The 2019 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

Saturday
February 2, 2019
6:30 pm

The Houstonian
111 North Post Oak Lane

Anne and Albert Chao
GALA CHAIRS

Min Jin Lee
FEATURED SPEAKER

Black tie

Thanks to the 2019 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball, Houston will continue to be a thriving city nurtured by creative writers and readers.

This year’s Ball, chaired by Anne and Albert Chao, includes a talk by bestselling National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee, lively readings by three Inprint Fellows, book-themed table decorations, and engaging conversation.  The festive annual black tie evening takes place on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at The Houstonian.

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To learn more about the featured speaker Min Jin Lee click here.
To learn more about the before-dinner readers click here.

The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 pm. At 7 pm, guests will enjoy short salon-style readings by three talented writers and Inprint Fellows: Thea Lim, Henk Rossouw, and Jessica Wilbanks. After the readings, guests can mingle while touring the tables in the ballroom, which will be decorated on literary themes by host committee members and guests, featuring books and items from personal collections.

After a gourmet dinner curated by Chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie and live music by Latin Carnaval, Min Jin Lee will give a talk over coffee and dessert.

As a thank-you gift, guests will receive an exclusive handcrafted signed limited-edition chapbook, Free Food for Millionaires: 10th Anniversary Preface by Min Jin Lee, designed by book artists Cathy Hunt and Fiona McGettigan, and available only to Ball supporters and attendees.

Proceeds from the 2019 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball make possible Inprint’s low-cost  literary performance activities for adults and children; writers workshops for the general public, senior citizens, K-12 teachers, veterans, the incarcerated, healthcare providers, and more; and support for the nation’s top emerging creative writers in Houston.

Attend the 2019 Inprint Ball

GALA CHAIRS
Anne and Albert Chao

HOST COMMITTEE
Nancy C. Allen
Marcia Backus and Mike Hood
Yasmine and Christie Ballantyne
Bettie Cartwright
Theresa and Peter Chang
Susie and Joe Dilg
Cece and Mack Fowler
Sis and Hasty Johnson
Linda and George Kelly
Elizabeth and Albert Kidd
Reinette and Stan Marek
Patti Melcher
Nancy Powell Moore
Franci Neely
Marilyn Oshman
Nathalie and Charles Roff
Diana Strassmann and Jeff Smisek
Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Andrea and Bill White
Cyvia Wolff
Nina and Michael Zilkha

We hope you will  join us for the 2019 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball. Below are the table and seat options. To reserve a table or seats print and fill out the reply form available here (which details the benefits of different giving levels) and mail to Inprint, 1520 West Main, Houston, Texas 77006, or email to Inprint Development Director Ann Shaw, ann@inprinthouston.org. We appreciate your payment by check so that your support fully serves Inprint programs.

Tables for Ten*
VISIONARY TABLE $30,000
UNDERWRITER TABLE $20,000
BENEFACTOR TABLE $10,000
SPONSOR TABLE $7,500
PATRON TABLE $5,000

Individual Seats*
VISIONARY $3,000
UNDERWRITER $2.000
BENEFACTOR $1,000
SPONSOR $750
PATRON $500

*The benefits of different giving levels are detailed in the gala reply form available here

 

Special thanks to the supporters of the 2018 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

This list was last updated on 11/30/18

VISIONARY
Franci Neely/Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray

UNDERWRITER
Nancy Powell Moore

BENEFACTORS
Marcia Backus and Mike Hood
Eleanor and Dan Gilbane/Luba and Alan Bigman/Sannam and Scott Warrender
Judy and Marc Herzstein/Brooke and Dan Feather
Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Judy and Charles Tate
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Nina and Michael Zilkha

SPONSORS
Carolyn and Platt Davis
Hennman Rau LLP
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C./Carolyn Russell Brock

PATRONS
Dina Alsowayel and Tony Chase
Robin Angly and Miles Smith
Candace Baggett and Ron Restrepo
Mary and Marcel Barone
Katharine Bowdoin Barthelme/Kristina and Jeff Fort
Doyle, Restrepo, Harvin & Robbins, LLP
Jenny Elkins
Debbie Gary
Linda and George Kelly
Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron/Rice University
Thompson & Knight Foundation

INDIVIDUAL UNDERWRITERS
Nancy C. Allen
Sis and Hasty Johnson

INDIVIDUAL BENEFACTORS
Bettie Cartwright
Theresa and Peter Chang
Susie and Joe Dilg
Nancy Dunlap
Consuelo Duroc-Danner
Cece and Mack Fowler
Elizabeth and Albert Kidd
Stephanie Larsen
Harriet and Truett Latimer
Nancy Manderson
Hinda Simon
Lois and George Stark
Andrea and Bill White
Cyvia Wolff, in honor of Anne and Albert Chao and Marc Grossberg

INDIVIDUAL PATRONS
Elizabeth and Richard Carrell
Judy Chapman and Terrence Doody
Valerie and Rick Greiner
Madeleine Callery Hussey
Phil and Josephine John
Victoria and Marshal Lightman
Anna Mavromatis
Hadia and Osama Mawlawi
The Oshman Foundation/Marilyn Oshman
Lenox and John Reed
Regina Rogers, in honor of Rachel Frazier
Michael Rudelson
Doreen Stoller and Daniel Piette
Fabené Welch
Aline and Collie Wilson

Festivities of the 2019 Inprint Ball

6:30 pm  COCKTAILS AND HORS D’OEUVRES

7 pm   READINGS

Salon-style readings by Inprint Fellows: Thea Lim, Henk Rossouw, and Jessica Wilbanks.

8 pm   TOURING TABLE DECORATIONS

Literary-themed tables in the ballroom decorated by Host Committee members, table hosts, and volunteers, featuring books and items from personal collections.

8:15 pm   DINNER

Menu designed by Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie. Music of Latin Carnaval.

9 pm   TALK

National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee, over coffee and dessert.

After hours   POSTSCRIPT

The conversation continues over a nightcap at The Bar in The Houstonian.

 

About featured speaker Min Jin Lee

MIN JIN LEE became a literary star with the publication of her second novel Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award and a #1 New York Times Bestseller. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Pachinko “beautiful… Lee’s sweeping four-generation saga of a Korean family is an extraordinary epic.” Pachinko was one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017 and on more than 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, BBC, and CNN. Pachinko will be translated into 25 languages. Her debut novel Free Food for Millionaires, also a bestseller, was one of the Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today.  She is also a prolific nonfiction writer. Lee’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She served three consecutive seasons as a Morning Forum columnist of the Chosun Ilbo, one of the major newspapers of South Korea.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, she immigrated to the United States with her family when she was seven years old. She attended the Bronx High School of Science, Yale College, and Georgetown University Law School, and practiced law for several years in New York prior to writing full-time. She is currently at work on the third diaspora novel in “The Koreans” trilogy, American Hagwon.

Featured Authors at the 2019 Inprint Ball

Each of these top emerging authors has received an Inprint fellowship.

THEA LIM is the author of the novel An Ocean of Minutesa 2018 Giller Prize finalist, published by Touchstone in the U.S. and across the world in multiple languages; it has been optioned for a TV series. Her novella The Same Woman was released by Invisible Publishing in 2007. Her writing has been published by The Paris Review, The Guardian, Salon, The National Post, and others. She has received various awards and fellowships for her work, including the Inprint M.D. Anderson Foundation Fellowship, the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in nonfiction, and artists’ grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston, and has served on the editorial boards of Gulf Coast, Racialicious.com, and Shameless Magazine. She grew up in Singapore and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor of creative writing at Sheridan College.

HENK ROSSOUW’S debut poetry book Xamissa, published by Fordham University Press in 2018, won the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston ReviewThe CommonBlackbird, and elsewhere, his fiction in Tin House, and his nonfiction in Threepenny Review. Originally from South Africa, Henk received the Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship and, for several years, the Inprint International Student Fellowship, while earning his PhD at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He has led several Inprint Writers Workshops and the Inprint Senior Memoir Workshop at the Jewish Community Center from 2015 to 2017, and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. Henk is currently an assistant professor in creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

JESSICA WILBANKS is the author of the memoir When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss, published by Beacon Press in 2018, an excerpt of which appeared in The Guardian. She has received a Pushcart Prize as well as creative nonfiction awards from Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Redivider, and Ruminate magazine. Her essays have received Notable Mentions in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and she was recently selected as a finalist for the PEN Center USA’s annual Literary Award in Journalism. Jessica received an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship and earned her MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. She has led Inprint Writers Workshops for several years.

Past Inprint Poets & Writers Ball Speakers

Rabih Alameddine
Edward Albee
Martin Amis
Russell Baker
Ann Beattie
Michael Chabon
Justin Cronin
Mark Doty
Jeffrey Eugenides
Richard Ford
Kaye Gibbons
Edward Hirsch
Richard Howard
Mary Karr
Tony Kushner
Peter Matthiessen
Colum McCann
Larry McMurtry
Joyce Carole Oates
Michael Ondaatje
George Plimpton
Salman Rushdie
Richard Russo
Curtis Sittenfeld
Paul Theroux
Natasha Trethewey
Calvin Trillin
Scott Turow
Wendy Wasserstein

Highlights from the 2018 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

Our deepest thanks to the 2018 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball Gala Chairs Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen

GALA COMMITTEE
Nancy C. Allen
Clare Casademont and Michael Metz
Elaine and Marvy Finger
Claire and Joe Greenberg
Claudia and David Hatcher
Sis and Hasty Johnson
Linda and George Kelly
Page Kempner
Ann Kennedy and Geoffrey Walker
Elizabeth and Albert Kidd
Patti Melcher
Fan and Peter Morris
Franci Neely
Vivie and Chris O’Sullivan
Marilyn Oshman
The Risher Randall Family
Nathalie and Charles Roff
Sally and William Russ
Diana Strassmann and Jeff Smisek
Geraldina and Scott Wise

The 2018 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball, which took place on Saturday, February 3, 6:30 pm at The Houstonian, was a delightful evening for supporters of Houston’s thriving literary community. More than $400,000 was raised, exceeding the goal of $350,000, thanks to the leadership of Ball Chairs Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen. Approximately 400 guests attended the annual event.

Paul Theroux, award-winning author of more than 50 volumes of travel writing, fiction, essays, and children’s literature, was the featured speaker and gave a talk over coffee and dessert recollecting different travel memories surrounding reading. As a thank you gift, Ball supporters and guests received a beautiful limited-edition handmade chapbook, Deep South: An Excerpt by Paul Theroux, each autographed by author, created by book designers Cathy Hunt and Fiona McGettigan of FioCat Press.

Before dinner writers Conor Bracken, Aja Gabel, and Adrienne Perry—all of whom have received support from Inprint and are students or alumni of the renowned UH Creative Writing Program—gave short salon readings from their work. Bracken, recipient of an Inprint James A. and Isabel M. Elkins Foundation Fellowship, is the author of the 2017 Frost Place Chapbook Competition winner Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour. Gabel, recipient of the Inprint Alexander Prize in Fiction, an Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Nonfiction, and an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/Fondren Foundation Fellowship, will have her debut novel, The Ensemble, published by Riverhead Books in May. Perry, a recipient of an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship, the Inprint Marion Barthelme Gulf Coast Prize, and the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing, is at work on a novel and an essay collection.

Once again, James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie designed a special menu and wrote a playful essay entitled “A Menu Imagined, con alcune licenze” to describe the development the menu. Adding to the elegance of the evening, table hosts and volunteers decorated each ballroom table on different literary themes. Table decorations included Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, and others, including several on travel. The music of Latin Carnaval accompanied dinner.

New this year and appealing to younger donors was Postscript, an after-hours gathering at The Bar of The Houstonian with “Typewriters” (a play on the classic manhattan) as the signature cocktail. More than thirty guests kept the party going.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SUPPORTERS OF THE 2018 INPRINT POETS & WRITERS BALL

UNDERWRITERS
Nancy C. Allen
Judy and Marc Herzstein/Brooke and Dan Feather
Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen/Eagle Global Advisors
Franci Neely
Nina and Michael Zilkha

BENEFACTORS
Katharine Bowdoin Barthelme/Kristina and Jeff Fort
Randi Faust and Carl Herman/Edward and Helen Oppenheimer Foundation
The Financial Advisory Group, Inc.
Robbi Jones and Marcia West
Nicole and Evan H. Katz
Sabria and Kevin Lewis/Sidley Austin LLP

SPONSORS
Robin Angly and Miles Smith
Luba and Alan Bigman/Sannam and Scott Warrender
Rachel and Bud Frazier/Bobbi and Vic Samuels
Henneman Rau LLP
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C./Carolyn Russell Brock
The Risher Randall Family
The Sklar Family

PATRONS
Dina Alsowayel and Tony Chase
Candace Baggett and Ron Restrepo
Susan Baird and Leah Lax
Mary and Marcel Barone
Mary S. and Jack Dawson/Caroline Kerr and Andrew Lusk
Elaine and Marvy Finger, in honor of Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Eleanor and Dan Gilbane
Claire and Joe Greenberg
Valerie and Rick Greiner
Gulf Coast Journal Board
Claudia and David Hatcher
Linda and George Kelly/Ann Kennedy and Geoffrey Walker
Nancy and Neal Manne
Vivie and Chris O’Sullivan, in honor of Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Laura and John Calaway/Trey Peacock/Katie Sammons and Terry Lohrenz
Sally and William Russ
Louisa Stude Sarofim
Leslie and Shannon Sasser Family Fund
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron/Rice University, in honor of Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Thompson & Knight Foundation
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

INDIVIDUAL VISIONARIES
Gwendolyn Dawson and Ba Nguyen
Susan and Katharine Dunwoody
Debbie Gary
Diana Strassmann and Jeff Smisek

INDIVIDUAL UNDERWRITERS
Jeff Beauchamp
Clare Casademont and Michael Metz
Liz and Steve Crowell
Stephanie Larsen
Nancy Manderson
Nancy Powell Moore
Hinda Simon

INDIVIDUAL BENEFACTORS
Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors
Claire and Robert Campbell
Carolyn and Platt Davis
Cullen K. Geiselman
Lee Herrick
Sis and Hasty Johnson
Cheryl and Will Jordan
Page Kempner
Sissy and Denny Kempner, in honor of Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Elizabeth and Albert Kidd
Harriet and Truett Latimer
Patti Melcher
Sara and Bill Morgan, in honor of Ann Shaw
Marilyn Oshman
Nathalie and Charles Roff
Lois and George Stark
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
Gina and Jonathan Carroll
Kathy and Robin Harrison
Margaret and Alan Hill
Marilyn Miller and Bob Huntley
Louise Jamail
Fan and Peter Morris
Melinda Snell and David Elder
Geraldina and Scott Wise

INDIVIDUAL PATRONS
Angela and Charles Alcorn
Melissa and Marrick Armstrong
Cara and Jorge Barer
Grayson Cole and Woods Nash
Nancy Illback Cook
Susie and Joe Dilg
Nancy Dunlap
Gulchin Ergun and Matthew McBride
Bari and David Fishel, in honor of Brooke and Dan Feather
Helen Fosdick
Cece and Mack Fowler
Gina and Scott Gaille
Stefani and Andrew Golub
Patricia Hunt Holmes
Madeleine Callery Hussey
Lacy M. Johnson and Josh Okun
Carla Knobloch, in honor of Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Ashby and David Lang
Victoria and Marshal Lightman
Anna Mavromatis
Isabelle and Eric Mayer
Conor Paul McEvily
Kristin and Grant Meikle
Katie Padden and Rick Evans
Lana Rigsby and John Powell
River Oaks Bookstore
Regina Rogers
Michael Rudelson
Docia Rudley
David Ruiz
Doreen Stoller and Dan Piette
Nikayla and Aaron Thomas
University of Houston Honors College
Yvonne Victery
Village Plumbing & Air
Ann and Robert Weisgarber
Fabené Welch
Michael M. Wilson
Cyvia Wolff, in honor of Marc Grossberg

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTERS
Elouise and Harry Jones
Rose Ann Medlin and William E. Joor III
Amber and Byron York

Highlights from the 2017 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

Our deepest thanks to the 2017 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball Chairs Claire & Robert Campbell and
Kelly & Michael Sklar

GALA COMMITTEE
Katharine Bowdoin Barthelme
Christina Bryan and Trey Peacock
Jane and Robert Cabes
Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell
Consuelo Duroc-Danner
Cece and Mack Fowler
Eleanor and Dan Gilbane
Marc Grossberg
Patricia P. Hubbard
Laura and Steve Jones
Michael Marek
Franci Neely
Genevieve and Shawn Patterson
Carolyn Roch and Matt Henneman
Brittany Sakowitz and Kevin Kushner
Millette and Haag Sherman
Hinda Simon
Kathryn and Craig Smyser
Kelsi Stayart and Will White
Margaret Vaughan and Jonathan Cox
Allie and Sam Veselka
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray
Stacey and Andrew White
Elizabeth and Andrew Ziccardi

The 2017 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball, which took place on Saturday, February 18, at The Houstonian, was a wonderful success, thanks to Ball Chairs Claire & Robert Campbell and Kelly & Michael Sklar and a large group of generous supporters. More than $310,000 was raised with 375 guests in attendance.

The Ball was a literary delight and every aspect of the evening championed creative writing and reading. Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of the novels Eligible, American Wife, and Prep, was the featured speaker. She gave a lively talk on her upcoming story collection entitled You Think It, I’ll Say It, read an excerpt of a story set in Houston, and also spoke about the challenges of writing Eligible—a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in Cincinnatti. As a thank you gift for Ball supporters and guests, book designers Fiona McGettigan and Cathy Hunt of FioCat Press created a limited-edition handmade chapbook based on an excerpt from Eligible, autographed by Sittenfeld.

Before dinner, three Inprint fellowship and prize recipients gave salon-style readings from their work: Hayan Charara, author of three poetry collections, most recently Something Sinister, and the children’s book The Three Lucys; J. Bradford Hipps, author of the novel The Adventurist; and Janine Joseph, author of the poetry collection Driving Without a License.  Attendees raved about the readings afterwards.

As a special treat this year, Chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie, an avid reader and friend of Inprint, designed a three-course menu for the evening, and also composed a very entertaining menu “memoir” that appeared on the back of the menu card, documenting his bookish inspirations.

Following the tradition of years past, table hosts and volunteers decorated each ballroom table on different literary themes. Table decoration themes included 1984, presidential biographies, Christadora (a novel by Tim Muphy), Eligible, Prep, dystopian fiction, creativity (with a blank book for each patron), A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, women and poetry, A Man Called Ove, Valley of the Dolls, a tribute to novelist and food writer Jim Harrison, and Cool Brains! Inprint’s reading series for children. The music of Latin Carnaval accompanied the evening’s festivities.

Special thanks to all our supporters of the 2017 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

UNDERWRITERS
Claire and Robert Campbell
Nancy McGregor and Neal Manne/Kathryn and Craig Smyser
Barbara and Louis Sklar/Kelly andMichael Sklar

BENEFACTORS
Chinhui and Eddie Allen
Randi Faust and Carl Herman/Edward and Helen Oppenheimer Foundation
Brooke and Dan Feather/Judy and Marc Herzstein
The Financial Advisory Group, Inc.
Jerry and Nanette Finger Foundation/Martha and Richard Finger
Jeff Fort and Kristina Van Dyke
Stephanie Larsen/Jeff Beauchamp
Sabria and Kevin Lewis/Sidley Austin LLP
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray
Nina and Michael Zilkha

SPONSORS
Rachel and Bud Frazier/Bobbi and Vic Samuels
Eleanor and Dan Gilbane/Gwendolyn Dawson and Ba Nguyen
Laura and Steve Jones
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Marcia West and Ron Lewis

PATRONS
Dina Alsowayel and Tony Chase
Amegy Bank
Robin Angly and Miles Smith/Caroline and Perryn Leech
Mary and Marcel Barone
Susannah Bowen/Jack and Annis Bowen Foundation
Karen and Michael Brisch/Henneman Rau LLP
Carolyn and Platt Davis
Mary S. and Jack Dawson/Susie and Joe Dilg
Petrello Family Foundation
Teal and Jeff Reamer
Louisa Stude Sarofim
Diana Strassmann and Jeff Smisek
Thompson & Knight Foundation
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

INDIVIDUAL VISIONARIES
Consuelo Duroc-Danner
Debbie Gary
Nancy Manderson

INDIVIDUAL BENEFACTORS
Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors
Bettie Cartwright
Cece and Mack Fowler
Mary and James Henderson
Sis and Hasty Johnson
Leah Lax
Marley Lott
Anne and John Mendelsohn
Nancy Powell Moore
Hinda Simon
Lois and George Stark
Margaret Vaughan and Jonathan Cox
Stacey and Andrew White

 

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
Melissa and Marrick Armstrong
Liz and Steve Crowell
Margaret and Alan Hill
Linda and George Kelly
Harriet and Truett Latimer
Victoria and Marshal Lightman
Anna Mavromatis
Marilyn Miller and Robert Huntly
Cara and Michael Rudelson
Andrea and Bill White

INDIVIDUAL PATRONS
Dorothy J. Alcorn
Scott Atlas
Luba and Alan Bigman
Christina Bryan and Trey Peacock
Jane and Robert Cabes
Laura and John Calaway
Judith Chapman and Terrence Doody
Nsancy Dunlap
Nijad and Zeina Fares
Valerie and Rick Greiner
Madeleine Callery Hussey
Laurel and David Isaak
Elizabeth and Albert Kidd
Hadia Mawlawi and Lana Rigsby
Elena and Kenneth Marks
Shirat Mavligit and Ken Hughes
Betty Moody
Marcia and Michael Nichols
Shelly and Martin Power
Carolyn and Jimmy Robertson
David Ruiz
Katie Sammons and Terry Lohrenz
Stefani Shapiro and Andrew Golub
Docia Rudley
Bettina and Martin Siegel
Doreen Stoller and Dan Piette
Molly and Coert Voorhees
Sannam and Scott Warrender
Ann and Rob Weisgarber

Highlights from the 2016 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

Our deepest thanks to the 2016 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball chairs Phoebe & Bobby Tudor

GALA COMMITTEE
Chinhui and Eddie Allen
Susie and Sanford Criner
Rania and Jamal Daniel
Nijad and Zeina Fares
Martha and Richard Finger
Jeff Fort
Cece and Mack Fowler
Diana and Russell Hawkins
Patricia P. Hubbard
Nancy Powell Moore
Franci Neely
Cynthia and Tony Petrello
Raquel and Andrew Segal
Leigh and Reggie Smith
Ping Sun and David Leebron
Marcy and Tom Wessel
Andrea and Bill White
Ann and Mathew Wolf
Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff

The 2016 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball, which took place on Saturday, February 6, at The Houstonian, was a smashing success thanks to the leadership of Ball Chairs Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. More than $412,000 was raised, exceeding the fundraising goal, with 420 guests in attendance.

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner was the featured speaker. He delivered a brilliant, hilarious, self-deprecating, super-fast-paced speech written for the occasion. It wove together references to writing for the theatre, Shakespeare, poetry, the meaning of art, and family history (including growing up in Lake Charles and his lifelong connection to the Tudors and their families). Attendees gave him a standing ovation. As a thank you gift for Ball supporters and guests, book designers Cathy Hunt and Fiona McGettigan of FioCat Press created a limited-edition handmade chapbook, Homebody/Kabul: An Excerpt, autographed by Kushner.

Before dinner, three Houston writers read from their new books: Robin Davidson, Houston’s second Poet Laureate, author of the collection Luminous Other; Leah Lax, author of the memoir Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Came Home; and Matthew Salesses, author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood.  All three writers—Inprint fellowship and prize recipients—are current students or alumni of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and have taught Inprint writers workshops.

Following the tradition of years past, table hosts and volunteers decorated each ballroom table on different literary themes, adding spice to the evening. Table decoration themes included Angels in America and Lincoln: The Screenplay by Tony Kushner, Brundibar by Kushner and Maurice Sendak (a children’s book based on the WWII children’s opera), All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Little Prince, Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and books by U.S. immigrants and writers of the African diaspora.

Special thanks to all our supporters of the 2016 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

VISIONARY
Weatherford International

UNDERWRITERS
Judy and Marc Herzstein/Brooke and Dan Feather
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray
Nina and Michael Zilkha

BENEFACTORS
Bettie Cartwright/Anne Schlumberger
The Financial Advisory Group, Inc.
Nanette and Jerry Finger/Martha and Richard Finger
Jeff Fort
Pat L. Harris
Hughes Roch LLP/Watt Thompson & Henneman LLP
Stephanie Larsen and Bryn Kristin Larsen
Nancy Powell Moore
Sidley Austin LLP
United Airlines

SPONSORS
Christina Bryan and Trey Peacock/Katie Sammons and Terry Lohrenz
Rania and Jamal Daniel
Carolyn and Platt Davis/Diana Strassmann and Jeff Smisek
Randi Faust and Carl Herman/The Edward and Helen Oppenheimer Foundation
Rachel and Bud Frazier/Bobbi and Vic Samuels
Thompson & Knight Foundation

PATRONS
Chinhui and Eddie Allen
Amegy Bank
Robin Angly and Miles Smith
Mary and Marcel Barone
Laura and John Calaway
Claire and Robert Campbell
Mary S and Jack Dawson
Loli de Llano
Diana and Russell Hawkins
Robbi Jones
Petrello Family Foundation
Radoff Family
Louisa Stude Sarofim
Barbara and Louis Sklar
Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Marcia West and Ron Lewis

CONTRIBUTORS
Zach Biegun and Jeramy Blackmon/Consuelo Duroc-Danner

INDIVIDUAL VISIONARIES
Dina Alsowayel and Tony Chase
Nancy Manderson
Franci Neely
Hinda Simon

INDIVIDUAL UNDERWRITERS
Joan and Stanford Alexander
Nijad and Zeina Fares
Debbie Gary
Eleanor and Dan Gilbane
Sis and Hasty Johnson
Karen Pulaski/Tribute Goods

INDIVIDUAL BENEFACTORS
Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors
Susie and Sanford Criner
Gulchin A. Ergun and Matthew A. McBride
Cullen Geiselman
Josephine and Philip John
Linda and George Kelly
Kathryn and Jim Ketelsen
Nancy and Neal Manne
Sara and Bill Morgan
Becky and Ralph S. O’Connor
Regina Rogers
Carey Shuart
Lois and George Stark
Andrea and Bill White
Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
Dean Burkhardt and Alison Smith
Liz and Steve Crowell
Gwendolyn Dawson and Ba Nguyen
Margaret and Alan Hill
Patricia Holmes
Laurel and David Isaak
Harriet and Truett Latimer
Victoria and Marshal Lightman
Anna Mavromatis
Rebecca McDonald
Katie Padden and Rick Evans
Hannah and Gary Rosenthal
Cara and Michael Rudelson
Leigh and Reggie Smith
Ping Sun and David Leebron
Sannam and Scott Warrender
Fabené Welch

INDIVIDUAL PATRONS
Dorothy J. Alcorn
Katharine Barthelme
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw
Shelia Dansby-Harvey
Nancy Dunlap
Cece and Mack Fowler
Lynn Goode and Harrison Williams
Alison de Lima Greene
Olive Hershey and A.C. Conrad
Amy Hertz and Ronaldo Fraga
Madeleine Callery Hussey
Elouise and Harry Jones
Rue and Ardon Judd
Poppi Massey and David McGee
Misty and Surena Matin
Patrice Baumann McKinney
The Mendelsohn Family Fund
Betty Moody
Karen and Gene Oshman
Shelly and Marty Power
Fairfax and Risher Randall
Carroll Ray
Doreen Stoller and Dan Piette
Sandy and Robin Stuart
Cynthia Toles

Highlights from the 2015 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

Our deepest thanks to the 2015 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball Chairs Joan and Stanford Alexander, Jeff Fort, and Andrea and Bill White.

GALA COMMITTEE
Eddie and Chinhui Allen
Dean Burkhardt and Alison Smith
Bettie and Rick Carrell
Susie and Sanford Criner
Nanette and Jerry Finger
Lily and Charles C. Foster
Cece and Mack Fowler
Cullen Geiselman
Sis and Hasty Johnson
Franci Neely
Cynthia and Anthony Petrello
Nina and Michael Zilkha

The 2015 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball, which took place on Saturday, February 7, at the Houston Country Club was a huge success. More than $460,000 was raised thanks to the leadership of Ball Chairs Joan and Stanford Alexander, Jeff Fort, and Andrea and Bill White. The sold-out event was attended by 420 guests.

Before dinner three young writers delighted guests with short salon-style readings from their new books in three reading rooms: Nina McConigley, 2014 PEN Open Book Award-winning author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians; Kimberly Meyer, author of the memoir The Book of Wanderings; and Tiphanie Yanique, author of the story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, and most recently the novel Land of Love and Drowning. All three are Inprint fellowship and prize recipients and alumnae of the UH Creative Writing Program.

The ballroom looked beautiful with tables decorated by table hosts and volunteers on different literary themes such as Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life, Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and other bookish themes.

Internationally celebrated Man Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie was the featured speaker and gave a memorable after-dinner talk focusing on Eastern “wonder tales” and the importance of fiction in igniting our imagination. Attendees gave Rushdie a standing ovation after his talk.

Book designers Cathy Hunt and Fiona McGettigan of FioCat Press transformed a chapter of Rushdie’s novel The Enchantress of Florence into an elegant, limited-edition handmade chapbook as a thank-you gift for Ball supporters and guests, each autographed by Rushdie.

Special thanks to all our supporters of the 2015 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball

VISIONARIES
Jeff Fort/Sis and Hasty Johnson/
Franci Neely/Andrea and Bill White
Weatherford International, Ltd.
Nina and Michael Zilkha

UNDERWRITERS
Judy and Marc Herzstein/Brooke and Dan Feather
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray

BENEFACTORS
Joan and Stanford Alexander
Eddie and Chinhui Allen
Robin Angly and Miles Smith
Anne S. Brown/Bettie Cartwright
Carolyn and Platt Davis
The Financial Advisory Group, Inc.
Nanette and Jerry Finger/ Martha and Richard Finger
Nene Foxhall and Steve Jetton
Lynne and Joe Hudson
Stephanie Larsen and
Bryn Kristin Larsen
Petrello Family Foundation
Radoff Family
Louisa S. Sarofim
United Airlines
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Watt Beckworth LLP/Hughes
Roch LLP

 

SPONSORS
Amegy Bank, N.A.
Luba and Alan Bigman/Eleanor and Dan Gilbane
Christina Bryan and Trey Peacock/John and Laura Calaway/Katie Sammons and Terry Lohrenz
Dean Burkhardt and Alison Smith
The Edward & Helen
Oppenheimer Foundation
Bud and Rachel Frazier/Bobbi and Vic Samuels
Pat L. Harris
Mimi Lloyd
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP

PATRONS
Mary and Marcel Barone
Travis and Suzann Broesche/Carolyn and James Robertson
Susie and Sanford Criner/Cece and Mack Fowler
Mary S and Jack Dawson
Cullen Geiselman
Diana Strassmann and Jeff Smisek
Thompson & Knight LLP

INDIVIDUAL VISIONARIES
Debbie Gary
Nancy Manderson

INDIVIDUAL UNDERWRITERS
Rania and Jamal Daniel
Jenny Elkins
J. Stephen King and Carol Noel King
Ram and Rani Seetharam

INDIVIDUAL BENEFACTORS
Elizabeth and Albert Kidd
Harriet and Truett Latimer
Regina Rogers
Carey C. Shuart
Barbara and Louis Sklar

 

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
Elizabeth and Steven Crowell
Patricia Holmes
Victoria and Marshal Lightman
Anna Mavromatis
Cara and Michael Rudelson
Fabené Welch

INDIVIDUAL PATRONS
Lamees Al-Ali and Nabeel Al-Amudi
Dorothy J. Alcorn
Dina Alsowayel and Tony Chase
Scott J. Atlas Philanthropic Fund
Robin and Dick Brooks
Bettie and Rick Carrell
Marcia Carter
Judy Chapman and Terrence Doody
Jessica Crutcher and Josh Grenard
Ramona Davis and Don Adams
Susie and Joe Dilg
Carolyn and Chris Dorros
Helen Winkler Fosdick
Ronaldo Fraga and Amy Hertz
Judge Vanessa Gilmore
James H. Greer
Olive Hershey and A.C. Conrad
Margaret and Alan Hill
Gloria Hui and Joiner Cartwright, Jr.
Irene and Ron Johnson
Rue and Ardon Judd
Peter and Tracy Kaestner
Nicole and Evan H. Katz
Julie and James Kemper
Isabelle and Eric Mayer
Beverly and Staman Ogilvie
Devika and Mahesh Ramchandani
Lenox and John Reed
River Oaks Bookstore
Nancy and John Sherwood
Kim and David Sterling
Doreen Stoller and Dan Piette
Sannam and Scott Warrender
Ann and Robert Weisgarber
Wallace S. Wilson