May 2016 Reading!
May 26, 2016 @ 8:30 PM
When you love something, you let it go, or alternately, you call it repeatedly, leaving whispery voicemails after a night of drinking, and you stalk it on Facebook while parked outside its house late at night to find out whether or not its stepping out on you because OH NO HE DIDN’T and you call its name into the dark until it yeilds to your undying and endless love or calls the police.
Join us as we say goodbye to co-organizer Jameelah Lang and celebrate the scary-crazy love that bonds Poison Penners past and present with a ONE TIME ONLY FIRST TIME EVER NEVER TO BE REPEATED gathering of our reading series organizers past and present.
MAT JOHNSON is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. He is a Professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
DAVE MACLEAN’s memoir, The Answer to the Riddle is Me, is available through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the US and through Short Books in the UK. It was named one of Kirkus’s Best Books of 2014 and won Best Biography or Memoir of 2014 by the Society of Midland Authors. He has taught at the University of Chicago, New Mexico State University, University of Houston, Columbia College, and The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
SCOTT REPASS is a writer, business owner, and a Montrose philanthropist. He is the author of a novel–LAST CALL LOUNGE–and children’s books and holds a Masters in Film, for which he wrote a thesis on body-switching movies. He is one of the owners of Poison Girl Bar, Little Dipper, Black Hole, Antidote, and one of the founding partners of OKRA Charity Saloon. He is opening a coffee shop in Marathon, Texas.
ERIKA JO BROWN is the author of What a Lark!, published by Further Adventures Press in 2011, and I’m Your Huckleberry, put out by Brooklyn Arts Pressin 2014. She was educated at Cornell University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Capote Fellow in Poetry. Most recently, Brown taught at Savannah State University and co-curated the Seersucker Shots reading series. Brown is currently a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
JAMEELAH LANG holds an MFA from the University of Kansas and a PhD from the University of Houston. Her fiction appears in The Kenyon Review and Pleiades, and she has been the recent receipent of awards from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, VCCA, and the Hub City Writers Project. In the Fall of 2016, she will join Franklin College as Assistant Professor of English.
GREG OAKS teaches English and Creative Writing at Lone Star College–University Park. He holds a PhD from the University of Houston and an MFA from Texas State. His work appears in The Gettysburg Review, Cimmaron Review, Camera Obscura, and elsewhere.
CASEY FLEMING’s work has appeared in Sojourners Magazine, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Sugar & Rice, and Literary Mama, among other print and online publications. Her writing has been a finalist for the Iowa Review Prize in Nonfiction, the Willis Barnstone Translating Poetry Award, and a runner-up for the Tobias Wolff Award in Creative Nonfiction. She teaches memoir writing at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer and critical theory and literature at The Kinkaid School.