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

7:30 pm, October 21: Glass Mountain Reading Series at Café Brasil (2604 Dunlavy Street) 

12:00 pm, October 22: Brown Bag Gallery Talk – Buildering: Misbehaving in the City featuring Cheryl Beckett, Peter Turchi, Dana Kroos and Jonathan Lopez (Blaffer Art Museum, 4173 Elgin Street)

7:00 pm, October 23: An evening with Valeria Luiselli (Faces in the Crowd) and Tiphanie Yanique (Land of Love and Drowning) at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St)

7:00 pm, October 24: Carmen Boullosa reads from Texas: The Great Theft at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St)

7:00 pm, October 27: Murray Farish reads from Inappropriate Behavior at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St)

7:00 pm, October 29: Smith Henderson reads from Fourth of July Creek at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St)

7:00 pm, October 30: Ligatures: Authors and Artists in Conversation featuring poets, translators, performing and visual artists, Ilya Kaminsky, Jennifer Scappettone, Autumn Knight, and Clarissa Tossin (Historic El Dorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St)

8:30 pm, October 30: Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, Smith Henderson, Peter Turchi (Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)

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