Literary Arts

UH Creative Writing Program
The UH Creative Writing Program is a Tier One M.F.A. and Ph.D. program that is the heart of Houston’s literary scene. With a long history of internationally-acclaimed writers who have made the program their home both permanently or on a visiting basis, the program continues toshape the next generation of writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Noted writers on faculty include: Chitra Divakaruni, Nick Flynn, Tony Hoagland, Mat Johnson and Antonya Nelson. The program offers poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers intensive training in creative writing and literary studies.

Arte Público Press
As the nation's largest, most established publisher of contemporary and recovery literature by U.S. Hispanic authors, Arte Público Press provides an extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts, history, and politics. Arte Publico Press is the publisher of the work of the City of Houston's first Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda. Its imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, is dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters, and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States.

Literary Publications

Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast is a student-run literary magazine that seeks to promote and publish quality literature in the local and national communities while simultaneously teaching excellence in literary publishing to graduate and undergraduate students. While committed to providing a balanced combination of literary approaches and voices, all of the editorial positions are two-year terms, thus ensuring a regular turnover in the specific personality and style of the journal.

Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, generously funded by grants from the Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Cullen Foundation; Inprint, Inc.; Houston Endowment, Inc.; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; the Texas Commission on the Arts; the University of Houston English Department; and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through the support of individual contributions.

Glass Mountain

Glass Mountain was founded in 2006 when several undergraduate students at the University of Houston combined their creativity and skills to start a journal that would be the counterpart of Gulf Coast, the journal edited by graduate creative writing students at UH. Each year, emerging writers from across the nation convene as part of the Boldface Writer’s Conference. Held in the MD Anderson Library on the University of Houston campus, Boldface allows emerging writers the intense studio focus necessary to develop their craft. Glass Mountain recently received the 2013 National Program Directors’ prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines.


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Community Programs


Partners with Inprint, Houston’s nonprofit literary arts organization to host the Margaret Root Brown Reading Series.

Writers in Schools

UH CWP students participate in Writers in the Schools, teaching in both public and private schools, Discovery Green Park and throughout the community.

The Poison Pen Reading Series is a monthly event, curated by UH Creative Writing Program faculty, students and alumni.

Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast Reading Series' monthly gathering at Houston's Brazos Bookstore and annual Spring release party connect Gulf Coast with the community. The Gulf Coast CLMP Indie Book Fair, held each April on the verdant grounds of the Menil Collection museum, boasts nearly 50 local and national exhibitors and over 1,500 visitors. Together, these three events continue to bring esteemed writers, editors, publishers and readers to the Houston area.