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.

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. 🙂

 

Happy November!

Glass Mountain celebrated the end of October and Halloween with our HallowReading last Tuesday, October 27th. We are pleased to say that it went swimmingly, once again featuring three talented writers who were generous enough to share their time and work with us.

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First up, we had Josh Davis share his very personal and moving poetry, wonderfully read.

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He was followed by Karina Sokulski, whose excerpt from a short story fit perfectly with the mood of the HallowReading.

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The featured readers portion of the evening ended with more poetry from Lena Melinger.

Throughout the evening, we held a Edgar Allen Poe-themed contest, where participants had to listen to excerpts of Poe short stories and name the source. We had several entries who correctly named all four excerpts, but only one could win the prize of candy and a copy of 64 Deaths, by staff member Christina Escamilla. A second contest, to win more candy and another book by Christina, Welcome to the Future, was to correctly answer all the questions of a Halloween literature-themed quiz.

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Featured writers and open mic readers, contests, snacks and soda, and magazines all made for a great evening for Glass Mountain Magazine.

Our next reading (and the last of the semester) will be our launch party for Volume 15 of Glass Mountain. We hope you’ll be able to join us on December 8th at Brasil.

HallowReading!

The end of October is near, bringing with it Halloween and, this year, Glass Mountain’s HallowReading!

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Our reading this month will be themed for All Hallow’s Eve, so come join us for some spooky, atmospheric literature from more talented writers from the university. But note that this is not a requirement for the night, so if you have a story or poem that you’d like to share, feel free to bring it, regardless of subject matter. We’d love to hear it!

Additionally, we will be having a small Edgar Allen Poe-themed contest. In between our wonderful readers, we’ll be reading excerpts of some of Poe’s tales. Correctly name all of them and you could win our prize! As always, we will have Glass Mountain merchandise available for purchase. Costumes are optional!

We hope to see you Tuesday night at our HallowReading!

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We had a great first reading at the Student Center last Thursday night. We were fortunate to have three talented featured readers share their work. Paige Zubel was first up to read two short fiction pieces. She was followed by poet Braden Root, who often uses locations in his poetry. Our last reader was Janise Scott, who shared an excerpt from her very intriguing story about an archangel trying to do his job serving the Almighty amidst a collective group of angels and deities.

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The following open mic session brought out some talented writers from our UH student body, including both fiction writers and poets. Cupcakes and soda were enjoyed and merchandise was available for purchase. Thanks to everyone generous and brave enough to share their work with us. We hope to have you again at our next reading, and be sure to bring your fellow writers to share their work as well.

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If you made it to the event last week, thank you so much for attending. If you missed it, fear not! Just remember that the next reading is scheduled for October 27th at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center, next to Roy Cullen, at 7 pm. Again, we will have three featured readers followed by an open mic. Be sure to spread the word about these events, and to submit to the magazine by the October 15th deadline.