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Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Rita Dove
Monday, August 30, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Rita Dove will give a brief reading from her new poetry collection Playlist for the Apocalypse, followed by a conversation with Jericho Brown, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of The Tradition, and Inprint prize and fellowship recipient. 

In 1993, Dove was the first African American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate and has spent a lifetime generating popular interest in the literary arts. Her 10 earlier poetry collections include Thomas and Beulah, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; On the Bus with Rosa Parks, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Sonata Mulattica, winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award; and Collected Poems: 1974-2004, a finalist for the National Book Award. 

A former Houstonian, Jericho Brown earned his PhD from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and was the recipient of an Inprint Prize and an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship. His latest poetry collection The Tradition was winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award. His other work includes The New Testament, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and Please, winner of the American Book Award. He serves as the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

Elizabeth Gregory reads from Apparition of Splendor
Friday, September 3, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Elizabeth Gregory will be in conversation with Jennifer Chang.

Elizabeth Gregory is the Taylor Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Professor of English at the University of Houston, and Director of the UH WGSS Program and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality. Her two research areas are modern poetry and women’s work & fertility. She is the author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood and Quotation and Modern American Poetry: “‘Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads,’” and the editor of two collections of essays on Marianne Moore, Twenty-First Century Marianne Moore: Essays from a Critical Renaissance (with co-editor Stacy Carson Hubbard) and The Critical Response to Marianne Moore, with a new edition of Moore’s late poetry notebook forthcoming at Moorearchive.org. Her blog, Domestic Product: Later Motherhood and the Politics & Economics of Women’s Work, is at www.domesticproduct.net.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. New poems appear or are forthcoming in American Poetry ReviewGeorgia Review, Yale Review, and A Public Space, and her essays on poetry and poetics have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, New Literary History, and critical collections on the Harlem Renaissance and Asian American literature and culture. She teaches in the creative writing programs at the University of Texas in Austin. 

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Lauren Groff
Monday, September 20, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Lauren Groff will give a brief reading from her new novel Matrix, followed by a conversation with Brenda Peynado, author of The Rock Eaters and Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Groff’s second novel Fates and Furies, a New York Times Bestseller, was selected by President Obama as his “favorite book of 2015” and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Prize, and the Kirkus Prize. Named one of Granta’s “Best Young American Novelists,” Groff is also the author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia and the short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. 

Brenda Peynado is a Dominican American writer of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. She is the author of the short story collection The Rock Eaters, and her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Sun, The Southern ReviewKenyon ReviewPleiades, and elsewhere. Recently relocated from Orlando, Florida, Peynado teaches at the UH Creative Writing Program.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Micah Dean Hicks, Pritha Bhattacharyya, Weijia Pan, Theodora Ziolkowski
Friday, September 24, 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. 

Micah Dean Hicks is the author of the novel Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones and the story collection Electricity and Other Dreams. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, has been awarded the Calvino Prize, and is a two-time finalist for the Nelson Algren Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The New York Times, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and elsewhere. Hicks grew up in rural southwest Arkansas. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida.

Pritha Bhattacharyya is a Bengali American fiction writer. She is a fiction PhD candidate at the University of Houston, and she received her MFA from Boston University, where she was awarded the Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship to travel to Osaka, Japan. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Nashville Review, and has received support from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Weijia Pan (MFA, Poetry) is a poet, writer, and translator originally from Shanghai, China. Prior to entering the MFA program in poetry at the University of Houston, he read comparative literature at UCLA, then worked as an education consultant for highschoolers in China. He writes in both English and Chinese.

Theodora Ziolkowski is the author of On the Rocks, winner of a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, and Mother Tongues, winner of The Cupboard's 2015 Contest. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Writer's Chronicle, Short Fiction (England), Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Theodora has received support from the Vermont Studio Center, the National Alumni Association (University of Alabama), and Inprint (Houston, Texas). She has taught creative writing workshops for Inprint, Grackle & Grackle Writing Enterprises, Writespace, and the University of Alabama. Recently, she served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and Fiction Editor for Big Fiction. She is the recipient of an Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing

Jai Chakrabarti reads from A Play for the End of the World
Friday, September 24, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Jai Chakrabarti will be in conversation with Chitra Divakaruni.

Jai Chakrabarti’s short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and awarded a Pushcart Prize. Chakrabarti was an Emerging Writer Fellow with A Public Space and received his MFA from Brooklyn College. He was born in Kolkata, India, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family. A Play for the End of the World is his first novel.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing included in over 50 anthologies, including Best American Short StoriesO.Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Bengali, Russian and Japanese; many have been used for campus-wide and city-wide reads. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Ruth Ozeki
Monday, September 27, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30; includes a copy of The Book of Form and Happiness)

Ruth Ozeki will give a brief reading from her new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, followed by a conversation with fiction writer Elizabeth McCracken, author of the novel The Giant’s House and the short story collection The Souvenir Museum.

Ozeki’s first two novels, My Year of Meats and All Over Creation, found an international audience and were selected as New York Times Notable Books. Her third novel A Tale for the Time Being was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was published in more than 30 countries.

Shruti Swami reads from The Archer
Tuesday, September 28, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection, A House Is a Body, which was a finalist for the Pen/Robert Bingham Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has been published by the Paris ReviewMcSweeney’s, and anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut novel, The Archer, will be published by Algonquin Books in September 2021. She lives in San Francisco.

Glass Mountain Reading feat. Barbara Hamby, Maria Hiers, Emily Goff
Thursday, September 30, 7pm
(Register for Zoom Event Here)

Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. The reading will feature guest writers (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with an open mic to follow. The reading will take place on Zoom—link to come. 

BARBARA HAMBY was born in New Orleans and raised in Honolulu. She is the author of six books of poems, most recently Holoholo (2021) and Bird Odyssey (2018), both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, which also published On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems (2014), Babel (2004), and All-Night Lingo Tango (2009). Her first book, Delirium, won the Vassar Miller Prize, The Kate Tufts Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second book, The Alphabet of Desire, won the New York University Press Prize for Poetry and was published in 1999 by New York University Press.

She was a 2010 Guggenheim fellow in Poetry and her book of short stories, Lester Higata’s 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including The New YorkerPoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewPloughsharesYale Review, and The New York Times. She has also edited an anthology of poems, Seriously Funny (Georgia, 2009), with her husband David Kirby. She teaches at Florida State University where she is Distinguished University Scholar.

MARIA HIERS is from Tampa, Florida. She holds a BA in English from Florida State University. She served as an editorial intern at The Tallahassee Democrat and is now an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Houston.

EMILY GOFF grew up in Houston, Texas, where they now study Creative Writing at UH. They're a Mellon Fellow at the MFAH, specializing in contemporary art. They write.

Unsung Masters Reading Series feat. Ellen Bass, Erin Belieu, Victoria Chang, francine j. harris, and D.A. Powell
Monday, October 4, 7pm
(Online Event Registration)
The Unsung Masters Reading Series is an extension of the Unsung Masters book series. It exists to bring unjustly neglected poets to new generations of readers through periodic, free, public readings of their work.
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Rosa Alcalá. Ashley Warner, Lisa Wartenberg, Schott Repass
Friday, October 15, 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 Anthony Doerr
Monday, October 18, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30; includes a copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land)
Anthony Doerr will give a brief reading from his new novel Cloud Cuckoo Land, followed by a conversation with Maggie Galehouse, a writer and editor in Houston and former book editor at the Houston Chronicle. 

Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. Also the author of the novel About Grace, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, Doerr has had his work translated into more than 40 languages.

Ariana Reines: Poetry Reading
Friday, October 22, 7pm
(Menil Collection, Main Building, 1533 Sul Ross)
Ariana Reines is the author of A Sand Book, winner of the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Obie-winning play TELEPHONE, and other award-winning books and performance projects. Described by KCRW’s Michael Silverblatt as a “crucial voice of her generation,” she has created performances for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Stuart Shave Modern Art, Le Mouvement Biel/Bienne, the Whitney Museum, and more. Her translations include TIQQUN’s Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl and Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Turkish, Greek, and Quiché. She is the founding director of Invisible College and writes frequently for Artforum.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Jonathan Franzen
Monday, October 25, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30; includes a copy of Crossroads)
Jonathan Franzen will give a brief reading from his new novel Crossroads, followed by a conversation with fiction writer David Means.
 
A master of family drama, Franzen is the author of five novels including Purity, Freedom, and The Twenty-Seventh City. His third novel The Corrections drew widespread critical acclaim, earning him the National Book Award and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. 
 
Texas Book Festival
Monday, October 27 through Sunday, October 31
(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.
 
Glass Mountain Reading Series feat. Lauren Berry, Jack Morillo, Stephanie Pushaw
Thursday, October 28, 6:30 pm
(Melange Crêperie, 711 Heights Blvdf
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. The reading will feature guest writers (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with an open mic to follow. The reading will take place on Zoom—link to come.
 
Mary Gaitskill reads from The Devil’s Treasure
Thursday, October 28, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)
Mary Gaitskill will be in conversation with Leslie Jamison
 
Mary Gaitskill is the author of Bad Behavior, Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Because They Wanted To, Veronica, Don’t Cry, The Mare, Somebody with a Little Hammer, and This Is Pleasure. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series feat. Tomás Q. Morín, Miah Arnold, Nick Almeida
Thursday, October 28, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students/alumni/faculty, 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.