Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Lily Lloyd Burkhalter and student readers Bevin O’Conor, Catherine Niu, and Maria Hiers
Lily Lloyd Burkhalter is a French-American writer. Her work can be found in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. A 2022 Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow, she holds a BA in Poetry Writing from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a New Artist Society Scholar. Current projects include a memoir in essays about textiles, loss, and language and a novel structured by the logic of the loom. She is represented by Audrey Crooks at Trident Media Group.
Bevin O’Connor grew up in Southern California and received her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Southern California. A 2022 finalist for the Best of the Net Anthology, her work can be found in Annulet, Afternoon Visitor, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Catherine Niu is a writer from Marietta, Georgia. Her work has been published in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, Molecule, and Showcase, and has been exhibited in museums including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. She is currently a creative writing PhD candidate at the University of Houston.
Maria Hiers (she/her) is pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of Houston. She is an assistant editor at Gulf Coast. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Two Hawks Quarterly, Harpur Palate and The Shore.
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.