The October 20th Poetry & Prose reading will feature UH Creative Writing Faculty Mat Johnson, and three UH Creative Writing PhD candidates: Quincy Flowers, Jameelah Lang, and Ed Porter.
Mat Johnson was born and raised in Philadelphia, and has lived most of his life elsewhere. He is the author of several novels and graphic novels including Drop, Hunting in Harlem, and Incognegro. Johnson is a faculty member at The University of Houston Creative Writing Program, and lives in Texas with his wife and children.
Quincy Flowers received an MA degree in American Literature from NYU, where he was a New York Times Fellow and recipient of the Ludwig Vogelstein Award for fiction. He is a fourth year PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston and currently at work on his first novel.
Jameelah Lang is a Ph.D. student in Fiction and Nonfiction at the University of Houston. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, both from the University of Kansas. In Lawrence, Kansas, Jameelah co-founded the Bathtub Kansas Writers' Collective, an initiative aimed at creating a more integral relationship between creative writing and community. Jameelah was also the 2009-2010 Writer-in-Residence at HUB-BUB in Spartanburg, SC.
Ed Porter's short fiction was recently featured in the anthology Best New American Voices 2010, and has also appeared in the journals Colorado Review, Booth Journal, and Inch Magazine. He holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and was the James C. McCreight Fellow in Fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 2007-2008. Currently he is a third year Ph.D. candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.