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Upcoming Events

Allegra Hyde reads from Eleuteheria
Monday, March 14, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)
Allegra will be in conversation with Daniel Pēna. 

Allegra Hyde’s debut story collection, Of This New World, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award through the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, and The Best American Travel Writing. Originally from New Hampshire, she currently lives in Ohio and teaches at Oberlin College.

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.  Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar. A graduate of Cornell University and a former Picador Guest Professor in Leipzig, Germany, his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the LitHub, NBC News, and The New York Times Magazine among  other venues. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog. His novel, Bang, is out now from Arte Publico Press. He lives in beautiful Houston, Texas.

AWP Conference
Wednesday, March 23 – Saturday, March 26
(Pennsylvania Convention Center)
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees come together for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, March 31, 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.
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Yusef Komunyakaa & Carl Phillips
Monday, April 11, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)
Yusef Komunyakaa and Carl Phillips will give brief readings from their new poetry collections Everyday Mojo Songs of the Earth: New and Selected Poems and Then the War: and Selected Poems, 2007-2020, followed by a conversation with francine j. harris, author of here is the sweet hand and Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Neon Vernacular, Komunyakaa is the author of 16 poetry collections that draw on his rich life experience. He is the winner the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Thomas Forcade Award and was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
A classicist by training, Phillips is the author of 15 poetry collections that blend mythology, history, and philosophy, including Double Shadow, Silverchest, Reconnaissance, and Wild Is the Wind. Phillips has also published two books of craft essays, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Art and Life of Poetry, and a translation of Sophocles’ Philoctetes. 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Hernan Diaz
Monday, May 9, 7pm 
(Location TBD; Cost - $5)
Hernan Diaz will give a brief reading from his new novel Trust, followed by an on-stage conversation with Mark Haber, bookseller at Brazos Bookstore, and a book sale and signing.
Diaz’s debut novel, In the Distance was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of a Whiting Award and the Saroyan International Prize. Diaz is also the author of the nonfiction book Borges, between History and Eternity and edits the Spanish academic journal Revista Hispánica Moderna. He has published essays and short stories in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Cabinet, Kenyon Review, Granta, and elsewhere.