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Gulf Coast Reading Series feat. Chen Chen, Niki Herd, Dan Chu, Dana Kroos
Friday, April 21, 7pm
(Rudyard’s Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive)
TheGulf Coastreading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Rudyard's Pub. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. Gulf Coast also co-sponsors Pop-Up reading events at Brazos Bookstore, partnering student-readers with published authors traveling through Houston.
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman Fellow, his work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. He is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University and lives in Lubbock with his partner, Jeff Gilbert, and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.
 
Niki Herd grew up in Cleveland and earned degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and Antioch University. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, she is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been supported by the Astraea Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has appeared in several journals and anthologies including Feminist Formations, North American Review, The Feminist Wire, Split This Rock, and Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky. Her debut collection of poems, The Language of Shedding Skin, was published as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Series.
 
Originally from Brooklyn, Dan Chu is completing his MFA in poetry at the University of Houston. He is a recipient of a Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize and serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.
 
Dana Kroos grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received an MFA in fiction writing from New Mexico State University. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Florida Review, Penumbra, The Superstition Review, Minnesota Monthly, and others. She also holds an MA in ceramics from the Purdue University, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series feat. Mike Scalise, Connie Voisine, Sam Dinger
Thursday, April 27, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Kristen Radtke reads from Imagine Wanting Only This
Monday, May 1, 7pm
In conversation with Nick Flynn
A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief. Radtke’s stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: Why are we here, and what will we leave behind?

Borderlines Book Launch and Reading: Voices Breaking Boundaries featuring UH faculty and students 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Voices Breaking Boundaries’ Borderlines Volume Three brings artists together in a hybrid collection of writings and
visual art that spans local and international boundaries in order to draw attention to people living
in regions on the edge. In a range of genres including personal essays, poetry, interviews, and
visual art, the artists featured in Borderlines Volume Three celebrate the multiple networks that
have welcomed them; and they share their struggles and choices they have made while living
within border communities. 

The evening features short readings by Oui Chatwara S. Duran, Bruno Rios, Roberto Tejada,
Mikaela Selley, Stalina Villarreal and Gemini Wahhaj. Co-editors Margot Backus and Maria
Gonzalez, artistic director Sehba Sarwar and layout design artist Joshua Turner will be available
to answer questions. (Snacks and drinks will be served. All are welcome!)

Siddhartha Mukherjee reads from The Gene
Wednesday, May 3, 7pm
Presented at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies comes a thrilling and accessible nonfiction account of the history of genetic material.
Tickets on-sale now!
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Colm Tóibín
Monday, May 8, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
“Colm Tóibín is an immensely gifted and accomplished writer who has covered a remarkable range of subjects,” writes Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post, and the Independent says, “It is impossible to read Tóibín without being moved, touched and finally changed.” Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the internationally celebrated Irish writer has received critical acclaim for his novels, short stories, nonfiction works, plays, and poetry. His forthcoming novel House of Names, a retelling of the legend of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, comes out in May 2017.
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Philip Caputo  reads from Some Rise By Sin
Monday, May 15, 7pm

Presented in partnership with the Baker Institute
From a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist! Based on actual events, propelled by moral conflict, and animated by a keen and discerning sensibility, Some Rise by Sin demonstrates yet again Philip Caputo’s generous and insightful gifts as a storyteller.
 
Jeff VanderMeer reads from Borne
Monday, May 22, 7pm
Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor, most recently the author of the New York Times bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy the first volume of which, Annihilation, is being made into a movie to be released by Paramount in 2017.
 
Deb Olin Unferth reads from Wait Till You See Me Dance
Tuesday, May 23, 7pm
Deb Olin Unferth has been publishing wickedly comic, cutting-edge fiction in magazines such as Granta, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, NOON, and the Paris Review. Her stories are revered by some of the best American writers of our day.
 
Anis Shivani – Literary Writing in the 21st Century
Wednesday, May 24, 7pm
Edited by Houston’s own Anis Shivani! An incredible array of today’s leading fiction writers, poets, critics, editors, publishers, and booksellers engage in no-holds-barred dialogue about the challenging issues facing writing and publishing today.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, May 25, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Analicia Sotelo reads from Nonstop Godhead
Friday, May 26, 7pm
Analicia Sotelo’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The Antioch Review, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. Analicia is the 2016 Disquiet International Literary Prize winner in Poetry and is the recipient of scholarships from Squaw Valley and Image-Text-Ithaca. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston.
 
Boldface Writers’ Conference
Monday, May 22 – Friday, May 26
(UH Honors College)
Boldface was founded in 2009 by the editors of Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Houston, as a conference devoted exclusively to developing writers (i.e., anyone who has not studied creative writing at the graduate level is welcome).