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Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Rachel Heng, Ryan Bollenbach, Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, Sarah Robinson
Friday, January 29, 7pm
(Virtual Event)

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. 

This online event will livestream through Facebook LiveInstagram Live, and YouTube Live. Follow and subscribe to Gulf Coast on social media to watch. Recordings of the readings will be made available later. For more info on the Gulf Coast Reading Series, visit our website.

Four Way Books Spring Reading featuring Angela Narciso Torres, Reginald Gibbons, Kevin Prufer, Rodney Terich Leonard
Sunday, February 21, 3pm
(Virtual Event – Via Zoom)

Join us for a reading with four authors from independent press Four Way Books: Angela Narciso Torres (What Happens Is Neither); Reginald Gibbons (Renditions); Kevin Prufer (The Art of Fiction); and Rodney Terich Leonard (Sweetgum & Lightning).

Angela Narciso Torres is the author of Blood Orange (Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry, 2013), To the Bone (Sundress Publications, 2020), and What Happens Is Neither (Four Way Books, 2021). Recent work appears in Poetry, Missouri Review, and Quarterly West. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. She won the 2019 Yeats Poetry Prize (W.B. Yeats Society of New York) and was named one of NewCityLit’s Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago in 2016. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she serves as a senior and reviews editor for RHINO Poetry. She lives in Southern California.

Reginald Gibbons has published eleven books of poems. He was born and raised in Houston; for decades has taught creative writing at Northwestern University and the Warren Wilson MFA. He has won four prizes from the Texas Institute of Letters—for novel, short story, poetry book, and book of translations.

Kevin Prufer is the author of eight books of poetry and the editor of numerous anthologies, the most recent of which are The Art of Fiction, How He Loved Them, and, Churches, all from Four Way Books. He’s also co-editor of New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008), Literary Publishing in the 21st Century (Milkweed Editions, 2016), and Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (Graywolf Press). Prufer is Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: Literature in Context, Co-Curator of the Unsung Masters Series, and Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and the low-residency MFA at Lesley University. Among Prufer’s awards and honors are four Pushcart prizes and multiple Best American Poetry selections, numerous awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Prairie Schooner/Strousse Award, two William Rockhill Nelson awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation. His most recent book was long-listed for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the Julie Suk Award for best poetry book from the American literary press.

Rodney Terich Leonard was born in Nixburg, Alabama. An Air Force veteran who served during the Gulf War, his society profiles and poems have appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Red River Review, The Huffington Post, BOMB Magazine, The Cortland Review, Indolent Books-What Rough Beast, Four Way Review, the New York Times, The Amsterdam News, The Village Voice, For Colored Boys… (anthology edited by Keith Boykin), and other publications. Sweetgum & Lightning is his debut collection of poetry. He holds degrees from The New School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Teachers College Columbia University. A Callaloo poetry fellow, he received an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and currently lives in Manhattan.

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.

An Evening with Erin Belieu, Cate Marvin, and Mark Wunderlich
Thursday, February 25, 7pm
(Online Registration Link: Via Zoom)

Erin Belieu is the author of five poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press. Her previous collection, Slant Six, was selected as on of the New York Times critics’ Favorite Books of 2014. Poems from her new collection, Come-Hither Honeycomb, appeared in Poetry, the New York Times, Kenyon Review, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem A Day. Belieu teaches on the University of Houston and Lesley Low Res MFA faculties.

Cate Marvin's fourth book, Event Horizon, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in Spring 2022. Her previous collections include Oracle (Norton, 2015), Fragment of the Head of a Queen (Sarabande, 2007) and World's Tallest Disaster (2001). A former Guggenheim Fellow, Whiting Award recipient, and Kate Tufts Discovery Prize winner, she teaches creative writing at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and serves as faculty mentor for the Stonecoast Low-Residency M.F.A. Program. She lives in Southern Maine.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of The Earth Avails, winner of the Rilke Prize; Voluntary Servitude; and The Anchorage, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. He teaches at Bennington College and lives in the Hudson Valley in New York.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Addie Eliades, Erin McCoy, Brendan Stephens
Friday, February 26, 7pm
(Virtual Event)

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. 

This online event will livestream through Facebook LiveInstagram Live, and YouTube Live. Follow and subscribe to Gulf Coast on social media to watch. Recordings of the readings will be made available later. For more info on the Gulf Coast Reading Series, visit our website.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Kazuo Ishiguro
Sunday, March 7, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30 incl/ hardcover copy of Klara and the Sun)

Kazuo Ishiguro – Japanese-born British author – was praised by the Nobel Prize committee when he was selected for the honor in 2017 as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” His eight previous works of fiction have earned many honors and been translated into more than 50 languages. His second novel, An Artist of the Floating World, won Britain’s Whitbread Book of the Year Award. The Remains of the Day, winner of the Booker Prize, and Never Let Me Go, named Time magazine’s Best Novel of the Year, each sold more than two million copies and were adapted into acclaimed films. Ishiguro received English knighthood in 2018 for “services to literature,” as well as the honors of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan. He will join us to talk about his new novel, Klara and the Sun, in which, “as with Ishiguro’s other works, the rich inner reflections of his protagonists offer big takeaways, and Klara’s quiet but astute observations of human nature land with profound gravity” (Publishers Weekly). A starred review from Kirkus adds, “Ishiguro returns with a haunting fable of a lonely moribund world that is entirely too plausible.” He lives in London, England.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen
Monday, April 12, 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, April 26, 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.