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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 lawndaleartcenter.org/visitFeatured 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 lawndaleartcenter.org and at gulfcoastmag.org.

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
(Zoom—link to come)
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.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Marilynne Robinson
Monday, October 5, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30/includes hardcover copy of Jack)

Marilynne Robinson – “so powerful a writer that she can reshape how we read’’ (Mark Athitakis, Chicago Sun Times), whose work “manages to convey the miracle of existence itself” (Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times Book Review) – received the 2016 Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction and a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She joins us to read from and talk about her new novel, Jack, “Robinson’s stellar, revelatory fourth entry in her Gilead cycle… a beautiful, superbly crafted meditation on the redemption and transcendence that love affords” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Her other novels include Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Housekeeping, her debut, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her nonfiction books include The Givenness of ThingsWhen I Was a Child I Read BooksAbsence of MindThe Death of Adam, and Mother Country. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Julia Alvarez & Sigrid Nunez
Monday, October 12, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Julia Alvarez is the Dominican-American author of six renowned novels, including In the Time of the Butterflies (with more than one million copies in print), ¡Yo! and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (her acclaimed debut). She will be joining us to read from and talk about her new novel, Afterlife, “a gorgeously intimate portrait of an immigrant writer and recent widow carving out hope in the face of personal and political grief” (O, The Oprah Magazine), which Kirkus (in a starred review) calls “a funny, moving novel of loss and love” and Luis Alberto Urrea describes as “the exact novel we need in this fraught era… a powerful testament of witness and humanity written with audacity and authority.” Alvarez is also author of three works of nonfiction, three poetry collections, and 11 books for children and young adults. Her awards include the Pura Belpré and Américas Awards for young readers, the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Hispanic Heritage Award, and in 2013, the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across the U.S. and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.
 
Sigrid Nunez, daughter of a German mother and a Chinese-Panamanian father, is the critically acclaimed author of seven novels, including her debut, A Feather on the Breath of GodSalvation City (in which a 13-year-old boy is orphaned in a global flu pandemic and sent to live with an evangelical pastor and his wife), and The Friend, which won the 2018 National Book Award. She is also author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She will be joining us to read from and talk about her new novel, What Are You Going Through, which Kirkus (in a starred review) calls “spare and elegant and immediate. . . dryly funny and deeply tender.” Booklist (also a starred review) writes, “With both compassion and joy, Nunez contemplates how we survive life’s certain suffering and don’t, with words and one another.” Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and her awards include a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and four Pushcart Prizes. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, The New School, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and currently resides in New York City, the place of her birth.
 
Glass Mountain Readings 
Friday, October 30, 7pm
(Zoom—link to come)

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. 
 
Glass Mountain Write-A-Thon
November 7 (all day) 
(Zoom—link to come)

Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. The Write-A-Thon will feature both emerging and established writers who will come together rand write for an entire day in order to raise donations to help fund the journal, its outreach, and its annual national conference (Boldface/Strikethrough), which, through workshops readings, and craft talks, gives emerging writers experiences typically available only to professional writers. 
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Nick Hornby
Monday, November 8, 4:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Nick Hornby,  whose books have sold more than five million copies worldwide, is, according to The New York Times, “a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent, and emotionally generous all at once.” His seven earlier novels include High FidelityAbout a BoyJuliet, Naked, and A Long Way Down, which were made into feature films starring John Cusack, Hugh Grant, and Ethan Hawke, among others, and an original Hulu series starring Zoe Kravitz. The New Yorker wrote of High Fidelity, his fiction debut, “It is rare that a book so hilarious is also so sharp about sex and manliness, memory, and music.” Hornby will be reading from and talking about Just Like You, his new novel, in which, according to Publishers Weekly, he “lives up to his reputation as bard of the everyday in this thoughtful romance that crosses lines of race, age, and class.” The Millions adds, “In this age of lockdowns and social distancing, the novel asks timely questions about how people manage to connect when confronted with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.” Hornby’s nonfiction includes Fever PitchSongbook, and Ten Years in the Tub. He has twice been nominated for an Oscar for the screenplays An Education and Brooklyn, and his ten-part television series State of the Union won three Emmys. Hornby lives in London.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Lily King & Chang-Rae Lee
Monday, February 22, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Lily King is, according to Madeline Miller, “one of our great literary treasures.”  After graduate school she took a job as a high school English teacher in Valencia, Spain, and began writing her first novel. Eight years, 10 more moves across the U.S., and many bookstore, restaurant, and teaching jobs later, it was published as The Pleasing Hour, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of a Whiting Award. Her other novels include The English Teacher, a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year; Father of the Rain, winner of the New England Book Award and Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year; and Euphoria, named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review, in which Emily Eakin, on the front page, called it “a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace.” King joins us to read from and talk about her new novel Writers & Lovers, which “captures the agita of an early-life crisis and the eccentricities of a writer’s life, spiking the narrative with wit, sumptuous imagery, and hilarious skewerings of literary elitism” (People). “Writers & Lovers made me happy,” says Ann Patchett. Even as the narrator grieves the loss of her mother and struggles to make art and keep a roof over her head, the novel is suffused with hopefulness and kindness.” King lives in Portland, Maine.
 
Of Chang-rae Lee’s 2014 novel, On Such a Full Sea, Porochista Khakpour wrote in The Los Angeles Times: “I’ve never been a fan of grand hyperbolic declarations in book reviews, but… I have no choice but to ask: Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?” His four earlier critically acclaimed novels include Native Speaker, his debut, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award; A Gesture Life, recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Aloft, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; and The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize – “masterful, … burst with drama and human anguish as it documents the ravages and indelible effects of war.” Lee joins us to read from and talk about My Year Abroad, his exuberant and entertaining new novel about the people we meet who change our lives forever, and a brilliant satire/fable about entrepreneurship and the American dream. Publishers Weekly calls Lee “a world builder of the highest order,” and Khakpour notes, “Lee understands America more than almost any writer I’ve ever read.” He teaches writing at Stanford University.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen
Monday, February 22, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose family came to the U.S. as refugees during the Vietnam War in 1975, was inspired by the lack of representation to write his debut novel The Sympathizer, which depicts the war from a Vietnamese perspective. According to The New York Times, Nguyen’s debut – which won the Pulitzer Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, le Prix du meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book in France), and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature – “fills a void… giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of 40 years ago in a new light.” He is also author of the story collection The RefugeesChicken of the Sea (a children’s book, written with his son Ellison), and two nonfiction works, including Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. Nguyen joins us to read from and talk about his new novel, The Committed, a sequel to The Sympathizer, set in 1980s Paris, which Laila Lalami calls “a rich and exhilarating story of friendship, loyalty, and greed.” A MacArthur Fellow, Nguyen teaches at the University of Southern California and works as a cultural critic-at-large for The Los Angeles Times.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Jericho Brown
Monday, February 22, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

“To read Jericho Brown’s poems is to encounter devastating genius,” says Claudia Rankine. A former Houstonian and Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship recipient, Brown grew up in Louisiana and earned a PhD from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. His most recent collection, The Tradition, won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named among The New York Times Book Review’s “100 Notable Books of the Year.” About the collection, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith writes, “These astounding poems by Jericho Brown don’t merely hold a lens up to the world and watch from a safe distance; they run or roll or stomp their way into what matters―loss, desire, rage, becoming…. they get inside of you and make something there ache…. This is one of the most luminous and courageous voices I have read in a long, long time.” His other poetry collections include The New Testament, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and named one of the best of the year by Library Journal and the Academy of American Poets, and Please, winner of the American Book Award. His poems have appeared in The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewTIME, and elsewhere, as well as several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He currently serves as director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.