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Public Poetry Reading Series featuring Priscilla Frake, Cait Weiss, Chris Diaz, Haven Gomez
Saturday, February 3, 2pm
(Jungman Neighborhood Library, 5830 Westheimer Rd)
Presented in partnership with The City of Houston & Houston Public Library, this award winning series takes place at 2 pm, the first Saturday of each month at branch libraries throughout the city. The library series mixes all kinds of poetry and poets together; audiences can hear sonnets and slam at the same event! Featured readers include prominent academics, student talent chosen by Writers in the Schools, performance poets, and well regarded published authors including two Pulitzer Prize nominees and Texas State Poets Laureate. 
 
Daniel Peña reads from Bang
Saturday, February 3, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
A great debut from local author Peña, published by Houston’s own Arte Público! An undocumented Mexican family living in South Texas is torn apart when a son inadvertently becomes involved with narcotraficantes.
 
Samantha Hunt and Joe Hagan
Tuesday, February 6, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In partnership with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program
Our friends at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program present a evening with two fascinating authors. Hunt’s acclaimed short stories blur the literary and the fantastic, while Hagan examines an equally fantastic topic: the career of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Jann Wenner.

Francisco Cantú reads from The Line Becomes a River
Wednesday, February 7, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In partnership with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program
Young author Cantú delivers an astonishing debut memoir about his experience as a Border Patrol Agent on the Mexico/United States border. A moving and multi-layered portrait of illegal immigration in all its facets.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Paul Auster
Monday, February 12, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy won the Prix France Culture de Littérature Étrangère, and he received the Prix Médicis Étranger for his seventh novel Leviathan. His other major works of fiction include The Book of Illusions, Timbuktu, Mr. Vertigo, Oracle Night, The Brooklyn Follies, Travels in the Scriptorium, Man in the Dark, Invisible, Sunset Park, and Day/Night, and his nonfiction includes The Invention of Solitude and his latest, A Life in Words: In Conversation with I. B. Siegumfeldt, which comes out in OctoberAmong his screenplays is Smoke, and he has written and directed four films. His French translations include works by Mallarmé, Sartre, and Blanchot. Auster will read from his newest novel 4 3 2 1, New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and Boston Globe bestseller and longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Elizabeth Crook reads from The Which Way Tree
Tuesday, February 13, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Elizabeth Crook has published four novels and has written for periodicals such as Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and served on the council of the Texas Institute of Letters and the board of the Texas Book Festival. Set in Texas, THE WHICH WAY TREE is a breathtaking saga of one steadfast girl's revenge against an implacable and unknowable beast, the panther that killed her mother.
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Carmen Maria Machado, ChelseaB. DesAutels, Dan Chu, Kaj Tanaka 
Friday, February 16, 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.
 
Analicia Sotelo reads from Virgin
Saturday, February 17, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
The debut poetry collection from Houston’s own Analicia Sotelo! A schoolgirl hopelessly in love. A daughter abandoned by her father. A seeming innocent in a cherry-red cardigan, lurking at the margins of a Texas barbeque. “A Mexican American fascinator.

Glass Mountain Reading Series
Tuesday, February 20, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road)
Three featured readers followed by an open mic. The open mic is open to all. 

Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH.

An Evening with Dwayne Betts
Tuesday, February 20, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In partnership with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program
We host acclaimed poet Dwayne Betts in partnership with our friends at UH! Betts’ Bastards of the Reagan Era is a challenge, confronting realities that frame an America often made invisible.

Poetry & Prose  presents Henk Rossouw + Novuyo Tshuma
Wednesday, February 21, 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.
 
David Lazar reads from I’ll Be Your Mirror
Thursday, February 22, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In partnership with the University of Houston Honors College
Lazar was the first nonfiction PhD graduate from the University of Houston, and welcome him back to Texas! In his third book of essays, Lazar blends personal meditations on sex and death with considerations of popular music and coping with anxiety through singing, bowling, and other distractions.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Robert Boswell, Cait Weiss Orcutt, Outspoken Bean
Thursday, February 22, 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. 

O Brasil Secreto: Brazilian Art, Prose, and Poetry in Translation
Sunday, February 25, 4 pm
Brazilian Arts Foundation (316 Pecore St)
Many Americans know Brazil as the land of samba, futebol, and carnaval, but few know of the “secret” Brazil, a country with a rich history in the visual and literary arts. Join us Sunday, February 25th at 4 PM for an event celebrating Brazilian art and culture at the Brazilian Arts Foundation!  The event will feature fiction about Brazil by Gabriela Maya, poetry in translation by D.A. Smith, and a Q & A with Houston-based painter Tony Paraná.  Light refreshments served.
 
Gabriela Maya is a writer and teaches Literature at the University of Houston. She grew up in Sweden, a child of Brazilian political exiles from the dictatorship that took over Brazil in the 60's and lasted to the early 80's. When she was thirteen, her parents moved back to Brazil. She has studied Art in Japan and Literature and Creative Writing in the States, and lives in Houston with her husband, son, and two cats.
 
Tony Paraná is a local artist, originally from Brazil and a current resident of the Fifth Ward. Parana works primarily in oil painting and mosaics. He is very active in the local arts scene, founding the Montrose Arts Society in 2010 and establishing platforms for bringing creative arts into underserved communities. He is also a musician and teaches the martial art of Capoeira.

D.A. Smith is the translator of Goan writer Laxmanrao Sardessai's collected poetry, under the title Avante, Goeses, Avante!: The Portuguese Poetry of Laxmanrao Sardessai, and Orlando da Costa's novel O Signo da Ira, as The Sign of Wrath. He studied creative writing at Sam Houston State University and Chinese at the University of Houston, and lives in Houston with his wife, cats, and books.
 
JP Gritton (moderator) received his MFA from the Johns Hopkins University and is currently a Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellow at the University of Houston. His awards include a DisQuiet fellowship and the Donald Barthelme prize in fiction.  His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, Tin House and elsewhere.

Public Poetry Reading Series featuring Konnor Broussard, Rebecca Oxley, Nick Lantz, Monica Teresa Ortiz
Saturday, March, 2pm
(Jungman Neighborhood Library, 5830 Westheimer Rd)
Presented in partnership with The City of Houston & Houston Public Library, this award winning series takes place at 2 pm, the first Saturday of each month at branch libraries throughout the city. The library series mixes all kinds of poetry and poets together; audiences can hear sonnets and slam at the same event! Featured readers include prominent academics, student talent chosen by Writers in the Schools, performance poets, and well regarded published authors including two Pulitzer Prize nominees and Texas State Poets Laureate. 
 
AWP Conference
Wednesday, March 7 – Saturday, March 10
(Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside)
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 conference features 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.
 
The UHCWPAWP 2016 program featuring alumni, faculty, current students and UH affiliates participating in on and off-site events at AWP is available here.
Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Sheila Maldonado, Novuyo Rosa TShuma, Josie Mitchell, Annie Shepherd 
Friday, March 23, 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 Amonatta Forna + Samanta Schweblin
Monday, March 26, 7:30 pm 
(Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue)
Aminatta Forna’s novels include The Hired Man, named a best book of the year by NPR and the San Francisco ChronicleThe Memory of Love, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Best Book Award and shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award; and Ancestor Stones, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice book. Her memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water tells the story of going back to Sierra Leone to investigate the execution of her dissident father. She received the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize and was a finalist for the 2016 Neustadt Prize. She will be reading from her novel Happiness, coming out in March 2018.
 
Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream, her first novel and the first of her books to be translated into English from Spanish, was a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. She is also the author of three story collections that have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Juan Rulfo Story Prize, and was named to Granta’s list of best writers in Spanish under 35. Her story collection Pájaros en la Boca (Mouthful of Birds), for which she received the Casa de las Américas Prize, will come out in English in 2018.
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, March 29, 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.
 
That is Not to Saw We Have No Regrets: A Reading, with Songs
Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm
(Match 2, 3400 Main Street)
A Presentation from a work in progress by the UHCWP's Pete Turchi, funded in part by the Houston Arts Alliance.

Poetry & Prose featuring Glass Mountain contributors / Issue #20 Launch Party  
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
 
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.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series 
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.

Boldface Writers’ Conference
Monday, May 21 – Friday, May 25
(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.