About the Reading
The February 12th Poetry & Prose reading will feature UH Creative Writing Program Faculty Peter Turchi and Mat Johnson, and alum Lacy Johnson.
The reading is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Peter Turchi is the author of five books and the co-editor of three anthologies. His books include Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; Suburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie, in collaboration with the artist; a novel, The Girls Next Door; a collection of stories, Magician; and The Pirate Prince, co-written with Cape Cod treasure hunter Barry Clifford, about Clifford's discovery of the pirate ship Whydah. His next book, A Muse and A Maze: Writing, as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic will be out in September. His short story "Night, Truck, Two Lights Burning," listed as one of 100 Notable Stories of 2002 by the editors of Best American Short Stories and one of 15 Recommended Stories by the jury for the O. Henry Prize Stories, has been published in Arabic and, in English, combined with images by Charles Ritchie, in a limited edition artist's book. He has also co-edited, with Andrea Barrett, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work and, with Charles Baxter, Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life.
Peter Turchi's stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Story, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and The Colorado Review, among other journals. He has received Washington College's Sophie Kerr Prize, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Born in Baltimore, he earned his BA at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and his MFA at the University of Arizona. He has taught at Northwestern University and Appalachian State University, has been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston. From 1993 through 2008 he directed The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.
Lacy M. Johnson is the author of THE OTHER SIDE, forthcoming from Tin House Books (2014), Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012), and she is co-artistic director of the forthcoming multimedia project [the invisible city] (April, 2014). 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 (may it rest in peace), the Mitchell Center for the Arts, Inprint, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books, 2014), Fourth Genre, Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013), Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly Online, Memoir Journal, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is currently Director of Academic Initiatives at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at University of Houston, where she teaches interdisciplinary art.
Mat Johnson is a novelist who sometimes writes other things.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mat Johnson grew up in the Germantown and Mount Airy sections of the city. He is the author of the novels Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
Mat Johnson is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.