Three University of Houston writers will close the book on the fall 2013 edition of the Gulf Coast Reading Series. Sara C. Rolater, Claire Fuqua Anderson and Martin Rock will share selected works at 7 p.m., Nov. 15 at Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh Dr.). This event is free and open to the public.
Each fall and spring, Gulf Coast, UH’s literary journal, delivers three readings showcasing writers from the University’s acclaimed Creative Writing Program. The series is an extension of the journal, which spotlights rising authors, poets and artists.
Master of Fine Arts candidate Rolater has contributed fiction to Ghost Town and articles to the Houston architecture website Offcite. She also served as a fellow at the Writing Immersion Retreat in Bali. Rolater is an assistant editor in fiction for Gulf Coast.
Anderson also is a Master of Fine Arts candidate. As an undergraduate student at Rice University, she earned the George Guon Williams Price for fiction. Anderson contributes articles for the website Shelf Awareness and Spoon magazine.
Rock recently authored the chapbook “Dear Mark,” a response to Mark Rothko’s work. His poetry has been published in Black Warrior Review, Conduit, Third Coast, Salamander and Best New Poets 2012.
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 around the country. To learn more about the Gulf Coast journal and the reading series, visit www.gulfcoastmag.org.
The next installment of the Gulf Coast Reading Series is scheduled for Jan. 17.
As part of UH's English department, the Creative Writing Program 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/.