Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Andrea Bajani and student readers Will Seleen, Sara Kaplan-Cunningham, and Dan Kennedy
Andrea Bajani is one of the most respected and award-winning novelists of contemporary Italian and European literature. After his debut with Cordiali saluti (Einaudi, 2005), it was Se consideri le colpe (Einaudi, 2007, If you Kept a Record of Sins, Archipelago, 2021) which brought him a great deal of attention. In just a few months, the book won the Super Mondello Prize, the Brancati Prize, the Recanati Prize and the Lo Straniero Prize.
Will is a level one bard from The Granite State. He abides by the old laws and has not registered his car in texas. Live free or die. His writing does not appear.
Sara Kaplan-Cunningham’s poems appear or are forthcoming in DIALOGIST, The Cincinnati Review, Washington Square Review, Redivider, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Houston, where she is an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor fellow and serves as online poetry editor for Gulf Coast.
Daniel Kennedy grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He holds an MFA from Virginia Tech, where he won the Emily Morrison Prize in Fiction. He is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, where he won the Inprint Donald Barthelme Memorial Prize in Nonfiction and was selected for the Provost Teaching Excellence Award. His writing has appeared in New England Review, The Florida Review, Appalachian Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Arts & Letters, The Madison Review, Ghost Parachute, and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was listed among Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction in Best American Essays 2022.
Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Lawndale Art Center. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. The monthly Gulf Coast Reading Series supports the journal’s mission to spotlight the work of both esteemed and emerging writers with voices as diverse as the Gulf itself.