Virtual - What Just Happened? Texas Writers Discuss the Post-Election Moment

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

This event will be presented on ZOOM. Click here to register!

Brazos Bookstore welcomes Texas writes and thinkers ERIN BELIEU, ROBERTO TEJADA, ANNISE PARKER, CESAR ESPINOZA and CHRISTINA MORALES for a panel discussion of the post-election movement. This discussion will be moderated by University of Houston Downtown Professor of English Robin Davidson. 

About the Speakers

Erin Belieu is the author of Come-Hither Honeycomb (2020); Slant Six (2014); Black Box (2006), a
finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; One Above, One Below (2000); and Infanta (1995), selected
by Hayden Carruth for the National Poetry Series. Belieu coedited, with Susan Aizenberg, the
anthology The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (2001). With poet Cate Marvin,
Belieu cofounded VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, an organization that seeks to “explore critical
and cultural perceptions of writing by women” in contemporary culture. Belieu has taught at
Washington University, Boston University, Kenyon College, Ohio University, and Florida State
University. She was formerly managing editor of AGNI. She teaches as Professor of Creative
Writing for the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, as well as for the Lesley
University low-residency MFA in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ith Keith Kopka, she co-founded Writers Resist in 2016.

Cesar Espinoza is co-founder and Executive Director of FIEL Houston (Familias Inmigrantes y
Estudiantes en la Lucha). He has been an advocate for grassroots organizing on behalf of social
justice since his arrival in the U.S. in 1991. With a family background in politics and community
activism, Mr. Espinosa has been part of the immigrant movement for the last 12 years, and has
served as an advocate both locally and nationally for immigrant rights, and student rights, such as
the HB 1403 bill (Texas in-state tuition) and the D.R.E.A.M. Act.

Christina Morales has served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives,
representing District 145, since spring 2019. As the granddaughter of Felix H. Morales, who
founded the first funeral home offering a dignified burial to Latino families, and who opened the
first Spanish-language radio station to cover news for the Gulf Coast, Representative Morales is
dedicated to serving her home community. Her work in the Texas House focuses on creating and
supporting legislation that helps educate the children of her district and protect the seniors that built
her community. The Annual Morales Back to School Supplies Giveaway, a program she founded in
1997, continues to support the education of more than 20,000 low income students from Houston’s
most underserved neighborhoods. She has been CEO for the Morales Funeral Home since she was
23., and she currently serves on the Urban Affairs and Corrections Committees.

Annise Parker is the first former elected official to lead the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory
Institute for which she now serves as President and CEO. Mayor Parker served six years as a Houston
City Council member, six years as City Controller, and six years as Mayor of the city. She is one of only
two women to have been elected mayor and is the only person in Houston history to have held the
offices of council member, controller and mayor. She was the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major
American city. In addition, she has been a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate
Preparedness and Resilience, chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice
Committee, and served on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston
Galveston Area Council. She is a past Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy
School of Government. Mayor Parker graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
In the private sector, she spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with
Mosbacher Energy Company. She also co-owned Inklings, a lesbian/feminist bookstore for 10 years.

Roberto Tejada is the author of Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness (2019), a Latinx
poetics on colonial settlement and cultural counter-conquest in art and writing of the Americas, and
the poetry collections Full Foreground (2012), Exposition Park (2010), and Mirrors for Gold (2006). His
books of art history include National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (2009) and
Celia Alvarez Muñoz (2009). He is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in
Creative Writing and Art History at the University of Houston.

Co-Sponsors for this event:

* Writers Against Trump
* Brazos Bookstore
* Houston Writers Coalition
* Bloomsday Literary
* Calypso Editions
* FIEL Houston/Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha
* Librotraficante
* Nuestra Palabra
* Tintero Projects


Come-Hither Honeycomb Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556596100
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 2nd, 2021

Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934819555
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Noemi Press - March 15th, 2019