Through the University of Houston's literary journal Gulf Coast, audiences around the world can experience the poetry and fiction of emerging authors.
Houstonians, however, have the benefit of hearing works straight from the writers' mouths during the monthly Gulf Coast Reading Series. During its 2010-2011 season, the series will introduce Houstonians to 21 talented students from UH's acclaimed Creative Writing Program. All readings are free and presented in Houston's Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St).
"The Gulf Coast Reading Series offers residents an opportunity to hear some of the best young writers read their work," said J. Kastely, director of the UH Creative Writing Program. "The series takes place in an intimate setting, and it is fun to be part of the audience. It epitomizes what a literary community can be."
Readings begin at 7 p.m. Dates and scheduled authors are as follows:
Sept. 3: Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, Ryan O'Malley, Austin Tremblay
Oct. 8: Jason Daniels, Karyna McGlynn, Kevin Tynan
Nov. 12: Aja Gabel, Jameelah Lang, Nicole Walker
Jan. 21: Colin Garretson, Zachary Martin, Caitlin Plunkett
Feb. 11: Chuck Carlisle, Ryler Dustin, Quincy Martin
March 4: Jane Koh, Meggie Monahan, Dane A. Wisher
April 15: Laura Eve Engel; Eric Kochner; Kent Show
Founded in 1986 by Donald Barthelme and Philip Lopate, "Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Art" spotlights the literary and visual arts communities. The journal is a partnership between CWP, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston and the Menil Collection. It reviews submissions from artists and writers from around the country. To learn more about the Gulf Coast journal and reading series, visit www.gulfcoastmag.org.
As part of UH's English department, CWP offers poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers 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 non-fiction writer Nick Flynn, graphic novelist Mat Johnson and poet Tony Hoagland. To learn more about the program, visit www.class.uh.edu/cwp/.
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