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UH Creative Writing Program Voices Showcase
Friday, August 25, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston is the Bayou City, Clutch City, Magnolia City, Screwston, Space City, Sprawl City, The Energy Capital of the World, and, of course, H-Town. It’s a city of bayous and bodegas, a city of sirens and skyscrapers, a city of live oaks and live music and lots of living, working artists, quite a few of whom have made their way here through the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, which, year after year, welcomes and nurtures (almost) as many new and original voices as the city has nicknames. Join us as we celebrate a few of these voices and start the new school year off right. Readers include former and current CWP students Conor Bracken, Henk Rossouw, Brenden Oliva, Paige Quiñones, Saira Nadeem, and Novuyo Tshuma.

Poison Pen Reading Series featuring BJ Love, Elizabeth Lyons, Daniel Pena
Thursday, August 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.

George Henson, Translator – “Sergio Pitol’s A Trilogy of Memory: A Love Letter to Literature”
Saturday, September 2, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Dallas-based translator Henson joins us for an evening discussing the work of Sergio Pitol, one of Mexico's greatest writers, whose novels have been published in English by Texas translation publisher Deep Vellum.

Alex McElroy reads from Daddy Issues
Friday, September 8, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
University of Houston PhD candidate Alex McElroy joins us for his debut collection of sharp but funny short stories.

Tomás Morin reads from Patient Zero
Thursday, September 14, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
This second collection from APR-Honickman winner Tomas Q. Morin explores love gone sideways in the lives of lovers, parents and children, humans and the divine. Patient Zero is filled with voices—of all the people, places, and things that surround a life sick with heartbreak. Doors are the wooden tongues of a house, grocery-store cashiers are gatekeepers to the infinite, and food is the all-powerful life force behind every living thing.

Yuri Herrera reads from Kingdom Cons
Saturday, September 16, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In conversation with Ursula Fuentesberain
One of Mexico's greatest young writers closes out his epic border trilogy with KINGDOM CONS, a narco-melodrama made of equal parts Shakespeare and Tarantino. In conversation with University of Houston's Ursula Fuentesberain.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Nathan Englander + Nicole Krauss
Monday, September 18, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue)
Nathan Englander’s story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book and an NPR Best Book of 2012. His other works include the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the play The Twenty-Seventh Man. He will read from his new novel, coming out in September, Dinner at the Center of the Earth.

Nicole Krauss’s bestselling novel Great House was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, also an international bestseller, won the William Saroyan Prize and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger. She will read from her new novel Forest Dark.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Poetry & Prose  presents 1st year students from the UH Creative Writing Program
Wednesday, September 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

Elif Batuman reads from The Idiot
Thursday, September 21, 6:30pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In partnership with the Humanities Research Center at Rice University
Presented offsite at Hudspeth Auditorium at the Anderson-Clarke Center at Rice University
The renowned New Yorker staff writer visits Houston to discuss her acclaimed first novel, a coming-of-age story about a young Turkish-American woman in college at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Conor Bracken reads from Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour
Friday, September 22, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Former University of Houston creative writing student Bracken debuts a chapbook of poetry that tackles the life of Henry Kissinger with irreverence and beauty.

Santiago Gamboa reads from Return to the Dark Valley
Saturday, September 25, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Colombian heavyweight (and Brazos favorite) Gamboa hits Houston for the first time to discuss his latest from Europa Editions, a kaleidoscopic, cosmopolitan story with a dose of inky dark noir.

A Conversation with Dominic Smith
Thursday, September 28, 6pm
(MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet Street)
Dominic Smith is the author of four novels, including The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. The 2016 publication—a New York Times best seller and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice—is the MFAH Book Club selection for this summer.

Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Niki Herd, Yuki Tanaka
Thursday, September 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.

Michael Chabon reads from Moonglow
Saturday, September 30, 7:30pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Presented offsite at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal)
The newest release from a beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist! MOONGLOW is classic Chabon, important and beautiful, telling the story of one man's entire life across generations.

Poetry & Prose  presents UH Creative Writing Program Professors Mat Johnson + Roberto Tejada
Wednesday, September 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

An Evening of Poetry with Lisa Olstein and Julie Carr
Wednesday, November 1, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)

Cristina Rivera Garza reads from The Illiac Crest
Saturday, October 24, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
University of Houston's Garza debuts her gothic novel about two mysterious women who invade the narrator's house one night for nefarious and frightening purposes.

Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Natalie Diaz, Roger Reeves
Thursday, October 26, 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.

Roddy Doyle reads from Smile
Thursday, October 26, 7:30pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Presented offsite at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
Winner of the Man Booker Prize, Doyle is the world's most beloved contemporary Irish author. His newest book is vintage Doyle, a coming-of-age story full of great dialogue, menace, and, of course, pints at the pub.

John Freeman and Guests – Freeman’s Vol. 4
Wednesday, November 1, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
The great editor Freeman joins us with special guests to debut FREEMAN's VOL. 4, a compendium of the greatest emerging voices in American letters.

Eileen Myles reads from Afterglow
Thursday, November 2, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
One of America's legendary counter-culture icons, Myles brings us an emotional new work framed by the death of her beloved dog, which becomes an exploration of all the things that make us human.

Jeffrey Eugenides reads from Fresh Complaint
Friday, November 3, 7:30pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Presented offsite at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of MIDDLESEX offers up his first short story collection, full of everything that makes Eugenides a legend.

Cait Weiss reads from Valleyspeak
Saturday, November 4, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
University of Houston creative writing student Weiss reads from her debut, award-winning collection of poetry.

Texas Book Festival
Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5
(Austin, Texas)
The Texas Book Festival Weekend is free and open to the public and takes place at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Jennifer Egan + Claire Messud
Monday, November 6, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue)
Jennifer Egan’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad was hailed as “a new classic of American fiction” by Time magazine. Her other works include the national bestseller The Keep, the National Book Award finalist Look at MeEmerald City and Other Stories, and The Invisible Circus, which was made into a feature film starring Cameron Diaz. Also an award-winning journalist, she writes frequently for the New York Times Magazine. Egan will read from Manhattan Beach, coming out in October.

Claire Messud’s fifth novel The Woman Upstairs, a New York Times Notable Book, was described by The Guardian as a “brave and highly risky novel…. Claire Messud should achieve literary giant status.” Her bestselling novel The Emperor’s Children was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was named a best book of the year by The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Her novels When the World Was Steady and The Hunters were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and her novel The Last Life was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and The Village Voice’s Editor’s Choice. She will read from her new novel The Burning Girl.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen
Monday, November 13, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main Street)
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizers garnered international praise, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, and was named to more than 30 best books of the year lists. The Refugees, Nguyen’s bestselling story collection, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next Selection. His nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and The Memory of War was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He serves as cultural critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and is co-editor of the book Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field

Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Poetry & Prose presents readings from Martha Serpas’s Eco Poetics Course
Wednesday, November 15, 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 featuring Gulf Coast Editors
Thursday, November 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.

Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Alex McElroy, Kerry Beth Neville, Javier Zamora
Thursday, January 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.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Jhumpa Lahiri
Monday, January 29, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue)
Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut story collection Interpreter of Maladies was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her second novel The Lowland was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. Lahiri’s story collection Unaccustomed Earth received the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and was a finalist for the Story Prize. Her first novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book and was made into a feature film starring Kal Pen. In Other Words (written in Italian and translated into English), her first nonfiction book, published in 2016, is described by The New York Times Book Review as “gorgeous… the most unusual of self-portraits. Among her many honors, she has received the National Humanities Medal, the Asian American Literary Award, and the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview.

Poetry & Prose  presents Henk Rossouw + Novuyo Tshuma
Wednesday, February 7, 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 

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Paul Auster
Monday, February 12, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy won the Prix France Culture de Littérature Étrangère, and he received the Prix Médicis Étranger for his seventh novel Leviathan. His other major works of fiction include The Book of Illusions, Timbuktu, Mr. Vertigo, Oracle Night, The Brooklyn Follies, Travels in the Scriptorium, Man in the Dark, Invisible, Sunset Park, and Day/Night, and his nonfiction includes The Invention of Solitude and his latest, A Life in Words: In Conversation with I. B. Siegumfeldt, which comes out in OctoberAmong his screenplays is Smoke, and he has written and directed four films. His French translations include works by Mallarmé, Sartre, and Blanchot. Auster will read from his newest novel 4 3 2 1, New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and Boston Globe bestseller and longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, February 22, 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.

AWP Conference
Wednesday, March 7 – Saturday, March 10
(Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside)
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees come together for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.
 
The UHCWP AWP 2016 program featuring alumni, faculty, current students and UH affiliates participating in on and off-site events at AWP is available here.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Amonatta Forna + Samanta Schweblin
Monday, March 26, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
Aminatta Forna’s novels include The Hired Man, named a best book of the year by NPR and the San Francisco ChronicleThe Memory of Love, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Best Book Award and shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award; and Ancestor Stones, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice book. Her memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water tells the story of going back to Sierra Leone to investigate the execution of her dissident father. She received the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize and was a finalist for the 2016 Neustadt Prize. She will be reading from her novel Happiness, coming out in March 2018.

Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream, her first novel and the first of her books to be translated into English from Spanish, was a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. She is also the author of three story collections that have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Juan Rulfo Story Prize, and was named to Granta’s list of best writers in Spanish under 35. Her story collection Pájaros en la Boca (Mouthful of Birds), for which she received the Casa de las Américas Prize, will come out in English in 2018.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, March 29, 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.

A Night of Story and Song with Peter Turchi and friends,
Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm
(Match 2, 3400 Main Street)

Poetry & Prose presents a reading by Glass Mountain contributors
Wednesday, April 18, 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

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Rigoberto González + Kevin Prufer
Monday, April 23, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main Street)
Rigoberto González is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His most recent poetry collection, Unpeopled Eden, won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His poetry collection So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks was a winner of the National Poetry Series, and his collection Other Fugitives and Other Strangers won San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center Book Award. González received the American Book Award for his memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa. His major works of fiction include the novel Crossing Vines and the story collection Men Without Bliss, as well as two children’s books. He writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online, is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and serves as critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times.

Kevin Prufer’s sixth poetry collection Churches was described by The New York Times as a “gothic extravaganza featuring alligators, avalanches and medical devices left inside bodies, delivered largely in long, musical free verse lines,” and was included on the Times’ list of “Ten Favorite Poetry Books of 2014.” His other poetry collections include In a Beautiful Country, an Academy of American Poets Notable Book for 2011 and a finalist for the Rilke Prize; National Anthem, one of Publishers Weekly‘s “Five Best Poetry Books of 2008” and a “Best Book of the Year” by Virginia Quarterly Review; and The Finger Bone, winner of the William Rockhill Nelson Award and finalist for Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award. Prufer serves as editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and co-director of Pleiades Press. He will read from his seventh poetry collection How He Loved Them, to be published in 2018. 

Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, April 26, 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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glass Mountain presents Write-a-Thon
Saturday, November 7, 8am – 5pm
(UH Writing Center, CBB 238)
Write-A-Thon is like a marathon, but instead of running, you write, participate in writing-based contests, and Glass Mountain provides lunch and snacks.
 
To participate, grab a sponsor who will pledge money in your name either by the hour or as a set amount. All money raised benefits the Boldface Writers’ Conference.
  
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Abe Smith, Corey Campbell, Aza Pace, Kay Cosgrove
Friday, February 26, 7pm
(Rudyard’s Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive)
The Gulf Coast reading 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 Ph.D. 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.

 

Boldface Writers’ Conference
Monday, May 23 – Friday, May 27
(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).
 

Glass Mountain Issue #15 Launch Party 
Tuesday, December 8, 6pm
(Café Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy Street)
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. This launch party will feature a reading by students published in Issue #15 with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided.