About the Reading
The November 6th Poetry & Prose event presents readers from Ecopoetics on the Gulf (associated with Shrimp Boat Projects), a creative writing workshop that combines ecological experiences on the Gulf of Mexico, multimedia art projects, and poetry. Planting cord grass, kayaking, observing bird migrations, and creating art onsite are part of the “immersion.” A working shrimp boat serves as the base for explorations of the marshes, bays, and beaches of the Galveston Bay Estuary. Supported by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, the Creative Writing Program, and the Department of English, the course is offered every two years.
Find brief reader biographies below.
The reading is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Layla Benitez-James is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry, was born and raised in Texas, and loves its shorebirds.
Patrick Clement James, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, is currently an MFA candidate at UH.
Dana Kroos received an MFA in ceramic sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and is currently working toward a PhD in fiction.
Caitlin Maling is a West Australian poet whose first book, Conversations I’ve Never Had, will be published by Fremantle Press.
Bryan Owens is an MFA candidate in poetry at UH and has had work appear in Nano Fiction, amphibi.us, The Centrifugal Eye, and San Pedro River Review.
Katie Condon is a second-year MFA candidate in poetry who misses the East Coast very much, but loves the Gulf Coast, too.
Originally from Tennessee, Nancy K. Pearson is a second-year MFA candidate in nonfiction at UH.
Martha Serpas, a poet from Cajun Louisiana, teaches in the Creative Writing Program at UH and is a hospital chaplain.
Michael Berryhill, a poet and journalist, is chair of the journalism department at Texas Southern University in Houston.