Reading

Bad Love: A Dark Valentine's Eve Reading and Open Mic


THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Love is not always roses and chocolates. Sometimes love is dark, sometimes it's a punch in the gut, and sometimes it's just laugh-out-loud ridiculous. This Valentine's Eve, join us for a different kind of Valentine's reading--one that doesn't focus on the happily-ever-afters but that instead lingers on all that is less than perfect in, about, and around the subject of love. We'll feature three special guest readers, Jasminne Mendez, Chelsey Clammer, and Adrienne Perry, and will then open the stage to any and all Houston writers and poets for an open mic session. Bring your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and everything in-between!

Open mic signup will be on the night of the event, and will be starting at 6.30 pm. Get there early to secure a 5-minute spot on the Bad Love stage.

WHAT TO READ: Anything about bad love, sad love, love gone hilariously wrong, love cynically rejected, love misplaces, love lost. Feel free to interpret the theme widely: it doesn't have to be romantic love--you can talk about family relations gone sour, friends turned enemies, your cat whom you love but who hates you, or the book you tried to love but that sorely disappointed your expectations. We can't wait to see how you interpret the theme!

WHAT NOT TO READ: We will not tolerate readings containing/promoting acts of violence committed in the name of love. 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. 

When:
Feb 13, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:

Inprint Ann M. Martin Cool Brains! Reading

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

The 2017/2018 Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young
People
presents Newbery Honor Award winner
Ann M. Martin
, author of the popular Baby-sitters Club books, reading from her New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Rain Reign, which raises awareness
about autism and the impact of hurricanes on kids and the pets they love. 
The first 200 families will
receive a free signed copy of
Rain Reign


Ms. Martin will have an
on-stage conversation with Valerie
Koehler from Blue Willow Bookshop and take questions from the audience.
Afterward, Houston Pets Alive! will share dog stories from
Hurricane Harvey, which opened a
shelter and saved more than 1,800 dogs and cats from the storm. The event will
conclude with a book sale and signing giving fans a chance to meet the author.
Bus scholarships are available for student groups by contacting
info@inprinthouston.org.

Ann M. Martin is the beloved author of more than 35 books in the
popular Baby-sitters Club series
. Her other novels for
middle-grade readers, ages 8-12, include 
Ten Rules for Living
with My Sister
Ten Good and
Bad Things About My Life
, and Everything
for a Dog
. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of
the Universe
.

Her latest New York Times bestseller Rain Reign is a powerful story about Rose Howard, a
charming and spunky girl on the autism spectrum, the dog she loves, and a
hurricane that changes everything. 
The New York
Times Book Review
 writes,
“Ann M. Martin, a Newbery Honor winner, offers this affecting, elegantly
burnished middle-grade book about a girl with autism. . . . And yet the book
isn’t actually about autism, or even any coming-of-age theme. It’s about love
and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids–all kids–need
but often don’t get.” Author Kate DiCamillo calls it “heartbreaking and
heart-mending at the same time.”

When:
Jan 14, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

Inprint Katherine Paterson Reading

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

KATHERINE PATERSON, two-time winner of the Newbery
Medal and the National Book Award, has captivated young readers for over four
decades and is the author of more than 30 books. Her bestselling middle grade
novels, among others, include Bridge
to Terabithia
 and The Great
Gilly Hopkins
. She comes to Houston to share her latest middle grade
novel My Brigadista Year, which
Booklist describes as “a fascinating...portrayal of a turbulent time in history,” and
Kirkus Reviews says, “the themes of literacy, freedom, and community stay
strong. Educational and inspiring.”
On September 26, 1960, Fidel Castro
declared to the United Nations that Cuba would eradicate illiteracy within one
year. More than 100,000 students from the cities volunteered as brigadistas in
the campaign; most of them were 12 to 19 years old and over half were
women. Publishers Weekly writes,
“Paterson’s story is without political agenda, focusing instead on an
improbable (and successful) literacy campaign and how it dramatically expands
the world of one sheltered but determined girl.” Ms. Paterson’s other awards include
the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s
Literature, she is well known for her work in promoting literacy in the United
States and internationally, and in 2000 the Library of Congress named her a
Living Legend.

Ms. Paterson will make a lively presentation about her book,
followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book sale and signing. 

When:
Nov 12, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

Inprint Nathan Englander & Nicole Krauss Reading

2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

The 2017/2018 Inprint
Margarett Root Brown Reading Series kicks off with award-winning fiction
writers Nathan Englander & Nicole Krauss.

Nathan Englander’s collection What We Talk about When We Talk
about Anne Frank
 was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize,
won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book and an NPR Best Book
of 2012. Michael Chabon hailed the collection as “certifiable
masterpieces of contemporary short-story art.” Englander’s other works include
the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable
Urges
, the novel The Ministry of Special
Cases, 
and the play  The Twenty-Seventh Man.
He will read from his new novel, coming out in September, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, a political
thriller set in the conflicted Israeli-Palestinian
region.

 

Nicole Krausswhose work
has been translated into more than 35 languages, is, according to The New York Times, “one of America’s most
important novelists.” Her novel Great House was
a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love won the William Saroyan Prize
and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger. About her new novel Forest Dark, coming out in September, Publishers Weekly writes, “Krauss’s elegant,
provocative, and mesmerizing novel is her best yet…. Vivid, intelligent, and
often humorous, this novel is a fascinating tour de force.”

Reading followed by
on-stage interview, book sale, and signing.

When:
Sep 18, 2017
Cost:
General admission tickets $5 available at www.inprinthouston.org
Time:
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
General Categories: 

Inprint Colm Tóibín Reading

2016/2017 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

The
2016/2017 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series concludes with internationally
celebrated Irish writer Colm Tóibín. Three times shortlisted
for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín 
has received critical acclaim for his short stories,
nonfiction works, plays, poetry, and novels, including Brooklyn, Nora Webster, and his latest, House of Names. Booklist, in a
starred review, describes House of Names—which
is a retelling of the legend of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon—as "brilliant...gripping...The selfish
side of human nature is...made tangible and graphic in Tóibín's lush
prose." His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. 

 

The
reading will be followed by an on-stage interview conducted by novelist and
University of Houston Honors College faculty member Robert Cremins, and a book
sale and signing.
Inprint
and Houston Public Media will also live stream the reading on www.inprinthouston.org and www.houstonpublicmedia.org/inprint.

When:
May 8, 2017
Cost:
Tickets $5 general admission, available online at www.inprinthouston.org
Time:
7:30 pm
Location:
General Categories: 

Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion at Rockstar Gallery: Bringing two art forms together, art and poetry!

An Ekphrastic Poetry Experience. Poets, join
us for this one of a kind contest, based on Allen Ginsberg’s famous
phrase “First thought best thought” which described the Beat poets’ love
for spontaneity and immediacy in the arts. You are invited to
contemplate artwork by the featured artists at Rockstar gallery and to
write a poem in response to one of the pieces. Yes, you will turn down
your inner editor and tune in to what the art says to you in the moment.
Poets will have one hour to pen an ekphrastic poem, which they will
read to an audience of listeners, posting their poem beside the piece
that inspired it. The audience will then vote on their favorite poem of
the evening. Editing is overrated! It is time to just combust!

When:
Apr 19, 2017
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a night of art and poetry! Write a poem on your favorite piece of art, and read it at the end of the night, or just come and enjoy the night and see the art and hear the poetry.
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
7:00 - 9:30 FREE
Location:

Writefest Keynote Reading at Brazos Bookstore

Writefest: A Literary Journal Festival for Emerging Writers

Join us for an evening with our Writefest 2017 keynote speakers, award-winning authors Ken Liu and Kelly Luce. The reading will take place on Friday, March 10th at 7 pm, at Brazos Bookstore. Both authors will read from their work, answer audience questions during a following Q&A, and stay for a book-signing (books by both authors will be available at Brazos).

About the authors: 
Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog,Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.
Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms(2016) as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016).
In addition to his original fiction, Ken is also the translator of numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin’s series, Death’s End (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction,Invisible Planets (2016).
He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
​Kelly Luce grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years.
​Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, Electric Literature, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, and other publications. She received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin in 2015 and lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
She is a contributing editor for Electric Literature and a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Her debut novel, Pull Me Under, was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

About Writefest:
Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.For more information about the festival, visit www.writefesthouston.com or @WritefestTX. Writefest is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writespace is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts.

Free and open to the public.
When:
Mar 10, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7:00pm FREE
Location:
General Categories: 

Writefest Workshoppers Showcase & Open Mic

Writefest: A Literary Journal Festival for Emerging Writers

OPEN MIC
​THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH 7-9PM
LOCATION:​BRASIL
2604 DUNLAVY ST, HOUSTON, TX 77006

In keeping with tradition, we're once again hosting a big open mic event on the Thursday night of Writefest week! Join us to hear Writefest workshoppers read some of the the pieces they've been working on, as well as other Houston poets and writers who want to share their work.

Any genre and form. 
5 minutes per reader. 

Free and open to the public. 

To sign up to read, send us an email at write@writespacehouston.org.

About Writefest:
Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.For more information about the festival, visit www.writefesthouston.com or @WritefestTX. Writefest is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writespace is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts.
When:
Mar 9, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
7:00PM FREE
Location:

Writefest Instructor's Reading & Holler Happy Hour

Writefest: A Literary Journal Festival for Emerging Writers

Writefest Instructor's Reading & Holler Happy Hour
March 8th, 2017 6-10pm. 
FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Join us Wednesday, March 8th 2017, 6-10pm for a literary evening featuring this year's Writefest workshop instructors, who will read excerpts of their work in a variety of genres. The reading will start at 7pm, but we'd love for you to join us as early as 6 pm to enjoy a $4-Beers Happy Hour hosted by Holler Brewing Co., Sawyer Yard's newest brewery. Local food truck Pita Bites will be on site.

Featured Readers: 
Kathy Fish - Instructor for Flash Fiction
Julia Rios - Instructor for Speculative Fiction
Thomas H. McNeely - Instructor for Fiction
Chelsey Clammer - Instructor for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Leslie Contreras Schwartz - Instructor for Poetry
Cassandra Clarke - Bonus Session Instructor
Marian Szczepanski - Bonus Session Instructor

About Writefest:
Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.For more information about the festival, visit www.writefesthouston.com or @WritefestTX. Writefest is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writespace is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts.

This event is free and open to the public.
When:
Mar 8, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6:00PM FREE
Location:

Writespace presents Writefest

An Emerging Writers Festival and Literary Journal Festival

Writefest is a week-long writers festival hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a literary journal fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors. This is the second year of the event, which is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Award-winning authors Ken Liu and Kelly Luce will be presenting keynote addresses during the festival’s weekend activities. In collaboration with Brazos Bookstore, the keynotes will also read from selected works on Friday.


When:
Mar 6, 2017 to Mar 12, 2017
Cost:
Ticketed and Free
Time:
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Tuesday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Wednesday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Thursday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Friday Time & Price:
9:00am-9:00pm, Ticketed and Free
Saturday Time & Price:
9:00am-7:00pm, Ticketed and Free
Sunday Time & Price:
9:30am-4:00pm, Ticketed and Free


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