All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.

An Evening with Marcela Sulak & Jenny Browne
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with acclaimed poets Marcela Sulak and Jenny Browne.

Sulak and Browne

Marcela Sulak is the author of Immigrant (Black Lawrence Press, 2010) and the chapbook Of All the Things that Don’t Exist, I Love You Best (Finishing Line Press, 2008). She has translated three collections of poetry: by Karel Hynek Macha, K.J. Erben, and Mutombo Nkulu-N’Sengha. She is co-editor of Family Resemblances: An Anthology and Exploration of Eight Hybrid Literary Forms (forthcoming from Rose Metal Press). She is also an editor of The Ilanot Review and Tupelo Quarterly, and hosts the weekly TLV1 radio show “Israel in Translation.” Her essays have appeared in the Iowa Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Rattle, among others. She is currently the Director of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University.

Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems: At Once, The Second Reason, and Dear Stranger. Recent poems and essays have appeared in numerous venues, including American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, The New York Times, Tin House and Zocalo Public Square. A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas-Austin, she is the recipient of two Texas Writers League Fellowships and a 2012-13 NEA Literature Fellowship. For many years she worked as poet in residence for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and with the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program. She currently lives in downtown San Antonio, Texas, and teaches at Trinity University.

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Jul 26 @ 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:


An Evening with Josh Wilkinson & Zach Schomburg
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of readings with visiting poets Josh Wilkinson and Zach Schomburg.

Josh and Zach

Zachary Schomburg (above right) is the author of The Man Suit; Scary, No Scary; Fjords Vol. I, and The Book of Joshua (all from Black Ocean). He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he runs Octopus Books and the Bad Blood Series.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s recent books are Meadow Slasher, The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal, Swamp Isthmus, and Selenography (all from Black Ocean and Sidebrow Books). He lives in Tucson, where he edits The Volta and Letter Machine Editions and teaches poetry at the University of Arizona.

An Afternoon with Ron Jaeger & Jan Marquart
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of Next Stop, Heaven, the third book in Ron Jaeger’s
Trilogy of Light series. Ron will be joined by Austin poet Jan Marquart, founder of the About The Author Network.

Ron JaegerRon Jaeger wrote the three novels of the Trilogy of Light (The Secret of the Bermuda Triangle; Sharing a Man; and Next Stop, Heaven) over five years—but it was only after he had published the second novel that he realized he had written an unintended trilogy. One theme in particular runs through all three novels: We all have genius, inner light, but we seldom bring it out in creative acts because we have been bludgeoned into conformity.

Jan MarquartJan Marquart is a psychotherapist and author of eleven books. She believes in the power of personal story and helps those who come to her uncover, discover, and recover from personal narratives. Jan has a private practice in Austin and is CEO and Founder of About the Author Network, which helps those interested in writing keep their pens moving. Jan also teaches writing classes for Story Circle Network and has published essays, poems, stories, and articles for in print and online publications.

An Evening with Eric Shonkwiler & Ray Shea
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Eric Shonkwiler, Ray Shea, and special guests.

Eric and Ray

Eric Shonkwiler (above left) has had writing appear in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in Fiction from University of California-Riverside, where he was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, and is the Regional Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as a former reader for [PANK] and former Editor-in-Chief and fiction editor for CRATE: The Literary Journal of UCR. He is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, Above All Men, a 2014 Midwest Connections Pick released in March from MG Press. Critics have called Above All Men “sparse and poetic” (Frank Bill) and “stark and plainspokenly honest” (Sundog Lit), and have said it “weaves a compelling narrative together with tightly written prose that makes the realities of the post-collapse society profoundly acute” (CCLaP).

A native of Boston and New Orleans and a graduate of Rice University, Ray Shea (above right) has lived in Austin for most of the last two decades. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, apt, Sundog Lit, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. His essay “Forensic Biography and the Art of the Screenwriter” was recently a finalist for the Phoebe 2014 Annual Creative Nonfiction award judged by Cheryl Strayed. He is currently at work on a collection of personal essays and a book-length memoir about fatherhood, violence, addiction, and memory, and writes poetry in his spare time.

Everything is Bigger: September ’14
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bigger is back! The captivating Tyler Gobble hosts our monthly reading series, Everything is Bigger, which features prose and poetry and prizes. This month’s intrepid readers are Lisa Olstein, Dobby Gibson, and Sam Sax.