Launch Event: Music & Literature No. 9

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

"Many journals seek to bring exposure to underrepresented international artists, but none do so quite like M&L." —The Culture Trip

Please join us for the official U.S. launch of the 9th volume of Music & Literature, the magazine dedicated to publishing and promoting the work of excellent yet unheralded artists from around the world. This program celebrates the two artists featured in M&L no. 9: Swiss author Peter Bichsel and Canadian poet Sylvia Legris. Legris joins us in-store, along with her US publisher, Barbara Epler of New Directions Books, for an evening of readings and discussion around her relentlessly evolving body of work. Award-winning novelist and M&L no. 9 contributor Guy Vanderhaeghe presents alongside Daniel Peña and other special guests, including musicians and M&L publisher Taylor Davis-Van Atta.

Sylvia Legris' publications include The Hideous Hidden and Pneumatic Antiphonal, both published by New Directions. In 2006 she won both the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award for Nerve Squall. Other awards include the 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award and, in 2012, the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement by a mid-career writer. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, Granta, and Kenyon Review.

Barbara Epler joined New Directions Books as an editorial assistant after graduating from college in 1984. She became editor in chief in 1995; named Publisher in 2008, and in 2011 became president.

Guy Vanderhaeghe is a novelist, short story writer, and playwright. He is a three-time winner of Canada’s Governor’s General Award for Fiction, the first for his short story collection Man Descending (1982), the second for his novel The Englishman's Boy (1996), and the latest for his short story collection Daddy Lenin and Other Stories (2015).

Daniel Peña, a Pushcart Prize-winning writer, is an assistant professor at the University of Houston-Downtown, where he teaches in the Department of English. A Cornell University graduate and Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar, his fiction has been widely published, appearing in such journals as Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Callaloo and the Kenyon Review Online. His debut novel, Bang, published in 2017.

Joseph Campana is a poet, critic, and scholar who teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Rice University.

Albert Cofrin is a scholar of both jazz and medieval monophonic music and director of the Istanpitta Early Music Ensemble.

Joachim Zwick is a Houston-based musician specializing in jazz, improvisation, and early music.

Taylor Davis-Van Atta is the founding publisher and co-editor of Music & Literature, and Digital Scholarship Coordinator at University of Houston Libraries.