Glass Mountain (magazine)

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Glass Mountain
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Editors Rebecca Canak, Shaina Frazier, Joseph Roberts
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Biannual
Circulation 2,500
First issue 2006
Country United States
Based in Houston, Texas
Language English

Glass Mountain is an undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Houston that was established in 2006.[1] The title is an allusion to a short story with the same title by Donald Barthelme. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art written by undergraduates. Each issue also includes interviews with notable literary figures, including Mat Johnson, Mark Doty, Nick Flynn, Tony Hoagland, and others.[1] The publication is listed in the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and launched its first national issue in 2011.[2][3][4] In 2013, the journal was awarded the Director's Prize for content by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.[5]

Glass Mountain community[edit]

Glass Mountain is associated with the Creative Writing Program of the University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the literary magazine Gulf Coast.[6] It has also partnered with the School of Art, the School of Theatre and Dance, the Blaffer Gallery, the Wortham Theater Center and the Moores School of Music. The magazine has been involved with a number of local and national community organizations, including the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Poison Girl Reading Series,[7] the Houston chapter of Writers in the Schools,[8][9] Brazos Bookstore, Bohemeo's, the Menil Collection,[8][10] the Society for the Performing Arts Prelude Series, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.[11][12][13]

The magazine is involved in Houston area cultural events as well, including the East End Cultural Arts Festival[14] and it has collaborated with Houston Public Radio, NANO Fiction, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, the Houston Arts Alliance, the Houston Endowment Inc., the Texas Commission on the Arts, Poets & Writers, the National Endowment for the Arts, Gulf Coast, an annual Write-a-Thon, and the Menil Collection to present the Houston Indie Book Festival at Menil Park.[15][16]

Boldface Writing Conference[edit]

The annual Boldface Writing Conference was founded in 2009 by the editors of Glass Mountain as a conference devoted exclusively to developing writers.[17][18] The conference is held at the M. D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston and hosts craft talks, readings and workshops in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Each year, the conference selects winners for the Robertson Prize in poetry and fiction. Guest speakers to the event have included Ange Mlinko, Kevin Prufer, Jericho Brown, and Alexander Parsons among others.[19][4]


  1. ^ a b "UH Library Catalog /uhmainplus". 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Directory". CLMP. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Poetry reading showcases UH's finest", "The Daily Cougar", April 14, 2011
  4. ^ a b "Boldface writing conference kicks off in Houston", "", May 29, 2011
  5. ^ "Association of Writers & Writing Programs". Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  6. ^ "University of Houston, MFA and PhD Programs". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Best Local Reading Series--2008" The Houston Press 2008
  8. ^ a b "The Menil Hosts a Reading with WITS and Glass Mountain," Arts Hound, May 20, 2011
  9. ^ "Reading by Writers in the Schools and Glass Mountain," CultureMap Houston, May 20, 2011
  10. ^ "Houston Indie Book Festival" (PDF). The Menil Collection. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  11. ^ "Events". Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  12. ^ "Artists play to the beat of own Drum," The Daily Cougar, August 24, 2011
  13. ^ "Red Block Bash - UH Arts Open House" Arts Hound, September 20, 2010
  14. ^ "East End Arts Fest" The Houston Press, October 18, 2010
  15. ^ Houston Indie Book Festival
  16. ^ "The Houston Indie Book Festival" Arts Hound, May 10, 2009
  17. ^ "Writing Conferences in U.S. - Creative Writing Workshops, Conferences, Retreats, Festivals". Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  18. ^ Donald Barthelme (2009). Nexus: excerpts from the Boldface Conference (Google Books). Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  19. ^ "Horrifying and Lovely: Kevin Prufer at Poison Pen" The Houston Press, May 18, 2011

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