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Gulf Coast Reading Series feat. Tim Z. Hernandez, Charlotte Wyatt, Rhianna Brandt, Matthew Salesses
Friday, February 17, 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 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. 

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning poet, novelist, and performance artist. His debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books) received the 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His debut novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press) was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction. His second collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things was released in 2013 and received the 2014 Colorado Book Award, and his novel, Mañana Means Heaven, which is based on the life of Bea Franco, also released in 2013, went on to receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction. Both books are with the University of Arizona Press. As a performer he has collaborated with Grammy Award winning classical composer Eugene Freisen, and in 2001 was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to write and perform an original play on homelessness. Since 2007, he has worked with Poets & Writers Inc. and the California Center for the Book at UCLA teaching poetry, fiction, and non-fiction workshops across the west coast. From 2010-14 he was the state-wide coordinator for Colorado Writers-in-the-Schools with focus on rural, under-served communities. Hernandez holds a B.A. in Writing & Literature from Naropa University and an MFA. from Bennington College in Vermont. He is currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual MFA. in Creative Writing Program.
 
Charlotte Wyatt attended Fordham University, which led to an early career training sea lions in the New York City zoos. She hails most recently from Northern California, where she serves as Director of Admissions for the Napa Valley Writer's Conference. She is a first-year MFA student at the University of Houston.
 
Rhianna Brandt is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Houston. Her current research and writing work is concerned with the erotics of trauma and addiction. She lives in Montrose.
 
Matthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A, 2015), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger (Little A, 2018), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2019)

Amanda Eyre Ward reads from The Nearness of You
Tuesday, February 21, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye. Ward—a store favorite—visits us from Austin.
 
Ann Christensen reads from Separation Scenes
Thursday, February 23, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Separation Scenes demonstrates how domestic drama played an active, dynamic, and critical role in deliberating the costs of commercial travel as it disrupted domestic conduct and prompted realignments within the home. Christensen is a faculty member at the University of Houston.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, February 23, 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 Reading Series 
Tuesday, February 24, 7pm
(Location TBD)
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. The title is an allusion to a short story with the same title by Donald Barthelme. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art created by emerging writers, including undergraduates and others who do not have an MFA or PhD. Each issue also includes interviews with notable literary figures. In 2013, the journal was awarded the Director's Prize for content by AWP. Student editors run the annual Boldface Conference, devoted exclusively to developing writers, which hosts craft talks, readings, and workshops. Each year, the conference selects winners for the Robertson Prize in poetry and fiction.  
 
Poetry & Prose presents UH Creative Writing Program Professors Tony Hoagland & Nick Flynn
Wednesday, March 1, 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 George Saunders
Monday, March 6, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
George Saunders is “an essential literary figure for our time,” according to The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal writes, “It’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.”
 
He will read from his new work Lincoln in the Bardo, his first novel, which comes out in February. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night and narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, the story is about the death of Abraham Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. Saunders, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, was named one of Time’s 2013 “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series feat. Jonathan Moody, Matthew Krajniak, JP Gritton, Melanie Brkich
Friday, March 24, 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 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. 

Jonathan Moody holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Cave Canem graduate fellow whose poetry has appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Common, Crab Orchard Review, among other publications. Moody, a Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of The Doomy Poems (Six Gallery Press, 2012). His second collection, Olympic Butter Gold, won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. He teaches English at Pearland High School and lives in Fresno, Texas, with his wife and baby boy.

Matthew Krajniak is a first-year PhD candidate in Fiction. He earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Memphis and is currently at work on his first novel.
 
JP Gritton teaches English and composition in Houston. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, Southwest Review, and Santa Monica Review.

Melanie Brkich is a third year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Houston and the Online Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast. A proud Chicago native, she has lived in Florida, D.C., and France before coming to Texas. She is currently working on her first book. 

Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, March 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.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Ada Limón & Gregory Pardlo
Monday, April 3, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
“Ada Limón’s power is in speaking plainly, giving her ideas enough space to breathe, and ending poems with potent last lines,” says Front Porch. Her most recent poetry collection Bright Dead Things was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of The New York Times “Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year.” Her other poetry collections include Lucky Wreck, winner of the Autumn House Poetry Prize; This Big Fake World, winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize; and Sharks in the River. Limón’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
 
Gregory Pardlo’s poems, according to The Washington Spectator, “deftly evoke sociology, jazz, philosophy, African-American lit, Russian cinema, Greek mythology, European travel, film noir, hip hop, and a host of other topics.” His second collection, Digest, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, was shortlisted for the NAACP Image Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. Pardlo’s first poetry collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize. 
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.
 
Poetry & Prose presents a reading by Glass Mountain contributors
Wednesday, April 19, 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
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series feat. Chen Chen, Niki Herd, Dan Chu, Dana Kroos
Friday, April 21, 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 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 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).