Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

This event is presented in partnership with Inprint. Luisa Muradyan will be reading with Georgia Pearle.

Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, American Radiance, at turns funny, tragic, and haunting, reflects on the author's experience immigrating as a child to the United States from Ukraine in 1991. 

What does it mean to be an American? Luisa Muradyan doesn't try to provide an answer. Instead, the poems in American Radiance look for a home in history, folklore, misery, laughter, language, and Prince's outstretched hand. Colliding with the grand figures of late '80s and early '90s pop culture, Muradyan's imagination pushes the reader forward, confronting the painful loss of identity that assimilation brings.

Luisa Muradyan is originally from the Ukraine and is a current PhD candidate at the University of Houston. She is the former Editor of Gulf Coast: a Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and the recipient of the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry, and the Marion Barthelme Gulf Coast Prize. Her manuscript, American Radiance, won the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Previous work has appeared in Poetry International, Ninth Letter, West Branch, the Los Angeles Review, and Blackbird among others.

Born and raised in the Gulf South, Georgia Pearle is an alumna of Smith College and holds an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University. She has been a coordinator of the VIDA Count, the digital editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and the recipient of the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review Online,, and WSQ, and are forthcoming with Ninth Letter and Crab Orchard Review. She is a Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston, where she holds a CLASS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. She is at work on a collection of poems as well as a memoir. Luisa Muradyan is recipient of the Inprint Jones Fellowship, Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry, and the Inprint Marion Barthelme Gulf Coast Editor’s Prize.

American Radiance (The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496207753
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2018