Literary Arts

Lecture: The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times by Lois Farfel Stark

The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

Buildings, behaviors and beliefs reflect humans' search for pattern and meaning. We can read the past and glimpse the future by watching when shapes shift. Documentary filmmaker, Lois Farfel Stark, will use beautiful photography and fresh perspective of history to take us on a remarkable journey from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids in Egypt, to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China, with many places and shapes in between. Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author. During her distinguished career she produced and wrote documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists and social issues. Members $12, Tickets $18

Aug 28, 2018
Members $12, Tickets $18
6:30 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6:30pm Members $12, Tickets $18
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Texas Playwrights Festival

3 Plays, 3 Playwrights, 6 Readings

Que Será, Giant Monster 

by Brad McEntire 
Charles is having a very rough day. It only gets worse when he runs into an ex who is, herself, having a ridiculously rough day. The giant monster destroying the city doesn’t bode well, either.


by Ben Schroth 
Ganymede, is the story of two brothers—one abducted by space aliens and one left behind by the visitors. Enforcers come to take the boy back and, if not for the assistance of a nosy neighbor, our hero would never find love.


by Stephen Brown 
Megan hates country singer Rick Montgomery, so she and her friend Kimmy have decided tonight’s concert will be his last. As they run from the cops, songs will be sung, people will be shot, and girls will discover the difficulties of revenge.

Jul 26, 2018 to Jul 30, 2018
There are 2 readings with talkbacks of each play, and the playwright will have a chance to revise the script between the readings.
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
7:00 pm, $20.00
Friday Time & Price:
7:00 pm, $20.00
Saturday Time & Price:
2:00 pm, $20.00 and 7:30 pm, $20.00
Sunday Time & Price:
2:00 pm, $20.00 and 7:30 pm, $20.00

Live Social Art Gallery

It is a privilege to invite you to participate at the 5th Annual Jamerson Art Exhibition by buying an exhibition stall, each stall costs $20,000 and an usher will be assigned to you for the duration of the Exhibition. This event will be held at 11503 Gladefield Drive Houston, texas 77099, from the 9th to the 10th of June 2018. The exhibit will begin at 10:00 am and end at 5:00 each day.

This upcoming event is organized for the benefit of individuals of families who wish to explore and find new artworks and it also gives the artists, art dealers and sponsors a chance to network.

We at Jamerson's Arts would appreciate your participation.

Respectfully Yours,

Will Jamerson

Jun 9, 2018
10:00 am
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Saturday Time & Price:
10;00 AM 25.00
Sunday Time & Price:
10;00AM 25.00
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Local Artist and Author, Erin Faith Allen, Launches Second Book - The In Between: A Travel Memoir

On June 23, join Erin Faith Allen for an inside look at her journey through World War II’s most notorious locations and into the depths of the human heart in her new book The In Between: A Travel Memoir. Allen tells not only the story of her own journey but also the stories of brave victims and survivors through powerful, evocative artwork and photographs and writing. By viewing her work, guests are invited to walk with Allen and witness the collective cruelty of humanity while simultaneously celebrating the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Always seeking greater understanding, Allen’s book details her visits sites where unfathomable inhumanity took place in order to comprehend what it truly means to be human.

Saturday, June 23 from 7-10 pm

2101 Winter Street Studios #30B
Jun 23, 2018
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
7-10 pm
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Voices of Color Open Mic: A celebration of Houston Writers


Whether poets or prose writers, playwrights or young adult authors, Houston-based writers of color have roots around the country and globe and work in every conceivable genre, style, and across languages. If you identify as a writer of color, bring your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and everything in-between to read on the Voices of Color stage! Fuente Collective is co-hosting this event with Adrienne Perry, who will be the evening's emcee. 

INFO: This event is free and open to the public. Open mic signup will start at 6.30 pm on the night of the event. Get there early to secure a 5-minute spot. 

WHAT TO READ: Anything. In any language. Bring your poems about Peter Pan, flash fiction about encounters with feral kitties, essays imparting visions of love and world peace, or the newest pages in your YA novel. The field of possibility is wide open, so read work that speaks your truth and share what inspires you. 

WHAT NOT TO READ: We will not tolerate readings that are racist, sexist, ableist, or contain hate speech against any minority groups. We reserve the right to end any reading with material or themes we deem unacceptable for these or other reasons. 

Adrienne Perry grew up in Wyoming and earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2013. From 2014-2016 she served as Editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Adrienne has received a Hedgebrook residency, is a Kimbilio Fellow, a member of the Rabble Collective, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Tidal Basin Review, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel and a collection of essays.
May 9, 2018
7:00 pm

Inprint Rigoberto González & Kevin Prufer Reading

2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint closes out the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown
Reading Series,
in honor of National
Poetry Month,
with celebrated
poets Rigoberto
and Kevin Prufer.
Both authors will read from their work, followed
by an on-stage interview conducted
by University of Houston faculty member Roberto
. The evening will conclude with a
book sale and signing, at which audience members can meet the

RIGOBERTO GONZÁLEZ is the author of more than a dozen books
of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. About Unpeopled Eden—his
most recent poetry collection, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the
Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets—Booklist says, “González writes with unrelenting
honesty, composing long poems of successive septets, with an eye for vivid,
brutal imagery…. With what may be his most ambitious collection yet, González
reaffirms his role as a preeminent voice in Chicano poetics.” His poetry
collection So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until
It Breaks
 was a winner of the National Poetry Series, and his
collection Other Fugitives and Other Strangers won San
Francisco State University’s Poetry Center Book Award. González received
the American Book Award for his memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a
Chicano Mariposa
. His latest book What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood came
out this March. His major works of fiction include the novel Crossing Vines and the story collection Men Without Bliss, as well as two children’s
books. He writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online, is a contributing
editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and
serves as critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times.

KEVIN PRUFER’s sixth poetry collection Churches was described by The New York Times as a “gothic extravaganza
featuring alligators, avalanches and medical devices left inside bodies,
delivered largely in long, musical free verse lines,” and was included on
the Times’ list of “Ten Favorite Poetry Books of 2014.” Publishers Weekly says about his newly
published How He Loved Them,
"Prufer considers the complex relationship between beauty and violence in
his remarkable seventh collection of poetry, tracing the barely perceptible
ways that industrial modernity 'gilds us until we glitter.' " His other
poetry collections include In a Beautiful Country, an Academy of American Poets Notable Book for 2011
and a finalist for the Rilke Prize; National Anthem,
one of Publishers Weekly‘s “Five Best Poetry Books of 2008”
and a “Best Book of the Year” by Virginia Quarterly Review;
and The Finger Bone, winner of the William Rockhill
Nelson Award and finalist for Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award.
The Chautauqua Literary Journal calls him “one
of the most forceful, original, and strikingly urgent voices in contemporary
American poetry.” Prufer serves as editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New
 and co-director of Pleiades Press. His editing
projects include Into English: An Anthology of Multiple
. Prufer is a faculty member at the University of
Houston Creative Writing Program.

Apr 23, 2018
Tickets $5 general admission, available online at
7:30 pm
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Inprint Kwame Alexander Reading

Inprint Cool Brains! Series

Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with
celebrated middle-grade author Kwame Alexander. Mr. Alexander will make a
presentation about his new novel 
Rebound, a follow up to his Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover. Music
by Randy Preston will accompany the presentation.
After the
presentation, he will take questions from the audience, followed by a book
sale and signing, giving fans a chance to visit with him. Books will be
available for sale at the event through the series bookseller Blue Willow
As part of the event, a 100 free copies of Rebound will
be given out to families via a drawing, free poems upon request will be available
by the Inprint Poetry Buskers. Popston
will be available for sale.

Apr 22, 2018
3:00 pm
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Write Wild: A Generative Retreat


WRITE WILD is a day-long creative writing retreat focused on generating new ideas and work. In four 90-minute sessions, each led by a different facilitator, you'll experiment outside your usual form, genre, and style, allowing you to peek around the corner of your usual creative process to discover what lies beyond. 

Cost: $95
Max. participants: 12
Facilitators: Patricia Coral, Tayyba Maya Kanwal, Layla Al-Bedawi, Chelsey Clammer

Write Wild is back with four brand new sessions that facilitate experimentation, collaboration, and working across the genres and forms you are used to. All writers are welcome, as well as visual artists and other creative spirits who want to explore their creativity more through the written word (and feel free to bring a sketchbook or camera, too). Let go of self-censorship, be inspired by creative forces outside yourself, and see how your work changes when you look at it from other angles. 

Sharing your work is always optional. Facilitation will be in English, but you should feel free to write in any language.

For full session descriptions and registration, visit

Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome and Circadian, which was the winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award. Her work has appeared in The Normal School, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, Hobart, Essay Daily, and The Water~Stone Review, among more than one hundred other publications. She is the Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown, a reader for Creative Nonfiction magazine, and an online creative writing instructor and columnist for WOW! Women On Writing. Chelsey received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rainier Writing Workshop. She is currently working on a collection of essays, Human Heartbeat Detected, that looks at the ways in which we are "human" to one another. Clammer is also currently writing a craft book about lyric essays, Sound It Out. She lives in Waco, TX.
May 12, 2018
10:30 am
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How to Submit Your Work Like a Pro

One Day Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTORCassandra Rose Clarke

You’ve drafted your story, poem, or essay. You’ve workshopped it, revised it, polished it—now you just have to get it in front of an editor! But how?

In this workshop we’ll look at the process of submitting finished work to agents and to magazine, journal, and acquisitions editors, answering questions that plague many first-time submitters: How do I format my work? What do I say in a cover letter if I’ve never published before? How do I keep track of my submissions? How do I find markets? And, of course, the biggie: How do I deal with rejection? During the course of the workshop, we’ll navigate the confusing and often contradictory world of publishing. By the end of our time together, you’ll be ready to submit like a pro.

TIME: Saturday, June 16th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 11th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, June 11th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Jun 16, 2018
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 11th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, June 11th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
9:30 pm
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What Writers Need to Know about Publishing

INSTRUCTORElizabeth White-Olsen
TIME: Saturday, September 29th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, September 24th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, September 24th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Do you want to begin publishing your writing but don't know where to start? There are many more options available than there ever have been, and deciding which course is right for you can be a confusing process. Come learn the essentials of the many publishing options, from finding a literary agent to submitting to journals and magazines to self-publishing and assisted publishing, and more. In this workshop, we will cover what will get you ahead with each option, including finding critique groups, hiring editors, purchasing Scrivener software, and crafting pitches and query letters. We will study the benefits and downsides of each potential course and help you clarify what publishing goals are right for you, according to your experience level, skill-sets, and lifestyle. By the end of the workshop, you will walk away well-informed and well-equipped with a set of plans and specific “next steps” that you can take to get ahead in your writing career.

Optional—and, truly, this is optional: Please bring magazines, journals, or blog addresses where you would like to see your writing published, or one or two books similar to the kind of book that you are writing or might like to write. If you’ve written a pitch or a query letter, please bring it.

Sep 29, 2018
9:30 am
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9:30am-12:30pm, $40-$65
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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