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Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Micah Dean Hicks, Pritha Bhattacharyya, Weijia Pan, Theodora Ziolkowski

Friday, September 24, 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. 

Micah Dean Hicks is the author of the novel Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones and the story collection Electricity and Other Dreams. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, has been awarded the Calvino Prize, and is a two-time finalist for the Nelson Algren Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The New York Times, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and elsewhere. Hicks grew up in rural southwest Arkansas. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida.

Pritha Bhattacharyya is a Bengali American fiction writer. She is a fiction PhD candidate at the University of Houston, and she received her MFA from Boston University, where she was awarded the Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship to travel to Osaka, Japan. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Nashville Review, and has received support from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Weijia Pan (MFA, Poetry) is a poet, writer, and translator originally from Shanghai, China. Prior to entering the MFA program in poetry at the University of Houston, he read comparative literature at UCLA, then worked as an education consultant for highschoolers in China. He writes in both English and Chinese.

Theodora Ziolkowski is the author of On the Rocks, winner of a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, and Mother Tongues, winner of The Cupboard's 2015 Contest. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Writer's Chronicle, Short Fiction (England), Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Theodora has received support from the Vermont Studio Center, the National Alumni Association (University of Alabama), and Inprint (Houston, Texas). She has taught creative writing workshops for Inprint, Grackle & Grackle Writing Enterprises, Writespace, and the University of Alabama. Recently, she served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and Fiction Editor for Big Fiction. She is the recipient of an Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing

Jai Chakrabarti reads from A Play for the End of the World
Friday, September 24, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Jai Chakrabarti will be in conversation with Chitra Divakaruni.

Jai Chakrabarti’s short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and awarded a Pushcart Prize. Chakrabarti was an Emerging Writer Fellow with A Public Space and received his MFA from Brooklyn College. He was born in Kolkata, India, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family. A Play for the End of the World is his first novel.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing included in over 50 anthologies, including Best American Short StoriesO.Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Bengali, Russian and Japanese; many have been used for campus-wide and city-wide reads. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Ruth Ozeki
Monday, September 27, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30; includes a copy of The Book of Form and Happiness)

Ruth Ozeki will give a brief reading from her new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, followed by a conversation with fiction writer Elizabeth McCracken, author of the novel The Giant’s House and the short story collection The Souvenir Museum.

Ozeki’s first two novels, My Year of Meats and All Over Creation, found an international audience and were selected as New York Times Notable Books. Her third novel A Tale for the Time Being was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was published in more than 30 countries.

Shruti Swami reads from The Archer
Tuesday, September 28, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection, A House Is a Body, which was a finalist for the Pen/Robert Bingham Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has been published by the Paris ReviewMcSweeney’s, and anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut novel, The Archer, will be published by Algonquin Books in September 2021. She lives in San Francisco.

Glass Mountain Reading feat. Barbara Hamby, Maria Hiers, Emily Goff
Thursday, September 30, 7pm
(Register for Zoom Event Here)

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. 

BARBARA HAMBY was born in New Orleans and raised in Honolulu. She is the author of six books of poems, most recently Holoholo (2021) and Bird Odyssey (2018), both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, which also published On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems (2014), Babel (2004), and All-Night Lingo Tango (2009). Her first book, Delirium, won the Vassar Miller Prize, The Kate Tufts Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second book, The Alphabet of Desire, won the New York University Press Prize for Poetry and was published in 1999 by New York University Press.

She was a 2010 Guggenheim fellow in Poetry and her book of short stories, Lester Higata’s 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including The New YorkerPoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewPloughsharesYale Review, and The New York Times. She has also edited an anthology of poems, Seriously Funny (Georgia, 2009), with her husband David Kirby. She teaches at Florida State University where she is Distinguished University Scholar.

MARIA HIERS is from Tampa, Florida. She holds a BA in English from Florida State University. She served as an editorial intern at The Tallahassee Democrat and is now an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Houston. 

EMILY GOFF grew up in Houston, Texas, where they now study Creative Writing at UH. They're a Mellon Fellow at the MFAH, specializing in contemporary art. They write.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Rosa Alcalá
Friday, October 15, 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. 

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Anthony Doerr
Monday, October 18, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30; includes a copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land)

Anthony Doerr will give a brief reading from his new novel Cloud Cuckoo Land, followed by a conversation with Maggie Galehouse, a writer and editor in Houston and former book editor at the Houston Chronicle. 

Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. Also the author of the novel About Grace, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, Doerr has had his work translated into more than 40 languages.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Jonathan Franzen
Monday, October 25, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30; includes a copy of Crossroads)

Jonathan Franzen will give a brief reading from his new novel Crossroads, followed by a conversation with fiction writer David Means.

A master of family drama, Franzen is the author of five novels including Purity, Freedom, and The Twenty-Seventh City. His third novel The Corrections drew widespread critical acclaim, earning him the National Book Award and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

Texas Book Festival
Monday, October 27 through Sunday, October 31
(Austin, Texas)
The Texas Book Festival Weekend is free and open to the public and takes place at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds.
One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.

Joshua Nguyen reads from Come Clean
Thursday, October 28, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)

Joshua Nguyen will be joined by fellow poets Arianna 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. 

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Wole Soyinka
Monday, November 15, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Wole Soyinka will give a brief reading from his new novel Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, followed by a conversation with a fellow writer. 

Wole Soyinka is a distinguished political activist, playwright, poet, and novelist from Nigeria. He is the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Soyinka, who writes in English, is the author of five memoirs, two three novels, eight poetry collections, and 30 plays that draw richly on Nigerian politics and mythology.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Saddiq Dzukogi
Friday, November 19, 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. 

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Honoree Fanonne Jeffers & Tiphanie Yanique
Monday, January 24, 7pm 
(Location TBD; 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.

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.