The Creative Writing Program
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences
University of Houston
229 Roy Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-5008
Phone: (713) 743-3015

Reading Series

Inprint Brown Reading Series

For the 27th year, Inprint presents one of the finest reading series in the country, giving Houstonians a chance to hear from and meet some of the world’s leading writers. From September through April, 14 renowned authors will come to Houston, many for the first time, sharing their work and insights. Our most thought-provoking season yet, these authors’ works address pressing contemporary issues, taking us on a journey around the globe and giving us a literary lens through which to see the world. More information can be found at

Inprint/Methodist Hospital Studio Series

The Inprint Studio Series, presented by Inprint in association with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and Diverseworks, features some of the best young writers in the country, as well as alumni from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and leading local authors. Now in its second season. More information can be found at


In January 2007, Inprint launched a new family reading series, Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People. The series brings the country’s most exciting teen and children’s authors to Houston for readings and book signings. All readings are free and open to the public. More information can be found at

Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast, a biannual journal featuring innovative poetry and fiction for the literary-minded, presents this reading series, bringing writers from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program to the ears of our city. More information can be found at

Poetry & Prose Reading Series

Presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the Creative Writing Program. All readings free and open to the public. More information can be found on the library website.

Poison Girl Reading Series

The Poison Pen Reading Series was started in October of 2006 to offer talented writers a chance to read their work to the patrons of the Poison Girl Bar located on 1641 Westheimer. The readings take place the last Thursday of every month and begin at 8:30 PM. The reading series features fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and dramatic readings from a wide range of authors, both in the University as well as out, both established and beginning writers, and resident as well as visiting authors. This series was begun with small gatherings of devoted listeners but has since ballooned into big appreciative crowds. We schedule two to three writers a month and our readers normally tend to emphasize the big dirty id in their work. The Poison Pen Board consists of Casey Fleming, Greg Oaks, David MacLean, and Scott Repass. Our CEO is Chris Martin. People interested in reading can submit their work to the Poison Girl's Myspace page.