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An Evening with Gloria Steinem
Thursday, November 7, 7pm
(Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd)
Presented by Brazos Bookstore, in partnership with Congregation Emanu El & Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and she remained one of its editors for fifteen years. In 1968, she helped found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, Marilyn: Norma Jeane, and As if Women Matter (published in India). Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, the National Magazine Award, the Women’s Sports Journalism Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, the James Weldon Johnson Award for Journalism, and many others. In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

LatinX Showcase featuring Roberto Tejada, Ire’ne Lara Silva, Em Felker
Saturday, November 9, 7pm
(1412 W. Alabama St)
A celebration of LatinX writers, presented by Denfunkt Magazine, in collaboration with the Transart Foundation.
 
Defunkt Magazine is a Houston-based publication which showcases compelling, accessible, and culturally relevant work--anything the mainstream is ignoring or marginalizing.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Elizabeth Gilbert
Monday, November 11, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18 & #20)
Elizabeth Gilbert’s “prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible” (The New York Times Book Review). Her work has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Gilbert is best known for her memoir Eat Pray Love – “a wonderful book, brilliant and personal, rich in spiritual insight” (Anne Lamott) – following a difficult divorce and travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia. Translated into more than 30 languages, the book was an international bestseller, with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide.
 
Her novel The Signature of All Things, “a masterly tale of overflowing sensual and scientific enthusiasms in the nineteenth century” (Time), was named a best book of 2013 by The New York TimesO: The Oprah MagazineThe Washington PostThe Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. She comes to Houston to read from City of Girls, her new novel set in the golden age of the theatre world in 1940s New York City that “embraces…the power of a woman breaking from a traditional path” and is “loaded with humor and insight” (Newsday). Gilbert wears many hats – “bestselling writer, matron saint of divorced women, modern symbol of follow-your-bliss wisdom” (Cosmopolitan) – and according to Jennifer Egan, “if a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven’t found him or her.”

Ashley Wurzbacher reads from Happy Like This
Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Ashley will be joined by Chris Cander.
Ashley Wurzbacher’s writing has appeared in The Iowa ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewPrairie SchoonerColorado ReviewMichigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her short story collection, Happy Like This, won the 2019 John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press. She earned her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston and received fellowship support from Inprint. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and teaches creative writing at the University of Montevallo. https://ashleywurzbacher.com
 
Chris Cander is the award-winning author of three novels, including THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO, which The New York Times Book Review called “immense, intense and imaginative.
 
An Evening with Hernan Diaz and Mark Haber
Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Authors Hernan Diaz, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, and Mark Haber  will be in conversation about their books, In the Distance and Reinhardt’s Garden. Two novels that reimagine histories in both the Americas and Europe. In the Distance (one of Brazos bestselling fiction books) is a moving and incredibly original take on the American ‘western’, a contemporary classic. Reinhardt’s Garden, a dark and absurd novel about obsession, goes back and forth between early 20th century South America and Europe.
 
This conversation will be moderated by Taylor Davis-Van Atta. 
 
Addie Tsai reads from Dear Twin
Thursday, November 14, 6:30 pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Addie Tsai is a queer nonbinary biracial writer and artist who teaches courses in literature, creative writing, dance, and humanities at Houston Community College. She collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankenstein and Camille Claudel, among others. Addie received her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she holds a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.  Her queer Asian young adult novel, Dear Twin, will be published by Metonymy Press in Fall 2019. Her writing has been published in Banango StreetThe OffingThe CollagistThe Feminist WireNat. Brut. and elsewhere. She is Nonfiction Editor at The Grief Diaries, Assistant Fiction Editor at Anomaly, Senior Editor of Interviews and Culture at Raising Mothers, and Senior Associate Editor in Poetry at The Flexible Persona.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, November 21, 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.
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Debbie Urbanski
Friday, November 22, 7 pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 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. Doors open for a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, with the program starting at 7. 

Carolyn Dahl reads from Art Preserves What Can’t be Saved
Saturday, November 23, 3pm
(River Oaks Bookstore, 3270 Westheimer Rd)
Carolyn Dahl's poetry collection Art Preserves What Can't Be Saved was published by The Orchard Street Press in 2019. She has also written two art books and seen her poems published widely in literary journals and anthologies. In 2015, she was selected the Grand Prize Winner in an ekphrastic poetry competition co-sponsored by Houston Public Poetry and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Glass Mountain Issue #23 Launch Party 
Tuesday, December 3, 6pm
(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 Issue #23 with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided. Please visit https://glassmountainmag.com/ for more details.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Carolyn Forché & Carmen Maria Machado
Monday, January 27, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
Carolyn Forché is the author of four poetry collections, including Blue HourThe Angel of HistoryGathering the Tribes, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and The Country Between Us, in which, according to Joyce Carol Oates, Forché “like Neruda, Philip Levine, Denise Levertov and others… addresses herself to the… world.” She is also editor of the groundbreaking anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, and a noted translator of poets as varied as Claribel Alegría, Georg Trakl, and Mahmoud Darwish. Forché comes to Houston to share her memoir What You Have Heard Is True—”astonishing, powerful, so important at this time” (Margaret Atwood)—which “narrates her role as witness in an especially explosive and precarious period in El Salvador’s history. This incredible book… marries the attentive sensibility of a master poet with the unflinching eyes of a human rights activist.” (Claudia Rankine)

Carmen Maria Machado’s “writing is always lyrical, the narration refreshingly direct, and the sex abundant” (Booklist), but with “a furious grace” (Kirkus) all her own. Her debut story collection Her Body and Other Parties is the “kind of book that will leave you haunted, and thrilled, by the possibilities of contemporary fiction” (Dallas Morning News) and “is full of repressed physical energy and the raw juice of annihilating female fury” (Louise Erdrich). Among its many honors, the book was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Machado will read from her new memoir about domestic abuse, In the Dream House, a dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that turns our ideas of what a memoir can do and be upside down.

Glass Mountain Reading and Open Mic
Tuesday, January 28, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road)
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. Readings will feature a reading by students published in the most recent issue with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Please visit the Glass Mountain website for more details: https://glassmountainmag.com/

Glass Mountain Reading and Open Mic
Tuesday, February 25, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road)
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. Readings will feature a reading by students published in the most recent issue with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Please visit the Glass Mountain website for more details: https://glassmountainmag.com/

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Louise Erdrich
Monday, March 9, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
Louise Erdrich is one of the most revered novelists of our time. Influenced by a community of storytellers and rooted in Ojibwe myths and legends, Erdrich – author of 15 novels, plus volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood – has “remained true to her Native ancestors’ mythic and artistic visions while writing fiction that candidly explores the cultural issues facing modern-day Native Americans and mixed heritage Americans” (The Poetry Foundation). Her book The Round House, winner of the National Book Award for fiction, is a “powerful novel” that showcases Erdrich’s “extraordinary ability to delineate the ties of love, resentment, need, duty, and sympathy that bind families together” (The New York Times), with “stunning language that recalls shades of Faulkner, García Márquez, and Toni Morrison” (USA Today). Her novel The Plague of Doves received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and both her novel LaRose – which The New York Times called “incandescent” – and her debut Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. She also was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Erdrich comes to Houston to share her forthcoming novel The Night Watchman, based on the extraordinary life of Erdrich’s grandfather, who as a working man carried on the fight against Native dispossession. She lives in Minnesota and is owner of the independent bookstore Birchbark Books.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Reginald Dwayne Betts & Natalie Diaz
Monday, March 23, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
Reginals Dwayne Betts comes to Houston to share his new poetry collection Felon, “bracing, revelatory work” (Mitchell S. Jackson) that animates what it means to be a “felon,” while confronting the smear of post-incarceration and prison as a force that enacts a lifetime of pressure. He is the author of two other poetry collections – Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm – and A Question of Freedom, his NAACP Image Award-winning memoir, a searing, uplifting story that follows a nine-year prison sentence (starting when he was 16) and his resoluteness against being reduced to the 30 seconds he held a gun in his hand. With more than “just a powerful story to tell,” Jericho Brown calls Betts “a true poet who can write a ghazal that sings, howls, rhymes, and resonates in memory.” He is a graduate of Yale Law School and received an MFA from Warren Wilson College.


Natlaie Diaz, born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village, is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her debut collection When My Brother Was an Aztec, which won an American Book Award, draws upon reservation folklore, pop culture, fractured gospels, and her brother’s addiction to methamphetamine in a delicate balance of stark intimacy and gorgeous lyricism. Among her other honors, Diaz has received a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, as well as the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Native Arts Council Foundation. She comes to Houston to read from her new collection Postcolonial Love Poem, which, according to Adrian Matejka, “elegantly negotiates experience, tradition, and myth” and demonstrates that she is “a poet who understands tradition but is not beholden to it.” Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Emily St. John Mandel & Colum McCann
Monday, March 23, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
Emily St. John Mandel is author of the bestselling novel Station Eleven, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award, and named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, Time, and more. Translated into 32 languages, The New York Times called it “spine tingling [and] ingenious,” Ann Patchett described it as “so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn’t have put it down for anything,” and George R.R. Martin praised it for being “beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac…. A book that I will long remember and return to.” Emma Straub calls Mandel’s work “astonishing.” Her earlier novels include The Lola QuartetThe Singer’s Gun, and Last Night in Montreal. Mandel comes to Houston with her new novel The Glass Hotel, a story of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise.

Colum McCann’s gift is “finding grace in grief” and “magic in the mundane” (San Francisco Chronicle). Dave Eggers called McCann’s international bestseller Let the Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award, “a gorgeous book, multilayered and deeply felt, and … fun to read, too. Leave it to an Irishman to write one of the greatest-ever novels about New York.” The Seattle Times praised it as “dizzyingly satisfying.” McCann is also the author of the novels DancerSongdogsThis Side of BrightnessZoli, and TransAtlantic, longlisted for the Booker Prize, plus two story collections, including the acclaimed Thirteen Ways of Looking. He is also co-founder of Narrative 4, the nonprofit global story exchange organization. McCann comes to Houston with his new novel Apeirogon, set in Jerusalem, which tells an epic story rooted in the real-life friendship between two men – one Palestinian, one Israeli – who are united by loss.

Glass Mountain Issue #24 Launch Party 
Wednesday, April 22, 6pm
(Univ of Houston, MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons)
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. This launch party will feature a reading by students published in Issue #23 with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided. Please visit https://glassmountainmag.com/ for more details.

Boldface Writers’ Conference
Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22
(UH Honors College)
The Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers was founded in 2009 by the editors of Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Houston, as a conference devoted exclusively to developing writers (i.e., anyone who has not studied creative writing at the graduate level).Community members and visitors from around the country join us for a week of workshops, craft talks, master classes, and readings. https://www.boldfaceconference.com/