Bryan Washington

Instructor & Writer
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Bryan Washington’s debut collection, Lot, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. He has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, One Story, GQ, FADER, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.

Classes

Stories

Cover Photo: J. Longo
Confronting the Myth and the Reality of Soccer as Another World Cup Begins

As in any other sport, the point is the narrative—but no other sport magnifies its lore in the same way as soccer.

Jun 20, 2018
Cover Photo: Rothko Chapel, Houston | photo by Aleksandr Zykov/flickr
Finding Peace at the Rothko Chapel: What Local Arts Can Teach Us About Our Cities—and Ourselves

In Houston, as with everywhere else, the arts serve as tiny lifeboats—and sometimes, if we’re lucky, we all find ourselves floating together.

Jun 11, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by Kevin Ly/flickr
The Rodeo: A Holdover from Texas Lore, and Part of the Changing Story Houston Tells About Itself

If traditions like the rodeo can accommodate Houston’s diversity, whole new traditions will be formed—leaving us with something even better.

May 23, 2018
Cover Photo: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Houston | photo by mzmo via flickr
Finding Holiness Beyond Houston’s Scores of Sacred Spaces

We’d made a connection across tables, generations, tongues, our own tiny blip of transcendence. Holiness in the noodle bar.

Apr 24, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by Robert Young/flickr
What an American City Sounds Like

It’s a space where language is manipulated and contorted and pulled and borrowed. It sounds like everywhere and anywhere else.

Apr 09, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by shreveportbossier/flickr
In Houston’s Diverse Culinary Landscape, Who Cooks, Who Eats, and Who Gets to Stay?

On a fast-growing city, food as culture, and why you can’t talk about Houston’s cuisine without talking about race.

Feb 20, 2018
Cover Photo: Children's wading pond / photo courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
We Go to the Park to Go Somewhere Else: On Houston’s Green Havens

You’re in the city, but you aren’t. You don’t have to spend any money. No one’s asking about your documentation. You don’t have to do much at all except for exist, and open your eyes.

Feb 07, 2018
Cover Photo: Sorry imKirk via Unsplash
On Houston’s Roadways, We’re All Connected

There’s a motif in Texas that your car is a part of yourself—it’s a coming of age. Where you learn what you’re made of.

Jan 23, 2018
Cover Photo: Image via U.S. Department of Agriculture
How Houston and Its Diverse Hubs Made Me Who I Am

It’s a sturdy sort of empathy, the kind that makes things happen—whether it’s after the loss of a sports team, or before three hours of traffic, or when the waters are rising.

Jan 10, 2018
Cover Photo: Near Akebonobashi station, Tokyo / photo courtesy of the author
The Space Between Us and the Ground Below Us, or: Why I Traveled to Japan

“I was a gay boy, a black gay boy, in a place and time that seemingly eschewed everything I stood for.”

Jan 03, 2018