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UH Grad Student Unearths Previously Unknown Walt Whitman Novel

Posted on · Perhaps you remember last May (2016) on our show, we talked with Zachary Turpin, who’d just discovered a previously unknown 13-part, 47,000-word essay by Walt Whitman called Manly Health and Training. Well, he did it again. Now, the University of Houston doctoral candidate has discovered a previously unknown novel by Whitman. It’s called Life and […]

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Houston Poet Conor Bracken

Posted on · We meet Conor Bracken. Originally from Virginia, Bracken teaches and writes in Houston. His work has been published in — or forthcoming from — Handsome, the minnesota review, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, and Thrush Poetry Journal, among others. He’s held numerous jobs — including as an English tutor, a software tester and a food truck fry cook […]

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Houston Writer Daniel Peña Wins Literary Prize for Small Presses

Posted on · The Pushcart Prize is one of the most prestigious literary prizes given to small presses and authors published by them. And, this year, a Pushcart landed close to home when Daniel Peña won for his short story Safe Home, originally published in 2015. Peña is an assistant professor of English at University of Houston-Downtown. Producer Paige Phelps […]

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Refugee Resettlement: Thursday’s Show (October 6, 2016)

Posted on · ILast week (Sept. 30, 2016), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on […]

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Energy, Environmental, and Health Policy Challenges in Court: Wednesday’s Show (September 28, 2016)

Posted on · The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016) heard oral arguments over a case challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many environmental and industry watchers as one of the most important environmental cases in nearly a decade, as it will decide whether […]

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Houstonian Pet Peeves Day: Monday’s Show (September 19, 2016)

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston — like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw that you just […]

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Unaccompanied Minors and Immigration Courts: Wednesday’s Show (September 7, 2016)

Posted on · UNICEF (The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) last month released a report on the number of unaccompanied children coming into the United States from Central America. According to the report, nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the U.S. border in the first six months of 2016. The report also touches on the importance of legal […]

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Houston Poet Conor Bracken

Posted on · We meet Conor Bracken. Originally from Virginia, Bracken teaches and writes in Houston. His work has been published in — or forthcoming from — Handsome, the minnesota review, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, and Thrush Poetry Journal, among others. He’s held numerous jobs — including as an English tutor, a software tester and a food truck fry cook […]

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Why Is It So Hard for Novelists to Get Houston Right?

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we talk with writers who are either from Houston or who write about Houston (and sometimes both). And recently, there have been a handful of novels set in Houston getting critical praise, from The After Party, to Sunset City, to A Wife of Noble Character – among others. […]