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An Evening with Margaret Atwood 
Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm 
(Jones Hall for the Performing Arts), 615 Louisiana Street) 
Atwood will speak on a wide range of issues relating to literature, social activism, political engagement, the creative process, the artist’s role in society, technology and art, and, of course, her own accomplished body of work. Her pithy observations and witty comments enlighten and challenge audiences to think critically about our relationship to words and language. “The answers you get from literature,” she has said, “depend on the questions you pose.  

Jennifer Tamayo: La Queeradora 
Wednesday, April 10, 5pm 
(MATCH, 3400 Main Street) 
Jennif(f)er Tamayo’s La Queeradora installation sits at the intersection of digital cultural production and embodied cultural performance. It asks: How do material bodies, whose lives hold an archive of cultural knowledge and experience, compete with a manufactured and digitally porous production of identity? 

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Justin Torres, Erika Jo Brown, Dallas Saylor, Brenden Oliva 
Friday, April 12 7pm 
(Julia Idelson Bldg550 McKinney St) 
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Lawndale Art Center. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. 

Jessica Greenbaum with Hayan Charara, Paul Otremba, Analicia Sotelo 
Tuesday, April 16, 7pm 
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street) 
Jessica Greenbaum is the author of Inventing Difficulty, winner of the Gerald Cable Prize, and The Two Yvonnes, chosen by Paul Muldoon for The Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the NEA, and of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America for the poems in Spilled and Gone. She teaches inside and outside academia, and lives in her native Brooklyn. 

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton reads from Newsworthy 
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 PM 
(Uh Downtown) 
Bloomsday Literary will launch Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton’s debut poetry collection, Newsworthy. Mouton, an internationally-recognized performance poet, is the first African-American Poet Laureate of Houston. She was Poet Laureate during Hurricane Harvey, and was recognized as the poet who helped heal Houston. 

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Tayari Jones & Richard Powers
Monday, April 22, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18)
“Tayari Jones has emerged as one of the most important voices of her generation,” writes Essence. The Los Angeles Times calls her “a bard of the modern South, a writer whose skill at weaving stories is matched only by her compassion for her characters.” Her most recent novel An American Marriage became an instant New York Times bestseller, was an Oprah Book Club Pick, and described by The New Yorker as “powerful…. both sweeping and intimate—at once an unsparing exploration of what it means to be black in America and a remarkably lifelike portrait of a marriage.” Her other novels include Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow, added to the NEA Big Read Library of Classics and named a #1 Indie Next Pick. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and  Callaloo. Among her many awards, she has been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Richard Powers, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, “may be one of America’s most ambitious novelists,” says the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. According to The Washington Post, “Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories while delving into subjects many readers would otherwise find arcane…. genetics, pharmaceuticals, artificial intelligence, music, and photography.” His 12 bestselling novels include The Echo Maker, winner of the National Book Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Time of Our Singing, winner of the Ambassador Award; Orfeo, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and Generosity: An Enhancement. He will read from his New York Times bestseller The Overstory, which the Financial Times calls “a Great American eco-novel.” Spanning decades, with “talking” trees, a diverse cast of characters, and an unfolding catastrophe, Powers shows “he has the courage and intellectual stamina to explore our most complex social questions with originality, nuance, and an innate skepticism about dogma” (The Atlantic).

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by novelist/poet/activist/UH Creative Writing Program faculty member Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – plus a book sale and signing.

Poetry & Prose presents a reading by Glass Mountain contributors
Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 pm
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus.
Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Poison Pen Reading Series feat. Ryan Black, Esther Lin, Giuseppe Taurino
Thursday, April 25, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Music & Literature No. 9 Launch 
FridayApril 26, 7pm 
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street) 
Please join us for the official U.S. launch of the 9th volume of Music & Literature, the magazine dedicated to publishing and promoting the work of excellent yet unheralded artists from around the world. This program celebrates the two artists featured in M&L no. 9: Swiss author Peter Bichsel and Canadian poet Sylvia Legris. Legris joins us in-store, along with her US publisher, Barbara Epler of New Directions Books, for an evening of readings and discussion around her relentlessly evolving body of work. Award-winning novelist and M&L no. 9 contributor Guy Vanderhaeghe presents alongside Daniel Peña and other special guests, including musicians and M&L publisher Taylor Davis-Van Atta. 

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, May 30, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.