kaboomHouston literary journal NANO Fiction and local bookstore Kaboom Books are excited to announce the Nano Reading Series at Kaboom Books.

This monthly reading series seeks to bridge the academic and urban worlds of the Houston writing scene. Writers are selected from a pool of local applicants and each reading will feature two writers per month. Local writers and open mic enthusiasts are encouraged to visit nanofiction.org and email writing samples to [email protected].

To commemorate the series, limited edition mini-chapbooks will be produced combining work from each month’s readers. The readings will be held at Kaboom Books at the intersection of Houston Ave. and Bayland on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm.

The inaugural reading will be held on September 8, and will feature readings by Hayan Charara and WITS writer Sarah Strickley. Refreshments will be served.

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Hayan Charara is the author of two poetry collections, The Alchemist’s Diary and The Sadness of Others, and a recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He’s the editor of Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry. Born in Detroit, he lived for many years in New York City and moved to Texas in 2003.

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Sarah A. Strickley is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Grant, the Glenn Schaeffer Award for Fiction and the Swink Magazine Editors’ Award for Emerging Writers. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow, and a graduate of the Program in Creative Writing at Ohio University. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Oxford American magazine, Southeast Review, and elsewhere. She is currently the features editor of two leading visual art magazines: Watercolor Artist and The Pastel Journal.

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