R137. A Place at the Table: Nurturing an Inclusive Literary Ecosystem
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am
Rich Levy is a poet and, since 1995, executive director of Inprint, a literary nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas. His collections include Why Me? and the letterpress chapbook One or Two Lights. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
Niki Herd is the author of The Language of Shedding Skin. Her work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Cave Canem and has appeared in a number of journals. She is completing her PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.
Kaj Tanaka is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Houston. Since 2014, Kaj has developed writing workshops for incarcerated people in jails and prisons across the country. Currently Kaj runs a poetry workshop for recovering drug users at Houston's Harris County Jail.
Ricardo Nuila is a practicing doctor, teacher, and writer. His nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker and VQR, and his fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories. A former Yaddo, MacDowell, and Dobie Ranch fellow, his first book is on safety net hospitals.
Lupe Mendez (educator/writer/activist) has prose work in the Kenyon Review and Sudden Fiction Latino as well as poetry that appears in Huizache, Luna, The Texas Review, Tinderbox, Hunger Mountain, Glass Poetry, and Gulf Coast. His book is Why I Am Like Tequila.