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Past Events
How We Started

Year One –2000-01

In September 2000, VBB began its second round of readings/ performances, which became our first full season. By this point, we were already including another artistic discipline (music) and of course our trademark open mic in our events. All performances took place in the upstairs section of Borders Bookstore in southwest Houston, and we continued to draw a diverse pool of audience—all ages, all sections of Houston and all levels of writers and artists. For the most part, we maintained the same basic structure: showcased writers, youth writers and musicians, followed by open mic.

VBB opened its first full season as a grassroots group, run by Core Members, Sehba Sarwar, Marcela Descalzi, Jacsun Shah and Donna Perkins. In March 2001, following the immense success of the Traveling Film Festival South Asia, several new volunteers (Nusrat Malik and Krupa Parikh) joined the organization and initiated VBB to file for non-profit status so we could apply for more funds and continue the work we had begun.

Up until that time, funding to pay all artists continued through a second Personal Artist Project Grant that Sehba Sarwar received through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/ Harris County.

In May 2001, Susan Howard read work that led to Borders Bookstore administration asking us to censor our writers. We chose to walk away and find different venues for our shows. Our first alternative space was the Inprint Inc. office on the Menil Campus. There, we began a new tradition for VBB: we hosted youth readings which were curated by high school students.

Performance Lineup

September 10, 2000

Sandra Tarlin, poet
Kristi Rae, folk musician

October 15, 2000

Soldier Blue, poet
Nemata Blyden, academic
Music by Chelsea Beauchamp

November 12, 2000

Loueva Smith, poet
Mark Doty, writer
Music by Nierka, high school band

December 10, 2000

Young writers: Maya Marshall, Radames Ortiz, Julie Levy, Francis Anthony
Music by Lance Johnson

January 14, 2001

Bapsi Sidhwa, novelist
Lilian Care, VBB core member
Young Women Who Like to Make Noise: Emmy, Ashley and Diana
Music by Jawad

February 2-4, 2001

South Asian Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts (13 films by Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi film-makers shipped in from Nepal – Project co-sponsored by MFAH and Borders Books.

Featured speakers: Bangladeshi academic, South Asian novelist, Nepali environmental engineer, Pakistani newspaper editor and Indian doctor.)

This event was at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
February 25, 2001

Michelle Rainford, poet 
Farnoosh Moshiri, novelist, dramatist and fiction writer
Young writers: Tico Hannan and Avery Taylor
Music by Capoiera band

April 1, 2001

David Brown, poet
Donna Garrett, poet
Young writers: Lynnsey Morrison and Laura Burns
Music by John Edward Ross

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May 6, 2001

Susan Howard, novelist
Lorenzo Thomas, poet
Young writers: Kathy Nguyen and Allison Hammons
Music by Jawad

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Summer 2001 – Young writer readings at the Inprint House
June 10, 2001 Young writers Alicia Lyles and Jazmin Cavazos
July 8, 2001 Melanie Harrison and Flor Giron
August 12, 2001 Heidi Hardt and Rhea Ghosh


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