A message from Emerson Zora Hamsa:
Houston Reads! is excited to continue our commitment to reading works from the Black Literary Tradition. This year we chose the novels of ancestor Gloria Naylor (1950-2016) because Naylor’s body of work offers a historically fresh and necessary perspective on black life/living. Her novels, screenplays, essays, and other works reveal a deep love for black people, as well as a serious consideration for the ways black people often navigate hardship while seeking joy and practicing community care.
This gathering will be held on the online video conferencing platform Zoom. Please join us by registering for this month only or the entire meet-up series here.
Kindred Stories is proud to partner with Project Row Houses and Emerson Zora Hamsa to present Houston Reads! 2022.
Gloria Naylor Meeting Schedule:
February 27th, 2-5 PM CST: The Women of Brewster Place
March 20th, 2-5 PM CST: Linden Hills
April 16th, 12-3 PM CST: Mama Day
May 15th, 2-5 PM CST : Bailey's Cafe
June 19th, 10 AM - 1 PM CST: The Men of Brewster Place
July 17th, 2-5 PM CST: 1996
About Gloria Naylor
Gloria Naylor (1950-2016) grew up in New York City. She received her BA in English from Brooklyn College and her MA in Afro-American Studies from Yale University. Her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won the National Book Award for first fiction in 1983. She is also the author of Linden Hills, Mama Day, Bailey's Cafe, and The Men of Brewster Place.
About Emerson Zora Hamsa
Emerson Zora Hamsa is a lifelong reader and writer who lives and works in Houston. Zora is currently writing a dissertation that explores the relationship between blackness and the category of the human.
About Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. We engage neighbors, artists, and enterprises in collective creative action to help materialize sustainable opportunities in marginalized communities.
Project Row Houses occupies a significant footprint in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures that serve as home base to a variety of community-enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities. PRH programs touch the lives of under-resourced neighbors, young single mothers with the ambition of a better life for themselves and their children, small enterprises with the drive to take their businesses to the next level, and artists interested in using their talents to understand and enrich the lives of others. Although PRH’s African-American roots are planted deeply in Third Ward, the work of PRH extends far beyond the borders of a neighborhood in transition. The Project Row Houses model for art and social engagement applies not only to Houston, but also to diverse communities around the world.