Poet Nick Flynn at the Asia Society Texas Center

Posted January 9, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

imagesNick Flynn, who will speak on a WITS panel at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle this year, will be in Houston on Saturday, January 11, 2014, to read his poetry at the Asia Society in Houston, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, at 7:30 PM. He will collaborate with Musiqa in a piece called  “Frozen Time” with Elena Firsova, Lei Liang, Marcus Maroney, and Karim Al-Zand. Join us for this multi-media literary event!

For information on how to buy TICKETS, call Asia Society: 713-496-9901 or go online: http://asiasociety.org/texas/events/musiqa-presents-frozen-time

Family Writing Workshops

Posted July 9, 2013 & filed under Notebook.


In partnership with the Asia Society, Writers in the Schools (WITS) will offer two family writing workshops that focus on selections from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2013 and Universe is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yūsaku.

Join us for a special afternoon of writing inspired by the creativity of Chinese culture, the beauty of the Bangladeshi countryside, and the calmness of contemporary Japanese Zen Buddhist painting.

Writing Workshop Dates:

July 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

July 20, 2013, 12:30 PM


1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004

The Writing Workshop fee is included in the Children’s Film Festival 2013 admission (Asia Society members $5; nonmembers $8). Show your film festival ticket stub upon arrival.

Farnoosh Moshiri Discusses Iran at the Crossroads

Posted August 17, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

Former WITS Writer Farnoosh Moshiri will do a special presentation at Rice University on Thursday:

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A Reading With Iranian Novelist in Exile Farnoosh Moshiri

sponsored by Asia Society Texas Center.

From the Asia Society flyer:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the oath of office for a second term this month amid continuing protests against what many see as a fraud-tainted vote.

To explore events unfolding in Iran, Asia Society Texas Center hosts novelist Farnoosh Moshiri, whose books and life reflect the political traumas of her native country since the 1979 revolution.

As a budding playwright in Tehran, Moshiri saw friends and colleagues imprisoned by the Khomeini government. Fired from her job, her play banned, she fled Iran in 1983, spending years as a refugee in Afghanistan and India before making her way in 1987 to Houston. Her novels At the Wall of the Almighty, The Bathhouse, and Against Gravity and her short-story collection The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree explore the suffering of those imprisoned and brutalized in the Islamic Republic. In addition to commenting on the election, Moshiri will answer questions and read from her work.

7 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2009

Herring Hall, Rice University Campus

Free for ASTC Members

$10 for Non-Members

For more information, click here.