Tom Abrahams, Stephanie Jaye Evans, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Reyes Ramirez, Icess Fernandez Rojas, Sehba Sarwar, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, and Gwendolyn Zepeda will be here to celebrate the release of Akashic's Houston Noir ($15.95) collection!
Tom Abrahams is an award-winning television journalist and a member of the International Thriller Writer's Association. He is a hybrid author (traditionally and self-published) who writes post-apocalyptic thrillers, action adventure, and political conspiracies. Tom lives in the Houston suburbs with his wife, Courtney, and their two children. Read more about his work and join his Preferred Readers Club at tomabrahamsbooks.com.
Stephanie Jaye Evans is a fifth-generation Texan. She wrote her first novel as the capstone for her MLS from Rice University. Faithful Unto Death (Berkley Prime Crime, 2012) was a Library Journal Debut of the Month, a Houston Chronicle Ultimate Summer Book List pick, and a nominee for the Agatha’s Best First. She is currently working on a Southern Gothic set in the Houston Heights, where she now makes her home.
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally renowned performance and slam poet, a three-time Slam Champ formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World. She has coached adult and youth slam groups to rank in national finals. She is Houston’s poet laureate for 2017 to 2019. Her work is compiled on two albums and has been featured on BBC, NPR, Upworthy, Blavity, Button Poetry, Write About Now, and the opening video of the Houston Rockets 2017 season.
Reyes Ramirez is a Houstonian. In addition to having an MFA in Fiction, Reyes won the 2017 Blue Mesa Review Nonfiction Contest, 2014 riverSedge Poetry Prize, and has poems, stories, essays, and reviews (and/or forthcoming) in: Southwestern American Literature, Gulf Coast Journal, Glass Poetry Press, Origins Journal, The Acentos Review, Cimarron Review, the anthology pariahs: writing from outside the margins from SFASU Press, and elsewhere. You can read more his work at reyesvramirez.com.
Larry Wattshas published six novels and a book of short stories alongside his 21-year career in law enforcement. His latest book, written with his wife, Carolyn, is a historical story about Houston’s first police narcotics scandal. It is titled Dishonored and Forgotten.
Gwendolyn Zepeda has published three novels through Hachette, and a short-story collection, two poetry collections, and five children’s books through Arte Publico Press. She served as Houston’s first poet laureate from 2013 to 2015.
Icess Fernandez Rojas is an educator, writer, and former journalist who lives in Houston and is a long-time North Shore resident. She is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA program. Her work has been published in Rabble Lit, Minerva Rising Literary Journal, and the Feminine Collective's anthology Notes from Humanity. Her nonfiction has appeared in Dear Hope, NBCNews.com, the Huffington Post, and the Guardian. She is a recipient of the Owl of Minerva Award, a VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation alum, and a Kimbilio Fellow.
Sehba Sarwar writes about displacement and women’s issues. Her essays and poems have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Callaloo, South Asian Review and elsewhere, while her short stories have appeared in anthologies published by Feminist Press (New York) and Harper Collins (India). Her novel, Black Wings, was published by Alhamra Press (Pakistan). Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Sarwar lived in Houston for several decades and is currently based in southern California.
Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a fourth-generation Houstonian of Mexican heritage. Her essays and poetry have recently appeared in Catapult, The Collagist, Tinderbox, and Luna Luna Magazine. Her book, Fuego, was published by Saint Julian Press and her second book of poems, Nightbloom & Cenote, is forthcoming from the same press in 2018.
"Brooklyn Noir came first in 2004, and now, 15 years later, Houston Noir--14 stories of intrigue, betrayal and death set from Tanglewood to Third Ward penned by current or former Houston authors--goes on sale."