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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BABYLON: We the People

BABYLON: We the People deals with socio-political issues that affect society today, and it is essentially these issues being addressed from the youth's point of view; as to why things like the student walkout (which occurs the day after our show) will be addressed and directly tie into the walkout itself.  A big canvas banner made for the walkout will be on display for the rest of the show. This is the first art show of its kind to be this politically charged, especially with all the students involved. This is in collaboration with two other artists in terms of visual art, and 7 other in terms of performance (including poetry, dance pieces, and sound pieces. The performance aspect of it will last for roughly 20 minutes after the doors open at 3:45.

Apr 19, 2018 to Apr 24, 2018
3:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
7:50 - 4:00
Tuesday Time & Price:
7:50 - 4:00
Thursday Time & Price:
3:45 - 6:00
Friday Time & Price:
7:50 - 4:00

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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Education Programs Coordinator

Salary: Commensurate with experience 

Employer: Society for the Performing Arts 
Location: 615 Louisiana Street, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 
Type: Full-time/Exempt Categories: Education/Administrative/Clerical/Support 

Description: Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) seeks a highly organized, self-motivated team player to coordinate a large, season-long roster of education and community engagement programs in our Education and Community Engagement Department. The full-time Education Coordinator will report to the Director of Education and Community Engagement and must have excellent writing skills and organizational abilities. SPA seeks someone that is familiar with the structure of the Texas educational system and with Texas education standards (TEKS) and who has a strong background or interest in the performing arts and/or education. 

The responsibilities of this position include: 
➢ Coordinate and oversee SPA school and community events such as professional development sessions, preperformance activities, lectures, master classes, a student visual art contest, community events, student matinees and residencies 
➢ Coordinate with the Marketing Department to design and submit departmental posts on social media platforms (e.g., Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) 
➢ Maintain program reports, archival documents and grant application support documents (e.g., program surveys) 
➢ Assist with departmental marketing, including design, mailings, and electronic marketing campaigns 
➢ Update and manage the education department page on the SPA website 
➢ Participate in the development, planning and logistics of education programs with SPA Education staff 
➢ Work as liaison with teachers, schools, community partner-organizations and program participants 
➢ Work with Director of Education and Community Engagement to design professional development for teachers 
➢ Introduce artists and instructors at SPA performances and events 
➢ Transport artists to and from workshops, master classes, lecture/demonstrations and other outreach events 
➢ Manage reservations and process orders for all education and community engagement programs 
➢ Draft correspondences, invoices and department expense reports 
➢ Coordinate SPA Education Committee meetings, volunteer, and intern programs

NOTES: Local residents preferred (no relocation) 

Requirements: BA / BS degree with two or more years of relevant experience preferred • knowledge of the statewide and local educational structure • familiarity with the Texas education standards (TEKS) • ability to handle a high volume of email interactions • experience with scheduling and correspondence • ability to organize and prioritize with a sense of urgency in one’s work habits • demonstrated ability to work with senior staff and the public • superior written and verbal communications skills including grammatical accuracy • experience in grant writing a plus • proficiency with Microsoft Office programs • experience with photography, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and graphic design a plus • fluency in Spanish a plus • non-profit experience and familiarity with issues affecting the industry highly preferred • ability to lift and/or move at least 30 pounds • must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to reliable transportation • work regularly on some weekends and evenings throughout the season 

Time Commitment: Hours: 40 hours per week / M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. plus evenings and weekends
Due Date: May 11, 2018
Contact Name: Shannon Crider
Phone: 713-632-8102 is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

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
Saturday Time & Price:
9:30am-12:30pm, $40-$65
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Novel Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTORCassandra Rose Clarke
TIME: Ten Wednesdays, September 26th; October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, Skip Halloween; November 7th, 14th, 21st, Skip Thanksgiving weekend; December 5th and 12th; 6:00-9:00 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Friday, September 21st: $335 for members, $355 for non-members; After Friday, September 21st $375 for members, $395 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

Do you struggle to keep your stories under 6000 words? Have you ever received feedback comments in short story workshops like, “I want more!” or “This feels like the start of something bigger”? Have you reached the point at which you feel ready to immerse yourself in a piece of writing, rather than dole your stories out in bite-sized chunks, but you’re not quite sure how to venture into a longer form?

If so, then this is the workshop for you. We will focus exclusively on writing the novel, studying the particular challenges and expectations that arise when writing long-form fiction. We’ll talk about building structure and juggling subplots. We’ll look at ways to avoid the dreaded “sagging middle.” And we’ll attempt to answer that age-old question: Should I outline or not? In addition, writers will have the opportunity to see either their completed manuscript or an excerpt critiqued, depending on where they are in the process. Writers with no completed novels are welcome, as are writers of all genres.

Sep 26, 2018
6:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6-9pm, $335-$395
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The Art of Memoir

One Day Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTORJessica Wilbanks

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.” —Maya Angelou

At the heart of our lives are our stories. Stories of times we were lost and found, broken and whole, asleep and awake. The most haunting personal stories steal liberally from the sensory world of poetry and the narrative world of fiction, even as they plumb the depths of real life.

In this memoir workshop, we will excavate our own unique stories and begin to piece them together into a cohesive whole. We will read and discuss short pieces by writers who have mined the threads of their past to build compelling narratives, and we'll work through prompts designed to turn rich, messy fragments into powerful narratives.

All levels of experience are welcome. Workshop participants will also learn techniques for building a strong narrative arc, writing vivid scenes, and prioritizing the rich details that make prose come alive. Please bring your favorite writing tools, such as a laptop or a notebook and pen.

TIME: Saturday, June 9th, 1-4 PM

PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 4th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, June 4th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Jun 9, 2018
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 4th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, June 4th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
1:00 pm
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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