Gulf Coast & Bat City Review Present: A Reading with Nick Flynn, Kurt Heinzelman, Taisia Kitaiskaia, and Dan Chu

February 6 2017

Brazos Bookstore
7 00 pm

Nick Flynn has received fellowships and awards from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation, PEN, and The Library of Congress. Some of the venues his poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and National Public Radio’s This American Life. He is currently a professor on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston, where he is in residence each spring. In 2015 he published his ninth book, My Feelings (Graywolf), a collection of poems. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

Poet, scholar, translator, and editor, Kurt Heinzelman is Editor-at-Large of Bat City Review and former Director of Creative Writing at the University of Texas. His latest book of poetry is Intimacies & Other Devices (2013), and he is the translator of Jean Follain’s 1953 collection Territoires under the title Demarcations. A new book of poems, Whatever You May Say, is forthcoming in 2017 and Mud Flowers & Bush Birds: Collected Translations in 2018. A member of the Cunda International Workshop for Translators of Turkish Literature in Istanbul, he is also Honorary Professor at Swansea University (Wales).

Dan Chu is completing his MFA in poetry at the University of Houston. He is a recipient of a Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize and serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.

Taisia Kitaiskaia is the author of two forthcoming books: Literary Witches (Hachette/Seal 2017), illustrated by Katy Horan, and Ask Baba Yaga (Andrews McMeel 2017). She has an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and her poems can be found in journals such as Crazyhorse, Pleiades, jubilat, Guernica, Gulf Coast, and Fence.

Gulf Coast 30th Anniversary Party Featuring Danez Smith

January 21 2017

Lawndale Arts Center
4912 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002
7 00 pm

Danez Smith is recipient of a 2016 NEA award, the author of [insert] boy (2014, YesYes Books), winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Their 2nd collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. They are also the author of two chapbooks, hands on ya knees  & black movie, winner of the Button Poetry Prize. Their work has published & featured widely including in The Late Show, Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Button Poetry, Blavity, Ploughshares & more. They are a 2014 Ruth Lilly – Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. Danez is a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, placing 2nd in 2014. They edit for The Offing & is a founding member of 2 collectives, Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club. Danez lives in the midwest most of the time. 

Gulf Coast 28.2 and Unsung Masters Release Party

April 14 2016

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose
Houston, TX 77006
7 00 pm

Gulf Coast’s newest issue, dubbed “The Archive Issue,” and the latest installment of the Unsung Masters Series, are both funded in part through an Innovations grant from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. The new issue includes eight locally and nationally known authors’ original responses to items held by the University of Houston’s Special Collections. These pairings of image and original text are stunning. On the 14th, Lupe Mendez and Nishta Mehra, two of the Houston-based authors participating in the project, will read their work and join Ben Johnson and Erika Jo Brown, editors of the latest Unsung Masters Series volume, in a conversation about the rich possibilities for authors, artists, and scholars in archives and archival work. The evening promises inspiring readings and discussion.
The Unsung Masters Series focuses on an important writer who has been unjustly neglected and/or whose work is currently out of print. The newest volume highlights divisive writer and critic Beatrice Hastings, who contributed prolifically to modernist magazines. In addition to literary criticism and political commentary, she wrote fiction and essays, often about issues affecting women. A native South African and naturalized Londoner, she lived in Paris at the onset of WWI and chronicled changes in the city.  

This project is a collaboration between Gulf Coast and Pleiades Press and is supported by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.