Literary Arts

Author Talk with Heather Morris


The Tattooist of Auschwitz

In 1942, Slovakian Jew, Lale Sokolov, was transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his fluency in multiple languages earned him a promotion from hard labor to the job of Tätowierer, the inmate responsible for tattooing a string of numbers on the arm of each new arrival. While on duty, he calms a petrified young woman about to react unwisely under his needle – and quickly begins to fall in love with Gita, prisoner 34902. “I tattooed her number on her left hand,” Lale recalled in an interview with author Heather Morris, “and she tattooed her number in my heart.”

Finally, Morris shares Lale and Gita’s love story with the world in The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a powerful portrait of courage, sacrifice, and compassion, and a moving memorialization of an enduring love that blossomed, miraculously, in history’s darkest time and place. Books will be available for purchase for a book-signing after the book talk. This event is free, but advance registration is required.

Heather Morris is a writer and native of New Zealand, now residing in Australia.

This event is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Museum Houston.
When:
Apr 24, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
FREE
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Author Talk with Caroline Moss & Michelle Markowitz


Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails

Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails, texts, and direct messages.

Michelle Markowitz, a writer and producer, has been featured in the New York Times, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and MTV. Caroline Moss has written for New York Magazine, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Business Insider.

When:
Apr 16, 2019
Cost:
$12 Member | $18 Public (senior discount available)
Time:
7:30 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
$12 Member | $18 Public (senior discount available)
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Opening Reception: 2019 Core Exhibition


5101 Montrose Blvd

Houston, TX 77006

 

The 2019 Core Exhibition featuring new work by the 2018-2019 Core Program Fellows: Shobun Baile, Gustavo Gomez-Brechtel, Maria Bang Espersen, Ryan Hawk, Devin Kenny, leo, Elizabeth M. Webb, and Peng Zuqiang. 

Also a chance to pick up the 2019 Core Publication featuring a text by Critical Studies Resident Will Harris.

Exhibition Runtime: March 21 through April 25, 2019, in the
Leslie and Brad Bucher Gallery & Levant Foundation Gallery at the Glassell School of Art.

When:
Mar 21, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm
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Newsworthy by Deborah DEEP Mouton Book Launch


The Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium

University of Houston - Downtown
1 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

 

Join us for the book launch of Houston's Poet Laureate, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton. We will celebrate the release of her collection, Newsworthy: Poems. The price of admission is the purchase of her book which can be ordered here:
http://www.bloomsdayliterary.com/deborah-deep-mouton

This event is free to the UHD community and entrance will be given with a valid UHD ID. The first 10 UHD students will be given a free paperback copy.

The Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (A350) is located on the 3rd floor (Main Street Level) of the Academic Building. This event is sponsored by the UHD English Department and Cultural Enrichment Center. 

When:
Apr 20, 2019
Cost:
Free for UHD Community; book is the price of admission to the event
Time:
6:30 pm
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Brunch and Conversation with Ariel Burger


Brunch and Conversation with Ariel Burger 
Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
Sunday, Apr 14 | 10:30 AM

This profoundly hopeful, thought-provoking, and inspiring book takes us inside Elie Wiesel’s classroom. As Wiesel’s teaching assistant, Ariel Burger gives us a front-row seat witnessing these remarkable exchanges in and out of the classroom.

Burger first met Wiesel at age fifteen. Witness chronicles the intimate conversations between these two men over decades, as Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey. Burger is a writer, artist, teacher and rabbi.

Patron Sponsor: Leah Stolar & Bruce Kessler

$18 Member | $27 Public (includes brunch and lecture)


For more information, please contact Rabbi Samantha Safran at ssafran@erjcchouston.org or 713.595.8183. 
When:
Apr 14, 2019
Cost:
$25 Member | $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)
Time:
10:30 am
Sunday Time & Price:
$25 Member | $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)
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Hanif Abdurraqib - Go Ahead in the Rain


Brazos Bookstore presents Hanif Abdurraqib for his New York Times Bestselling book GO AHEAD IN THE RAIN. 

How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, We Got It from Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service, which arrived when fans needed it most, in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group’s history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre-bending as the rap group itself.

Abdurraqib traces the Tribe’s creative career, from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Their work is placed in the context of the broader rap landscape of the 1990s, one upended by sampling laws that forced a reinvention in production methods, the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that threatened to destroy the genre, and some record labels’ shift from focusing on groups to individual MCs. Throughout the narrative Abdurraqib connects the music and cultural history to their street-level impact. Whether he’s remembering The Source magazine cover announcing the Tribe’s 1998 breakup or writing personal letters to the group after bandmate Phife Dawg’s death, Abdurraqib seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest; truths that—like the low end, the bass—are not simply heard in the head, but felt in the chest.

This event is Free and Open to the Public.

https://www.brazosbookstore.com/event/hanif-abdurraqib-go-ahead-rain

 

 

When:
Mar 21, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
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Gulf Coast Reading Series, with Eloisa Amezcua


Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. She earned a BA in English from the University of San Diego, where she was the recipient of the Lindsey J. Cropper Award for Creative Writing in Poetry selected by Ilya Kaminsky. In 2014, she completed the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She's received fellowships & scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Workshop, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, & the NY State Summer Writers Institute.

Michelle Orsi is from Spokane, Washington, where she received her BA in English and Spanish from Gonzaga University. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Reflection and Lilac City Fairy Tales Vol IV: Towers and Dungeons, among others. She currently serves as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and teaches at the University of Houston, where she is pursuing her MFA in Poetry.

Charlotte Wyatt is a third-year MFA student in the UH Creative Writing program. She is the recipient of a 2018 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize for fiction, and was the 2017-18 Inprint/Creative Writing Program Fellow. She has served as a Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast and has taught fiction in Houston with Inprint, the Boldface Conference, and WITS. Charlotte also serves as the Fiction Director and Director of Admissions for the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference.

LeeAnne Carlson is a second year MFA student in fiction at the University of Houston, where she daily explores the blurry line between what is fiction and what is not. She has been published in Glass Mountain, Furtive Dalliance, and The University of Houston Magazine. She is a juried poet for the 2018 Houston Poetry Fest and serves as Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast. In her spare time she milks goats, makes cheese, and tries to instil order upon her life. Sometimes she succeeds. 

When:
Mar 22, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
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Nuestra Palabra's 21st Anniversary Showcase


Happy Spring of Latino Art, Houston. Are you ready for Latino Art Now 2019? It is here. 

Experience LAN 2019 with an evening of the leading Latino writers, thinkers, and artists of our time celebrating the work of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say.

Featured speakers:

Host: NP Founder writer Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante
https://www.mantecahtx.com/profiles/tony-diaz.html

The God Father of Chicano Literature, Dagoberto Gilb who is the author of nine books, including The Magic of Blood, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, Woodcuts of Women, Gritos, The Flowers, and Before the End, After the Beginning. He is also the editor of two canonical anthologies, Hecho en Tejas: Texas Mexican Literature and Mexican American Literature, and the founding editor of Huizache, the country's best Latino literary magazine

Mari Carmen Ramirez is The MFAH Wortham Curator of Latin American Art. She will discuss the museum's holdings of Mexican American and Latino art. 

Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia will make a special announcement on a new Latino Art Initiative. 

The evening will feature leading Latino writers, thinkers and leaders, as well as 3 Nuestra Palabra 2nd Generation Writers who began writing with Nuestra Palabra and are now nationally published authors.

Poet Lupe Mendez will present his his new book "Why I Am Like Tequila". https://www.mantecahtx.com/profiles/lupe-mendez.html

Poet Jasminne Mendez will read from her new book "Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry".

Poet Leslie Contreras Schwartz will read from her book "Nightbloom & Cenote". https://www.mantecahtx.com/profiles/leslie-contreras-schwartz.html

Admission is free. Visit www.NuestraPalabra.orgto rsvp your seats. 

When:
Apr 3, 2019
Cost:
Free, $21 suggested donation
Time:
6:30 pm
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REELpoetry/HoustonTX


WHEN:  March 22-24, 2019 various times (see below)

 

WHERE: Multiple locations (see below)

 

WHAT: See and be seen with filmmakers, poets and artists at this three day event.

 

PRICE: $10-15 for single events or SAVE with 2 day pass for $25 or 3 day pass for $30. Two and three day passes also include FREE screening of our feature documentary, "BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez"

 

Friday, March 22, 8:30-10:30 PM at Brasil Screening Houston video with live 4-D performances by local poets on screen. Single ticket $10

 

Saturday, March 23, 9:30-11:00 AM at Salento Cinepoetry Workshop What is Cinepoetry? Come for breakfast and go beyond the intersection of Film and Poetry in this workshop with Dr. Toni Holland. Limited to 18 partipants. Individual ticket $10

 

Saturday, March 23 2:30-5:30 PM at University of Houston-Downtown, Welcome Center, One N Main St, Houston, TX 77002 Screening cinepoetry (each under 5 minutes) coming from Austria, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Scotland, Taiwan, Ukraine, USA and a panel discussion. Single ticket $15 

 

Saturday, March 23, 7:00-9:00 PM at University of Houston-Downtown, Welcome Center, One N Main St, Houston, TX 77002  "BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez." In the words of Maya Angelou, "Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes, she roars. And, when she sleeps, other creatures walk gingerly.” In this gripping documentary, Sanchez reveals how she became "a poet with razor blades between her teeth." Discussion led by Ayokunle Falomo. FREE with Two and Three Day passes. 

 

Saturday, March 23, 9:30 PM until ? at Rudyards socialize and network with filmmakers, poets and artists.

 

Sunday, March 24, 1:20-3:25 PM at MATCHbox1, 3400 Main, Houston 77002 Two of the best beat poet documentaries from filmmaker Robert Frank features ledgendary beat poets and their buddies including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers, Peter Orlovsky, William Burroughs, Abbie Hoffman, Ken Keasey and more. PLUS WITS student video; Stalina Villareal & Ivette Roman live performance; Outspoken Bean's premier of Season 3 #midweekstanzas; Single ticket $15

 

Sunday, March 24, 4:15-5:45 PM at MATCHbox1 "BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez." (see above) FREE with Two and Three Day passes. 

 

SAVE by buying a 2 Day Pass for $25 or a 3 Day Pass for $30, and see our featured documentary FREE.

 

When:
Mar 22, 2019 to Mar 24, 2019
Cost:
$10-$30
Time:
8:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Location:

2019 New American Voices Play Reading Series

What's Next in the American Theatre

The Landing Theatre Company’s New American Voices Play Reading Series is an annual event showcasing four plays written by outstanding emerging playwrights from across the United States.  From an eminently competitive pool of submitted plays, the Winners are:

 

The Impossible Escape of Don Misterioso

by Hal Borden

Directed by Jonathan Gonzalez

Friday, March 15 @ 7pm

 

W for the Gilbster

by David Spence

Directed by Eric Moore

Saturday, March 16 @ 1pm

 

land of no mercy: un drama americana 

(en zvey aktn)

by Rae Binstock

Directed by Stephen Miranda

Saturday, March 16 @ 7pm

 

Ms. Emma Mole

by Cecile Pace

Directed by Jennifer Decker

Sunday, March 17 @ 2pm


READINGS ARE FREE or Join the VIP Experience which includes: Reservations For All Readings, VIP Seating, Complimentary Beverages at Each Reading

When:
Mar 15, 2019 to Mar 17, 2019
A talkback with playwright, director and actors will occur after each show.
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7 PM FREE
Saturday Time & Price:
1 PM and 7 PM FREE
Sunday Time & Price:
2 PM FREE


PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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