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.
April 13 | 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.