Poetry & Prose: Creative Writers at the University of Houston

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Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus.

All readings take place in the Honors College Commons, located on the second level of the M.D. Anderson Library. Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program

For more information, please contact Carolyn Meanley, Library Development Coordinator.

2016-2017 Schedule

  • Wednesday, October 12 – Creative Writing Graduate Students

    Rachel Ballenger was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a BA in English from UC Berkeley. Before moving to Houston, she lived in a trailer in Sonoma County, homesteading a meadow by trial and error. She is honored to join the writing community at UH. 

    Barbara Drumheller graduated with a BA in Literature and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas. She went from there to Texas Tech University in Lubbock where she earned a J.D. She spent quite a few years writing other people’s stories in the form of criminal appellate briefs, first as a prosecutor and later as a defense attorney. Recently, she decided to switch gears and begin writing her own stories. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

    Jenny Staff Johnson is a lifelong Houstonian. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications including in Tin House’s Open Bar Blog, Literary Mothers, and New Dead Families. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and previously worked in government and journalism.

    Joshua Gottlieb-Miller received an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston; after a few cold years up north he has returned for his PhD. Previously he served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and was awarded an Inprint Barthelme Prize in Poetry. Since then his work has appeared in Four Way Review, Pleiades, The Ilanot Review, Radar, Blackbird, and elsewhere.

    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. She has spent the last five years living in Washington, DC.

    Saira Nadeem graduated from the University of Houston in 2013 with her BA in Creative Writing and a minor in sales from the Program for Excellence in Selling. Since then, she has worked with the Stephen Stagner Sales Excellence Institute at UH where she coaches undergraduate students on key account management. Prior to working for the institute, Saira was involved with various nonprofit literary marketing projects with Writers in the Schools and also managed film promotions for a local theater. When she’s not helping her students find jobs, she can be found dragging her husband to her favorite Pakistani restaurants and trying to teach her chocolate lab to sit.

    Dallas Saylor just finished his BA in English and Mathematics at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, and has now returned not only to the south, where he lived until high school, but also to his namesake state, where he attended kindergarten and first grade. In his free time, Dallas enjoys board games, cooking, and swing dancing. He’s getting married this New Year’s Eve in Pennsylvania, where he and his bride will throw their greatest New Year’s party yet at a swing dance club in York.

    Novuyo Tshuma is a writer from Zimbabwe. Her collection, Shadows – a novella and short stories – was published by Kwela (South Africa 2013) and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. She earned her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Maytag Fellow and a recipient of a Rydson Award.

    Cait Weiss is a Los Angeles native, a New Yorker by heritage, an Ohioan by heart &, finally, a Texan by luck. She has led creative writing workshops at The Ohio State University, Young Writers Workshop, New York Writers Coalition and, starting this fall, WITS. Her work has been or soon will be published in Boston Review, FIELDHobartTupelo QuarterlypacificREVIEWThe Notre Dame ReviewJUKED, & more. 

    Charlotte Wyatt Prior to attending the University of Houston, cougars have figured prominently in Charlotte’s past—particularly Kelly, Cleo, and Felix of the Queens Zoo, where she worked as a keeper for the Wildlife Conservation Society. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Theater from Fordham University, and hails most recently from California wine country, where she developed programming for the Boys & Girls Club and poured wine for Balletto Vineyards. She currently serves as Admissions Director for the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference.

  • Wednesday, November 16 – Chitra Divakaruni & Peter Turchi
  • Wednesday, March 1 – Tony Hoagland
  • Wednesday, April 19 – Glass Mountain

All events take place in the Honors College Commons and begin at 5:30pm. Light refreshments are served.

Past Readings

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