November Reading with the Editors of Gulf Coast

By on November 10, 2016

14963288_10153934796826440_1019771219016629734_nWell, this has been a shitty week. Next week, enjoy an event that’s the opposite of shitty–the Gulf Coast editors reading at Poison Pen on Thursday, November 17th at 8:30 p.m.!


Christian Bancroft
Melanie Brkich
Erika Jo Brown
Corey Campbell
Alex McElroy
Jonathan Meyer
Michele Nereim
Georgia Pearle
Luisa Muradyan Tannahill

And if anyone goes over 3 minutes, you get to heckle them! But who are they really, you may ask. These are their stories:

In addition to writing and teaching, Jonathan Meyer has spent time as a journalist, rock musician, bookseller, and oil rig worker. His fiction and essays have appeared in Microchondria, Gauge, The Emerson Review, The Boston Phoenix, and elsewhere. He is completing an MFA in Fiction at UH, where he serves as Online Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast.

Christian Bancroft is the recipient of a Michener Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, The Missouri Review, Make it New, and Asymptote, among others. He is a PhD candidate in literature at UH, where he is working on a book of poetry and a dissertation on queering translation.

Georgia Pearle is an alumna of Smith College and holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Lesley University. Her work has appeared in Crab Creek Review and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among others. She was runner-up for the 2014 Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets and Writers as well as a recent finalist for a fellowship with the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A former coordinator of the VIDA Count, she is now the Online Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast, a creative writing instructor for Inprint Houston and Writers in the Schools, and a doctoral teaching fellow in Creative Writing and Literature, Poetry, at the University of Houston.
Luisa Muradyan

Luisa Muradyan Tannahill is originally from the Ukraine and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Houston. She is the winner of the 2016 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry, and the Editor of Gulf Coast. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in the Paris-American, the Los Angeles Review, Blackbird, West Branch, Ninth Letter, and Rattle among others.

Corey Campbell’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, The Rattling Wall, and other publications, and is forthcoming in the anthology New Stories from the Southwest. A UH PhD student and graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA program, she has received support from Inprint, Sewanee, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She’s a contributing editor for the journal Waxwing and a fiction editor for Gulf Coast.

Melanie Brkich is a third year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Houston and the Online Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast. A proud Chicago native, she has lived in Florida, D.C., and France before coming to Texas. She is currently working on her first book.

Alex McElroy’s writing appears in Georgia Review, Conjunctions, Kenyon Review online, Black Warrior Review, New England Review, and he received the 2016 Neutrino Prize from Passages North. His chapbook, Daddy Issues, was named Editors’ Choice in The Cupboard’s 6th Contest and will be published Fall 2017.

Erika Jo Brown is the author of the poetry collection I’m Your Huckleberry (Brooklyn Arts Press). She’s a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She co-organizes the Poison Pen reading series and works at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and the Menil Museum through WITS. Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in poetry at the University of Houston, where she serves as the graduate advisor for Glass Mountain, and works as a poetry editor and reading series curator for Gulf Coast.

Michele Nereim is pursuing her PhD in fiction writing at the University of Houston, where she is a C. Glenn Cambor and James A. & Isabel M. Elkins fellow. She is a recipient of the 2016 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction and currently works as Gulf Coast’s Managing Editor. She holds an MFA from Florida State University and is known to write about typical Florida things–like hotel alligators and promiscuous retirees.

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