• All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
  • For footage and recaps of past events, check out our YouTube channel and blog.
An Afternoon with Angela Genusa & Stephen McLaughlin
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with conceptual poets Angela Genusa and Stephen McLaughlin.

Conceptual poetry is an early 21st century literary movement, self-described by its practitioners as an act of “uncreative writing.” In conceptual poetry, appropriation is often used as a means to create new work, focused more on the initial concept rather than the final product of the poem. In its extreme form, such works are process-oriented and non-expressive.

AngelaAngela Genusa is a writer and artist, formerly of Austin, Texas. She is the author of THRONE (publisher TBA, 2015), No Expert (publisher TBA, 2015); Twentysix Gasoline Station Prices (TBA, 2015); Composition (Gauss PDF, 2014), Twentysix Wikipedia Articles (PediaPress, 2013), Musée du Service des Objets Trouvés (PediaPress, 2013), and Spam Bibliography (Troll Thread, 2013), among others. Her writing and art has been published in Action Yes Quarterly, The Claudius AppMcSweeney’sThe Continental Review, Printed Web #2, West Wind Review, and WORK, among others. Her work has been featured in Jacket2, Frieze Magazine, and The New Yorker, and has been exhibited in SLOPES Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been anthologized in &NOW Awards Vol. 3 (Northwestern University Press) and Best American Experimental Writing 2014. She is a member of Collective Task: Cycle 4, an international group of artists and writers with over 35 participants. Some excerpts of her two of her forthcoming books are published in Printed Web #3.


Stephen McLaughlin is a PhD student at the School of Information at UT Austin and a senior editor at the PennSound poetry archive. His work has appeared in Jacket2, Gauss PDF, The Volta Blog, and Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Steve hosts the podcast “Into the Field,” a series of interviews with poets.

Summer Reading by Writers from S. Kirk Walsh’s Fiction Workshop
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for a celebratory reading by the writers of S. Kirk Walsh’s nine-month Fiction Writing Workshop (Sept-May). Short excerpts from novels and stories will be read.

Participating writers include Dena Afrasiabi, Kalli Angel, Nicole Beckley, Jack Kaulfus, Amy Lowrey, Katherine Moore, Victoria Rossi, Rose Smith, Ashley Whitaker, Kirk Wilson, and Karen Valby. This accomplished group of writers features published fiction and nonfiction writers, book critics, and MFA graduates. For the past nine months, they have participated in an intensive fiction workshop, drafting and revising novels and short stories throughout the year. Come celebrate their wonderful work and distinctive voices with this end-of-the-workshop reading.

Refreshments and sweets will be served.

Summer Reading

An Evening with Chip Dameron & Robert Okaji
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with poets Chip Dameron and Robert Okaji. We’ll be celebrating the release of Chip’s new collection, Waiting for an Etcher.

Chip DChip Dameron is the author of seven collections of poetry and a travel book. His poems and essays on contemporary writers have appeared in such periodicals as Mississippi Review, Southwestern American Literature, San Pedro River Review, Puerto del Sol, Texas Quarterly, and many other journals and anthologies, as well as publications in Canada, Ireland, Nigeria, India, China, Thailand, and New Zealand. Dameron has co-edited two literary magazines, Thicket and Chachalaca Poetry Review, and served on the editorial board of four others. A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he lives and writes in Brownsville, Texas.

Robert ORobert Okaji lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, two dogs and some books. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Clade Song, Four Ties Lit Review, Extract(s) and Prime Number Magazine, among others, and his 2015 chapbook, If Your Matter Could Reform, was Dink Press’s initial offering in its National Poetry Month series.

An Afternoon with Sandra Storey & Frank Pool
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with Sandra Storey and Frank Pool. We’ll be celebrating the release of Sandra’s recent poetry collection, Every State Has Its Own Light.

Sandra SSandra Storey’s first full-length collection, Every State Has Its Own Light, a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award, was published by the Word Poetry imprint of WordTech Communications in 2014. Her poems have been published in various literary magazines, including the New York Quarterly, Friction (UK), THEMA and New Millennium Writings. Storey was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand and lived in Southeast Asia from 1968 to 1972. Formerly editor and publisher of two Boston neighborhood newspapers, she is now a newspaper columnist. She wrote poetry from 1980 to 1988 and resumed in 2004. She has been a featured reader at many Boston-area venues.

FrankFrank Pool has published poetry, reviews, and literary criticism in a variety of venues. He writes a weekly column on language and other topics for his hometown newspaper, the Longview News-Journal. He edited several issues of the Youth Anthology for the Austin Independent Poetry Festival. He enjoys reading poetry aloud, both his own and others’. He was the chairman of the board of directors for the Austin International Poetry Festival for five years. A retired teacher, he has recently returned to writing and publishing poems.

Raw Paw Reading Series: Mind Maze
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the Raw Paw reading series, which celebrates the release of a new issue of their poetry imprint, Mind Maze. This month’s featured poet is Nathan Brown.

Raw Paw was founded in Austin, Texas, in 2010. Their new poetry title, Mind Maze, is released every month and showcases twenty poems by one of Austin’s best—all wrapped in a patterned, screen-printed cover designed by Nicole Carleton.

Mind Maze 4 cover art

Novel Night with Christopher Brown & Kelly Hitchcock
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the sixth event in our Novel Night series, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: two published authors will read from their books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. We’ll then have an open mic for writers who have signed up to read from their unpublished short stories or novels. And finally, we’ll have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles and invite questions from the audience. Also worth noting: there will be snacks!

Novel Night

This month Christopher Brown will read from his short story in the Rayguns Over Texas anthology and Kelly Hitchcock will read from Portrait of Woman in Ink: A Tattoo Storybook.

Christopher BrownChristopher Brown writes science fiction and criticism in Austin, where he also practices technology law. He was nominated for the World Fantasy Award in 2013 for Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, the anthology he co-edited with Eduardo Jiménez Mayo. His stories and essays frequently focus on issues at the nexus of technology, politics, and economics. Notable recent work has appeared in The Baffler, the MIT Technology Review anthology Twelve Tomorrows, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, 25 Minutos en el Futuro: Nueva Ciencia Ficcion Norteamericana, Castálida, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Rayguns Over Texas.


Kelly I. Hitchcock is an up-and-coming writer in the Austin, Texas area. She is author of various poems about the randomness of life, several short stories, random creative nonfiction works, and the coming-of-age novel The Redheaded Stepchild. She is world-renowned among a readership of five people and growing. Raised by a single father in the small town of Buffalo, Missouri, Kelly has fond memories of cash-strapped life in the Ozarks that strongly influence her writing and way of life. When she’s not writing API documentation for money or writing poetry and fiction for unmoney, Kelly enjoys catering to the whims of a high maintenance rescue dog, frequenting Austin’s many concert venues with her husband, and breaking things (in no particular order). She is an avid volunteer and fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In association with VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities), we’re delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians. Join us for this fun and friendly evening suitable for performers of all ages and abilities!

Footage from previous Lion & Pirate open mic events can be seen here:

L & P

Austin Writers Roulette
Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Austin Writers Roulette features a different monthly theme and line up of artists who love to perform their original written works such as poetry, essays, spoken word, singer-songwriting, or excerpts from novels for 5-8 minutes (1200 words or fewer). Interested artists who would like to perform for an upcoming event can email their submission to Or you can show up during the day of the event and sign up for the open mic after all the featured artists perform. And of course, performance art lovers are always welcome!

This month’s theme is “Train Wreck Adventures.”

Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.


Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Finnegans Wake Reading Group of Austin is a monthly get-together to dive into the depths of James Joyce’s greatest, weirdest, and most notorious masterpiece.

The process is to take turns reading aloud from the text, which allows its musicality to flow forth. Then we all discuss our interpretations and the many meanings and themes contained within the selection we’ve read.

We’ll read 2 or 3 pages of the book, depending on how many people are there and how much time we spend discussing the content.

This event is FREE and open to everyone. NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of Joyce or Finnegans Wake is required, just have an open mind—and be prepared to read aloud in front of strangers.

For more information, please visit the reading group’s website.

Finnegans Wake

A representation of the book’s structure by Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.