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An Evening with Diane Mehta & Kevin Prufer 
Friday, October 11, 6:30 pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
 
In her debut book of poems (Forest with Castanets), knit together with personal essays, Mehta explores her own cultural history— Indian Jainism and American Judaism— as well as her ideas about faith, feminism, and family. 
Kevin Prufer’s How He Loved Them sets love in a fraught, paradoxical world where bombs explode, fields burn, and armies advance. With clear, compassionate eyes, Prufer finds powerful intimacy between fathers and sons, soldiers and civilians, the living and the (sometimes un)dead. 
 
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, and raised in Bombay and New Jersey, Diane Mehta studied with Derek Walcott and Robert Pinsky in the nineties and has been an editor at PEN America’s Glossolalia, Guernica, and A Public Space. Her debut poetry collection Forest with Castanets was published by Four Way Books in 2019 and her book about writing poetry was published by Barnes & Noble books in 2005. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Kevin Prufer was born in Cleveland, OH, and attended Wesleyan University, The Hollins Writing Program, and Washington University. He is the author of seven poetry collections, including the Four Way Books titles How He Loved Them (2018), winner of the 2018 Julie Suk Award and a finalist for the UNT Rilke Prize, Churches (2014), named one of the ten best poetry books of the year by The New York Times Book ReviewIn a Beautiful Country (2011), a UNT Rilke Prize and Poets’ Prize finalist; and National Anthem (2008), named one of the five best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly and a finalist for the Poets’ Prize. Prufer is the recipient of many awards, including four Pushcart prizes, several awards from the Poetry Society of America, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation, and several Best American Poetry selections. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. 
 
Lara Prescott reads from The Secrets We Kept
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
 
A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.
 
At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak’s magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world–using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally’s tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.
 
The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story–the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago’s heroine, Lara–with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak’s country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature–told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.
 
Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. She was previously an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Day One, and Tin House Flash Fridays. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of The Secrets We Kept. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Poetry & Prose New Student Reading
Wednesday, September 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.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Corey van Landingham and Christopher Kempf
Friday, October 18, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 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. Doors open for a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, with the program starting at 7. 
 
Julia Guez reads from In an Invisible Glass Case Which is Also a Frame
Saturday, October 19, 6:30 pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
 
A close look at the rigors of our current cultural moment, In An Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame offers readers a way to navigate vital questions: what does it mean to be “secure”? How do we make art amid complexity? In Guez’s debut, readers will witness realities of income inequality, climate change, and the opioid epidemic alongside of a series of reliable antidotes: art, music, humor, and love. “Have we made it across the vast plain of night?” asks one poem. No, not quite. There is more night, but there is singing, too. Rich in its sophisticated engagement of a “still life” series, dilemmas large and small, political and personal, are treated with generosity, curiosity, and a precise investigation of the heart. 
 
Julia Guez’s poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and translations have appeared or will soon be forthcoming in POETRY, The Guardian, Boston Review, PEN Poetry Series, BOMB, The Seattle Review and Hyperallergic. Her debut collection, In An Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also A Frame, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in the fall of 2019.  Guez has been awarded the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship and The John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize in Translation.  She holds degrees from Rice and Columbia.  For the last decade, Guez has worked with Teach For America; she’s currently the managing director of programming.  She teaches creative writing at Rutgers and writes poetry reviews for Publishers Weekly. Guez lives in Brooklyn. 
 
Cameron Dezen Hammon reads from This is My Body
Tuesday, October 22, 6pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Cameron will be in conversation with Lacy Johnson.
 
There will be a Happy Hour at 6pm. The book talk will begin at 6:30pm.
 
In this memoir of faith and faltering, musician Cameron Dezen Hammon, a Jew-ish New Yorker, finds herself searching for love, meaning―a sign. She’s led to Coney Island, where during a lightning storm, she is baptized in the murky waters of the Atlantic by a group of ragtag converts. After years of trying to make a name for herself as an artist, she follows her boyfriend and new God to Houston, Texas, the heart of American evangelical subculture. Her job at a suburban megachurch there has her performing on stage before crowds, awash in lights and smoke, yet grappling with outdated gender expectations―look pretty but not too pretty, young but not too young―and ultimately her identity as both a believer and feminist.
 
This Is My Body weaves her zealous conversion with the search for a more progressive and fluid theology, the endurance of marriage with an unexpected obsession that threatens to upend her carefully constructed life. From speaking in tongues to street preaching, from biblically sanctioned discrimination to sexual assault, she invites readers inside her tender and harrowing journey. Part inspiring spiritual memoir, part incisive cultural critique, her story of finding and losing faith is ultimately one of rebuilding a truer, braver self.
 
Musician Cameron Dezen Hammon’s writing appears in The Kiss anthology from W. W. Norton, Ecotone, the Literary Review, the Houston Chronicle, NYLON, and elsewhere; and her essay “Infirmary Music” was named a notable in The Best American Essays 2017. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University and is a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools in Houston, where she lives with her family. This Is My Body is her debut book.
 
Fady Joudah & William Virgil Davis - Firsts
Tuesday, October 22, 7pm
(Mongoose v. Cobra, 1011 McGowen Street)
 
Firsts serves as both a testament to the enduring power of poetic expression and exploration of the ways poetry has evolved over the past century. In addition to judiciously assembling this wide-ranging anthology, series judge Carl Phillips provides an introduction to the history and impact of Yale Younger Poets prize and its winners within the wider context of American poetry, including the roles of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
 
Fady Joudah was born in Austin, Texas to Palestinian refugee parents and grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia. He studied at the University of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, and the University of Texas Health Sciences in Houston, where he is now a physician. Joudah’s other collections are Alight (2013), Textu (2014), and Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance (2018). He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and, for his translations of Darwish and Zaqtan, respectively, the PEN USA award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize.
 
William Virgil Davis was born in Canton, Ohio, and educated at Ohio University and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has written six books of poetry, including Dismantlements of Silence: Poems Selected and New (2015), and half a dozen critical studies. Davis taught at several universities in the US, including Baylor University (where he retired) and at the Universities of Vienna, Copenhagen and Wales. Among his honors are the Yale Younger Poets Prize, New Criterion Poetry Prize, and the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry. His poems have been widely published worldwide.
 
Glass Mountain presents Write-a-Thon
Saturday, October 26, 8am – 5pm
(UH Writing Center, CBB 238)

Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH.
 
Write-A-Thon is Glass Mountain’s day of writing and networking for students. Please visit https://glassmountainmag.com/ for more details.
 
An Evening with Kristin Dykstra and Reina Maria Rodriguez 
Saturday, October 26, 6:30 pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)

Award-winning translator Kristin Dykstra will will be joined by poet Reina María Rodriguez, one of Cuba's most celebrated authors. Both writer and translator will read from The Winter Garden Photograph (Ugly Duckling Press, 2019) and other works.
 
Reina María Rodríguez (b. 1952) lives in Havana, Cuba. Among other career awards, she has won the 2002 Alejo Carpentier Medal for Achievement in Cuban literature, Cuba’s 2013 National Prize for Literature, and the 2014 Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Prize for Poetry. Titles by Rodríguez in English include Otras cartas a Milena (Other Letters to Milena, translated by Kristin Dykstra (University of Alabama Press, 2014).
 
Kristin Dykstra is the principal translator of Reina María Rodríguez. With Kent Johnson, she is co-editor of Amanda Berenguer’s Materia Prima (Ugly Duckling Press, 2018). She is the translator of Cubanology, a book of days by Omar Pérez (Station Hill Press, 2018) and of other Cuban authors including Juan Carlos Flores, Angel Escobar, and Marcelo Morales. The recipient of an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship, Dykstra won the inaugural Gulf Coast Prize for Literary Translation.

An Evening of Poetry with francine j. harris and Meg Day
Monday, October 28, 7pm
(Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd)
 
Meg Day is the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street, 2014), winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and The Publishing Triangle's 2015 Audre Lorde Award,
 
francine j. harris is the author of allegiance (2012), a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award; and play dead (2016).
 
Glass Mountain Reading and Open Mic
Tuesday, October 29, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road)
 
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. Readings will feature a reading by students published in the most recent issue with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Please visit the Glass Mountain website for more details: https://glassmountainmag.com/
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Performance Hall, Univ of Houston, 4300 University Drive)

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive” language has been hailed by the legendary Toni Morrison as “required reading,” and The New York Observer calls him “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States.” Coates’s groundbreaking book Between the World and Me—an essay in the form of a letter to his son—was a #1 New York Times bestseller, won the National Book Award and a NAACP Image Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, and was on several end of the year best books lists. The Boston Globe describes it as “echoing Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man” and “written in the tradition of James Baldwin.” A former national correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates has been praised for his journalism on cultural, political, and social issues and his recognized pieces include “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” “The Case for Reparations,” “Fear of a Black President,” and “This is How We Lost to the White Man.” In 2017, his essays were published in We Were Eight Years in Power, an “emotionally charged, deftly drafted, and urgently relevant” (Kirkus Reviews) collection examining the nation’s cultural and political landscape during the Obama administration.
 
Coates, a MacArthur fellow, is also the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle and the current author for Black Panther and Captain America comic series. He will read from his highly anticipated debut novel The Water Dancer. “In prose that sings and imagination that soars,” Publisher Weekly says with this novel, “Coates further cements himself as one of this generation’s most important writers, tackling one of America’s oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.”
 
The Unsung Masters Series & Music & Literature--reading and celebration! With Meg Day, Niki Herd, Taylor Davis-Van Atta
October 30, 6:30pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street)
 
Drinks served!
 
The Unsung Masters Series seeks to bring great, out-of-print, little-known authors to the attention of new generations of readers. Each volume includes a large selection of original poetry or fiction as well as essays by various hands, interviews, photographs, and ephemera. This year's volume is on the work of poet and disability rights activist Laura Hershey, edited by Meg Day and Niki Herd.
 
Music & Literature is devoted to publishing and promoting the work of underrepresented artists from around the world. Each edition of Music & Literature assembles an international cast of writers and critics in celebration of featured artists whose work has yet to reach its deserved audience. The ninth edition (2019) features Swiss master of the short form Peter Bischel and Canadian poet Sylvia Legris.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, October 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.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Elizabeth Gilbert
Monday, November 11, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18 & #20)

Elizabeth Gilbert’s “prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible” (The New York Times Book Review). Her work has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Gilbert is best known for her memoir Eat Pray Love – “a wonderful book, brilliant and personal, rich in spiritual insight” (Anne Lamott) – following a difficult divorce and travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia. Translated into more than 30 languages, the book was an international bestseller, with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide.
 
Her novel The Signature of All Things, “a masterly tale of overflowing sensual and scientific enthusiasms in the nineteenth century” (Time), was named a best book of 2013 by The New York TimesO: The Oprah MagazineThe Washington PostThe Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. She comes to Houston to read from City of Girls, her new novel set in the golden age of the theatre world in 1940s New York City that “embraces…the power of a woman breaking from a traditional path” and is “loaded with humor and insight” (Newsday). Gilbert wears many hats – “bestselling writer, matron saint of divorced women, modern symbol of follow-your-bliss wisdom” (Cosmopolitan) – and according to Jennifer Egan, “if a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven’t found him or her.”
 
Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, November 21, 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 Debbie Urbanski
Friday, November 22, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 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. Doors open for a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, with the program starting at 7. 
 
Glass Mountain Issue #23 Launch Party 
Tuesday, December 3, 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 #23 with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided. Please visit https://glassmountainmag.com/ for more details.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Carolyn Forché & Carmen Maria Machado
Monday, January 27, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
 
Carolyn Forché is the author of four poetry collections, including Blue HourThe Angel of HistoryGathering the Tribes, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and The Country Between Us, in which, according to Joyce Carol Oates, Forché “like Neruda, Philip Levine, Denise Levertov and others… addresses herself to the… world.” She is also editor of the groundbreaking anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, and a noted translator of poets as varied as Claribel Alegría, Georg Trakl, and Mahmoud Darwish. Forché comes to Houston to share her memoir What You Have Heard Is True—”astonishing, powerful, so important at this time” (Margaret Atwood)—which “narrates her role as witness in an especially explosive and precarious period in El Salvador’s history. This incredible book… marries the attentive sensibility of a master poet with the unflinching eyes of a human rights activist.” (Claudia Rankine)
 
Carmen Maria Machado’s “writing is always lyrical, the narration refreshingly direct, and the sex abundant” (Booklist), but with “a furious grace” (Kirkus) all her own. Her debut story collection Her Body and Other Parties is the “kind of book that will leave you haunted, and thrilled, by the possibilities of contemporary fiction” (Dallas Morning News) and “is full of repressed physical energy and the raw juice of annihilating female fury” (Louise Erdrich). Among its many honors, the book was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Machado will read from her new memoir about domestic abuse, In the Dream House, a dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that turns our ideas of what a memoir can do and be upside down.
 
Glass Mountain Reading and Open Mic
Tuesday, January 28, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road)
 
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. Readings will feature a reading by students published in the most recent issue with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Please visit the Glass Mountain website for more details: https://glassmountainmag.com/
 
Glass Mountain Reading and Open Mic
Tuesday, February 25, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road)
 
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. Readings will feature a reading by students published in the most recent issue with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Please visit the Glass Mountain website for more details: https://glassmountainmag.com/
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Louise Erdrich
Monday, March 9, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
 
Louise Erdrich is one of the most revered novelists of our time. Influenced by a community of storytellers and rooted in Ojibwe myths and legends, Erdrich – author of 15 novels, plus volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood – has “remained true to her Native ancestors’ mythic and artistic visions while writing fiction that candidly explores the cultural issues facing modern-day Native Americans and mixed heritage Americans” (The Poetry Foundation). Her book The Round House, winner of the National Book Award for fiction, is a “powerful novel” that showcases Erdrich’s “extraordinary ability to delineate the ties of love, resentment, need, duty, and sympathy that bind families together” (The New York Times), with “stunning language that recalls shades of Faulkner, García Márquez, and Toni Morrison” (USA Today). Her novel The Plague of Doves received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and both her novel LaRose – which The New York Times called “incandescent” – and her debut Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. She also was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Erdrich comes to Houston to share her forthcoming novel The Night Watchman, based on the extraordinary life of Erdrich’s grandfather, who as a working man carried on the fight against Native dispossession. She lives in Minnesota and is owner of the independent bookstore Birchbark Books.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Reginald Dwayne Betts & Natalie Diaz
Monday, March 23, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
 
Reginals Dwayne Betts comes to Houston to share his new poetry collection Felon, “bracing, revelatory work” (Mitchell S. Jackson) that animates what it means to be a “felon,” while confronting the smear of post-incarceration and prison as a force that enacts a lifetime of pressure. He is the author of two other poetry collections – Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm – and A Question of Freedom, his NAACP Image Award-winning memoir, a searing, uplifting story that follows a nine-year prison sentence (starting when he was 16) and his resoluteness against being reduced to the 30 seconds he held a gun in his hand. With more than “just a powerful story to tell,” Jericho Brown calls Betts “a true poet who can write a ghazal that sings, howls, rhymes, and resonates in memory.” He is a graduate of Yale Law School and received an MFA from Warren Wilson College.
 
Natlaie Diaz, born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village, is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her debut collection When My Brother Was an Aztec, which won an American Book Award, draws upon reservation folklore, pop culture, fractured gospels, and her brother’s addiction to methamphetamine in a delicate balance of stark intimacy and gorgeous lyricism. Among her other honors, Diaz has received a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, as well as the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Native Arts Council Foundation. She comes to Houston to read from her new collection Postcolonial Love Poem, which, according to Adrian Matejka, “elegantly negotiates experience, tradition, and myth” and demonstrates that she is “a poet who understands tradition but is not beholden to it.” Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Emily St. John Mandel & Colum McCann
Monday, March 23, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
 
Emily St. John Mandel is author of the bestselling novel Station Eleven, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award, and named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, Time, and more. Translated into 32 languages, The New York Times called it “spine tingling [and] ingenious,” Ann Patchett described it as “so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn’t have put it down for anything,” and George R.R. Martin praised it for being “beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac…. A book that I will long remember and return to.” Emma Straub calls Mandel’s work “astonishing.” Her earlier novels include The Lola QuartetThe Singer’s Gun, and Last Night in Montreal. Mandel comes to Houston with her new novel The Glass Hotel, a story of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise.
 
Colum McCann’s gift is “finding grace in grief” and “magic in the mundane” (San Francisco Chronicle). Dave Eggers called McCann’s international bestseller Let the Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award, “a gorgeous book, multilayered and deeply felt, and … fun to read, too. Leave it to an Irishman to write one of the greatest-ever novels about New York.” The Seattle Times praised it as “dizzyingly satisfying.” McCann is also the author of the novels DancerSongdogsThis Side of BrightnessZoli, and TransAtlantic, longlisted for the Booker Prize, plus two story collections, including the acclaimed Thirteen Ways of Looking. He is also co-founder of Narrative 4, the nonprofit global story exchange organization. McCann comes to Houston with his new novel Apeirogon, set in Jerusalem, which tells an epic story rooted in the real-life friendship between two men – one Palestinian, one Israeli – who are united by loss.
 
Glass Mountain Issue #24 Launch Party 
Wednesday, April 22, 6pm
(Univ of Houston, MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons)

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 #23 with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided. Please visit https://glassmountainmag.com/ for more details.
 
Boldface Writers’ Conference
Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22
(UH Honors College)

The Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers 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).Community members and visitors from around the country join us for a week of workshops, craft talks, master classes, and readings. https://www.boldfaceconference.com/