Creative Writing Program

The faculty and staff of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program work hard to ensure that their students have a rich and engaging graduate education. The staff provides support  for both faculty and students, and the faculty are dedicated to providing a graduate education that helps their students grow as writers and people of letters.  Through workshops, independent studies, and literature courses, the faculty work with students to challenge their understanding of themselves as writers and to deepen and critically reflect on the aesthetic, ethical, and political assumptions behind their writing.  The faculty and staff seek, above all else, to provide students with a community in which writers can flourish.
Our students and alumni have had book-length works and collections published by Alice James Books, Copper Canyon Press, FiveChapter Books, Four Way Books, Graywolf Press, Harper Perennial, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  New Issues Poetry Press, Penguin Press, St. Martin’s Press, Tin House Books, Riverhead, and University of Iowa Press, among others. Their books, poems, stories, and essays have garnered an impressive array of accolades.


UHCWP alumnus Paul Otremba is profiled as one of six young artists who are reshaping Houston’s Art Scene in the October 2014 issue of Houstonia Magazine.

UHCWP alumna Hannah Gamble is awarded a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships.

Poet and visual scholar Roberto Tejada joins the Creative Writing Program as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Creative Writing Program welcomes UHCWP alumna Audrey Colombe as Visiting Associate Professor in English and Creative Writing.

UHCWP alumna Nina McConigley is awarded the PEN/American Open Book Award.

UHCWP alumnus Ed Porter is awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship.

UHCWP alumnus Andrew Brininstool is awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose.

UHCWP alumna Emily Fox Gordon is awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Upcoming Literary Events

7:00 pm, October 9: René Steinke reads from Friendswood at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St)

1:00 pm, October 13: UH Campus visit* with Deborah Eisenberg (Graduate Student Library, Roy G. Cullen Bldg.)

* Campus visits are made possible through Inprint. For more information please contact Giuseppe Taurino ( Spaces are limited.

7:30 pm, October 13: Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Deborah Eisenberg and Antonya Nelson (Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue )

2:30 pm, October 15: Arte Público Presents Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston’s Poet Laureate (Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library)

5:30 pm, October 15, UH Poetry & Prose Reading Series featuring UHCWP Faculty Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, and Roberto Tejada (Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library)

7:00 pm, October 16: Gary Shteyngart reads from Little Failure: A Memoir at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St)

7:00 pm, October 17: Farnoosh Moshiri reads from The Drum Tower at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St)

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