On turning 30

May 10, 2013, by

Just 30 no nameMay 9, 2013, was Inprint’s official 30th birthday! Executive Director Rich Levy shares his thoughts about what Inprint is most proud of, what excites Inprint as it turns 30, and where the organization wants to go.

Thirty years: we are in a state of astonishment. To be honest, when I took this job 18 years ago, it was difficult to believe that the making and consumption of literature were compelling facts on the Houston cultural landscape—even with a great Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston (UH CWP). And we have done what we can to keep that program strong and to help attract some of the nation’s best emerging writers to Houston: since 1983, our fellowships and prizes to UH CWP grad students have exceeded $2.5 million and supported more than 500 of the nation’s top emerging writers.

That is a meaningful legacy for the city. These writers lead our workshops, and teach in schools and colleges and community centers throughout the region, sharing their work and skills everywhere, on stage and in bookstores and bars and coffee shops. There’s no part of the city or surrounding areas that hasn’t been touched by these writers and their work in the community. Continue reading

Poet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis spends some time in Houston

March 28, 2013, by

TSE Self PortraitLucky for us, accomplished poet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis is spending some time in Houston this spring.

Currently a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Poetry Editor of The Baffler, Thomas’ poetry books include Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems and The Maverick Room. He is working on a book of photographs titled The Go-Go Book: People in the Pocket in Washington, D.C.

Thomas is one of the artists of Project Row Houses’ Round 38 Installations opening this weekend. The Artists’ Talk takes place Saturday, March 30th, at 2:30 pm and the opening reception takes place later that day from 4 -7 pm. For more information, click here.  Thomas will also read tonight, Thursday, March 28th, at 8:30 pm, as part of the Poison Pen Series at Poison Girl Bar, click here for details. Continue reading

Antena Books—Houston’s Newest Literary Space

May 14, 2012, by

When I think of literary spaces I think of bookstores, libraries, my favorite reading chair, or my desk, where I have sat with my laptop for hours in hopes of writing the perfect sentence, the perfect essay, or the perfect piece of literature that I naively daydream will live on for generations. Literary spaces are important, they inspire us to read, they inspire us to write, they celebrate the literary life in us, and they make public something that is a solitary act. We are lucky that Houston has vibrant literary spaces—we have some great independent bookstores and we have libraries which entice the young and old.

The newest, and perhaps most innovative literary space I have seen in Houston recently, is Antena Books/Libros Antena, a literary installation at Project Row Houses that is the creation of Houston writer and former Inprint blogger John Pluecker (or JP as his good friends call him). Continue reading