Reading Series September 2021

September 24 2021

Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
07 00 pm

7 PM CDT - Gulf Coast Reading Series event featuring Micah Dean Hicks, Pritha Bhattacharyya, Weijia Pan, and Theodora Ziolkowski.

We're excited to be bringing the 2021–2022 Gulf Coast Reading Series back to Lawndale Art Center and back to real life. Please join us for our first event of this year, on September 24th at 7pm (doors open at 6:30). RSVP on Facebook (optional).

Please note:
Masks will be required while indoors at this event.
Social distancing is encouraged.

This event is produced in partnership with Lawndale Art Center.

Micah Dean Hicks is the author of the novel Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones and the story collection Electricity and Other Dreams. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, has been awarded the Calvino Prize, and is a two-time finalist for the Nelson Algren Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and FantasyThe New York TimesLightspeedNightmare, and elsewhere. Hicks grew up in rural southwest Arkansas. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida.

Pritha Bhattacharyya is a Bengali American fiction writer. She is a fiction PhD candidate at the University of Houston, and she received her MFA from Boston University, where she was awarded the Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship to travel to Osaka, Japan. Her work appears or is forthcoming in EcotoneNinth LetterNashville Review, and has received support from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Weijia Pan is a poet, writer, and translator originally from Shanghai, China. Prior to entering the MFA program in poetry at the University of Houston, he read comparative literature at UCLA, then worked as an education consultant for high-schoolers in China. He writes in both English and Chinese.

Theodora Ziolkowski is the author of On the Rocks, winner of a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, and Mother Tongues, winner of The Cupboard's 2015 Contest. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Writer's Chronicle, Short Fiction (England), Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Theodora has received support from the Vermont Studio Center, the National Alumni Association (University of Alabama), and Inprint (Houston, Texas). She has taught creative writing workshops for Inprint, Grackle & Grackle Writing Enterprises, Writespace, and the University of Alabama. Recently, she served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and Fiction Editor for Big Fiction. She is the recipient of an Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing.

The Gulf Coast Reading Series is grateful for the support of the following organizations: Lawndale Art Center; Humanities Texas; the Brown Foundation; Houston Endowment, Inc.; Inprint; the National Endowment for the Arts; Poets & Writers; the Texas Commission on the Arts; the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program and School of Art; the Gulf Coast Board of Trustees, including Board President Misty Matin and Vice President Laura Callaway; the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, cosponsored by the Academy of American Poets, the National Book Foundation, and CLMP.