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 2015 Schedule

 Goodbye Mexico  Bldg. G, Room G-102  September 17
 7 p.m.
 Reginal Gibbons  Bldg. G, Room G-102  October 15
 7 p.m.
 Veterans Reading  Bldg. G, Room G-102  November 11
 7 p.m.
 Elizabeth Crook  Bldg. G, Room G-102  November 19
 7 p.m.
 Emily Dickinson's Birthday  Bldg. B, Room B-102  December 10
 11 a.m.
 3 p.m.
   Dosey Doe (FM 1488)
 December 10
 5:30 p.m.

goodbye Mexico poems of remembrance a sara cortez editor
Goodbye Mexico Poetry Anthology
Thursday, Sept. 24
General Academic Building, Room G-102
7 p.m.

Readings by several of Texas’ most distinguished poets, including: Jerry Bradley, Randall Watson, Germaine Welch, Loueva Smith, Elizabeth Humber, Melissa Studdard and Sarah Cortez, editor.

This anthology gathers the strong voices of accomplished poets reaching into and beyond nostalgia to remember, honor and document their experiences of Mexico and the vibrant border areas before the ravages of narco-violence.


Sophocles selected poems odes and fragments reginald gibbons

Reginald Gibbons, Poet, National Book Award Finalist
Thursday, Oct. 15
General Academic Building, Room G-102
7 p.m.

Reginald Gibbons is the author of nine books of poems, the novel Sweetbitter, translations of Mexican and Spanish poets, Sophocles and Euripides, and other works. He edited the volume of William Goyen's uncollected work, Goyen: Autobiographical Essays, Notebooks, Evocations, Interviews (Univ. of Texas Press and the Harry Ransom Center) and the 50th-anniversary edition of Goyen's The House of Breath (Northwestern University Press). Gibbons' book about poetry, How Poems Think, has just been published by University of Chicago Press. He was won four prizes from the Texas Institute of Letters: for best novel, best short story, best book of poems, and best book of translation. He teaches at Northwestern University. Wherever he has lived, his state bird has remained the mockingbird.


picture of dogtags on the american flag
Veteran's Day Reading
Wednesday, Nov. 11
General Academic Building, Room G-102
7 p.m.


Monday, Monday a novel Elizabeth crook book cover
Elizabeth Crook, Novelist, Texas Institute of Letters Book Award
Thursday, Nov. 19
General Academic Building, Room G-102
7 p.m.

Elizabeth Crook is the author of four novels: Monday, Monday; The Night Journal; Promised Lands; and The Raven’s Bride. Monday, Monday received the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction and was named by Kirkus Reviews as A Best Fiction Book of the Year. The Night Journal was awarded both a Spur Award from Western Writers of America and a WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West. Elizabeth has written for anthologies and periodicals, including Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and has served on the council of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Board of the Texas Book Festival. She lives in Austin.


emily dickinson birthday celebration
Annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration & Gathering of Poets
Panel Discussion: Dickinson in Her Own Time
Thursday, Dec. 10
General Academic Building, Room G-102
11 a.m.

Scholars Dr. Stephanie Farrar (University of Wisconsin, co-editor Dickinson In Her Own Time), Dr. Jane McCann (Texas A&M University, author of Emily’s Dress), and Dr. Cristanne Miller, co-editor, Dickinson In Her Own Time)

  Thursday, Dec. 10
General Academic Building, Room G-102
3 p.m.

Dr. Cristanne Miller will discuss her forthcoming book, Emily Dickinson’s Complete Poems, Harvard University Press. Miller is SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Edward H. Butler Professor of Literature in the University at Buffalo SUNY Department of English. She has written extensively on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century poetry and on poetry of the American Civil War. Her work on Dickinson includes /Emily Dickinson: A Poet's Grammar/, /Comic Power in Emily Dickinson/ (co-authored with Suzanne Juhasz and Martha Nell Smith), /The Emily Dickinson Handbook/ (co-edited with Grudrun Grabher and Roland Hagenbuchle), and /Reading in Time: Emily Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century/. She is currently preparing a new edition of Dickinson's complete poems for Harvard University Press.

Gathering of Poets Dinner and Reading
Thursday, Dec. 10
Dosey Doe (FM 1488)
5:30 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.