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 as they show you how to take down all your haterz with prose and poetry that won’t knock a single hair out of place. Cheersies!

LAUREN BERRY SHELLBERG received a BA in creative writing from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Houston, where she won the Inprint Verlaine Prize and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. From 2009 to 2010, she held the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute. Her first collection of poems, The Lifting Dress, was selected by Terrance Hayes to win the National Poetry Series and was released by Penguin in 2011.

NISHTA J. MEHRA is the daughter of Indian immigrants and a native of Memphis, Tennessee. Eighth-grade English teacher by day, Mehra authors the blog Blue Jean Gourmet and published her first book, The Pomegranate King, in 2013. She lives with her partner, Jill Carroll, and their 18-month-old son, Shiv, in a suburb of Houston.

ADRIENNE PERRY earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College, serves as the current editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and is a Kimbilio Fellow at the University of Houston. Adrienne is currently at work on a novel and a collection of short stories. An excerpt of her story “Red Desert” was translated by Jean Guiloineau and appears in the French literary journal Si├Ęcle 21. An excerpt of her forthcoming novel is forthcoming from Tidal Basin Review.

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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