The first Poetry & Prose event of the spring term features UH Creative Writing Program Faculty: Ange Mlinko, Kevin Prufer, and Martha Serpas.
The reading is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Ange Mlinko was born in Philadelphia and received her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and her MFA from Brown. She is the author of three books, Shoulder Season (Coffee House Press, 2010), Starred Wire (Coffee House Press, 2005)–which was a National Poetry Series winner in 2004 and a finalist for the James Laughlin Award–and Matinees (Zoland Books, 1999). In 2009, she won the Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism. In addition to the University of Houston, she has taught poetry at Brown, the Naropa University Summer Writing Program, and Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and was a language columnist for The Nation. Her forthcoming book of poems is entitled Marvelous Things Overheard, and it will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September 2013.
Kevin Prufer was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. He has graduate degrees from Hollins University and Washington University. Kevin is the author of five books of poetry and the editor of four anthologies, the most recent of which include In a Beautiful Country–which was named an American Poet/Academy of American Poets Notable Book for 2011–National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008), and Until Everything is Continuous Again: Essays on the Work of W. S. Merwin (WordFarm Editions, 2012, w/ Jonathan Weinert). His forthcoming publications include the poetry collection Churches (Four Way Books, 2014) and two edited volumes. Among his awards and honors are three Pushcart prizes, two Best American Poetry selections, numerous awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Prairie Schooner/Strousse Award, two William Rockhill Nelson awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation. Kevin is also Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.
Martha Serpas was born and raised in Southern Louisiana and has an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University. She holds graduate degrees from NYU, Yale Divinity School, and UH. Martha is the author of two collections of poetry, The Dirty Side of the Storm (W.W. Norton, 2007) and Côte Blanche (New Issues, 2002). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Library of America’s American Religious Poems, edited by Harold Bloom (2006). She has taught at Yale Divinity School and the University of Tampa, where she served as poetry editor of Tampa Review. Martha is involved in her native state’s efforts to restore its wetlands. She co-produced, narrates, and lends her poetry to Veins in the Gulf, a documentary about coastal erosion. Since 2006, she has worked as a trauma hospital chaplain, first at Tampa General Hospital and now at Houston’s own Memorial Hermann.