During February 1-2, 2016 the entire Houston community is invited to attend two events with Robin Coste Lewis, winner of 2015 National Book Award. Ms. Lewis won for her debut, groundbreaking work, Voyage of the Sable Venus, a poetry collection Dan Chiasson of The New Yorker called “many-chambered and remarkable.” Both events are free and open to the public.
Monday, February 1st at 7PM, Ms. Lewis will read from her award-winning collection at the historic Eldorado Ballroom at 2310 Elgin Street, Houston, TX. Adrienne Perry, current editor of Gulf Coast, will read briefly and introduce Ms. Lewis. This reading is presented in conjunction with the Failure to Identify Reading Series, Project Row Houses, Poets & Writers, and Gulf Coast. This will be the ninth event of the Failure to Identify Series, an occasional, itinerant, and highly-combustible series of arts & writing events in Houston.
Tuesday, February 2nd at 5:30 pm Ms. Lewis will join Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts at the University of Houston Libraries for a talk as part of the library's Unique Holdings Series, which focuses on archives and Special Collections. The event will be held in the Rockwell Pavilion in the University of Houston’s M.D. Anderson Library, 114 University Dr. in Houston, TX.
Funded through an Innovations grant from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, the UH Creative Writing Program, and the UH Libraries, the talk will discuss Ms. Lewis’s award winning book, as well as the pleasures and the challenges of archival research. The audience will learn about Ms. Lewis’s artistic process, craft, and research related to Voyage of the Sable Venus. A reception will immediately follow. More information about these and other Gulf Coast events can be found online at: https://gulfcoastmag.org/events/upcoming/
About Gulf Coast: Founded by Phillip Lopate and Donald Barthelme in 1986, Gulf Coast is a journal of literature, art, and critical art writing, publishing contributors who represent a flow of international cultures, voices, and aesthetics as diverse as the Gulf itself. Gulf Coast is generously supported by individual donors, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Inprint, Houston Endowment, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers, The Brown Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and the English Department at the University of Houston.