Gulf Coast Readings Featuring UH Student Authors Set for Oct. 12

Houston’s Rudyard’s Pub to Host UH Writers Henk Rossouw, Justin Chrestman, Patrick Clement James

The University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program (CWP) continues to produce dynamic new voices in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Each fall and spring, Houstonians have opportunities to hear these voices through the Gulf Coast Reading Series.

The next installment of the series kicks off at 7 p.m., Oct. 12 at Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh Dr.). Admission is free. Readers will include CWP graduate students Henk Rossouw, Justin Chrestman and Patrick Clement James.

Rossouw is a CWP doctoral candidate. His poetry has been published in The Boston Review, Transom, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, The Virginia Quarterly Review and The Threepenny Review. In 2011, he received his master of fine arts from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Fiction writer and CWP doctoral candidate Chrestman received his master of fine arts from New Mexico State University. His work appears in the latest edition of Owl Eye Review.

Poet James is a CWP master of fine arts candidate. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and has taught in schools through Houston’s Writers In The Schools program.

The Gulf Coast Reading Series is an extension of UH’s acclaimed Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Art. Founded in 1986 by Donald Barthelme and Philip Lopate, the journal spotlights the literary and visual arts communities. Gulf Coast is a partnership between CWP, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston and the Menil Collection. It reviews submissions from artists and writers from around the country. To learn more about the Gulf Coast journal and the reading series, visit

As part of UH's English department, CWP offers fiction and non-fiction writers and poets intensive training in both creative writing and literary studies. It offers two graduate degrees: the master of fine arts and doctor of philosophy. CWP's noted faculty includes award-winning authors and poets such as novelist Antonya Nelson, poet and non-fiction writer Nick Flynn, graphic novelist Mat Johnson and poet Tony Hoagland. To learn more about the program, visit