Gulf Coast Reading Series
Beer and Literature!
Literature and Beer!
We are excited to once again host the Gulf Coast Reading Series for the 2015-2016 season!
Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
Gulf Coast is proud to present its 2016-2017 Reading Series, featuring readers from the University of Houston’s nationally-acclaimed graduate program in creative writing. All readings are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the upstairs room at Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas, 77006.
Tonight’s authors: Tim Z. Hernandez, Charlotte Wyatt, Rhianna Brandt, and Matthew Salesses
Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning poet, novelist, and performance artist. His debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books) received the 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His debut novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press) was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction. His second collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things was released in 2013 and received the 2014 Colorado Book Award, and his novel, Mañana Means Heaven, which is based on the life of Bea Franco, also released in 2013, went on to receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction. Both books are with the University of Arizona Press. As a performer he has collaborated with Grammy Award winning classical composer Eugene Freisen, and in 2001 was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to write and perform an original play on homelessness. Since 2007, he has worked with Poets & Writers Inc. and the California Center for the Book at UCLA teaching poetry, fiction, and non-fiction workshops across the west coast. From 2010-14 he was the state-wide coordinator for Colorado Writers-in-the-Schools with focus on rural, under-served communities. Hernandez holds a B.A. in Writing & Literature from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He is currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program.
Charlotte Wyatt attended Fordham University, which led to an early career training sea lions in the New York City zoos. She hails most recently from Northern California, where she serves as Director of Admissions for the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference. She is a first-year MFA student at the University of Houston.
Rhianna Brandt is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Houston. Her current research and writing work is concerned with the erotics of trauma and addiction. She lives in Montrose.
Matthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A, 2015), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger (Little A, 2018), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2019)