Adam PetersonRhianna BrandtWill DonnellyHenk RossouwJustin ChrestmanPatrick Clement JamesWhitney MowerElizabeth LyonsEric HowertonJoseph ScapellatoD'Lynn BarhamChris HutchinsonCaitlin MalingDickson LamFrances Justine PostJohn ShererNancy K. PearsonSelena AndersonKim BrussEdward PorterJanine Joseph
Gulf Coast is proud to present its 2012-2013 Reading Series, featuring twenty-one readers from the University of Houston's nationally-acclaimed graduate program in creative writing.
All readings are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the upstairs room at Rudyard's British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas, 77006.
September 7, 2012
Adam Peterson is the co-editor of The Cupboard, and the author of The Flasher and My Untimely Death. His fiction can be found in Indiana Review, The Normal School, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.
Rhianna Brandt studied creative writing at Salem College in North Carolina and is now an MFA student at the University of Houston, where she teaches first-year composition and creative writing. Her work has appeared in Owl Eye Review.
Will Donnelly is a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston. He was the inaugural Online Editor for Gulf Coast, and his fiction has appeared previously or is forthcoming in Fiction Southeast, The Clockhouse Review, The Potomac Review, Hobart Pulp, and elsewhere.
October 12, 2012
A poet, Henk Rossouw grew up in Cape Town. His writing has appeared in The Boston Review, Transom, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review. In 2009 he gave a reading in Times Square as one of the winners of the Poetry Society of America's Bright Lights Big Verse contest. He graduated in 2011 from the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Justin Chrestman was raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received an MFA from New Mexico State University.
Patrick Clement James, an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Houston, writes and lives in Houston, TX.
November 9, 2012
Whitney Mower grew up a Mormon in Provo, Utah. Thanks to books, rock and roll, and some phenomenal college professors, she left the church to try and become a writer. Last spring she was awarded the Robert J. Sussman Prize for Fiction through Inprint.
Elizabeth Lyons holds a BA in English from the College of Charleston and an MFA in Creative Writing from Purdue University. She has worked with various non-profits, including South Carolina Young Playwrights, Center for Talented Youth, Communities in Schools and Writers in the Schools. She is currently a third-year in the University of Houston's PhD in Creative Writing in poetry, where she serves as a nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast
Eric Howerton is a 4th year PhD in Fiction at the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program, as well as a Gulf Coast fiction editor. Since moving to Houston he has been a restaurant reviewer for Spoon and Barstool Magazine, the frontman for a heavy metal band, the victim of a ham burglary, and last month he successfully completed two of his three comprehensive exams. He is also an avid cook and griller.
January 18, 2013
Joseph Scapellato was born in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. His work appears in The Kenyon Review Online, Post Road, Unsaid, Artifice, Harper Perennial's anthology Forty Stories, and other places. Joseph is Blog Editor at The Collagist.
D'Lynn Barham is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Houston and a fiction editor at Gulf Coast. A native of Louisiana, she lives in Houston with her three kids. She has a passionate love of reading that ranges from the Homeric classics to contemporary fiction. She teaches creative writing with WITS and tutors at HCC. When she is not tending to her family and graduate studies, D'Lynn likes to revisit her favorite classic films starring Katharine Hepburn.
Chris Hutchinson was born in Montreal, grew up in Vancouver, and has since pursued various livelihoods and made his home in such places as Toronto, Dawson City, Edmonton, Kelowna, and New York City. In 2009 he earned his MFA from Arizona State University. During his studies he was the International Poetry Editor for Hayden's Ferry Review, and he taught creative writing in local elementary schools for ASU's Young Writers Program. He is the author of three books of poetry, all published in Canada, including his latest, A Brief History of the Short-lived, Nightwood Editions 2012.
February 8, 2013
Caitlin Maling has published and performed poetry widely through Australia in places such as Blue Dog, Westerly, Quadrant, Going Down Swinging, The Australian, The Sun Herald Extra, and Fremantle Poetry Festival. She has been the winner of the John Marsden Poetry Prize, has twice been awarded Varuna Center Fellowships, and was recently awarded the Department of Culture and the Arts International Scholarship for her MFA studies at the University of Houston.
Dickson Lam earned an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark University and is also a graduate of UC Berkeley and Columbia University.Ê He has taught in small schools in New York, Oakland, and San Francisco, and was a founding teacher at June Jordan School for Equity. He is currently a nonfiction MFA candidate at the University of Houston where he is working on a memoir about his relationship with his absent father.
Frances Justine Post is currently earning her PhD in Poetry at the University of Houston, where she is an editor for Gulf Coast. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, and others.
March 22, 2013
John Sherer is an MFA candidate at the University of Houston. His poems have appeared in Hot Metal Bridge.
Before moving to Houston, Nancy K. Pearson worked as a waitress, a landscaper and a taxi driver. Her first book of poems, Two Minutes of Light, won the 2009 PEN New England Award. A two-year poetry fellow at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, she recently moved to Houston from Cape Cod with her partner, Elizabeth, and their carload of beasts. She is currently an MFA candidate in Nonfiction at the University of Houston
Selena Anderson's work appears or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review Online, NANO Fiction, and elsewhere. She has won scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Carson McCullers Center. She is hard at work on a collection of stories and a novel.
April 12, 2013
Kimberly Bruss is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Houston and a Poetry Editor at Gulf Coast. She is originally from Milwaukee, WI.
Edward Porter's short fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, Booth, Printer's Devil Review, and has been anthologized in Best New American Voices 2010. He has received fellowships in fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the MacDowell Colony, and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. A former Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast, he is currently a fifth year PhD candidate at the University of Houston.
Janine Joseph's poems are forthcoming from or have appeared in Asian American Literary Review, Best New Poets 2011. Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. Janine holds degrees from UC Riverside and the Creative Writing Program at NYU and is currently a fifth year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston, where she is a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.