UH Writers Return to Rudyard's for Gulf Coast Reading Series

Creative Writing Students Kick Off 2015 with Poetry, Prose on Jan. 23

The talented writers from the University of Houston’s acclaimed Creative Writing Program (CWP) are back from winter break and ready to share works with Houstonians.

On Friday, Jan. 23, audiences can meet three writers on the rise during the Gulf Coast Reading Series. Carlos Hernandez, Katie Condon and J.S.A. Lowe will take the stage of Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh Dr.) starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Hernandez is a Houston native and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate. The non-fiction writer is digital editor for the Gulf Coast Journal and a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools. Hernandez also is a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellow.

Born in Connecticut, Condon’s poetry has been published in publications such as Leveler and Two Serious Ladies. The MFA candidate’s work also will appear in a forthcoming anthology produced by performance/art troupe Raving Beauties.

Doctoral candidate Lowe’s poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, DIAGRAM, Hobart, Salt Hill Journal, Third Coast, AGNI, American Scholar, Denver Quarterly, Gertrude, Harvard Review and Salamander. Lowe’s chapbook “DOE” was published by Particle Series Books, and her forthcoming chapbook “Cherry-emily” will be published by dancing girl press.

Each fall and spring UH’s Gulf Coast Journal presents this popular reading series to introduce up-and-coming authors to new audiences.

Gulf Coast was founded by Donald Barthelme and Philip Lopate in 1986. The journal is a partnership between UH’s Creative Writing Program, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston and the Menil Collection. It reviews submissions from artists and writers from across the country. To learn more about the Gulf Coast journal and the reading series, visit www.gulfcoastmag.org.

As part of UH's English department, the Creative Writing Program offers fiction and nonfiction writers and poets intensive training in both creative writing and literary studies. It offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. CWP's noted faculty includes award-winning authors and poets such as novelist Antonya Nelson, poet and nonfiction writer Nick Flynn, graphic novelist Mat Johnson and poet Tony Hoagland. To learn more about the program, visit www.class.uh.edu/cwp/.