Maya Angelou said, “…all great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.” In that spirit, join us for First Thursdays, a quarterly reading series beginning May 4 at 7pm. First Thursdays launches with support from Poets & Writers and will host writers of diverse cultural backgrounds whose work fosters dialogue and reflection across the social, cultural, and religious spectrum.
Our first event will feature readings from three Houston-based writers including professor, activist, and author Lacy M. Johnson. Lacy’s last book, The Other Side, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and her latest, an essay collection on justice, is forthcoming from Scribner. She teaches creative nonfiction in the Low-Residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and at Rice University.
Hayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essayist, and editor. His poetry books are Something Sinister (2016), The Sadness of Others (2006), and The Alchemist’s Diary (2001). His children’s book, The Three Lucys (2016), received the New Voices Award Honor, and he edited Inclined to Speak (2008), an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry. With Fady Joudah, he is also a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. His honors include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry from the University of Houston creative writing program, and the John Clare Prize.
Selena Anderson recently finished her PhD at University of Houston and completed her MFA at Columbia University. Her stories appear or are forthcoming in Georgia Review, Callaloo, AGNI, and The Best of Gigantic, and have been honored with the Transatlantic/Henfield Prize and the Inprint Joan and Stanford Alexander Prize. She is working on a story collection and a novel.
First Thursdays are free and open to all. Attendees are encouraged to stay for drinks on the porch after the reading.
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