Reading Series September 2018

September 21 2018

Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
7 00 pm

Lacy Johnson is author of The Reckonings (Scribner, 2018) and The Other Side (Tin House, 2014) which was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime, the CLMP Firecracker Award in Nonfiction; it was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer Selection for 2014 and was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus, Library Journal, and the Houston Chronicle. She is also author of Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012), which has been anthologized in The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books, 2015) and Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013-2018).

Theodora Bishop is the author of the novella, On the Rocks (Texas Review Press), winner of a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, and a chapbook of short stories, Mother Tongues, winner of The Cupboard’s 2015 contest. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Short Fiction (England), among other journals, anthologies, and exhibits. She serves as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and Fiction Editor for Big Fiction.

 

Will Burns grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and received his MFA in fiction writing from The New School. He is a fifth-year PhD candidate at the UH Creative Writing Program, and a former Assistant Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast. He is currently working on a magical realist novel set in Arkansas.

Chelsea B. DesAutels’s work appears or is forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, Pleiades, TriQuarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry, and has received grants from the Vermont Studio Center and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Recently, Chelsea served as Poetry Editor of Gulf Coast. She also holds degrees from Wellesley College and the University of Minnesota Law School, and is an MFA candidate at the University of Houston, where she teaches. Chelsea also teaches with Writers in the Schools.

Reading Series October 2018

October 19 2018

Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
7 00 pm

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press/A Public Space Books). His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Epiphany, and LitMag. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and, in fall 2018, he will be a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Alex McElroy’s writing appears in The Atlantic, Black Warrior Review, Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and elsewhere. He is currently a Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast. Alex was awarded the 2016 Neutrino Prize from Passages North. His chapbook, Daddy Issues, won the 2016 Editors’ Prize from The Cupboard Pamphlet, and he is the recipient of the 2018 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize for Nonfiction. He has received fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The National Parks Service, and the Tin House Summer Workshop. 

Despy Boutris is currently earning her MFA at the University of Houston. Her poems have been featured in several publications, and she was awarded Editor's Choice in 2016, Second Place in 2017, and First Place in 2018 in California Polytechnic State University's yearly literary journal, Byzantium. 

Liza Watkins is a social worker and New Orleans native.