Thanks to all that joined us for our Fall Reading!
Our featured readers Erika Jo Brown, LeeAnne Carlson, and Quentin Key-Tello shared some amazing work with us which was then followed by the open mic where we got to hear your genius. It was MC’d by Glass Mountain’s Co-Managing Editor, the illustrious red lipsticked poet herself, Amanda Ortiz.
Erika Jo Brown started off our night with a series of poems that touched on the monotony of everyday life and the power of imagination. A fresh faced look on the world that makes us all want to experience life through her eyes.
Then we got a taste of LeeAnne Carlson’s tale of farm house mystery, gripping the crowd in page turning enigma and heart warming memories. Following the main character as we trace through past and present day we peel back the layers of this case to find the truth. It is a tale we couldn’t get enough of and left us wanting to pluck the manuscript from her fingers and absorb the rest of it whole.
We finished off with Quentin Key-Tello and his self proclaimed “anxious and over analytic” mutterings with his piece “Elegy.” It read from the perspective of the narrator who is reflecting on his best friend’s life after he’s passed. Although a different form of narrative than we are used to it is nothing short of compelling. I’ve never read or heard a piece that was told in this form of narrative, 10 minutes of flash fiction the room was silenced in awe of his use of rhetoric and narrative.
We continued the night with a series of open mic readings by our audience members. This is the most exciting portion of the night because you don’t have to be a published writer, or even a writer at all to share your work. Chug your liquid courage and brace the eyes of the masses as the innermost depths of your subconscious is regaled in the form of prose and poetry. All of the contributors were brilliant and we are so glad audience members felt comfortable enough to share their work.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend this reading or you need plans for another Tuesday night don’t miss the next reading! The Halloween Reading October 31, details to come!
As you read this post, the printers are putting their final touches on Volume 17 of Glass Mountain. After a semester of hard work, we are finally ready to celebrate with a huge launch party on December 6th at Café Brasil, located on Dunlavy Street. Bring your family and friends, because we’re letting our hair down and it’s going to be a great time!
Our featured readers have all been published in this volume of the magazine: Merideth Melville, for nonfiction; Brooke Lightfoot and Fernando Izaguirre for poetry; and Diantha Sneed for fiction. While there isn’t an open mic this time, we will be talking about our Poetry and Prose Contest that we hope you’re going to enter!
Write-A-Thon is almost here! If you’re a huge fan of Glass Mountain, you might already know what Write-a-thon is, but for any new people out there: Write-A-Thon is the fundraising event we hold every year to help raise money for our annual Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers. This event is a fun way to get writing! We’ll have food, prizes, music and contests all day as we celebrate writing, both poetry and prose. Join us on Saturday, November 5th from 9 AM to 5 PM as we raise money for Boldface 2017!
We at Glass Mountain are so excited to host our second reading and open mic of the semester in just a couple of weeks! We have three great readers lined up for you: Clarity Lim, a current student at UH, Rachel Lee, a UH grad, and Luisa Muradyan Tannahill, the Editor of Gulf Coast. There’s no Halloween theme for this reading, but the spook-tacular quality of writing just might scare the pants off of you…come on out to Bohemeo’s Cafe on Tuesday, October 25th at 7 PM and make sure to take part in the open mic after the reading!
It’s already September, and you know what that means – it’s time for Glass Mountain’s first reading of the fall semester! On Tuesday, September 27th, we’re excited to present three fantastic featured readers: John Gilmore, Randall Tyrone and Georgia Pearle, all current or graduated students of UH’s Creative Writing Program. It’s all happening at Bohemeo’s Cafe, east of I-45 near campus. Make sure to stay for the open mic and even try reading one of your pieces out loud!
See you there!