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Poetry & Prose featuring the Shrimp Boat Project

Event Date: 
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library

The October 24th Poetry & Prose event presents readings in association with the Shrimp Boat Project, a creative research project that explores the regional culture of the Houston area and is sponsored by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston.

The reading will feature local authors and students from this semester’s Creative Writing Program’s Shrimp Boat Workshop. These writers will present works of non-fiction, poetry, and fiction that delve deeply into the issues surrounding Galveston Bay. Additionally, the reading will feature a small exhibit connected to the Shrimp Boat project, containing books and postcards from the UH Libraries’ Special Collections and photographs by MFA student Stacey Farrell.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts will host a reception following the reading.

Find brief reader and artist biographies below.

The reading is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Reading Non-Fiction:

M. Jimmie Killingsworth is Professor of English at Texas A&M and the author or co-author of eleven books and over fifty scholarly articles and chapters, including Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental Politics in America (with Jacqueline Palmer, 1992), which won the NCTE Award for Best Book of the Year in Scientific and Technical Communication, and Walt Whitman and the Earth: A Study in Ecopoetics (2004). He has also published general-audience essays on the natural world and the human experience of place, including Reflections of the Brazos Valley (2007, photographs by D. Gentry Steele) and Going Back to Galveston: Nature, Funk, and Fantasy in a Favorite Place (2011, photographs by Geoff Winningham).

Austin Tremblay was born and raised in North Carolina. He is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Houston. Before graduate school, he worked as an actor and playwright. Austin’s writing has been featured in Gulf Coast, Smartish Pace, cream city review, Bateau, and other journals. He edits the literary journal Owl Eye Review.


Reading Poetry:

John Sherer is from Birmingham, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and is now a second-year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Houston.

Martha Serpas has written two collections of poetry, Côte Blanche and The Dirty Side of the Storm. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, and Southwest Review and in the anthologies, American Religious Poems (from the Library of America) and The Art of the Sonnet. She has participated in the making of a documentary about coastal erosion, Veins in the Gulf. Since 2009 she has taught in the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program.

Sophie Klahr was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1983. Her recent poetry and essays appear or are forthcoming in Lo-Ball, The Normal School, The Rumpus, The Offending Adam and Ploughshares. She is the poetry editor of Gigantic Sequins.

Rhianna Brandt is from Hays, North Carolina. She studied creative writing at Salem College and is now an M.F.A. student at the University of Houston. Her work has appeared in Owl Eye Review.

Layla Benitez-James is a first year MFA candidate in Poetry. She was born and raised in Austin and received her BA in English, Spanish and Creative Writing from Trinity University in San Antonio. Her poetry has been published in the San Antonio Express News.

David Tomas Martinez is a Ph.D. candidate in poetry at the University of Houston. dtm's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry International, Border Voices, Caroline Review, San Diego Writer's Ink Volume 2 & 3 and others. 


Reading Fiction:

Pamela Diamond received an MFA from the Creative Writing Program of the University of Houston where she was awarded two Barthelme Fellowships and a Michener scholarship and the Texas Pen award for fiction. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Southwest Review and Hampton Shorts and collected in Texas Bound.

Formerly, she was director of the Community Outreach and Education Program at the National Institute in Environmental Science UTMB, where she founded the YES! (Youth Environmental School) in Galveston, staffed in part by CWP poets and writers.


Presenting Photographs:

Stacey Farrell is an MFA student in the School of Art at the University of Houston. She chooses to work primarily in lens-based media, and much of her work addresses issues faced by contemporary women. She is originally from Texas, with ties also to the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

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