Texas Tech University

Reading Series

2017-18 TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series

All readings in English Auditorium 001 at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted

September 14 | Zachary Schomburg


Dennis Schmickle

Zachary Schomburg is the author of a first novel, Mammother, recently published by Featherproof books, and of four books of poetry published by Black Ocean: The Man Suit (2007), Scary, No Scary (2009), Fjords vol. 1 (2012), and The Book of Joshua (2014). He is also the publisher and editor of a small poetry press, Octopus Books, which he co-founded in 2006 with Mathias Svalina. He currently leads writing workshops at Portland Community College and Portland State University, and his own community writing workshops at Outlet in Portland. He is also an portrait illustrator. He still lives in Portland, Or. More info at zacharyschomburg.net.

October 26 | Alexander Chee

The Firehouse Theater at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 7:00 PM


Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is a novelist and essayist and teaches fiction writing and the essay at Dartmouth College. He is the author of the novels Edinburgh (Welcome Rain, 2001; Picador, 2002) and The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). His first collection of essays, How To Write An Autobiographical Novel, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018. His essay "Girl," will appear this fall in Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at The Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at The Los Angeles Times. His debut novel, Edinburgh, won the Iowa Writers' Workshop's Michener Copernicus Prize in Fiction, the Lambda Literary Foundation's Editor's Choice Prize, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Literary Award. He is recipient of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council of the Arts Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Civitella Ranieri, and Leidig House. He serves on the board of directors of the Authors' Guild of America.

November 2 | Kamilah Aisha Moon


Kamilah Aisha Moon

A Pushcart Prize winner, Lambda Award finalist and a 2015 New American Poet who has received fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Rose O'Neill Literary House, Hedgebrook and Cave Canem, the author of She Has a Name (2013) and Starshine & Clay (2017) from Four Way Books, Moon's work has been featured widely, including in Harvard Review, Poem-A-Day, Prairie Schooner, Best of the Net and elsewhere. Featured nationally at conferences, festivals and universities including the Library of Congress and Princeton University, she holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught at several institutions, including Rutgers University-Newark and Columbia University. A native of Nashville, TN, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Agnes Scott College.

November 16 | Jasmine Epstein


Dennis Schmickle

Jasmine V. Bailey's first poetry collection, Alexandria, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014 and won the Central New York Book Award. Her chapbook, Sleep and What Precedes It, won the 2009 Longleaf Press Chapbook Prize. She has been an O'Connor fellow at Colgate University, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina, and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. She is a PhD student at Texas Tech University.

March 1* | Michael Shewmaker and Sarah Viren


Michael Shewmaker

Michael Shewmaker is the author of Penumbra (Ohio UP, 2017), which won the 2016 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Narrative, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

Sarah Viren

Sarah Viren is a writer, translator, and former newspaper journalist. Her book, Mine, won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, judged by Andre Dubus III, and essays from the collection have been recognized by the Best American Essays series, The Pinch journal's creative nonfiction prize, and the Kerouac House Writing Residency program, among other honors. An assistant professor at Arizona State University, she holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Texas Tech University.

* This Creative Writing Alumni Reading will be at 8:00pm.

March 22* | Melissa Range


Melissa Range

Melissa Range is the author of Scriptorium, a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series (Beacon Press, 2016), and Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010). Recent poems have been published in 32 Poems, Blackbird, Image, and Poetry. Range is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Originally from East Tennessee, she teaches creative writing and American literature at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

* Melissa Range's reading will be in ENG/PHIL 106.

April 12 | Henrietta Goodman


Henrietta Goodman

Henrietta Goodman is the author of three books of poetry: All That Held Us (a sonnet-sequence published in 2018 by BkMk Press as winner of the John Ciardi Prize), Hungry Moon (Colorado State University, 2013), and Take What You Want (published in 2007 by Alice James Books as winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award). Her poems and essays have appeared in New England Review, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, and other journals. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from Texas Tech. She lives in Missoula, Montana, where she teaches at UM and at TTU (online).

April 25 & 26 | Stanley Plumly


Stanley Plumly

Poet, Scholar & Teacher Stanley Plumly will give a reading as part of the English Dept. Reading Series on April 26 at 7:30 pm in 001, and he will give a talk to students in the department earlier that day. He has published 8 renowned volumes of poetry including Old Heart, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. He holds the John William Corrington Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Ingram-Merrill. He has written an extraordinary biography entitled Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography (which was named runner-up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Award for Distinguished Biography). Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth & Lamb, yet another innovative blend of biography and criticism, contemplates these artists through the focal point of a singular evening. Immortal Evening won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.

Stanley Plumly will give a reading as part of the English Dept. Reading Series on April 26 at 7:30 pm in 001, and he will give a talk to students in the department earlier that day. He is a phenomenally accomplished poet (with 8 renowned volumes of poetry), scholar and teacher. His poetry has appeared in almost every notable literary journal in the US. He holds the John William Corrington Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Ingram-Merrill. He has written an extraordinary biography entitled Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography (which was named runner-up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Award for Distinguished Biography).

In addition, Stanley Plumly will give a talk on Wednesday April 25th at 5 pm in English 106 drawn from his forthcoming book, Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime. Plumly stages a book through the eyes of the paintings of these two powerfully influential painters at the point in their lives when their work elevates (to elegy) after the deaths of the two people closest to them: Constable's wife and Turner's father. Yet their work is very different, though both are credited with anticipating the Impressionists. Curiously, too, Turner is famous and wealthy, Constable relatively unknown and modestly fixed, though as individuals their lives did not start out that way.

May 3 | Katie Cortese


Katie Cortese

Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories (ELJ Editions, 2015) and Make Way for Her and Other Stories (University Press of Kentucky, February 2018). Her work has most recently appeared in the Indiana Review, The Writer's Chronicle, and Mojave River Review. She teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University and serves as the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.