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Writers in Performance is a reading program dedicated to bringing the most distinguished minds and their bright visions to the citizens of Montgomery County through thought-provoking literature and cultural diversity. The series’ events are made possible by the partnership between the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council, LSC-Montgomery Library, the Conroe Commission on the Arts and Culture, Good Books in the Woods, LSC-Montgomery’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, and SWIRL, LSC-Montgomery’s magazine of student art and writing.

Fall 2016 Schedule

 Antonio Ruiz-Camacho  Bldg. G, Room G-102  September 15
 7 p.m.
 Mary Helen Specht  Bldg. G, Room G-102  October 20 
 7 p.m.
 Ekphrastic Poetry Reading  Bldg. G, Room G-102  November 17 
 7 p.m.
 Emily Dickinson's Birthday Celebration  Bldg. G, Room G-102  December 8 
 3 p.m.
 Gathering of the Poets  TBA  December 8 
 7 p.m.

Barefoot Dogs by Anthony Ruiz Comacho Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Thursday, Sept. 15
General Academic Building, Room G-102
7 p.m.

Antonio Ruiz Camacho made a bold debut in 2015 with Barefoot Dogs, his first book, receiving enthusiastic reviews from some of America’s top critics, with the New York Times calling it “a deeply moving chronicle of one family’s collective devastation, full of remarkable wisdom and humor, yet unflinching in its portrayal of the horrors sweeping contemporary Mexico.” He will appear on September 15, the first day of Hispanic Heritage month. He also translated his novel into Spanish: Los Perros Descalzos.


Migratory Animals by Mary Helen Specht

Mary Helen Specht
Thursday, Oct. 20
General Academic Building, Room G-102
7 p.m.

October 20 features Mary Helen Specht whose first novel, Migratory Animals, was published by Harper Perennial in 2015. An editor's choice by the New York Times Book Review and the Austin American-Statesmen, an IndieNext Pick, and an Apple iBook selection, Migratory Animals also won the Texas Institute of Letters Best First Fiction Award. Born and raised in Abilene, Texas, Specht has a B.A. in English from Rice University and a recent M.F.A. graduate in creative writing from Emerson College. She currently teaches creative writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin. Texas Monthly has named her one of "Ten Writers to Watch."


                            Ekphrastic Poetry Reading
Thursday, Nov. 17
General Academic Building, Room G-102
7 p.m.

November 17 will feature Lone Star College faculty other regional poets in an evening of ekphrastic poetry inspired by artworks which will also be on display during the showcase.    

emily dickinson birthday celebration
Emily Dickinson's Birthday Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 8
General Academic Building, Room G-102
3 p.m.


In December, a celebration of the birthday of the poet Emily Dickinson will include a visit from Martha Nell Smith from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her book Open Me Carefully anthologizes the letters of Emily Dickinson to her lifelong friend Susan Huntington Dickinson, restoring passages that indicate Susan as the poet’s passion and inspiration.

  Gathering of Poets
Thursday, Dec. 8
TBA
7 p.m.


The event will include more than 20 distinguished poets led by Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate. 

All events are free, open to the public and made possible by :

Lone Star College Montgomery – Library
Conroe Comission on the Arts and Culture
Montgomery County Literary Arts Council
Swirl – The Literature and Arts Journal of Lone Star College – Montgomery

For more information, visit www.literaryartscouncil.org; or contact Dave Parsons at 936.524.6537 or david.m.parsons@lonestar.edu.