Volume 16 Launch

So much has happened in the few weeks since our last post, dear reader. A few of us on the magazine had the opportunity to join in the writing-nerd gathering of AWP in Los Angeles. There, we got to attend panels on writing craft and publishing as well as various readings by amazing authors. In between panels, we worked our table at the bookfair while browsing the other hundreds of booths. It wasn’t all playtime though. We finished the layout of Volume 16 while away, and it’s now in the hands of the printers, to be completed by next week. We’ll be celebrating its release next Wednesday, April 27th, at 5:30pm in the UH Honors Commons (on the second floor of the MD Anderson Library)We had to push back the launch date from the 13th due to some delays in production, but everything has come together and we hope that you’ll be able to join us that evening. The event is not only our launch party for our newest issue, but will be the last reading in the library’s Poetry and Prose series. We have contributors to the issue coming to read some of their work, along with some writers in the UH community. Refreshments will be served and copies of our eagerly-anticipated new issue will be available for purchase.

In addition to the very exciting event of the release of our new issue, our next big event is our Boldface Conference. In case you aren’t already aware, the Boldface Conference is a writing conference targeted towards emerging writers. Over the course of a week, writers from all over the country come to workshop with talented and knowledgeable workshop leaders, attend lectures and craft talks by our visiting authors, and go on special field trips around the city of Houston. It is a very unique experience that you cannot find elsewhere, especially at the low rate at which we offer it. We’ve extended our early bird registration to April 30th, so you can still get the $195 student/$295 community rates. This fee includes breakfast and lunch every day of the conference. Accommodations and private consultations are also available for separate fees. Click here for more information and to register.

We are very excited to have these events to offer our loyal followers. We hope to see you at the reading next week, the Boldface Conference, or both!

New season, new issue!

As spring returns and we see signs of life all around – flowers blooming, trees budding, small creatures coming out of winter naps – so, too, do we see Glass Mountain staffers emerge from their reading holes, where they’ve been diligently going through all the excellent submissions to Volume 16. Now, the selections have been made and work is underway on putting the physical copy together. The issue should be ready to get in your hands, dear reader, by April 13th at Glass Mountain‘s Poetry and Prose Reading at the University of Houston. More details on that event will be coming soon.

Speaking of readings, Wednesday night was Glass Mountain‘s second reading of the semester, held at Cafe Brasil, a long-time friend of the magazine. We were honored to host the creative stylings of poet Conor Bracken and fiction writer Josephine Mitchell, both graduate students in the Creative Writing Program at UH. The open mic that followed was a success as well, with more voices than ever coming out to share their work. We look forward to more great events and hope to see these bold individuals again at our next reading along with some new faces.

The next event coming up for the magazine is a small tabling next Monday, March 28th. Issues will be for sale at our table in the Student Center South, from 11am to 2pm. Remember, issues that are bought in person are discounted from the $10 online price. Stop by to pick up a copy (or two!), get more information on the magazine and our events, and possibly pick up some goodies. Following that, Glass Mountain will be headed to Los Angeles for the AWP Conference. We’ll be back the first week of April with details on our next craft talk.

As always, keep checking back here for news on the magazine. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter or Instagram to be kept up to date.

New craft talk series

Glass Mountain is excited to join with Gulf Coast to present a new series of craft talks. These monthly discussions (that come with lunch!) are for undergraduate and graduate writers in the UH Creative Writing Program and will feature a grad student in the CWP talking about some aspect of writing.

The first talk will be on Monday, March 7, at 1pm. Graduate student Adrienne Perry, current editor of Gulf Coast, will be speaking on using setting as a tool in your writing. This topic is relevant whether you are a short story writer or poet, focused on science fiction or traditional literature, just starting out or working on your tenth project. The talk will be taking place in the Graduate Library on the second floor of Roy Cullen.

Space will be limited, so reserve your spot and lunch by sending your RSVP to glassmountaineditors@gmail.com. Questions can also be sent that way. For more information on Gulf Coast, please visit www.gulfcoastmag.org.

February Reading

Glass Mountain resumed its reading series this past Tuesday, February 16th, with the first reading of the semester. It featured poets Gerald Smith and Erika Jo Brown (a grad student in the creative writing program at UH) and fiction writer Barrett White. We had a great turn-out in a new venue, the second floor lobby of Roy Cullen. The audience enjoyed snacks and drinks and another quiz and raffle.

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If you missed this first event, have no fear! Our next reading will be on March 23rd. The venue hasn’t been set yet, but it will start at 7pm, so mark it on your calendar so you can make it out!

Remember, we are still accepting submissions, and will be until March 4th. Volume 16 is a themed issue, with the theme of growth, so if you have anything that can be interpreted to fit that theme, we’d love to see it! We are looking for your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art, and reviews. Go here to submit.

We are also taking registrations for our Boldface Writer’s Conference that will be taking place in May. This is a unique experience for emerging writers. It is a week of craft talks, lectures, workshops, readings, and possible private consultations with our visiting writers. For more information, go to www.boldfaceconference.wordpress.com. The early bird rate ends the night of our second reading (March 23rd), so get those registrations in ASAP, and we look forward to seeing you there!

In addition to our readings, Glass Mountain will be participating in events taking place off campus. Our first appearance off-campus will be at this Saturday’s Writefest literary journal fair, hosted by Writespace at Silver Street Studios in Houston. Stop by our table between 1-5pm Saturday to check our newest volumes of Glass Mountain as well as pick up information about Boldface and submitting. And while you’re there, you can check out the panels and presentations about everything writer’s craft. It’s also a great way to immerse yourself in the literary goings-on in Houston!

As always, keep checking this blog for information on those as well as the activities of our dear magazine. 🙂

 

Write, write, write, and write some more! (and maybe win some prizes)

Write-A-Thon is almost here!

…she proclaimed, bicycling down the street at top speed, streamers flying.

Hopefully, you’ll come up with a better opening line to your work when you come join us this Saturday for our Write-A-Thon, the annual fundraiser for our Boldface Writing Conference. And we know you’ll want to join us because who wouldn’t want to participate in writing contests and raffles while enjoying tasty morsels as well as the company of fellow writers?

Ok, you got me. What do I have to do to participate?

Easy question, friend – just show up! We’d (greatly) appreciate it if you could shoot us an email at glassmountaineditors@gmail.com. This not only lets us know to expect you, but it gives us a chance to give you more materials to prepare for that day.

So what exactly do I do?

Well, you know how during a marathon, people run? For a write-a-thon, you write! Round up some sponsors before you arrive to donate to Glass Mountain for the Boldface conference. These sponsors could give by word count or hour, or just give a one-time donation for the day. Any little bit helps add to our funds and keeps costs down for students to attend the amazing conference that is Boldface. No sponsor? No problem! We’ll also be calling for funds at the event, so you can ask for funds then as well. Besides the fundraising, we’ll be holding writing contests throughout the day. You can write in those contests to win prizes or work on your own personal projects.

Do I have to stay all day?

We’d love you to, but we’ll admit that no, you don’t have to. You can stay for one hour or all nine. You can pop in in the morning and again in the afternoon. However you can fit us into your schedule for this Saturday works fine for us.

Is there an entrance fee?

Of course not! Keep in mind that this is a fundraiser – for a very good cause, we might add. So, anything you can contribute will be greatly appreciated. But if you’d just like to come for the experience and for an opportunity to get some writing done, you’re more than welcome to!

Wait, what are these prizes to which you refer?

All sorts of good stuff, including books from UH faculty and visiting authors to Houston, gift certificates to bookstores and restaurants, and gift baskets from Trader Joe’s and Gulf Coast. These can be won through the writing contests OR raffles throughout the day. Plus, breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

Where is this all happening?

Right here! That’s the Classroom and Business Building, right behind the Student Center North. We’ll be in room 238.

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You can go here or refer to the previous post for more information (such as the schedule of events). You can also check us out here, where Glass Mountain‘s editor, managing editor, and faculty advisor talked to Houston Public Media about Write-A-Thon. If you have any other questions, send them to us at glassmountaineditors@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!