VETERAN WRITERS MEET EMERGING TALENT AT
UH’S POETRY & PROSE
Award-winning authors and an up-and-coming student writer will
highlight the fall kickoff event of the University of Houston’s
Poetry & Prose Reading Series. Scheduled to deliver readings
are UH Creative Writing Program professor Mark Doty, UH graduate
student Raj Mankad and special guest Patricia Powell.
These free readings are open to the public and begin at 5:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Honors College Commons on the second
floor of UH’s M.D. Anderson Library.
Doty will read selections from his recent book, “School of
Arts.” He has received numerous honors for his poetry and
nonfiction dealing with love, loss and AIDS issues. His 1993 book
of poetry, “My Alexandria,” earned the Los Angeles Times
Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the United
Kingdom’s T.S. Eliot Award. His 1996 memoir, “Heaven’s
Coast,” received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for nonfiction.
Mankad is a doctoral candidate in UH’s Creative Writing Program
and will read from a memoir detailing his experiences as a public
health researcher in Peru.
Powell has received several awards including the PEN/New England
Discovery Award and the Bruce P. Rossley Literary Award. Her novels,
“Me Dying Trial” (1993), “A Small Gathering of
Bones” (1994) and “The Pagoda” (1998) tackle Jamaica’s
social and sexual issues.
“Hearing a writer's voice can help readers enter into the
work in a new way and encounter poetry or prose as the author means
for it to be heard,” Doty said. “Audiences enjoy the
surprise and energy of being read to – immersing themselves
in the rhythm and power of words.”
The Poetry & Prose Reading Series is held three times a semester
and is coordinated by UH Libraries with cooperation from UH’s
Creative Writing Program and The Honors College.
||Poetry & Prose Reading Series
||5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14
||Honors College Commons
M.D. Anderson Library
||University of Houston
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