Fall 2017 Reading Series

Thanks to all the wonderful readers, performers, venues, and sponsors that made this season's reading series a possibility. It is your support and the support of our Bat City Community that allows us to help share such wonderful talent with the rest of the world. Please check our social media accounts for any future reading dates and make sure to find us at AWP (2018) where we will be pairing up with a number of other journals for what is sure to be an amazing night of prose, poetry, cocktails, and conversation. 


September Reading - Wally Workman gallery

 The amazing band  Invoke Sound!  Currently they are the Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, the band received First Prize in the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Competition

The amazing band Invoke Sound! Currently they are the Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, the band received First Prize in the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Competition

 Annelyse Gelman, an MFA student in the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her book,  Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone , a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award.

Annelyse Gelman, an MFA student in the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her book, Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone, a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award.

 Zain Saeed is an MFA student in the New Writer's Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as Editor-In-Chief for Bat City Review.

Zain Saeed is an MFA student in the New Writer's Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as Editor-In-Chief for Bat City Review.

 Jeff Boruszak received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA from The University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate in the Department of English.

Jeff Boruszak received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA from The University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate in the Department of English.

 Yuki Tanaka is an MFA student at the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as poetry editor of Bat City Review.

Yuki Tanaka is an MFA student at the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as poetry editor of Bat City Review.

 An example of the great works that can be found at the Wally Workman Gallery (Austin, TX). The purple moose is our favorite and needs to be seen in person. 

An example of the great works that can be found at the Wally Workman Gallery (Austin, TX). The purple moose is our favorite and needs to be seen in person. 

 Thanks to our fabulous sponsor, Austin's own Tito's Vodka!

Thanks to our fabulous sponsor, Austin's own Tito's Vodka!


October Reading - lewis carnegie gallery

 Ally Glass-Katz, a fiction fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, currently she is working on her debut novel.

Ally Glass-Katz, a fiction fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, currently she is working on her debut novel.

 Our fantastic musical guest, the Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-women, all-vinyl club for self-identifying womxn of color to provide a space for empowerment.

Our fantastic musical guest, the Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-women, all-vinyl club for self-identifying womxn of color to provide a space for empowerment.

 Danny Ruiz is a poet who studies poetry at the Michener Center for Writer's at the University of Texas at Austin.

Danny Ruiz is a poet who studies poetry at the Michener Center for Writer's at the University of Texas at Austin.

 Rachel Heng is an author pursuing an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writer's. Check out her debut novel,  Suicide Club.

Rachel Heng is an author pursuing an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writer's. Check out her debut novel, Suicide Club.

 Jessica Hincapie, the web editor at Bat City Review and a poetry fellow at the New Writer's Project, and was the recent runner-up in Gulf Coast's 2017 Poetry Prize.

Jessica Hincapie, the web editor at Bat City Review and a poetry fellow at the New Writer's Project, and was the recent runner-up in Gulf Coast's 2017 Poetry Prize.

 Julie Howd, she recieved an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in creative writing. Currently she works as an intern for the Sundress Publications.

Julie Howd, she recieved an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in creative writing. Currently she works as an intern for the Sundress Publications.

 The beautiful works of art in our fabulous venue, the Lewis Carnegie Gallery. A multi-discipline design studio nestled in comfy East Austin.

The beautiful works of art in our fabulous venue, the Lewis Carnegie Gallery. A multi-discipline design studio nestled in comfy East Austin.

 Thanks to all of our fabulous readers!

Thanks to all of our fabulous readers!


lilith fund poetry fundraiser + BCR

 Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections including her latest work,  Late Empire  which she is pictured here reading from. 

Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections including her latest work, Late Empire which she is pictured here reading from. 

 Thanks again to the gorgeous venue, ATM Gallery/Studio!

Thanks again to the gorgeous venue, ATM Gallery/Studio!

 Sam Karas is a first-year poet and playwright in the Michener Center for Writers, and a participant in The Seminar for Younger Poets at Bucknell. 

Sam Karas is a first-year poet and playwright in the Michener Center for Writers, and a participant in The Seminar for Younger Poets at Bucknell. 

 Travis Tate, an MFA candidate studying playwriting and screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Travis Tate, an MFA candidate studying playwriting and screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. 

 August Huerta is currently a fellow at the New Writer’s Project at the University of Texas. He has a poem in the upcoming Raspas Magazine coming March 10th.

August Huerta is currently a fellow at the New Writer’s Project at the University of Texas. He has a poem in the upcoming Raspas Magazine coming March 10th.

 The poet and playwright Chessy Normile. She's received the Andrea K. Willison Poetry Prize in 2013. 

The poet and playwright Chessy Normile. She's received the Andrea K. Willison Poetry Prize in 2013. 

 The poet Dion James reading work from the Lilith Fund sponsored zine, proceeds of which all went to help the Lilith Foundation for women's health. 

The poet Dion James reading work from the Lilith Fund sponsored zine, proceeds of which all went to help the Lilith Foundation for women's health. 

 A graduate of Yale, Sarah Matthes was a Frederick Mortimer Clapp Poetry fellow in 2013, and is a current fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, TX.

A graduate of Yale, Sarah Matthes was a Frederick Mortimer Clapp Poetry fellow in 2013, and is a current fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, TX.


December reading - camiba art

 Our fantastic musical guest Anasteeja. 

Our fantastic musical guest Anasteeja. 

 Raye Hendrix is an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in  Cherry Tree, The Pinch , and  Shenandoah , among others. 

Raye Hendrix is an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cherry Tree, The Pinch, and Shenandoah, among others. 

 Nick Courtright is the Co-Executive Editor and book designer for  Gold Wake Press , as well as the founder and Executive Editor of  Atmosphere Press . He is the author of  Let There Be Light.

Nick Courtright is the Co-Executive Editor and book designer for Gold Wake Press, as well as the founder and Executive Editor of Atmosphere Press. He is the author of Let There Be Light.

  Shangyang Fang studied civil engineering as an undergrad before pursuing an MFA as a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers.

 Shangyang Fang studied civil engineering as an undergrad before pursuing an MFA as a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers.

 Our talented Editor-in-Chief Zain Saeed.

Our talented Editor-in-Chief Zain Saeed.

 The gorgeous art in the CAMIBA art gallery! Check out their upcoming exhibit: Lorena Morales: GLIMMERS OF TIME

The gorgeous art in the CAMIBA art gallery! Check out their upcoming exhibit: Lorena Morales: GLIMMERS OF TIME

 Our amazing audience! Thanks for coming out to support us y'all!

Our amazing audience! Thanks for coming out to support us y'all!