Reading Series & Conversation March 2021

March 26 2021

Online Event
[see details below]
Houston, TX
07 00 pm

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly, Horse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection), and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Poetry, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, 2019, and Angels of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. Her new collection, The Shared World, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.

Rohan Chhetri is a writer and translator. His second book of poems, Lost, Hurt, Or in Transit Beautiful, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in September and HarperCollins India in June, 2021. A PhD candidate at the University of Houston, he is a recipient of a 2021 PEN/Heim grant for translation and his poems have appeared most recently in The Paris Review and New England Review.

fey i. kamba (she/they) is a poet, linguist, and activist originally from London, UK. She gained her undergraduate degree in linguistics and cognitive science from Princeton University, where she studied the links between thought, language, and meaning. Currently an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, she is a recipient of the Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship, and serves as an assistant poetry editor at Gulf coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.

Colby Ornell is a third year Phd candidate in fiction at the University of Houston. She has an MFA from Butler University and was born and raised in a small town in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in several small presses and she currently serves as a Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast.

7 PM CDT - Gulf Coast Reading Series event featuring Vievee Francis, Rohan Chhetri, fey i. kamba, and Colby Ornell. The reading will be live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

8 PM CDT - Vievee Francis in conversation with Lisa E. Harris via Zoom (join through this link).
This online event is produced in partnership with Lawndale Art Center and Project Row Houses and was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event will be live-streamed through Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and YouTube Live.
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For those unable to watch live on Friday, recordings will be made available after the event.
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.