2016-17 TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series
All readings in English Auditorium 001 at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted
October 20 | Kevin Prufer
Kevin Prufer is the author of six books of poetry and the editor of numerous anthologies, the most recent of which is Churches (Four Way Books, 2014). His forthcoming edited volumes include Into English: An Anthology of Multiple Translations (Graywolf, 2016, w/Martha Collins) and Literary Publishing in the 21st Century (Milkweed, 2016; w/Wayne Miller and Travis Kurowski).Prufer is also Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, Co-Curator of the Unsung Masters Series, and Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and the low-residency MFA at Lesley University. Among Prufer's awards and honors are four Pushcart prizes and multiple Best American Poetry selections, numerous awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Prairie Schooner/Strousse Award, two William Rockhill Nelson awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation.
November 3 | Rick Barot
Rick Barot has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015). Chord received the 2016 UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award. It was also a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He is also the poetry editor for New England Review. In 2016 he received a poetry fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.
February 23 | Bob Holman
Author of 16 poetry collections, most recently Sing This One Back to Me (Coffee House Press), Bob Holman has taught at Columbia, NYU, Bard, and The New School. As the original Slam Master and a director at the Nuyorican Poets Café and the founder/proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, Holman has played a central role in the spoken word and slam poetry movements of the last several decades. He is the producer and host of various films, including "The United States of Poetry," and "On the Road with Bob Holman." His most recent film, "Language Matters with Bob Holman," winner of the Berkeley Film Festival's 2015 Documentary of the Year award, was produced by David Grubin and aired on PBS. Holman is currently working with language revitalization centers across Alaska and Hawaii, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. He lives in New York City.
March 2 | Edward Kelsey Moore (sponsored by Iron Horse Review)
Edward Kelsey Moore's essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and many literary magazines, including Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell. His first novel, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, has been featured on the BBC, at bookstores in South Africa, London, France, and Germany. It debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List at #15 and has twice been on the Independent Booksellers' IndieNEXT List. For this novel, he also received the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. His second novel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, is forthcoming in 2017. He lives in Chicago, where he is also a professional cellist, having performed with the Chicago Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet.
April 13 | Elissa Washuta (sponsored by Iron Horse Review)
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body is a Book of Rules, name a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. Elissa holds an MFA from The University of Washington and currently serves as the undergraduate adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and as a nonfiction faculty member in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She has also served as the Saturday editor for The Rumpus. Her awards include fellowships from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Born and raised in New Jersey, she now lives in Seattle.
April 20 | Anne Valente (sponsored by Iron Horse Review)
Anne Valente's debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, was released in November 2016 by William Morrow/HarperCollins. Her first short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize in 2014. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Ninth Letter, and Hayden's Ferry Review, among others. She won Cooper Nickel's 2012 Fiction Prize, a 2015 Nelson Algren Award Finalist Prize, and was the Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar at the 2014 Sewanee Writers' Conference. Originally from St. Louis, she is on the faculty in the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
May 9 | Chen Chen
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, selected by Jericho Brown for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize (BOA Editions, Ltd). Chen's work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. His poems have been featured on the PBS Newshour and in Mass Poetry's Poetry of the T project. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, Tent: Creative Writing, the Saltonstall Foundation, and in 2015 he was a finalist for the Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University, where he serves as a Managing Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. He lives in Lubbock with his partner and their pug dog. Visit him at chenchenwrites.com.