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George Henson and Daniel Saldaña ParÍs
Thursday, January 13, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)
Brazos Bookstore and Third Place Books welcome translator George Henson and Mexican writer Daniel Saldaña París discussing Henson’s translation of The Love Parade by Sergio Pitol, “one of Mexico’s most culturally complex and composite writers.” (Publishers Weekly)
 
George Henson is a translator of contemporary Latin American prose and a 2021-2023 Tulsa Artist Fellow. His translations have appeared in many leading journals and magazines, including GrantaThe Paris ReviewWorld Literature TodayLatin American Literature TodayNew England Review, among others. His eight book-length translations include Cervantes laureate Elena Poniatowska’s The Heart of the Artichoke, Luis Jorge Boone’s The Cannibal Night, Alberto Chimal’s The Most Fragile Objects, and Cervantes laureate Sergio Pitol’s The Art of FlightThe JourneyThe Magician of ViennaMephisto’s Waltz: Selected Short Stories, and, most recently, The Love Parade. His current projects include Living Venice, a memoir by Argentine novelist Abel Posse and Taming the Divine Heron, the second volume of Pitol’s carnival triptych. George currently teaches Spanish translation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.
 
Daniel Saldaña París is a novelist, essayist, and poet. Author of the novels Among Strange Victims (Coffee House Press, 2016) and Ramifications (Coffee House Press, 2020), he was recently awarded the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writers Award in the UK. His collection of personal essays Planes Flying Over a Monster is forthcoming next year. 
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Cameron Dezen Hamon, Robbie Howell, Gabriella Adriana Iacono, Adele Elise Williams
Friday, January 14, 7pm
(Zoom link: GC Reading Series)
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. 
 
Joshua Nguyen reads from Come Clean
Thursday, January 20, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)
Joshua Nguyen will be presenting with Ariana Brown and Ayokunle Falomo.
 
Joshua Nguyen is a queer Vietnamese-American writer, a collegiate national poetry slam champion (CUPSI), and a native Houstonian. He is the author of the chapbook, “American Lục Bát for My Mother” (Bull City Press, 2021) and has received fellowships from Kundiman, Tin House, Sundress Academy For The Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. He has been published in The Offing, Wildness, American Poetry Review, The Texas Review, Auburn Avenue, Crab Orchard Review, and Gulf Coast Mag. He has also been featured on both the “VS” podcast and Tracy K. Smith’s, “The Slowdown”. He is a bubble tea connoisseur and works in a kitchen. His debut poetry collection, “Come Clean” (University of Wisconsin Press), was the winner of the 2021 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is a PhD student at The University of Mississippi, where he also received his MFA. 
 
Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of the poetry collections We Are Owed. (Grieveland, 2021) and Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020). Ariana’s work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, Black relationality and girlhood, loneliness, and care. Her debut poetry EP, LET US BE ENOUGH, is available on Bandcamp. She holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies from UT Austin, an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and is pursuing an M.L.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. Ariana is a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion and owes much of her practice to Black performance communities led by Black women poets from the South. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for over ten years and is currently represented by YNME Creatives. Follow Ariana on Twitter and Instagram @ArianaThePoet.
 
Ayokunle Falomo is Nigerian, American, and the author of African, American (New Delta Review, 2019) and two self-published collections. A recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell, his work has been anthologized and published in print and online, including The New York Times, Houston Public Media, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Texas Review, New England Review, Write About Now among others. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Houston, a Specialist in School Psychology degree from Sam Houston State University and is currently a Zell Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where he obtained his MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Honoree Fanonne Jeffers & Tiphanie Yanique
Monday, January 24, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Tiphanie Yanique will give brief readings from their new novels The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois and Monster in the Middle.
 
Raised throughout the South, Jeffers is the author of five award-winning poetry collections including The Gospel Barbecue, Outlandish Blues, and Red Clay Suite. Her fifth collection The Age of Phillis was nominated for the National Book Award, the PEN/Voelcker Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the NAACP Image Award.
 
A former Houstonian, Tiphanie Yanique received an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship while earning an MFA from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. With the publication of her debut short story collection How to Escape a Leper Colony, Yanique was named to the National Book Foundation’s prestigious “5 Under 35” list. Yanique’s first novel Land of Love and Drowning won the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, January 27, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students/alumni/faculty, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Olga Tokarczuk
Sunday, February 27, 3pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)
Olga Tokarczuk’s translator Jennifer Croft will give a brief reading from Tokarczuk’s new novel The Books Of Jacob, followed by a conversation between Tokarczuk and a fellow writer. 
 
A bestselling author in her home country of Poland, whose work has been translated into more than 50 languages, Tokarczuk has published nine novels, two story collections, five nonfiction works, a collection of poetry, and a children’s book. Tokarczuk was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.
 
AWP Conference
Wednesday, March 23 – Saturday, March 26
(Pennsylvania Convention Center)
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees come together for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Yusef Komunyakaa & Carl Phillips
Monday, April 11, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)
Yusef Komunyakaa and Carl Phillips will give brief readings from their new poetry collections Everyday Mojo Songs of the Earth: New and Selected Poems and Then the War: and Selected Poems, 2007-2020, followed by a conversation with francine j. harris, author of here is the sweet hand and Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston.
 
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Neon Vernacular, Komunyakaa is the author of 16 poetry collections that draw on his rich life experience. He is the winner the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Thomas Forcade Award and was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
 
A classicist by training, Phillips is the author of 15 poetry collections that blend mythology, history, and philosophy, including Double Shadow, Silverchest, Reconnaissance, and Wild Is the Wind. Phillips has also published two books of craft essays, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Art and Life of Poetry, and a translation of Sophocles’ Philoctetes. 
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Hernan Diaz
Monday, May 9, 7pm 
(Location TBD; Cost - $5)
Hernan Diaz will give a brief reading from his new novel Trust, followed by an on-stage conversation with Mark Haber, bookseller at Brazos Bookstore, and a book sale and signing.
 
Diaz’s debut novel, In the Distance was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of a Whiting Award and the Saroyan International Prize. Diaz is also the author of the nonfiction book Borges, between History and Eternity and edits the Spanish academic journal Revista Hispánica Moderna. He has published essays and short stories in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Cabinet, Kenyon Review, Granta, and elsewhere.