WITS Writer Janine Joseph Pens Opera Opening Nov. 3

Posted November 2, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Photo courtesy HGOco

WITS Writer Janine Joseph Pens Opera

WITS Writer Janine Joseph collaborates with composer Jeeyoung Kim in From My Mother’s Mother, an opera about a young Korean-American woman dealing with the traditions of her family’s culture.

The world premiere of From My Mother’s Mother is scheduled for 1 p.m. November 3 at Discovery Green.

Additional performances:

-1 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium (1001 Bissonnet)

-6 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, at Houston Public Library, Julia Ideson Building Auditorium (500 McKinney Street) 

-12pm and 7 p.m. Friday, November 9, at the University of Houston, Jose Quintero Theatre (133 Cynthia Woods Mitchell)

For information, visit the HGO website or call 713-546-0230. Sung in English. Free. Read the full Houston Press Article

Way To Go!

Posted November 8, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Join us in congratulating these past and present WITS writers and students:

Chuck Carlise’s new chapbook A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t Stairs is now available on Amazon.

WITS student Jasmine Davis, who works with WITS writer Melanie Malinowski, won Honorable Mention for her essay “My Life with Clorox” for the Kidney Times Essay Contest.

WITS Summer Camp teacher Aime Gallardo won the 2011 Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award.

Hannah Gamble won the National Poetry Series. Her book Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast will be published by Fence Books in 
2012.

News about Van Garrett’s trip to Latvia can be found on his website. Writers in the Schools supported this project through Amy Storrow at the Department of State. Van was featured in a TV story here.

Artist Raul Gonzalez (artist in residence with WITS) was the featured artist for Houston Community College Southwest’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Janine Joseph was named one of the Best New Poets of 2011.

Former WITS writer Marc McKee published a new book titled Fuse.  You can purchase your copy at amazon.com.

Executive Director Robin Reagler’s chapbook Dear Red Airplane was published  by Seven Kitchens Press.

Tria Wood and partner-in-art Tara Conley announced that their art installation, My Life as a Doll, will open at DiverseWorks on November 11th, 2011—that’s right, 11/11/11!

WITS Writers to Read at Brazos 2/5/10

Posted February 5, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

This month’s Gulf Coast reading will feature WITS writers Janine Joseph and Liz Countryman. The reading will be held tonight at 7:00 PM at Brazos Bookstore.

Born in the Philippines, Janine Joseph is a Ph.D. student in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, where she is also a senior reader for Gulf Coast. She holds degrees from UC Riverside and the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where she taught with the Starworks Foundation and Community Word Project. She is a recipient of a 2009 Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans. Her work has most recently appeared in Third Coast, Spoon River Poetry Review, Nimrod, and in the chapbook Here is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets.

Liz Countryman earned her B.A. from Tufts University and her M.F.A. from the University of Maryland. She has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Vermont Studio Center, from whom she received the Brown Foundation Award in 2008.  She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Houston, where she also serves as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast.  Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior ReviewMakeout CreekForklift, Ohio, and ink node.