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About Us

Miah Arnold


Miah Arnold, PhD, has taught creative writing for the past twenty years through Houston non-profits including Inprint, Writers in the Schools, and Aurora Picture Show as well as University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston Community College, and Georgia College. Her essay “You Owe Me” about working for M.D. Anderson via Writers in the Schools was selected by Best American Essays in 2012. Her first novel, Sweet Land of Bigamy, was published in 2012.


Raj Mankad


Raj Mankad, PhD, has served as Editor of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, since 2008. From 2003 to 2008, he was Managing Editor of Feminist Economics, an academic journal based at Rice University. His writing and community organizing helped bring about the launch of Sunday Streets HTX in 2013. His work has won recognition from the Lonestar Awards, the Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, the New York Art Directors Club, and the American Institute of Architects. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a Next City Vanguard Fellow.


Workshop Instructors

Claire Anderson

Prose Teacher

Claire Fuqua Anderson is a Writing Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston, where she received her MFA in fiction. She teaches first-year writing and literature, and she has served as Assistant Editor of fiction and nonfiction at Gulf Coast. She is currently working on a novel.

Glenna Bell

Glenna Bellis a graduate of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program where she studied with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Edward Albee, who chaired her dissertation—a collection of original plays—Glenna Bell has gone on to forge a path in music as a modern day Texas troubadour. This year she released Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas, the newest installment in a series of albums showcasing original songs recorded in Houston, Austin, and on the East Coast, and her songwriting has been honored by the State of Texas in a House Resolution that was read in a special ceremony at the capitol in Austin. Her songs have been aired nationally and internationally on NBC, CNBC, Fox TV, NPR, BBC, and non-com radio as well as a recent permanent placement for “Be My Valentine (On Christmas)” on the Spotify Acoustic Christmas playlist. She has performed on live stages from Houston to Austin to Nashville to New York City and has received two ASCAP Plus grants from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Pop Music Division panel recognizing her “contribution to American music.” Her “Cougar Anthem” from the album, Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder, was a USA Today top ten pick and she was featured in an ASCAP AudioPortrait that showcases her music and her approach to writing and performance:

She is also a member of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) and the Recording Academy, and she teaches writing at Houston Community College.


Sara Cooper

Sara Cooper’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Mid-American Review, BorderSenses, Puerto del Sol, HYSTERIA: A Feminist Anthology of Poetry and Microfiction, and Mutabilis Press’s Houston Nature Anthology. A chapbook of poems, Mis—, was published in 2014 by Grandma Moses Press. She received her MFA in poetry at New Mexico State University and is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Houston.

Robert Lidell


Robert Liddell authored the short story “What Ever Happened to Sebastian Grosjean?” which appeared in The Gettysburg Review and the anthology Best New American Voices. He has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, has taught for Inprint Inc. and was the fiction editor for Low Rent magazine. He currently teaches in the Honors College at the University of Houston and is working on his first novel. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Houston.

Benjamin Rybeck

Benjamin Rybeck is the author of a novel, The Sadness (Unnamed Press). His writing appears in Arts and Culture Texas, Electric Literature, Houston Chronicle, The Literary Hub, Ninth Letter, Portland Magazine, The Rumpus, The Seattle Review, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere, and his fiction has received honorable mention in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona, where he taught fiction for several years and was editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. Since then, he has also taught for Inprint and Writespace. Currently, he’s the marketing director at Brazos Bookstore.

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