Reading Series April 2022

April 22 2022

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

7 PM CDT - Gulf Coast Reading Series event featuring Bonnie Jo Campbell, Justin Jannise, Tayyba Maya Kanwal, and Joy Priest.

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 Sixth event of this season, on April 22 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30). RSVP on Facebook (optional).

Please note:
Masks will be required while indoors at this event. N95 and KN95 masks are strongly encouraged. Social distancing is encouraged.

This event is produced in partnership with Lawndale Art Center.

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novels Once Upon a River, a National Bestseller, and Q Road. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collections include American Salvage, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Women and Other Animals, which won the AWP prize for short fiction; and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (Autumn 2015). Her story The Smallest Man in the World” was awarded a Pushcart Prize and her story The Inventor, 1972? was awarded the 2009 Eudora Welty Prize from The Southern Review. She was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.

Justin Jannise is the author of How to Be Better by Being Worse (BOA Editions), which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Copper Nickel, Yale Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. Recently a recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry and a former Editor-in-Chief of Gulf Coast, Justin is pursuing his Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Houston.

Tayyba Maya Kanwal is a Pakistani-American writer from Houston, TX and Fiction Editor at Gulf Coast Journal. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Witness Magazine, Meridian, Juxtaprose and other journals, has been anthologized by The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a 2022 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction winner, Witness Magazine 2022 Literary Awards runner-up and an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program where she is a candidate for an MFA in Fiction.

Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), selected as the winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a 2019-2020 Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, and the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Recent winner of the Inprint Paul Verlaine Prize for Poetry, her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including APR, the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day series, and The Atlantic, among others, as well as in commissions for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her essays have appeared in The Bitter SouthernerPoets & Writers, and ESPN. Joy is the editor of An Anthology of Louisville Poets, forthcoming from Sarabande Books in 2023, and currently an Inprint MD Anderson fellow in the doctoral program in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

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.