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De Ray Mckesson reads from On the Other Side of Freedom
Friday, September 14, 7:30 pm
Presented offsite at the Ballroom at Bayou Place
Join DeRay Mckesson, the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities.

This is a ticketed event.

Guadalupe Nettel reads from After the Winter
Tuesday, September 18, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In 2006, Guadalupe Nettel was voted one of the thirty-nine most important Latin American writers under the age of thirty-nine at the Bogotá Hay Festival. In parallel and entwining stories that move from Havana to Paris to New York City, AFTER THE WINTER describes how no routine, no argument for the pleasures of solitude, can withstand our most human drive to find ourselves in another, and fall in love.

Poetry & Prose:New UH Creative Writing Graduate Students 
Wednesday, September 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 featuring Lacy M. Johnson
Friday, September 21, 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. 

Jose Antonio Vargas reads from Dear America
Monday, September 24, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, In partnership with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say and the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board Art Committee

Presented offsite at Talento Bilingüe de Houston)
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

This is a ticketed event.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Esi Edugyan & Meg Wolitzer
Monday, September 24, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4300 University Drive)
Esi Edugyan’s breakthrough second novel Half-Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an O Magazine Best Book of the Year. Edugyan’s other works include the novel The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the nonfiction book Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home.

“Meg Wolitzer is the novelist we need right now,” says The Washington Post. Her bestselling novel The Female Persuasion was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by Time, New York magazine, Entertainment Weeklyand elsewhere. She is also the author of novels for children and young adults. In 2017 she served as guest editor of Best American Short Stories, and three films have been based on her books: This Is My Life, directed by Nora Ephron; Surrender, Dorothy; and The Wife, with Glenn Close.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by former Houston Poet Laureate/UH-Downtown faculty member Robin Davidson – plus a book sale and signing.

Glass Mountain Reading 
Tuesday, September 25, 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, September 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.

Henk Rossouw reads from Xamissa
Friday, September 28, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
A debut poetry collection from the former editor of Houston’s own Gulf Coast. AMERICAN RADIANCE reflects on the author’s experience immigrating as a child to the United States from Ukraine in 1991. Colliding with the grand figures of late ‘80s and early ‘90s pop culture, Muradyan’s imagination pushes the reader forward, confronting the painful loss of identity that assimilation brings.

Poetry & Prose 
Wednesday, October 17, 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.  

A Reading with Ange Mlinko
Thursday, October 18, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 S Main St,)
Guggenheim Fellow Ange Mlinko is the author of five books of poetry: Distant Mandate (2017); Marvelous Things Overheard (2013), which was selected by both the New Yorker and the Boston Globe as a best book of 2013; Shoulder Season (2010), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award; Starred Wire (2005), which was a National Poetry Series winner in 2004 and a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Matinees (1999). She taught for several years at the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program, and now lives in Florida, where she is Professor of English at the University of Florida.

Easy parking! Free wine and snacks! 

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Jamel Brinkley
Friday, October 19, 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 Barbara Kingsolver
Monday, October 22, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4300 University Drive)
Barbara Kingslover is “a gifted magician of words,” according to Time, and “a writer of rare ambition and unequivocal talent,” writes the Chicago Tribune. With a literary career that has spanned three decades and encompassed award-winning works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, Kingsolver’s work touches on vital themes of social justice and the environment. Her bestselling novel The Poisonwood Bible won the National Book Prize of South Africa, was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Orange Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her novel Flight Behavior was named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Washington Post and USA Today. Her nonfiction New York Times bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life won the James Beard Award and was praised by the Washington Post Book World as “charming, zestful, funny and poetic… a serious book about important problems.” Kingsolver, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, has been widely anthologized, and her works are translated into more than 25 languages. She will read from her new novel, Unsheltered.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by author/former Houston First Lady/member of the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Andrea White – plus a book sale and signing.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, October 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.

Glass Mountain Reading 
Tuesday, October 30, 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.

Glass Mountain presents Write-a-Thon
Saturday, November 3, 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.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Jonathan Lethem & Gary Shteyngart
Monday, November 12, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4300 University Drive)
Jonathan Lethem, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, has been called “one of America’s greatest storytellers” by the Washington Post and “one of our most inventive, stylish and sensuous writers” by Entertainment Weekly. Lethem’s novels include Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Fortress of Solitude, a New York Times bestseller; and Chronic City, a New York Times Best Book of the Year. He is also the author of several story collections and nonfiction books, including The Ecstasy of Influence, a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He comes to Houston to read from his 11th novel The Feral Detective.

Gary Shteyngart has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating writers.” His debut novel The Russian Debutante’s Handbook won the Stephen Crane Award and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His other novels include Absurdistan—named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and a best book of the year by Time, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere—and Super Sad True Love Story, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His New York Times bestselling memoir Little Failure was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Born in Leningrad in 1972, Shteyngart’s work has been translated into 29 languages. Elizabeth Gilbert writes, about his new novel Lake Success, from which he will read: “This is a novel that seems to have been created in real time, reflecting with perfect comedy and horrible tragedy exactly what America feels like right this minute…. The novel is stupendous.”

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by novelist/critic/UH Honors College faculty member Robert Cremins – plus a book sale and signing.

Poetry & Prose 
Wednesday, November 14, 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 Hanif Abdurraqib
Friday, November 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.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, November 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.

Glass Mountain Issue #22 Launch Party 
Tuesday, December 4, 7pm
(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 the newest issue with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided.

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.

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.

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
Monday, 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.

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.

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.