Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
This Spring, we'll kick off our January reading with these ones:
Christopher Diaz (Chris Diaz)
Christopher Diaz is a Chamorro poet, freelance photographer, and military veteran. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a B.A. in English, then served for six years as a Public Affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force. As a writer in residence with “Writers in the Schools”, he teaches performance poetry and creative writing to students across Houston. He is the Grand Slam Champion and co-coach of Write About Now's 2017 slam poetry team; currently ranked ninth in the nation. He lives in Houston with his partner Emily, his dog Benny, and currently serves his poetry community as an organizer, workshop facilitator, video producer.
Kerry Beth Neville
Kerry Neville is the author of the short fiction collection, Remember To Forget Me, as well as the collection, Necessary Lies, winner of the Chandra Prize for Fiction. She writes about aspects of recovery, mental health, divorce, parenting, and Life Version 2.0, in her award-winning blog, MommaMayMad. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch Magazine, and Arts and Letters, and have won several prizes, including the Dallas Museum of Art Prize for Fiction, The Texas Institute of Letters Prize for the Short Story, and the Short Story Book of the Year from Independent Publisher Magazine. She is currently at work on a recovery-based memoir.
Alex McElroy’s writing appears or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Black Warrior Review, Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. He is currently a Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast.
Alex was awarded the 2016 Neutrino Prize from Passages North. His chapbook, Daddy Issues, won the 2016 Editors’ Prize from The Cupboard Pamphlet. It will be published fall 2017. He has received fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The National Parks Service, and the Tin House Summer Workshop. His work has been named a finalist for the New England Review Emerging Writers Award.
He lives in Houston with the writer Allegra Hyde.