The April 18th Poetry & Prose reading will feature creative writers who have work featured in the forthcoming issue of the UH Undergraduate literary journal, Glass Mountain: poets Claire Shaffer, David Jones, and Jason Wade and fiction writers Camila Cossio, Christopher Kocurek, and Gabrielle Mendieta. See brief reader biographies below.
For more information about UH’s undergraduate literary journal, check out the Glass Mountain website. Issues of Glass Mountain will be available for sale ($5) at the reading.
The reading is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you at our final reading of the season.
Camila Cossio is a senior at the University of Houston studying Creative Writing and Political Science. She’s been published in The Aletheia Literary Journal and writes for The Daily Cougar. She has previously worked at El Gato, The Houston Chronicle, and was a senator for the Student Government Association at UH. She enjoys re-watching The Big Lebowski.
Claire Schaffer is a senior French Studies major at Rice University. She writes poems and short stories in French, Spanish and English, and has been published in R2 and Poésie en Sorbonne.
Christopher Kocurek is a Houstonian by birth, but has spent a good portion of his life outside of Texas. Upon graduation, he would like to teach English in North Korea or Colombia, all the while finishing his first novel. Christopher was enthralled by writing after he was given a collection of Poe’s short stories and poetry in second grade. Christopher enjoys relaxing and playing the guitar, rock climbing, and sunning. He does not endorse soft drinks. He draws inspiration most notably from: Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ernest Hemingway.
Gabrielle Mendieta was born in New Jersey and has lived in New York, Florida, North Carolina, South America, and Texas. She is currently a senior at University of Houston majoring in Creative Writing and Philosophy. She is applying to several grad programs in Creative Writing as well as MA programs in Interdisciplinary Sexuality Studies. And when she is not doing that, she is making Nietzsche and John Waters mustaches with her hair.
Jason Wade was born in Houston and moved to Raywood, TX at the age of three, and then later to the suburbs of Richmond. He began writing poetry from the inspiration of music in high school and better developed his skills at the University of Houston.