A Reading and Conversation With Philip Metres

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Join The Center for Creative Work, The Creative Writing Program, and Students for Justice in Palestine at University of Houston for a reading and conversation with Philip Metres.

Philip Metres’ writing, collected in several books, has appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry, and has garnered two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two Arab American Book Awards, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, the PEN/Heim Translation Grant, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Akron Poetry Prize, the Anne Halley Prize, the Creative Workforce Fellowship, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the inaugural George W. Hunt, S.J. Award for Excellence in Journalism, Literature & the Arts.

Listen to an audio version of some of Phil’s poems (the Abu Ghraib arias) here: http://philipmetres.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/abughraibarias-2-audio-2013.mp3

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Position available: Administrative Assistant

Nameless Sound is seeking to hire an Administrative Assistant

Nameless Sound seeks a temporary, contract Administrative Assistant for approximately 10-15 hours per week (with the potential for 20-25 hours of work, pending need and availability). The contract will be through June of 2012

Responsibilities include:

Updating the website and creating/designing email blasts.
Assisting in marketing of programs through updates on social networking sites.
Coordinating member acknowledgement and letters.
Managing the processing of member donations.

Ideal candidate is a self-motivated individual, with the ability to work independently, be proactive, and multi-task. Candidate must have computer skills and Internet skills. They must possess exceptional organizational abilities, an attention to detail and communication skills. They must be fluent in Word/mail merge, Excel, Bento or similar Database software. They must be fluent in basic HTML and with email marketing programs. They must be familiar with Facebook and Twitter, and must be able to update local user-managed arts calendars.

Please send résumé to david.dove@namelessound.org.

Nameless Sound:

Nameless Sound was established in 2001 to present the best of international contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in arts education

Nameless Sound presents concerts by premiere artists in the world of creative music. In addition, Nameless Sound artists work directly with students from Houston’s public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters. Nameless Sound’s educational work helps to nurture a new generation of artists and inspire tomorrow’s creative thinkers.


Houston is the Nation’s Leader in the Job Market

More than 100,000 new jobs were created in Houston since the recession, making it the most prosperous city in the country according to a recent Business Journals study. New Orleans, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio rounded out a Texas-filled top five.  Read the full article here.

Body of a Dancer from Daniel Gallenkamp N.S.C. on Vimeo.

Gulf Coast Staff Hiring Announcement

Applications are currently being accepted for the positions of Editor and Managing Editor.

Founded in 1986, Gulf Coast is here to give UH graduate and undergraduate students the experience of editing a nationally distributed literary journal.  The Editor and Managing Editor will be hired for a minimum of two years (four issues), and they will be entitled to their normal teaching fellowship, summer salary, as well as stipends at the end of each academic year. The year-round positions will begin at the close of the spring semester. Training will be provided.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Ian Stansel in the Gulf Coast office or via email at gulfcoastme@gmail.com to request more information.  All Creative Writing Program students are invited to apply.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and c.v./résumé via email to Ian no later than Monday, March 5, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.  Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Directors on Saturday, March 10.  Application materials will be treated as confidential.  Please be sure to provide contact information.

Follow the Dionysia 2012 Blog and view the Video-Diary of Dionysia, above.

Transforming Communities Through Design

Mike Emery profiles UH Professor and director of the university’s Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) Susan Rogers in his blog, Creative Pride on Chron.com.

Glasstire reports that Diem Jones will begin as the Director of Grants at the Houston Arts Alliance on February 13.

A poet, musician, producer and spoken word artist (aka Drs. H.M. Joy & Fladimir MS Woo) art director, photographer, and teacher, he comes to Houston from an 8 year stint at Arts Council Silicon Valley, where he supervised their Artsopolis program and managed the agency’s grants, arts education and marketing.

Houston’s Notable Urban Spaces

The Houston Chronicle reminds us of some of Houston’s current and upcoming notable urban locations.


Mike Kelley | 1954-2012

Mike Kelley, among the most important international artists to have emerged since the 1980s and whose physically messy and psychologically complex projects laid the groundwork for present-day installation art, has died. He was 57.

Kelley is survived by his older brother George Kelley, who lives near Houston.


Creative Capital is now accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. The deadline for submitting inquiries is March 1 at 4:00pm EST. Visit creative-capital.org/apply to learn more about the application process, read the grant guidelines and access the Inquiry Form.

The Core Program awards postgraduate residencies to highly motivated, emerging visual artists and critical writers who have not yet fully developed their practices and share a commitment to critical dialogue.

About the program
Established in 1982 within the Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Core artist residencies encourage intensive and innovative studio practice as well as the elaboration of an intellectual framework to understand that practice. In 1998, the Core critical studies residencies were established to provide an opportunity for writers to pursue independent curatorial and writing projects and to promote the discourse necessary for both artists and critics to sustain their practices. Throughout the year, residents engage in ongoing dialogue with each other and with pre-eminent artists, critics, curators, and art historians invited to conduct seminars, lecture, and meet with residents individually.

Program specifics
Each resident receives a stipend, health insurance, and private studio/office space. The residency term is nine months, from September to May. Residents may apply for a second term.

How to apply
For application instructions, please visit mfah.org/fellowships/core-how-apply.

Art Across Campus: Double Physichromie

A new piece of public art by Carlos Cruz-Diez goes up at University of Houston, main campus.

Collecting as a Vocation: the Menil Project

Thursday, February 16

Pamela Smart
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Art History
Binghamton University, State University of New York

This lecture will consider the ways in which John and Dominique de Menil’s practices of collecting diverge from conventional analyses of collectors.

LOCATION: University of Houston, Fine Arts room 110

AUDITION NOTICE FOR DANCERS – performers will be compensated

 Stephan Koplowitz’

site-specific performances

Calling adventurous dancers who are technically trained in contemporary movement, skilled in various improvisation practices, partnering and have experience in developing process based work for alternative spaces…


Wed, Jan. 25, 6-10 pm
Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex,
2201 Preston St.

The commitment includes:

Rehearsal Residencies:Thu-Mon, March 8-12 & Sat – Fri, May 12-18 
Performances: May 19 & 20

Please RSVP to sixto@diverseworks with a CV and bring a hard copy to audition.


Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 6:30 – 7:30PM

Join us for a gallery walk-through of The Deconstructive Impulse with Dr. Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Studies, University of Houston. Dr. Sorkin’s work examines the confluence of gender and material culture within modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. Her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Frieze, Modern Painters, among others. In 2010, she co-organized Blind Spots/Puntos Ciegos: Feminisms, Cinema, and Performance for the eight edition of SITAC, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory, held in Mexico City. She has been awarded fellowships from the ACLS/Luce Foundation and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and is the recipient of the 2004 Art Journal Award given by the College Art Association. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the legacy of Black Mountain College, craft pedagogy, and the history of ceramics from 1952 to 1975.