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Gulf Coast Reading Series Kicks Off Fall Events Sept. 7Houston’s Rudyard’s Pub to Host UH Writers Adam Peterson, Will Donnelly and Rhianna Brandt

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September 4, 2012-Houston-

A new academic year at the University of Houston brings a new season of literary readings presented by Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.

The Gulf Coast Reading Series kicks off its 2012 – 13 season on Sept. 7 with readings from UH Creative Writing Program (CWP) students Adam Peterson, Will Donnelly and Rhianna Brandt. This event is free to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh Dr.).

Peterson is pursing a doctorate at UH and is the editor of The Cupboard, a quarterly prose chapbook series. He has authored the books “The Flasher” and “My Untimely Death.” His fiction has appeared in journals such as Indiana Review, The Normal School and The Southern Review.

Fellow doctoral student Donnelly is the online editor for Gulf Coast and has published fiction in a number of publications including Fiction Southeast, The Clockhouse Review, The Potomac Review and Hobart Pulp.

Master of Fine Arts student Brandt’s work has been published in Owl. At UH, she teaches courses in composition and creative writing.

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 the reading series, visit www.gulfcoastmag.org.

As part of UH's English department, CWP offers fiction and non-fiction 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 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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