Boldface Visiting Writers are special guests to the conference who are graduates of the University of Houston’s renowned Creative Writing Program. They give craft talks and readings at the conference, and are available for individual manuscript consultations.
Meet the 2015 Visiting Writers
Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel (Four Way Books, 2013) and A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press, 2007). He is the recipient of an NEA, a Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, and a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant. A coeditor of Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010) and The Other Latino (University of Arizona Press, 2011), he teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University.
Gail D. Storey is the author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award, Nautilus Silver Award, the Colorado Book Award, and the Barbara Savage Award. I Promise Not to Suffer was praised by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, as “Witty, wise, and full of heart…as inspiring as it is hilarious, as poignant as it is smart.” Gail’s first novel, The Lord’s Motel, was praised by the New York Times Book Review as “a tale of unwise judgments and wise humor.” Her second novel, God’s Country Club, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Her website, including the book trailer for I Promise Not to Suffer, is gailstorey.com. She is married to Dr. Porter Storey, a national leader in hospice and palliative medicine. They live in Boulder, Colorado.
Coert Voorhees was born and raised in New Mexico. He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston, and he is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in the translation of Chilean theatre as well as fellowships from Houston Arts Alliance and Rice University, where he served as Visiting Writer in Residence. Coert is the author of the novels The Brothers Torres (2009 ALA Top Ten best Books for Young Adults) Lucky Fools (2012 Junior Library Guild Selection) and In Too Deep (2013 Junior Library Guild Selection). He is the founding Mayor ofGrammaropolis, and his books for children include the Meet the Parts of Speech series and Storm Wrangler. Coert lives with his family in Houston.