Reading Series March 2018

March 23 2018

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive
Houston, Texas
07 00 pm

Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collections one-bedroom solo and that's what you get (forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press in 2018). Maldonado's family hails from Honduras, which has informed her interdisciplinary Mayanist projects and bilingual poetics. A CantoMundo Fellow, she's been artist-in-residence on Governors Island through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a Cultural Envoy to Honduras for the U.S. State Department.

Her poetry has appeared in Hyperallergic, Gulf Coast, Rattapallax, Aster(ix), and Callaloo, and the anthologies Brooklyn Poets, Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York and as a teaching artist has led residencies for Teachers & Writers Collaborative and National Book Foundation. She holds degrees from Brown University and CUNY. With Macarena Hernandez and Nelly Rosario, she is part of desveladas, a visual writing collective, which won a 2016 Creative Capital award.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of the forthcoming novel House of Stone (Atlantic Books, UK, June 2018, W. W. Norton, USA, January 2019). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2015), where she was a recipient of the Maytag and TWF Fellowships, as well as a Rydson Award, she is a native of Zimbabwe, has lived in South Africa and the USA, and is a recipient of the Inprint Fondren Foundation/Michael and Nina Zilkha Fellowship at the UH Creative Writing Program. Shadows, her short story collection, was published to critical acclaim by Kwela in South Africa (2013) and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. Novuyo has received writing residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Bellagio Programme and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has work forthcoming in McSweeney's (Issue 52, March 2018) and The Displaced (Abrams Press, April 2018), an anthology edited by the Pulitzer Prize winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen. Novuyo serves on the Editorial Advisory Board and is a Fiction Editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based New York.

Josie Mitchell is in her third year of her MFA at the University of Houston. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she received a BFA in Creative Writing. Before moving to Houston, she worked as a preschool teacher in Dalian, China, where her Chinese name translated to "Dumpling". Josie is a Non-Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast and student advisor to the UH undergraduate literary magazine, Glass Mountain. She is from San Diego, California, and is at work on a story collection set there. It's called, Fuck You, El NiƱo.

Annie Shepherd taught ESL in China for two years before returning to her home state of Texas to obtain an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. Prior to entering the PhD program in fiction at University of Houston, she taught writing and literature at Texas State University and University of the Incarnate Word. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in North American Review, The Greensboro Review, and North Dakota Quarterly.