provides an intimate setting in the Heights for Houston writers to share new work. Feel free to bring your drink of choice! If you are interested in reading please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $5 suggested donation for the audience
For each reading there will generally be 5 readers. Scheduled readers are allowed 10 minutes each. Tonight's readers are:
JOHN NOVA LOMAX: is a writer for The Houston Press, and really is the best writer in Houston working in the Sig Byrd tradition. He is a reporter whose beat is the streets of Houston (literally--some of his most entertaining pieces are travelogues involving marathon walks down key Houston avenues). Houston's Best Dive Bars, published by Ig Publishing, purports to be a guide book, but really it's a continuation of Lomax's street-level reporting. (Just an aside, I was looking at the covers of the other "Best Dive Bar Books", and I have been to the bars on the covers of the Seattle edition and the Los Angeles edition--but not the Lone Star Saloon, that graces the cover of Lomax's book.)
MIKE VANCE: presently, Executive Director at Houston Arts and Media. Mike Vance started comedy when he was only seventeen. He was the first stand-up ever on stage at Houston's famous Comedy Workshop, staying there from 1978 till the joint closed in 1990. Over the years, Mike has appeared nationally on Showtime, A&E and ComedyCentral and has headlined clubs in thirty something states and five countries. He's opened for scores of big acts like The Temptations, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, Maynard Ferguson, The Kingston Trio and The Righteous Brothers.
GLENN SHAHEEN:received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and currently lives in Texas, where he co-edits the journal NANO Fiction and teaches at Prairie View A&M University. His book of poems, Predatory, recently won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall of 2011. Additionally, he presently serves on the board of directors for the Radius of Arab-American Writers, Inc.
ANDREW KOZMA: received an M.F.A. from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, but only lived there nine months, so your guess is as good as his as to where he’s from. His poems have been published in AGNI On-line, Hunger Mountain, Dislocate, Forklift, Ohio, and Third Coast, and he has published non-fiction in The Iowa Review. His first book of poems, City of Regret, was chosen by Richard Jackson for the Zone 3 First Book Award and was released in 2007.