October 2015 Reading!

By on October 23, 2015

October 29th 2015 @ 8:30 PM


Start your Halloweekend off right and come get scared silly by the literary prowess of three ghoulishly good writers.

CONOR BRACKEN is from Virginia but writes and teaches in Texas, where he received his MFA from the University of Houston. He likes adventurous gastronomy, crossword puzzles, and, per his wife, ‘weird music.’ Once, Robert Hass almost ran him over at second base during a friendly game of softball.

Before he began writing fiction, DINO ENRIQUE PIACENTINI wrote travel articles, art reviews, and audio tour scripts, all while working as an arts administrator for various museums and galleries in San Francisco. His work has since been published in The Massachusetts Review, Toronto Globe & Mail, and Confrontation, among other places. A native Californian, he came to Houston to pursue an MFA in Fiction at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Currently, he also serves as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast Magazine.

KATHLEEN WINTER’S book Nostalgia for the Criminal Past (Elixir Press) won the Antivenom Prize and the 2013 Bob Bush Memorial Award. She was granted a 2014 Brown Foundation fellowship at the Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France, as well as residencies at the James Merrill House; Cill Rialaig Retreat, and Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have been published in Tin House, AGNI, The New Republic, Field, Poetry London, Cincinnati Review, Memorious, Gulf Coast and other journals.
She received her MFA from Arizona State in 2011.


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Announcing Poison Pen’s 9th Anniversary Audio Contest Winner!

By on September 16, 2015

We have a winner! Poison Pen is super psyched to announce that CHRIS JACKSON has won our 9th Anniversary Audio Contest (and a $500 cash-money prize) with a knock-out piece! Fist bumps to finalists Michele Nereim and Matthew Salesses who also

September 2015 Reading!

By on September 16, 2015

September 24th, 2015 @ 8:30 PM School has started, AHHH, but these fancy fishes want to keep you feelin’ cool as a cucumber. Come watch them twirl and leap, or, alternatively, stand relatively still in one place as they wow

Poison Pen 9th Anniversary Audio Contest!!!

By on August 3, 2015

ANNOUNCING POISON PEN’S 9TH ANNIVERSARY AUDIO CONTEST!–Deadline extended! To celebrate Poison Pen’s 9th anniversary this September, we are giving out cash money for the best submission of an original creative work and audio performance! – $500 prize! – No entry

July 2015 Reading!

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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,

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!

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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