PUBLIC/ATION is a special edition chapbook of creative writing by University of Houston System students and inspired by the collection and temporary installations of Public Art of the University of Houston System (Public Art UHS). PUBLIC/ATION aims to explore, interpret, and re-imagine art in public spaces, illuminating the personal connections between students and their campus environment.


Submissions to PUBLIC/ATION will be blind juried by a panel of emerging and established writers from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing MFA Program. Submissions in English and/or Spanish will be accepted until the deadline of Sunday, April 23rd, 2023 at 11:59pm



Submission Guidelines: 


  • Eligibility: Submissions are open to current, enrolled undergraduate students within the University of Houston System (University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Houston-Victoria).
  • We will accept works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in English and/or Spanish totaling 1500 words or less.
  • Submissions are limited to one per student. Please upload your writing as a single PDF file.
  • Submissions must connect to one or more artworks among Public Art UHS’s permanent collection or temporary exhibitions or installations.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished.

Permissions and Usage:


  • Final selections of writing will appear in the chapbook, which will be printed in a limited, numbered series. All published authors will receive a complimentary copy of the publication. 
  • Works may also appear on the Public Art UHS website with full credit to the author. 
  • Works may be used or referenced during Public Art UHS tours with full credit to the author. 
  • Submissions may appear along with an illustration by a UH System student that conveys the artist’s interpretation of the submission and/or the artwork(s) that inspired it. 

PUBLIC/ATION Writing Tours:


Unfamiliar with our collection? Need some dedicated time to write? Join Jack Morillo, writer and UH alum for free, guided writing tours featuring a selection of artworks at the University of Houston. No two tours will be the same, so register for one, two, or all three!


Friday, March 24, 2023


MD Anderson Library 


Origin & Afterlife

Engaging artworks by Brian Tolle and Jim Sanborn, in conversation with poems by William Carlos Williams and Rochelle Hart, this workshop critically examines the narratives and mythologies of the past and present–how they are made and lost and given afterlives–as we try to enter our own.

Friday, March 31, 2023


John M. O’Quinn Law Building


Absence and Erasure

Engaging artworks by Adriana Corral and Jamal Cyrus, in conversation with Diana Khoi Nguyen’s poem Triptych, this workshop examines erasure and concealment as a form and process for covering/uncovering/recovering our texts.


Friday, April 14, 2023


Blaffer Art Museum


Making Real Abstract / Making Abstract Real 

Engaging artworks by Jorge Pardo and Carlos Cruz Diez, with poems by Ocean Vuong, Richard Siken, and Paisley Rekdal, this workshop asks how we can take the abstract visual lexicon such as color and form to activate a verbal landscape.