Professors Flynn, Hoagland Kick Off UH Poetry and Prose Readings Feb. 23

As professors in the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program, Nick Flynn and Tony Hoagland impart their creative insights with aspiring authors and poets. Soon, they will step away from the classroom to showcase their works as two of today's top authors during UH's Poetry and Prose Reading Series.

This free event begins at 5:30 p.m. in UH's Honors College Commons (second floor of the university's M.D. Anderson Library). It is open to the community.

Flynn's 2004 book "Another Bull... Night in ... City" won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. A film is being developed around this book and tentatively scheduled for release in 2012. Flynn also authored poetry books "Some Ether" (recipient of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award) and "Blind Huber." His next book of poetry "The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands" will be released this year. His latest work is a memoir titled "The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment." Flynn has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Amy Lowell Trust, and the Fine Arts Work Center.

Tony Hoagland is the author of four award-winning poetry collections: "What Narcissism Means to Me" (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), "Donkey Gospel" (recipient of the James Laughlin Award) and "Sweet Ruin" (recipient of the Zacharis Award). His latest collection of poems is titled "Unincorporated persons in the Late Honda Dynasty." He is the recipient of the 2008 Jackson Poetry Prize, the 2005 O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize and the 2005 Mark Twain Award.

Both Flynn and Hoagland will have books available to purchase following their readings.


WHAT: Poetry and Prose Reading Series
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23
WHERE: Honors College Commons
M.D. Anderson Library
Entrance 1 off Calhoun Road
WHO: University of Houston