• All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
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I Scream Social: Ugly Sweater Party
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

HOLIDAY EDITION: UGLY SWEATER PARTY! Because you probably need an excuse to wear that green pullover covered in jingle bells or that one with the light up menorah. *Bonus points if your holiday sweater has dinosaurs on it.

Get your cones ready for another installment of Malvern Books’ newest FREE reading series, I SCREAM SOCIAL, hosted by Malvern’s own Annar Veröld & Schandra Madha.

Featuring young women poets and fiction writers from the Austin community, this month’s I Screamers are Blake Lee Pate, Taisia Kitaiskaia, and Ji Yoon Lee. They’re all rock stars, and we’re thrilled to be featuring them.

Following the reading, there will be a (mic-less) open mic. Bring old stuff, new stuff, silly stuff, whatever stuff. Just read stuff to us. And did we mention the free cool confections from Amy’s Ice Cream? And the photo booth? Oh yeah, it’s gonna be good.

Can’t make it this time around? No worries. I Scream Social is every fourth Friday ’til the end of time.

I Scream December

Malvern Books’ Club: Reading Classics from New York Review Books
Dec 5 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Welcome to Malvern Books’ Club: Reading Classics from New York Review Books, hosted (on most occasions) by Malvern’s own curmudgeon-in-chief, Dr. Joe. Everyone is invited to join us for what we’re sure will be a series of irreverent and insightful conversations. Our December selection is A Schoolboy’s Diary by Robert Walser, a collection of “strange and wonderful” stories. If you want to take part in this lively literary adventure, stop by the store, sign up, buy yourself a copy, and get reading!

Book Club

The NYRB Classics series started in 1999 with the publication of A High Wind in Jamaica and by the end of this year over 400 titles will be in print—so we have plenty of excellent reading material to choose from. The series includes nineteenth-century and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, established classics and cult favorites, and literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. Literature in translation also constitutes a major part of the NYRB Classics series, including new translations of canonical figures such as Euripides, Aeschylus, Dante, Balzac, Nietzsche, and Chekhov, as well as fresh translations of Stefan Zweig, Robert Walser, Alberto Moravia, and Curzio Malaparte, among others.

How it works:

Stop by Malvern Books to sign up and you’ll receive a 10% discount off the title! Read the book and then come to the meeting prepared with either a question or specific passage to discuss with the group. We’ll look forward to seeing you on December 5th.

Texas Poetry Calendar Reading
Dec 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Texas Poetry CalendarFor eighteen years, the Austin reading for the Texas Poetry Calendar has been the culmination of the fall calendar readings for Dos Gatos Press. This year’s reading is hosted by Wade Martin and Allyson Whipple and will feature 20 poets sharing Texas-related work, including their poems from the 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar.

Readers include: Ralph Hausser, Jerry Hamby (the cover artist), Cheney Crow, Katherine Oldmixon, Stan Crawford, Marcelle Kasprowicz, Joanne Holladay, Tina Posner, Beth Honeycutt, Christa Pandey,Mary Lynn Stafford, Shubh Schiesser, Lyman Grant, Julieta Corpus, Sarah Webb, Cindy Huyser, Ben Groner, Laura Pena, Amy Greenspan, and Diana Conces.

Vision + Voice Anthology Release Party
Dec 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of the Vision + Voice Anthology. Featuring readings by winning and honorable-mention poets, a poster exhibit, and refreshments!

Vision + Voice is a collaboration between Austin Community College and Austin Independent School District that promotes literacy and creative expression by combining artwork from ACC students with poetry from AISD students.

Vision and Voice

Timber Mouse Publishing Reading
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading featuring Kevin W. Burke, Rachel Wiley, Ronnie K. Stephens, and Lacey Roop (pictured below, left to right), four talented slam poets from Austin’s Timber Mouse Publishing.

Timber Mouse

Kevin W. Burke was born and raised in the aged suburban stretch, industrial parks, and haunted forests of the Chicago Southland. He has found work in a grocery store, animal shelter, power plants, scaffold yard, coffee shop, windshield warehouse, film studio, bar, classrooms, the back of an ambulance, a fire engine, and the poetry of the homemade flyers, frayed cables, and broken nosed laughter between punk-rock and hip-hop. He likes hugs, Radiolab, “big-fat-dirty-bass”, and making people realize there is electricity in their chests. When he’s not doing poetry things, he is working as a firefighter and resides in South Austin with a wonderful lady and their three big dogs. Here’s some other stuff Kevin’s done: 2011 Austin Poetry Slam Champion, 2011 Austin Poetry Slam Team, 2011
Southwest Shootout Individual Slam Champion, 2011 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival Champion, 2012 Austin Poetry Slam Team, 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Team, 2013 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival Champion, collaborated with Grammy winning Conspirare, shared stages with fancy people like Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, and Cristin O’keefe Aptowicz. Also, he has upcoming work published in Into Quarterly and Freeze Ray Press.

Rachel Wiley is known for her honest, witty, and sometimes sassy poetry that touches body image, romance, and feminism. From Columbus, Ohio, she attended the Theatre Studies program at Capital University. She tours colleges and slam venues nationwide. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, and Nailed Magazine. Her first full length poetry collection, Fat Girl Finishing School, was published by Timber Mouse Publishing in October 2014.

Ronnie K. Stephens is a full-time English teacher and the father of identical twins. His poems often explore vulnerability in its many facets. His first collection, Universe in the Key of Matryoshka, was published by Timber Mouse Publishing in 2014. Individual poems have previously appeared in Rattle, Paper Darts, Weave Magazine, DASH, and PANK, among others.

Lacey Roop has a kaleidoscope of work that is sure to make the heart shout, stomp, and stutter. As a slam poet, Lacey has previously placed 6th at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, been a two-time member of the renowned Austin Poetry Slam team, and ranked several times as a top-scoring poet at the Individual World Poetry Slam. Lacey has also opened for the Grammy Award winning band The Wailers, performed her poetry with the Grammy Award winning and transformative musical group Conspirare, and been a featured performer at the sold-out Desert Rocks Musical Festival. Lacey was also featured on PBS’s highly acclaimed show, Roadtrip Nation. Lacey’s work has also been published by A Light, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, and The Sunday Poem. She is also the author of a full-length book of poetry, And Then Came The Flood. In addition to sharing stages with bands, Lacey has performed alongside acclaimed poets such as Derrick Brown, Andrea Gibson, Staceyann Chin, Anis Mojgani, Ebony Stewart, and Lauren Zuniga. As an advocate and ally, Lacey’s work discusses gender & sexuality, marginalized voices, and women-empowerment. Lacey’s work also focuses on soaking up and sharing the hope and magic that exists all around us every day. She writes because it hurts not to, and greets life with a high-five, a pen, and a key that unlocks the bottom of the ocean (really, it does). She also gives the most incredible hugs. Ever.

Novel Night with Dana Barney & Mark Falkin
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the twelfth 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’s readers will be Dana Barney (below left) and Mark Falkin (below right). Dale will be reading from his novel Flatline, and Mark will be reading from Contract City.

Novel Night

Dana Barney is a Bostonian turned Los Angeleno turned Austinite with a strong proclivity for the absurd and conspiratorial. He has a BA in writing from Bennigton College. He enjoys exploring the underlying, and sometimes inevitable, dark side of every day life. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife and two daughters.

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mark Falkin graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and then the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He has lived in Texas for the last twenty years, where he is a literary agent and recovering music attorney, having represented platinum sellers and Grammy winners alike. His 2006 self-published novel, Days of Grace, was optioned for a film and nominated for a literary award, The Needle Award, at POD-dy Mouth blog. Contract City has been nominated for numerous awards, among them the PEN/Bingham, Edgar, Flaherty-Dunnan, Printz, Alex, Morris, and the Oklahoma Book Award and has been adapted into both a screenplay and teleplay. Working on his next book, he lives with his wife and family in Austin, where he reads, coaches recreational soccer, tries to find time to paddle Texas waters, and keeps a sharp eye on his young daughters, snatching hugs here and there. 
The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Dec 11 @ 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 Open Mic

Austin Writers Roulette
Dec 13 @ 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 “Accidental Orgasms.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.


Albert Huffstickler Birthday Celebration
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading and birthday cake to celebrate the late, great poet laureate of Hyde Park: Albert Huffstickler.

Albert HuffsticklerAlbert Huffstickler (December 17, 1927 – February 25, 2002) was born in Laredo, Texas, but he lived in Austin in his later years, and became a local literary legend. You could usually find him in a café in Hyde Park, decked out in suspenders, smoking, drinking coffee, and working on a poem. (Rumor has it he wrote a poem a day, and his impressive publication record—four full-length collections, plus hundreds of poems published in chapbooks and journals—lends veracity to the story.) He was a two-time winner of the Austin Book Awards, and in 1989 the state legislature formally honored him for his contribution to Texas poetry. In May 2013 a new Hyde Park green space at the corner of 38th and Duval Streets was named Huffstickler Green in his honor. Huff was a friend and inspiration to many, and everyone who knew him talks of his kindness, his honesty, and his passionate support for local literature. Austin Community College English professor W. Joe Hoppe, who will be reading tonight, describes his friend and mentor as “a great encourager of poetry.”

Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Dec 17 @ 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.

Emil Kresl Book Launch
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Emil Kresl’s debut novel, On Cedar Hill.

Emil KEmil Kresl was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, before going off to college in Madison, WI. He paid his way through college tending bar and cleaning up apartments after rent-jumpers. After college he tried a stint working in politics, but opted to return to running a bar where colleagues are loyal, the excitement is frequent, and the stories slightly less absurd.

After Madison, it was off to Hollywood where he learned about screenplays and swimming in the Pacific. Then a couple years later, he went off to Austin, Texas, to see what all the fuss was about. There he found the best swimming water he had ever seen. He also got to work with some of the best storytellers around, found the love of his life, and helped bring into this world a human of astonishing beauty, wisdom, and good humor.

To put food on the table, Emil helps people find happiness and fulfillment by contributing in a meaningful way to the world around them, which is not a bad way to collect a paycheck. In addition to doing all that other stuff like writing, being a dad, and consulting, he studies public policy and community planning, two things that hold the secret to making this world a better place (along with laughter, stories, and swimming).

J. Scott Brownlee Book Launch
Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of J. Scott Brownlee’s first full-length poetry collection, Requiem for Used Ignition Cap (winner of the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize). Scott will be joined by fellow poets John Fry and Susan B.A. Somers-Willett.

J. Scott Brownlee

J. Scott Brownlee is a poet from Llano, Texas. His work appears widely and includes the chapbooks Highway or Belief, which won the 2013 Button Poetry Prize, Ascension, which won the 2014 Robert Phillips Poetry Prize, and On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County, which won the 2015 Tree Light Books Prize. His first full-length collection, Requiem for Used Ignition Cap, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and selected by C. Dale Young as the winner of the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize. Brownlee is a founding member of The Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class. He teaches for Brooklyn Poets as a core faculty member and is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at NYU, where he earned his MFA.

An Evening with Cecily Parks, Kristen Case, Stefania Heim & Marcela Sulak
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with poets Cecily Parks, Kristen Case, Stefania Heim, and Marcela Sulak. They will be reading from their recent collections: Cecily from O’Nights, Kristen from Little Arias, Stefania from A Table That Goes On for Miles, and Marcela from Decency.

Cecily and Co.

Cecily Parks’s first collection of poems, Field Folly Snow, was a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second collection, O’Nights, was published by Alice James Books in April. She lives in Austin and teaches at Texas State University.

Kristen Case is the author of the critical study American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Chelsea, The Brooklyn Review, Pleiades, Saint Ann’s Review, The Iowa Review, Wave Composition, and Eleven Eleven. Her chapbook, Temple, was published by MIEL in 2014, and her full-length collection, Little Arias, was published in September by New Issues Press. She is Associate Professor at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Stefania Heim is author of the poetry collection, A TABLE THAT GOES ON FOR MILES (Switchback Books, 2014). She is a Poetry Editor at Boston Review and a founding editor of CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation. Her poems, translations, and essays have appeared in publications including A Public Space, Aufgabe, Jacket2, The Journal of Narrative Theory, The Literary Review, La Petite Zine, Poetry International, and Pinwheel. In 2015 she was selected as one of the Poetry Society of America’s “New American Poets.” She is currently translating the Italian poems of metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico.

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.

Recent Releases

An Evening with John Estes & Jennifer Chang
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for an early-evening reading with poets John Estes and Jennifer Chang.

John and Jennifer

John Estes directs the Creative Writing Program at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and is a visiting faculty member of Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA. He is author of three volumes of poetry—Kingdom Come (C&R Press, 2011), Stop Motion Still Life (Wordfarm, forthcoming) and Sure Extinction, which won the 2015 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press—and two chapbooks: Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoön (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and Swerve, which won a National Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity. Her poems have recently appeared in The American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, and Salt Hill. She has written essays on poetry for Los Angeles Review of Books, The Volta, Blackwell’s Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. The recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, she co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman and is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

Rose Metal Press Family Resemblance Anthology Launch
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal Press), edited by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov. This event will feature readings from Marcela Sulak and contributors Katie Cortese, Joy Ladin, and Julio Ortega. 

Family ResemblanceFamily Resemblance explores hybrid literary genres in depth, providing craft essays and examples of hybrid forms by 43 distinguished authors, including Julie Marie Wade, Takashi Hiraide, Maggie Nelson, Joe Wenderoth, and Etgar Keret. In this study of eight hybrid genres—including lyric essay, epistolary, poetic memoir, prose poetry, performative, short-form nonfiction, flash fiction, and pictures made of words—the family tree of hybridity takes delightful shape, showcasing how cross-genre works blend features from multiple literary parents to create new entities, forms that feel more urgent than ever in today’s increasingly heterogeneous landscape.