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!
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!
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!
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.
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