July 2015 Reading!

By on July 22, 2015

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July 30th, 2015 @ 8:30 PM

Do you wish you were lounging on a beach with your favorite gal pals chatting about the Summer of Channing over a pina casomething? Yeah, us too. Well, we can’t transport you to Cabo, but we can get you a cold drink on a hot day and surround you with a crowd of writers/Channing-lovers, all the while wooing you with the sounds of Houston’s finest prose and poetry/Westheimer, where the sound of traffic can sometimes sound sort of like an ocean, maybe.

EMILY BLUDWORTH DE BARRIOS is the author of Splendor, a book of poems from H_NGM_N Books, and Extraordinary Power, a chapbook from Factory Hollow Press. Her poems have most recently appeared in Sixth Finch, Jellyfish, and New Delta Review. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

MICHELLE NEREIM received her MFA from Florida State University. Her essay about the insanity of Florida football appeared on NPR, and, last fall, she moved to Houston where she is working on her novel and a Ph.D. in Fiction at the University of Houston. She is a devout Floridian who writes about boring, normal Florida things–alligators in hotels, competitive pole dance, prescription drug abuse, etc.

GIUSEPPE TAURINO earned his MFA from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. He’s been awarded a Donald Barthelme Fellowship in Fiction and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and his stories have appeared in Epoch, New South, The Potomac Review, Word Riot and elsewhere. Giuseppe is also a Contributing Editor for American Short Fiction. Prior to returning to UH as Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Program, Giuseppe served as the Manager of Capacity Building Initiatives for the Houston Arts Alliance, and as Executive Director of Badgerdog Literary Publishing in Austin, Texas. Giuseppe has also worked as a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools (WITS) Houston, taught undergraduate and postgraduate English and Creative Writing, and served as a Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.

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June 2015 Reading!

By on June 18, 2015

June 25th, 2015 @ 8:30 PM Oo la la! Want to discover a new you this sultry summer season? The ladies of Poison Pen will be giving out tips on how to be your best and baddest self this month

May 2015 Reading!

By on May 23, 2015

May 28th, 2015 @ 8:30 PM Eee eee! Splash into summer with the feistiest fish in the literary ocean. Dive right in to some killer whiskey while these killer writers wow you with their acrobatics and stuff. MAT JOHNSON is

Stories by March Readers

By on March 9, 2015

Can’t wait until March 26th? Neither can we. In the meantime, here are some short stories by our March readers available online. “Why Wait? Why Bother?” by Ed Porter from The Hudson Review “Stephanie Kamkowski had been screening carry-on at

March 2015 Reading!

By on March 9, 2015

March 26th, 2015 @ 8:30 PM Spring is not the only thing abloomin’ this month at Poison Pen. Come see a beautiful bouquet of writer-flowers shine shine shine. Water yourself with some whiskey and while these writers sprout stories right

February 2015 Reading!

By on March 1, 2015

February 26th @ 8:30 PM @ Poison Girl Bar Yippee-ay-oh-kay-yay, or whatever. This month we feature three of the baddest, toughest outlaws and word wrasslers this fine dude ranch has to offer. Come get your heart and mind lassoed by