Chris Milton says that when he met his business partner Matthew Demott, it was "the perfect marriage of a yin and a yang." It's a fitting analogy for a couple of guys who created a restaurant chain called The Toasted Yolk Cafe: Just think of chef running a knife through the yolk of an egg on a hot grill, and what do you get? Culinary yin and yang!
Novelist and UH prof Christina Rivera Garza receives a 2020 MacArthur Grant.
Houston has a newly minted genius! Novelist Christina Rivera Garza, a fiction writer who teaches at UH, has been awarded a 2020 MacArthur Grant. The prize, among the most prestigious in arts and letters, honors those "who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future” and awards Garza $625,000 (paid out over five years).
Prolific poet Edward Hirsch, once a popular UH professor, shares his pain, progress and love for Houston in a new collection of poems.
In the history of the University of Houston creative writing program, there is perhaps no professor more revered than poet Edward Hirsch. Hirsch, now 70, was born in Chicago and came to Houston when he was 35 years old, half a lifetime ago. He arrived in 1985 from Detroit, where he’d been teaching at Wayne State University, and stayed for 17 years, until he was appointed president of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in New York in 2002. “Houston was a good fit for me,” says Hirsch by phone from New York. “What you have in New York is an established cultural life. But in Houston, there is an eagerness and urge to create. This makes it an oddly good city for poetry.”