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Edmund White reads from A Saint from Texas
Thursday, September 3, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and Our Young Man. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a PearlThe Unpunished Vice, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. He was named the 2018 winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction and received the National Book Foundation’s 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in New York.

Glass Mountain Readings 
Friday, September 18, 7pm
(Register here for Zoom Link)

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. 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Yaa Gyasi
Monday, September 21, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

YAA GYASI’S debut novel Homegoing received many accolades, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award, Berlin Prize, and American Book Award, among others. Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Gyasi was inspired to pursue a career as a writer after reading Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and receiving a certificate of achievement signed by LeVar Burton for her very first story, submitted to the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. A National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 honoree and recipient of the 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature, she holds a BA in English from Stanford and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, Guernica, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Yaa Gyasi’s new novel Transcendent Kingdom is, according to Publishers Weekly, “at once a vivid evocation of the immigrant experience and a sharp delineation of an individual’s inner struggle [that] brilliantly succeeds on both counts.” Roxanne Gay writes, “Not a word or idea out of place. Completely different from Homegoing. THE RANGE. I am quite angry this is so good.”
Martha Serpas reads from Double Effect
Tuesday, September 22, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Martha Serpas is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Diener and The Dirty Side of the Storm. Her work has appeared in the Nation, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Poetry, and elsewhere. A native of south Louisiana, she coproduced Veins in the Gulf, a documentary on Louisiana’s coastal land loss. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and is a hospital chaplain.
Martha Serpas will be in conversation with Derrick Austin. 

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Eduardo C. Corral, Paige Quiñones, Justin Jannise
Friday, September 25, 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. 

For the safety of our community, Fall 2020 Gulf Coast Readings will be held outdoors in Lawndale's Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden with distanced seating and limited capacity. Please note that a mask and physical distancing are required for entry; for additional details on Lawndale's safety policies and procedures, please visit readers will appear virtually. The readings will also be accessible online for those who cannot or do not wish to physically attend. Stay tuned for updates at and at

Joy Priest reads from Horsepower
Tuesday, September 29, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Joy Priest is the author of HORSEPOWER (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of the 2020 Kunitz Prize and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, APRThe AtlanticPoetry Northwest, and Poets & Writers, among others. She is currently a doctoral student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston. 
Joy Priest will be joined by Sasha Banks and Nikki Wallschlaeger.

Poetry & Prose featuring UHCWP’s Incoming MFA/PhD Students
Wednesday, September 30, 5:30 pm
(Zoomlink: UH Libraries)

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.