Reading Series October 2017

October 20 2017

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive

7 00 pm

John Andrews' first book, Colin Is Changing His Name, was a finalist for the 2015 Moon City Poetry Prize and was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in June 2017. His work has appeared in Redivider, The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, Columbia Poetry Review, The Boiler and others. He holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University where he served as managing editor for Front Porch Journal. Currently, he is Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State University and an associate editor for the Cimarron Review.

Christopher Brean Murray is a PhD candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Houston. His poems have appeared in Forklift Ohio, jubilat, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Pleiades and other journals. He’s the winner of the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry for 2017, and has received awards from the American Festival for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets. From 2014-2016 he was the online poetry editor of Gulf Coast.

Charlotte Wyatt attended Fordham University, which led to an early career training sea lions in New York City zoos. She hails most recently from Northern California, where she serves as a Director of Admissions for the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference. She is a second year MFA student at the University of Houston.

Sam Thilén is an MFA candidate at University of Houston and Assistant Editor in Poetry for Gulf Coast.  She studied English and Spanish at University of Florida, where she served as editor-in-chief for the undergraduate literary magazine Tea.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tea, The Fine Print, Prairie, and The Boston Review.  Sam loves Finland, word origins, and petting other people’s dogs.

Reading Series September 2017

September 15 2017

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive

7 00 pm

Elizabeth Lyons is the author ofThe Blessing of Dark Water (Alice James Books, 2017), winner of the 2015 Alice James Award. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Salt Hill, New South, and elsewhere.Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston, where she was senior nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. She also holds degrees from Purdue University and the College of Charleston.A recipient of fellowships and prizes from Inprint Houston, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the I-Park Foundation, and other honors, she lives in Houston, TX.

JSA Lowe is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston in literature and poetry. Her essays, reviews, and poems have appeared in such publications as AGNI, American Scholar, Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Versal, Verse Daily, and the Santa Fe Reporter. She has published two poetry chapbooks, DOE (East Beach Press, 2016) and Cherry-emily (Dancing Girl Press, 2014); her translations appear in the MLA anthology Nineteenth-Century French Women Poets. She lives on Galveston Island.

Erika Jo Brown is the author of I’m Your Huckleberry and co-editor of Beatrice Hastings: On the Life and Work of a Lost Modern Master. She's a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Capote Fellow. Currently, she works at the MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital through WITS.

 

Brendan Stephens is a first year PhD student originally from Maryland. He earned his MFA at the University of Central Florida and a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Frostburg State University. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in the Southeast Review, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Reading Series April 2017

April 21 2017

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive

7 00 pm

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman Fellow, his work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. He is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University and lives in Lubbock with his partner, Jeff Gilbert, and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.

Niki Herd grew up in Cleveland and earned degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and Antioch University. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, she is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been supported by the Astraea Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has appeared in several journals and anthologies including Feminist Formations, North American Review, The Feminist Wire, Split This Rock, and Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky. Her debut collection of poems, The Language of Shedding Skin, was published as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Series.

Originally from Brooklyn, Dan Chu is completing his MFA in poetry at the University of Houston. He is a recipient of a Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize and serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.

Dana Kroos grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received an MFA in fiction writing from New Mexico State University. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Florida Review, Penumbra, The Superstition Review, Minnesota Monthly, and others. She also holds an MA in ceramics from the Purdue University, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Reading Series March 2017

March 24 2017

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive

7 00 pm

Jonathan Moody holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Cave Canem graduate fellow whose poetry has appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Common, Crab Orchard Review, among other publications. Moody, a Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of The Doomy Poems (Six Gallery Press, 2012). His second collection, Olympic Butter Gold, won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. He teaches English at Pearland High School and lives in Fresno, Texas, with his wife and baby boy.

Matthew Krajniak is a first-year PhD candidate in Fiction. He earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Memphis and is currently at work on his first novel.

Melanie Brkich is a third year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Houston and the Online Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast. A proud Chicago native, she has lived in Florida, D.C., and France before coming to Texas. She is currently working on her first book.

JP Gritton teaches English and composition in Houston. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, Southwest Review, and Santa Monica Review.

Reading Series February 2017

February 17 2017

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive

7 00 pm

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning poet, novelist, and performance artist. His debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books) received the 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His debut novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press) was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction. His second collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things was released in 2013 and received the 2014 Colorado Book Award, and his novel, Mañana Means Heaven, which is based on the life of Bea Franco, also released in 2013, went on to receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction. Both books are with the University of Arizona Press. As a performer he has collaborated with Grammy Award winning classical composer Eugene Freisen, and in 2001 was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to write and perform an original play on homelessness. Since 2007, he has worked with Poets & Writers Inc. and the California Center for the Book at UCLA teaching poetry, fiction, and non-fiction workshops across the west coast. From 2010-14 he was the state-wide coordinator for Colorado Writers-in-the-Schools with focus on rural, under-served communities. Hernandez holds a B.A. in Writing & Literature from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He is currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program.

Charlotte Wyatt attended Fordham University, which led to an early career training sea lions in the New York City zoos. She hails most recently from Northern California, where she serves as Director of Admissions for the Napa Valley Writer's Conference. She is a first-year MFA student at the University of Houston.

Rhianna Brandt is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Houston. Her current research and writing work is concerned with the erotics of trauma and addiction. She lives in Montrose.

Matthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood  (Little A, 2015), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger (Little A, 2018), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2019)

Reading Series January 2017

January 27 2017

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive

7 00 pm

Janine Joseph was born and raised in the Philippines and Southern California. She is the author of Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize, which touches on issues of immigration and an undocumented legal status. Currently, she lives in Stillwater, OK, where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. Her poems and essays have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Zócalo Public Square, The Asian American Literary Review, The Collagist, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and elsewhere. Janine holds an A.A. from Riverside City College, a B.A. from UC Riverside, an MFA from New York University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. A Kundiman fellow and editor for Tongue: A Journal of Writing and Art, Janine is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a Robert M. Hogge Faculty Teaching Award, a PAWA Manuel G. Flores Prize, an Academy of American Poets prize, a Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and other honors. She also serves as Vice President of the  Writers @ Work Executive Board.

Aza Pace is a Poetry MFA student at UH, where she also serves as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast. She was raised in rural East Texas and holds a BA in English Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work explores questions of gender, religious experience, and the strangeness of the everyday. Her poetry has appeared in small publications such as Feminine Inquiry and Should Does, and her reviews are forthcoming in Gulf Coast’s Online Exclusives.

Jonathan Meyer was born in Texas and has spent time as a teacher, bookseller, journalist, rock musician, and oilfield worker. In 2009, he earned a BFA from Emerson College in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston, where he is the Online Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast. His writing has appeared in Gauge, The Emerson Review, Microchondria, and The Boston Phoenix. He is at work on a novel-in-stories set around the Texas oil industry.

Reading Series November 2016

November 11 2016

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Dr.

7 00 pm

Susan Briante’s most recent book The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She is also the author of the poetry collections Pioneers in the Study of Motion and Utopia Minus (an Academy of American Poets Notable Book of 2011), both from Ahsahta Press. Briante also writes essays on documentary poetics as well as on the relationship between place and cultural memory. Some of these can be found in Creative Non-Fiction, Rethinking History,Jacket2 and The Believer. A translator, she lived in Mexico City from 1992-1997 working for the magazines Artes de México and Mandorla. Her translations have appeared in the journals Bomb, Bombay Gin, Translation Review and Review: Latin American Literatureand Arts (among many others) as well as in the anthologies Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry and Hotel Lautreamont: Contemporary Poetry of Uruguay. Briante has received grants and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, the Academy of American Poets, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fundand the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. She is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Arizona.

Sam Dinger is from Arkansas. He loves food and the outdoors and travel and teaches writing around Houston. He's working on a collection of short stories, a novel, and essays.

Alexandra Naumann is a fiction writer of Lebanese-Mexican descent. She’s in year two of the MFA program at UH, where she's a nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast.

Nathan Stabenfeldt is an MFA candidate in poetry at University of Houston and Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast Literary Journal. He was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. Before moving to Houston he studied writing and philosophy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. His poetry has most recently appeared in Jet Fuel Review and DMQ Review.

Reading Series October 2016

October 14 2016

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Dr.

7 00 pm

Lisa Olstein is the author of Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (Copper Canyon Press 2006), winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet (Copper Canyon Press 2009), a Library Journal best book of the year; and Little Stranger (Copper Canyon Press 2013), a Lannan Literary Selection and aColdfront Magazine best book of the year. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The NationAmerican Letters & Commentary, and New Voices. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum, she is also the lyricist for Cold Satellite, a rock band fronted by acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault. Before joining the poetry faculty at UT Austin, she cofounded and for ten years co-directed the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts & Action at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she served as associate director of the MFA program.

Henk Rossouw grew up in Cape Town. He has recent poems in The Paris Review, The Boston Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Transom. Part of his book-length poem Camissa came out this summer in The Common. His fiction can be found in Tin House, non-fiction in The Threepenny Review, and an interview with the late Nadine Gordimer in The Virginia Quarterly Review. A PhD student in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston, he serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.

Corey Campbell’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, The Rattling Wall, and other publications, and is forthcoming in the anthology New Stories from the Southwest. A UH PhD student and graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA program, she has received support from Inprint, Sewanee, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She's a contributing editor for the journal Waxwing and a fiction editor for Gulf Coast.

 

Jenny Staff Johnson is a first-year MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Houston. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications including Tin House’s Open Bar, New Dead Families, and Literary Mothers. A former journalist and native Texan, she is at work on a novel set in Houston.

Reading Series October 2016: Pop-up

October 3 2016

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St.

7 00 pm

Allegra Hyde has published work in The Missouri Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, The Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere. She is the author of the story collection, Of This New World, which won the 2016 John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Award. For more about Allegra visit:www.allegrahyde.com.

Alex McElroy's writing appears or is forthcoming in New England Review, Copper Nickel, Tin House online, Black Warrior Review, The Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. He has received support from The Virginia G. Piper Center, The National Parks Foundation, The Prague Summer Workshop, and this past summer he served as a prose fellow for the Writing Workshops in Greece Program. He currently lives in Houston, TX.

Reading Series September 2016

September 16 2016

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive

7 00 pm

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin, Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace, awarded the Sunken Garden Prize, and Show Me Yours, awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. Recent awards include the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize from Crazyhorse and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Hadara is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Georgia Pearle is an alumna of Smith College and holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Lesley University. Her work has appeared in Crab Creek Review and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among others. She was runner-up for the 2014 Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets and Writers as well as a recent finalist for a fellowship with the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A former coordinator of the VIDA Count, she is now the Online Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast, a creative writing instructor for Inprint Houston and Writers in the Schools, and a doctoral teaching fellow in Creative Writing and Literature, Poetry, at the University of Houston.

Josie Mitchell is in her second year of her MFA at the University of Houston. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she received a BFA in Creative Writing. Before moving to Houston, she worked as a preschool teacher in Dalian, China, where her Chinese name translated to "Dumpling". Josie is from San Diego, California, and is at work on a novel set there.

 

Joshua Foster earned his MFAs (F/NF) from the University of Arizona and is currently a PhD student in University of Houston’s Literature & Creative Writing program. He’s been the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a grant from the Idaho Commision on the Arts, and his most recent publication, the essay “Bring on the Spins” (Tin House #62)--was listed as a Notable Work in the anthology Best American Essays 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in the magazines Fugue, South Loop Review, Hawk & Handsaw, among others. He is editor for the journals Gulf Coast, TheDiagram.com, and Terrain.org. Josh draws much of his material from life in rural southeastern Idaho, where he worked as a laborer for many years on his family’s farm and ranch.