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, September 21

    Amber Dermont - The author of the novel, The Starboard Sea (St. Martin's Press, 2012), and the short story collection, Damage Control (St. Martin's Press, 2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Dermont received her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Her short fiction has appeared in TriQuarterly, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and in the anthologies Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Worst Years of Your Life, and Home of the Brave. A recipient of fellowships the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is an associate professor of creative writing at Rice University.

    Lacy M. Johnson - A Houston-based artist, curator, activist; she is author of The Other Side (Tin House, 2014) and Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012). She worked as a cashier at WalMart, sold steaks door-to-door, and puppeteered with a traveling children’s museum before earning a PhD from University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Houston Arts Alliance, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Kansas Arts Commission, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Inprint, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Her work has appeared in Guernica, the Los Angeles Times, Tin House, The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books, 2015), Fourth Genre, Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013), Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Rice University.

    Paul Otremba - The author of two poetry collections, Pax Americana (Four Way Books 2015) and The Currency (Four Way Books 2009). His poems have recently appeared in Kenyon Review, Oversound, and Waxwing. He received his PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston in 2010. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Rice University.

    Ian Schimmel - He teaches courses on fiction and the personal essay. His short fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Sun, The Chicago Tribune, and Glimmer Train. He is the recipient of a Donald Barthelme Award from the University of Houston, a Hobby-Inprint Fellowship, and was named as a finalist for the 2012 Nelson Algren Award. Ian also serves as the faculty advisor for Rice’s literary journal, R2: The Rice Review.

  • Wednesday, October 12 – Creative Writing Graduate Students
  • 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.



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