetry and Dance
Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rico and Nancy Morejón, Cuba.  Reading by Lorena B. Fernandez; Sevillanas dance by Angie Wendeborn.

Eyes of a Blue Dog & Big Mama’s Funeral
Gabriel García Marquez Short Stories.  Guest readers, Jere Pfister and Ben Lind.

My Book On Spain
Lecture & readings from two poets oppressed by the Franco regime:  Antonio Machado, Spain & Pablo Neruda, Chile.

España en el Corazón – Spain in the Heart
Pablo Neruda & Rafael Alberti a bilingual reading by Ben Lind.  Argentine Tango, Dance presentation by Joan Bishop and Raúl Edwards.

Celebrating Women Poets From Spain & Latin America
Gabriela Mistral, Chile & Carmen Conde, Spain.

The Poetry of Mexican Poet Homero Aridjis
Original music interpretation by Hsin-Jung Tsai, pianist and Thomas Helton, bass; reading by Lorena B. Fernandez.

Poetry & Film
A reading of poems by Rafael Alberti & a screening of Tony Gatlif’s 1994 gypsy-culture documentary, Latcho Drom.

A Portrait of Carmen Amaya “Queen of the Gypsies”
A documentary by Jocelyn Ajami. A feature length biography of the greatest Gypsy performer to bring the Art of Flamenco to the international stage.


Surreal Dreams – Pin Lim, narrator & Thomas Helton, music interpretation. The idea for Surreal Dreams came about in May during social distancing & working remotely throughout the pandemic in 2020.  Many people were experiencing vivid dreams. This event was streamed online.

Forbidden Gardens by Jere Pfister – The author read pieces from her book of memoirs.  Sponsored by Houston Storytellers Guild and Poets & Writers.

The Story of Two Women – Featuring “My life in Phoenix” by Jere Pfister and “The House My Mother Built” by Sol Canny.


“The Art of Reading Aloud” – offered upon request.

Feeling tense and nervous reading aloud your own literary work? A few simple techniques will help to relax, enjoy your reading, and captivate your audience’s attention. Send request on the contact page for more information.

Fresh Arts Cultured Cocktails

The Society’s flamenco happy hour and annual “Pablo Neruda” birthday celebration sponsored by Fresh Arts and Bar Boheme in Houston.