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, November 16 – Chitra Divakaruni & Peter Turchi

    Chitra Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines & anthologies, including the Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories and the O Henry Prize Stories. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Bengali, Turkish and Japanese, and several have been bestsellers both nationally and internationally. Her awards include an American Book Award, a PEN Josephine Miles award, a Premio Scanno Award, a Light of India award, 2 Pushcart prizes, an Allen Ginsberg poetry award and a Barbara Deming Memorial Award.  Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies. Her short story “The Word Love,” was made into an award-winning bilingual short film titled Amaar Ma. Her novel One Amazing Thing was recently optioned by Hollywood. Divakaruni has written the libretto for the opera River of Light, performed by the Houston Grand Opera in 2014. Her newest book, a novel-in-stories, is Before We Visit the Goddess, a three-generational saga of an immigrant family that begins in Kolkata, India and ends in Houston, Texas. Divakaruni loves using social media--Facebook and Twitter--to connect with her readers.

    Peter Turchi is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction, including Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer and, most recently, A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic. He has also co-edited three anthologies for writers, including Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life and The Story Behind the Story: 16 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work. He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.

  • 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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