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Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Claudia Rankine
Monday, January 14, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18)
Claudia Rankine’s groundbreaking book-length poem Citizen: An American Lyric won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry (the first book to also be nominated in the NBCCA’s Criticism category), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the NAACP Image Award, and several others. She is also the author of four other poetry collections, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and three plays, including most recently The White Card, which raises questions about whether American society can prosper if whiteness remains invisible; and is the editor of several anthologies, including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize, Lannan Literary Award, and a MacArthur “genius” fellowship.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by Houston-based artist and community organizer/MacArthur Fellow/Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe – plus a book sale and signing.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Josh Wheeler, Sonia Hamer, Nicholas Rattner, Kristjan Meikop
Friday, January 18, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 S Main St,)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Lawndale Art Center. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing.

Glass Mountain Reading 
Tuesday, January 29, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Rd)
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. reading will feature guest writers (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, January 31, 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.

Ha Jin reads from The Banished Immortal
Saturday, January 26, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
With the instincts of a master novelist, Ha Jin draws on a wide range of historical and literary sources to weave the life story of Li Bai (701-762), whose poems—shaped by Daoist thought and characterized by their passion, romance, and lust for life—rang throughout the Tang Dynasty and continue to be celebrated today. Jin follows Li Bai from his birth on China’s western frontier through his travels as a young man seeking a place among the empire’s civil servants, his wanderings allowing him to hone his poetic craft, share his verses, and win him friends and admirers along the way. In his later years, he becomes swept up in a military rebellion that alters the course of China, and his death is surrounded by speculation and legend that continues to be spun to this day. The Banished Immortal is an extraordinary portrait of a poet who both transcended his time and was shaped by it, and whose ability to live, love, and mourn without reservation produced some of the most enduring verses in the world.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma reads from House of Stone
Tuesday, January 29, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In the chronic turmoil of modern Zimbabwe, Abednego and Agnes Mlambo’s teenage son, Bukhosi, has gone missing, and the Mlambos fear the worst. Their enigmatic lodger, Zamani, seems to be their last, best hope for finding him. Since Bukhosi’s disappearance, Zamani has been preternaturally helpful: hanging missing posters in downtown Bulawayo, handing out fliers to passersby, and joining in family prayer vigils with the flamboyant Reverend Pastor from Agnes’s Blessed Anointings church. It’s almost like Zamani is part of the family…

Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a sweeping epic that spans the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe’s turbulent beginnings, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity, but built on forgetting.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Raena Shirali, Grace Wagner, Stalina Villareal, Laura Biagi
Friday, February 16, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 S Main St,)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Lawndale Art Center. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing.

Writing for Recovery: Reframing Narratives of the Opioid Epidemic
Friday, February 8, 1pm
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)

The current discourse of addicts and addiction is overwhelmingly negative, pessimistic, hopeless, and probably reinforces already preexisting negative stereotypes of addiction. Poet, professor, and activist in the field of narrative health, Kate Daniels considers the potentials of a focus on recovery by means of poetry, recovery writing, and ongoing research.

Kate Daniels is the author of six collections of poetry, including Three Syllables Describing Addiction, and the forthcoming, In the Months of My Son’s Recovery.  A former Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, she is the Edwin Mims Professor of English and director of creative writing at Vanderbilt, and is affiliated with the Medicine, Health, & Society Program. Daniels has taught poetry in hospitals, cancer support groups, and within the addiction recovery community. She is on the writing faculty of the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, and is a visiting scholar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Humanities at the University of Virginia during Spring 2019.

Poetry & Prose 
Wednesday, February 20, 5:30 pm
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus.
Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program

Glass Mountain Reading 
Tuesday, February 26, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Rd)
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. reading will feature guest writers (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Valeria Luiselli & Tommy Orange
Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18)
Jonathan Lethem, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, has been called “one of America’s greatest storytellers” by the Washington Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18)
Valeria Luiselli, recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” award and two-time winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was described as “an extraordinary new literary talent” by The Daily Telegraph and “destined to be an important voice in Latin American letters” by Daniel Alarcón when her books Sidewalks and Faces in the Crowd were published. Her second novel The Story of My Teeth—named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, NPR, and The Guardian—was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and her nonfiction book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, about the treatment of migrant children facing deportation, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. She will read from her new novel, Lost Children Archive, about one family’s summer road trip to the west.

Tommy Orange has become an overnight literary star with the publication of his New York Times bestseller There There, which, according to Entertainment Weekly, is “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel.” With a fresh, compelling, and brutally honest voice, Orange has created an unforgettable story set in the urban Native American community of Oakland, California. Marlon James writes, “There There drops on us like a thunderclap; the big, booming, explosive sound of 21st century literature finally announcing itself. Essential.” The New York Times calls it “extraordinary. Groundbreaking. Tommy Orange has written a tense, prismatic book with inexorable momentum.”  A recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, he is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. Born and raised in California, he is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by novelist/critic/UH-Downtown faculty member Daniel Peña – plus a book sale and signing.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, February 28, 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.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Eloisa Amezcua, Charlotte Wyatt, Michelle Orsi, LeeAnne Carlson
Friday, March 22, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 S Main St,)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Lawndale Art Center. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Carmen Giménez Smith & Fady Joudah
Monday, March 25, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18)
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, which The Nation calls “a sharp, feminist manifesto by way of poetry collection.” She received the Juniper Prize for Poetry for Goodbye, Flicker, and her latest book Cruel Futures is described by Ross Gay as “one of those rare books, rare pieces of art, that manages to be extremely intimate, vulnerable and close while also doing a kind of searing cultural critique.” Her memoir Bring Down the Little Birds, winner of an American Book Award, was praised by the Austin-American Statesman “as innovative in form as it is honest in emotion… outrageously smart…. Bring Down the Little Birds seems to tip motherhood on its side to expose its brutal-though-beautiful underbelly.” Coeditor of Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing and poetry coeditor of The Nation, she serves as the publisher of Noemi Press and co-director of CantoMundo.

Fady Joudah’s most recent poetry collection Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance is hailed as “exceptional” by Publishers Weekly, and Mary Szybist writes, “Few books of American poetry seem to me as essential as this one…. Joudah’s gifts for articulating the intersections of bewilderment, tenderness, rage, and grief are fully alive here. These poems blaze into the visionary.” Houston-based Palestinian American poet and physician, his other books include The Earth in the Attic, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition; Alight; and Textu, a collection of 160-character poems written on a smartphone’s text message screen. Also an award-winning translator, he is a recipient of the Banipal Prize and a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for The Butterfly’s Burden by Mahmoud Darwish; winner of the PEN USA Award for If I Were Another, also by Darwish; and winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize for Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me by Ghassan Zaqtan.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by memoirist/performance poet/actress/educator Jasminne Mendez – plus a book sale and signing.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, March 28, 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.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Justin Torres, Erika Jo Brown, Dallas Saylor, Brenden Oliva
Friday, April 12, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 S Main St,)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Lawndale Art Center. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Tayari Jones & Richard Powers
Monday, April 22, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18)
“Tayari Jones has emerged as one of the most important voices of her generation,” writes Essence. The Los Angeles Times calls her “a bard of the modern South, a writer whose skill at weaving stories is matched only by her compassion for her characters.” Her most recent novel An American Marriage became an instant New York Times bestseller, was an Oprah Book Club Pick, and described by The New Yorker as “powerful…. both sweeping and intimate—at once an unsparing exploration of what it means to be black in America and a remarkably lifelike portrait of a marriage.” Her other novels include Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow, added to the NEA Big Read Library of Classics and named a #1 Indie Next Pick. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and  Callaloo. Among her many awards, she has been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Richard Powers, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, “may be one of America’s most ambitious novelists,” says the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. According to The Washington Post, “Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories while delving into subjects many readers would otherwise find arcane…. genetics, pharmaceuticals, artificial intelligence, music, and photography.” His 12 bestselling novels include The Echo Maker, winner of the National Book Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Time of Our Singing, winner of the Ambassador Award; Orfeo, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and Generosity: An Enhancement. He will read from his New York Times bestseller The Overstory, which the Financial Times calls “a Great American eco-novel.” Spanning decades, with “talking” trees, a diverse cast of characters, and an unfolding catastrophe, Powers shows “he has the courage and intellectual stamina to explore our most complex social questions with originality, nuance, and an innate skepticism about dogma” (The Atlantic).

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by novelist/poet/activist/UH Creative Writing Program faculty member Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – plus a book sale and signing.

Poetry & Prose presents a reading by Glass Mountain contributors
Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 pm
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus.
Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, April 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.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, May 30, 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.