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, March 1 – Tony Hoagland and Kevin Prufer

    Tony Hoagland's fifth and most recent book of poems, Application for Release from the Dream, was published by Graywolf Press in 2015. Other collections include What Narcissism Means to Me, Unincorporated Persons of the Late Honda Dynasty, and Donkey Gospel. He has also published two collections of essays about poetry, Real Sofistakashun, and Twenty Poems That Could Save America.

    He has received the Mark Twain Award from the Poetry Foundation, the Jackson Poetry Prize, the James Laughlin Prize, fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the O.B. Hardisson Prize . His next collection, Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God, is scheduled for publication by Graywolf in 2018.

    Kevin Prufer is the author of six books of poetry and the editor of numerous anthologies, the most recent of which are Churches (Four Way Books, 2014), In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011), National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008), New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008; w/ Wayne Miller), Literary Publishing in the 21st Century (Milkweed Editions, 2016; w/ Wayne Miller & Travis Kurowski), and Catherine Breese Davis: on the Life & Work of an American Master (Unsung Masters, 2015; w/Martha Collins & Martin Rock).

    His forthcoming book of poems, How He Loved Them, will be published by Four Way Books in 2018.

    His forthcoming edited volume is Into English: An Anthology of Multiple Translations (Graywolf, 2017, w/Martha Collins).

    Prufer is also Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, Co-Curator of the Unsung Masters Series, and Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and the low-residency MFA at Lesley University.

    Among Prufer's awards and honors are four Pushcart prizes and multiple Best American Poetry selections, numerous awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Prairie Schooner/Strousse Award, two William Rockhill Nelson awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation.

  • 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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