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Veteran: Writing About War Isn’t the Best Therapy – But it Helps

Posted on · Houston native Brian Van Reet is a veteran of the Iraq War. While he’s written a fictionalized account of three soldiers’ experiences in Iraq called Spoils, he says writing about war isn’t necessarily the best therapy, in his opinion. He says it’s too public, and the process is too tedious. However, many veterans like him do see value […]

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LGBTQ Issues in Houston, and Writing About War: Thursday’s Show (June 22, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Rainbow crosswalks now adorn all four corners of the intersection of Westheimer and Taft in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood in honor of LGBTQ pride. Photo: Gail Delaughter, Houston Public Media)This is Houston Pride Week, one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country. And last Monday (June 12, 2017) marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting […]

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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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Writer Chanelle Benz on Her Collection ‘The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead’

Posted on · Chanelle Benz is a Houston resident and author of a collection of short stories called The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead. The stories span genres, time periods and voices. For instance, there’s a couple of westerns. There’s a story set in the 16th century and a spy drama, to name a few. […]

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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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Here I Am: Author Jonathan Safran Foer Discusses Latest Novel

Posted on · Author Jonathan Safran Foer is perhaps best known for his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which became a best seller and was made into an Oscar-nominated film. He also wrote Everything Is Illuminated. As a writer, his work’s been compared to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, and his latest book, titled Here I Am, explores […]

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Houston Writer Charts Her Own Path Outside the World of Academia

Posted on · Houston’s Miah Arnold is a different kind of writer. Many folks of the literary mindset opt for a career in academia to earn a living while honing their craft. But Arnold’s path took a different turn. She’s created her own writing studio, called Grackle & Grackle, to help others find their literary voice. In a recent […]

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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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A Conversation with Houston Native, Novelist and Screenwriter Attica Locke

Posted on · Houston native Attica Locke has written three crime novels and 50 screenplays. But her biggest claim to fame so far has come as a writer for the Fox television series Empire. We talk with Locke about the series and about efforts to engage viewers on important subject matter in the context of a primetime soap […]

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The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage

Posted on · This week (May 23-27, 2016), aspiring writers are attending the 8th annual Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers at the University of Houston. The conference is aimed at young writers who are either still in school or who have yet to publish a book. It includes workshops, classes and presentations by established writers. One of the […]