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Upcoming Events

Sophie Klahr reads from Meet Me Here at Dawn
Friday, April 20, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
UHCWP alumna Sophie Klahr is the author of Meet Me Here At Dawn and the chapbook  _____ Versus Recovery (Pilot Books). Her poetry appears in The New YorkerAmerican Poetry ReviewPloughsharesAGNIBlackbirdFour Way Review and other publications. She has been on the editorial staff of Gigantic Sequins since 2009, where she currently co-edits Teen Sequins. Her interdisciplinary work includes dance, drama, and sculpture. Born in Pittsburgh, she now lives mostly in Los Angeles.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Michele Nereim, Luisa Muradyan-Tannahill, Georgia Pearle 
Friday, April 20, 7pm
(Rudyard’s Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Rudyard's Pub. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. Gulf Coast also co-sponsors Pop-Up reading events at Brazos Bookstore, partnering student-readers with published authors traveling through Houston.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Rigoberto González + Kevin Prufer
Monday, April 23, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main Street)
Rigoberto González is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His most recent poetry collection, Unpeopled Eden, won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His poetry collection So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks was a winner of the National Poetry Series, and his collection Other Fugitives and Other Strangers won San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center Book Award. González received the American Book Award for his memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa. His major works of fiction include the novel Crossing Vines and the story collection Men Without Bliss, as well as two children’s books. He writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online, is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and serves as critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times.

Kevin Prufer’s sixth poetry collection Churches was described by The New York Times as a “gothic extravaganza featuring alligators, avalanches and medical devices left inside bodies, delivered largely in long, musical free verse lines,” and was included on the Times’ list of “Ten Favorite Poetry Books of 2014.” His other poetry collections include In a Beautiful Country, an Academy of American Poets Notable Book for 2011 and a finalist for the Rilke Prize; National Anthem, one of Publishers Weekly‘s “Five Best Poetry Books of 2008” and a “Best Book of the Year” by Virginia Quarterly Review; and The Finger Bone, winner of the William Rockhill Nelson Award and finalist for Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award. Prufer serves as editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and co-director of Pleiades Press. He will read from his seventh poetry collection How He Loved Them, to be published in 2018. 

Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Poetry & Prose presents a reading by Glass Mountain contributors
Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 pm
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
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

Writers at HBU Reading Series featuring Kent Shaw
Thursday, April 26, 4pm
(UAC Fine Arts Museum, Houston Baptist Univ Campus)
Kent  Shaw served in the US Navy as a nuclear qualified electrician. Shaw was stationed on the USS Eisenhower for four years, during which time they made deployments to the Persian Gulf to enforce the no-fly zone following Desert Storm. Shaw’s first book of poems Calenture won the 2007 Tampa Review Prize. His poems have appeared in The Believer, Boston Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Colorado Review, Greensboro Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere.

Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Micha Bateman, Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Antonya Nelson
Thursday, April 26, 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.

UH presents Michael Snediker, Jenny Molberg, Christian Bancroft
Friday, April 27, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Jenny Molberg and Christian Bancroft will be joined by UH’s Michael Snediker for this evening of readings. Recent books by Molberg and Snediker will be available for signing! Wine and snacks will be served!

Filling in the Gaps: Historical Research in Creative Writing
A Workshop & Reading With Claire Fuqua Anderson
Monday, April 30, 2 pm Workshop / 5:30 pm Reading
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
Creative writers of all genres are invited to learn how historical (or other) research can enhance creative writing—or bog it down with information. Houston writer and award-winning teacher Claire Fuqua Anderson shares strategies and pitfalls of incorporating research into creative work in a three-hour workshop, followed by a reading from her novel in progress set in Texas during the Dust Bowl. Workshop participants will interact with archived materials from Special Collections in M.D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston.

Due to limited space, the workshop will be capped at fifteen. Email clairefa@gmail.com to RSVP for the workshop. The workshop and reading are free and open to the public. This event is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Claire Fuqua Anderson is a graduate of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. She is an English Lecturer at the University of Houston and teaches at Grackle & Grackle Writing Enterprises. She is currently working on a novel set in Texas during the Dust Bowl.

Boldface Writers’ Conference
Monday, May 23 – Friday, May 27
(UH Honors College)
Boldface 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 is welcome).

Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, May 31, 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.