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Edmund White reads from A Saint from Texas
Thursday, September 3, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and Our Young Man. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a PearlThe Unpunished Vice, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. He was named the 2018 winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction and received the National Book Foundation’s 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in New York.

Glass Mountain Readings 
Friday, September 18, 7pm
(Register here for Zoom Link)

Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. The reading will feature guest writers (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with an open mic to follow. The reading will take place on Zoom—link to come. 
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Yaa Gyasi
Monday, September 21, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

YAA GYASI’S debut novel Homegoing received many accolades, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award, Berlin Prize, and American Book Award, among others. Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Gyasi was inspired to pursue a career as a writer after reading Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and receiving a certificate of achievement signed by LeVar Burton for her very first story, submitted to the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. A National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 honoree and recipient of the 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature, she holds a BA in English from Stanford and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, Guernica, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Yaa Gyasi’s new novel Transcendent Kingdom is, according to Publishers Weekly, “at once a vivid evocation of the immigrant experience and a sharp delineation of an individual’s inner struggle [that] brilliantly succeeds on both counts.” Roxanne Gay writes, “Not a word or idea out of place. Completely different from Homegoing. THE RANGE. I am quite angry this is so good.”
 
Martha Serpas reads from Double Effect
Tuesday, September 22, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Martha Serpas is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Diener and The Dirty Side of the Storm. Her work has appeared in the Nation, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Poetry, and elsewhere. A native of south Louisiana, she coproduced Veins in the Gulf, a documentary on Louisiana’s coastal land loss. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and is a hospital chaplain.
 
Martha Serpas will be in conversation with Derrick Austin. 

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Eduardo C. Corral, Paige Quiñones, Justin Jannise
Friday, September 25, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 S Main St,)

The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Lawndale Art Center. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. 

For the safety of our community, Fall 2020 Gulf Coast Readings will be held outdoors in Lawndale's Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden with distanced seating and limited capacity. Please note that a mask and physical distancing are required for entry; for additional details on Lawndale's safety policies and procedures, please visit lawndaleartcenter.org/visitFeatured readers will appear virtually. The readings will also be accessible online for those who cannot or do not wish to physically attend. Stay tuned for updates at lawndaleartcenter.org and at gulfcoastmag.org.

Joy Priest reads from Horsepower
Tuesday, September 29, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Joy Priest is the author of HORSEPOWER (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of the 2020 Kunitz Prize and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, APRThe AtlanticPoetry Northwest, and Poets & Writers, among others. She is currently a doctoral student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston. 
 
Joy Priest will be joined by Sasha Banks and Nikki Wallschlaeger.

Poetry & Prose featuring UHCWP’s Incoming MFA/PhD Students
Wednesday, September 30, 5:30 pm
(Zoomlink: UH Libraries)

Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus.
Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Marilynne Robinson
Monday, October 5, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30/includes hardcover copy of Jack)

Marilynne Robinson – “so powerful a writer that she can reshape how we read’’ (Mark Athitakis, Chicago Sun Times), whose work “manages to convey the miracle of existence itself” (Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times Book Review) – received the 2016 Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction and a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She joins us to read from and talk about her new novel, Jack, “Robinson’s stellar, revelatory fourth entry in her Gilead cycle… a beautiful, superbly crafted meditation on the redemption and transcendence that love affords” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Her other novels include Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Housekeeping, her debut, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her nonfiction books include The Givenness of ThingsWhen I Was a Child I Read BooksAbsence of MindThe Death of Adam, and Mother Country. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips reads from Living Weapon
Thursday, October 8, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of the books of poems The Ground (FSG, 2012), Heaven (FSG, 2015), and most recently, Living Weapon (FSG, 2020); as well as the essay collections The Circuit and When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness. His many awards include a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Osterweil Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, and the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Julia Alvarez & Sigrid Nunez
Monday, October 12, 7:00 pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Julia Alvarez is the Dominican-American author of six renowned novels, including In the Time of the Butterflies (with more than one million copies in print), ¡Yo! and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (her acclaimed debut). She will be joining us to read from and talk about her new novel, Afterlife, “a gorgeously intimate portrait of an immigrant writer and recent widow carving out hope in the face of personal and political grief” (O, The Oprah Magazine), which Kirkus (in a starred review) calls “a funny, moving novel of loss and love” and Luis Alberto Urrea describes as “the exact novel we need in this fraught era… a powerful testament of witness and humanity written with audacity and authority.” Alvarez is also author of three works of nonfiction, three poetry collections, and 11 books for children and young adults. Her awards include the Pura Belpré and Américas Awards for young readers, the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Hispanic Heritage Award, and in 2013, the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across the U.S. and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.
 
Sigrid Nunez, daughter of a German mother and a Chinese-Panamanian father, is the critically acclaimed author of seven novels, including her debut, A Feather on the Breath of GodSalvation City (in which a 13-year-old boy is orphaned in a global flu pandemic and sent to live with an evangelical pastor and his wife), and The Friend, which won the 2018 National Book Award. She is also author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She will be joining us to read from and talk about her new novel, What Are You Going Through, which Kirkus (in a starred review) calls “spare and elegant and immediate. . . dryly funny and deeply tender.” Booklist (also a starred review) writes, “With both compassion and joy, Nunez contemplates how we survive life’s certain suffering and don’t, with words and one another.” Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and her awards include a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and four Pushcart Prizes. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, The New School, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and currently resides in New York City, the place of her birth.

Lauren Berry reads from The Rented Altar
Saturday, October 17, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Lauren Berry received a BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Houston where she won the Inprint Verlaine Prize and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. From 2009 to 2010, she held the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Agni, Silk Road, The Adroit Journal, Denver Quarterly, and Iron Horse Literary Review. Terrance Hayes selected her first collection, The Lifting Dress (Penguin, 2011), to win the National Poetry Series prize. Her second collection, The Rented Altar, won the C&R Press Award in poetry and will be released in September of 2020. She teaches AP English Literature at YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school that provides college preparatory education to Houston’s most underserved communities. Additionally, Lauren leads poetry workshops for local non-profits, Inprint and Grackle and Grackle. 

Soniah Kamal reads from Unmarriageable
Thursday, October 22, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Soniah Kamal’s debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and the Karachi Literature Festival–Embassy of France Prize. Her TEDx Talk is about regrets and second chances. Kamal’s award-winning work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Catapult, and Literary Hub.