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2017-18 TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series

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

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.

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.

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.


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

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

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

Rick Barot

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

Headshot for 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.

2015-16 TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series

September 24 | Katie Cortese

Katie Cortese

Katie Cortese is on the faculty of the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Sport Literate, and The Baltimore Review, as well as the upcoming Rose Metal Press anthology, Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. She holds a PhD from Florida State University, an MFA from Arizona State University, and was granted a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writers' Conference, as well as a residency at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle near Assisi, Italy. The former editor-in-chief of The Southeast Review, she now serves as the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, and her flash fiction collection, GIRL POWER AND OTHER SHORT-SHORT STORIES, is slated for release by ELJ Publications in the fall of 2015.

October 1 | David Trinidad

David Trinidad

David Trinidad, Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago, is the author of more than a dozen books, including Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera (2013), Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011), The Late Show (2007), and Plasticville (2000), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He has received awards from The Fund for Poetry and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and his work has appeared in numerous periodicals and several anthologies, including Best American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. Trinidad has also edited an anthology of collaborative poetry, the selected poems of Tim Dlugos and of Ann Stanford, and the journal Court Green, published out of Columbia College, where he teaches. This reading is performed in coordination with the TTU School of Art exhibition: "Why Are You Doing This To Me?" More information at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ART/SOA/nav/landmark/exhibitsschedule/monaghan_why/main_page.php

October 8 | David Tomas Martinez


David Tomas Martinez's work has been published in Poetry Magazine, Plough Shares, Boston Review, Oxford American, Forklift; Ohio, Poetry International, among others. He has been a Breadloaf and CantoMundo Fellow, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston and editor for Gulf Coast. His debut collection of poetry, Hustle, was released in 2014 by Sarabande Books and won the New England Book Festival's prize in poetry, the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and honorable mention in the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral prize. He is the 2015 winner of the Verlaine Poetry Prize from Inprint. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University.

October 15 | Aviya Kushner

Aviya Kushner

Aviya Kushner's first book, The Grammar of God: A Journey Into the Words and Worlds of the Bible, will be published on September 8, 2015 by Spiegel & Grau. It is about the experience of reading the Bible in English after an entire life of reading it in Hebrew. Her writing has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Partisan Review, Poets & Writers, A Public Space and The Wilson Quarterly. She has worked as a travel columnist for The International Jerusalem Post and as a poetry columnist for BarnesandNoble.com and now teaches at Columbia College Chicago, where she is an associate professor in the Creative Writing Department. She is also a contributing editor at A Public Space.

October 29 | Merritt Tierce

Merritt Tierce

After graduating in 2011 with her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Merritt Tierce received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. She is a 2013 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Author. She co-wrote the play One in 3 with Gretchen Dyer and Victoria Loe Hicks. One in 3 played to sold-out houses for most of its three-week run and stimulated a local conversation about the reality of abortion in women's lives. Merritt's first published story, Suck It, was selected by ZZ Packer to be anthologized in the 2008 edition of New Stories from the South, and her first book, Love Me Back, was published by Doubleday in 2014, to wide acclaim.

November 5 | Curtis Bauer and Kurt Caswell


Curtis Bauer is the author of two poetry collections, most recently The Real Cause for Your Absence (C&R Press, 2013). He is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish; his publications include the full-length poetry collections Eros Is More, by Juan Antonio González Iglesias (Alice James Books, 2014) and From Behind What Landscape, by Luis Muñoz (Vaso Roto Editions, 2015), as well as the chapbook Baghdad & Other Poems, by Jorge Gimeno (Poets@Work, 2015). He is the publisher and editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, and "Contemporary Spanish Poets" Series Editor for Vaso Roto Ediciones. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University.


Kurt Caswell was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew up in the Cascade Range in Oregon. He has worked as a teacher in Hokkaido, Japan, on the Navajo Reservation, and at schools in Arizona, California, and Wyoming. He holds an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and an MFA in literature and creative writing from Bennington College. Caswell is the author of three books of nonfiction: Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents and In the Sun's House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation (both with Trinity University Press); and An Inside Passage (University of Nebraska Press), which won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize. He is the lead editor of a book of nature essays, To Everything on Earth (Texas Tech University Press), and serves as nonfiction editor for the journal Hunger Mountain. He is associate professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University.

February 4 | Diane McWhorter

Diane McWhorter

Diane McWhorter, a journalist based in New York City, is the author of Carry Me Home (Simon & Schuster), a history of the civil rights revolution in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. It won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, among other awards. Her young-adult history of the civil rights movement, A Dream of Freedom (Scholastic) was one of The New York Times's nine "Notable Children's Books of 2004." A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a member of the Society of American Historians and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, and, most recently, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. McWhorter has been a longtime contributor to The New York Times and is on the U.S.A Today Board of Contributors, writing for its op-ed page. Her articles on race, politics, and culture have also appeared in The Nation, Slate, The American Scholar, Smithsonian, Harper's, and other publications.

February 25 | FAMILY RESEMBLANCE: A Reading with Editor Jacqueline Kolosov, Contributor Katie Cortese and Additional Guests.

book cover

When we talk about hybrid literary genres, what do we mean? Family Resemblance is the first anthology to explore the answer to that question in depth, providing craft essays and examples of hybrid forms by 43 distinguished authors. In this study of eight hybrid genres—including lyric essay, epistolary, poetic memoir, prose poetry, performative, short-form nonfiction, flash fiction, and pictures made of words.

March 3 | Mat Johnson

Mat Johnson

Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, PYM, Hunting in Harlem, and Drop; the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot; and the graphic novels Incognegro, Dark Rain, and Right State. Until 2000, Johnson was a regular columnist for New York's Time Out magazine. In 2007, Johnson was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by the United States Artists Foundation. He was awarded the 2011 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and prestigious Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. He is also a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. 

March 4 (4pm ENG 106) | Joey Franklin & Landon Houle 

Joey Franklin

Joey Franklin is the author of My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married (Nebraska 2015). His essays and articles have recently appeared in Writer's Chronicle, Poets & Writer's, Ninth Letter, Hunger Mountain, and the Norton Reader. His essay "Houseguest," was a Best American Essays notable essay of 2015, and his essay "How to be a T-Ball Parent," won the 2011 Sport Literate essay prize. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Landon Houle

Landon Houle was born in Brown County, Texas. She currently lives in South Carolina where she teaches creative writing at Coker College. Her work has won contests at Black Warrior Review, Crab Creek Review, and Permafrost, and her essay "The Plains We Cross" was listed as a notable in The Best American Essays. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Baltimore Review, River Styx, Harpur Palate, The Long Story, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. She is the fiction editor at Raleigh Review, and she works with Lee Gutkind as an editor for In Fact Books.

March 8 (ENG 106) | Todd Boss

Todd Boss

Todd Boss grew up on a cattle farm in Wisconsin, and was educated at St. Olaf College and the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he received an MFA. Boss's pared-down, idea-driven poems are propelled by internal rhyme and balance clarity with a nuanced attention to sound. His first poetry collection, Yellowrocket (2008), was named one of the 10 best poetry books of 2008 by Virginia Quarterly Review and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. His second book, Pitch (2012) won the Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award for Poetry. Boss is co-founder of Motionpoems, a non-profit poetry film initiative, and a founding member of the book marketing think-team Squad 365. Todd Boss' presentation at Texas Tech is supported with funds from the Ryla T. and John F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts administered through the TTU School of Art.

March 24 | Dennis Covington

Dennis Covington

Dennis Covington is author of two novels and four nonfiction books, including Revelation, Redneck Riviera, and Salvation on Sand Mountain, a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, Georgia Review, Redbook, the Oxford American, and other periodicals, and his work has been widely anthologized in the U.S. and translated into eight languages abroad. He has won the Rea Non-Fiction Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

April 14 | William Wenthe


William Wenthe is the author of four books of poems: most recently, God's Foolishness, and previously, Words Before Dawn, Not Till We Are Lost, and Birds of Hoboken. He has received an NEA Fellowship in poetry and two Pushcart Prizes. His other writings include essays about poetry and the libretto for the opera Bellllini's War. Professor of English at Texas Tech, he teaches creative writing and modern poetry.

April 21 | Christopher Merrill


Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brillian Water, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Aleš Debeljak's Anxious Moments and The City and the Child; several edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe as Icon; and five books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his journalism appears in many publications, and his awards include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. He has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he has conducted cultural diplomacy missions in over thirty countries for the U.S. State Department, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities.

May 5 | Mara Naselli


Mara Naselli's essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Agni, The Hudson Review, Ninth Letter, Los Angeles Review of Books, Your Impossible Voice, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. She writes a regular art and literature column for 3 Quarks Daily and is at work on Bodies in Motion, a collection of essays on representations of the horse in art and culture. Naselli received an MA in political theory (1999), an MFA in literature and writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars (2013), and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award (2014). She has been a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press and has taught manuscript editing and development at the University of Chicago Graham School.

2014-15 TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series

February 2 (3pm ENG 106) | David Yezzi

David Yezzi

David Yezzi's poetry collections include Birds of the Air (2013), Azores (2008), and The Hidden Model (2003), and his criticism and poetry have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Best American Poetry. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Yezzi is Executive Editor of The New Criterion. He has also edited The Swallow Anthology of New American Poetry (2009). His libretto for a chamber opera by composer David Conte, Firebird Motel, premiered in 2003 and was released on CD by Arsis (2007).

February 19 | Rowan Ricardo Phillips


Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven (2015) and The Ground (2012) as well as the critical volume When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (2010). He translated Salvador Espriu's story collection Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (2012). Phillips received a 2013 Whiting Writers' Award and has also received the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Poetry. A contributing writer at Artforum, he has taught at Columbia University and at SUNY-Stony Brook, where he's served as director of the Poetry Center. Phillips lives in New York and Barcelona.

February 26 | Tiphanie Yanique


Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press in 2010, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, published by Little Bell Caribbean in 2012) and the novel Land of Love and Drowning, published by Riverhead/Penguin on July 10th. BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet's Prize. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. Yanique is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

March 5 | Jeffrey Harrison

Jeffrey Harrison

Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five full-length books of poetry—The Singing Underneath (1988), selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, Signs of Arrival (1996), Feeding the Fire (2001), Incomplete Knowledge (2006), which was runner-up for the Poets' Prize, and Into Daylight, published in 2014 by Tupelo Press as the winner of the Dorset Prize--as well as of The Names of Things: New and Selected Poems, published in 2006 by Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as other honors, he has published poems in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and in many other magazines and anthologies.

March 6, 4pm | George David Clark & Henrietta Goodman | TTU Alumni Poetry Reading

David Clark

George David Clark is the author of Reveille (forthcoming February 2015 from University of Arkansas Press), winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize. He teaches poetry and interdisciplinary honors as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Valparaiso University. Most recently, his poems can be found in the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Believer, Blackbird, Southwest Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. Additionally his work has been reprinted on Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, and in a variety of anthologies and special series. He has previously held the Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Poetry at Colgate University and the Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship. He earned a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

Henrietta Goodman

Henrietta Goodman is the author of Take What You Want, winner of the 2006 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from Texas Tech University. Her poems have been published in New England Review, Massachusetts Review, Field, and Guernica, and she has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council and the Marjorie Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. Her work is included in the anthologies Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

April 2 (4pm) | Sherwin Bitsui (Art after Drought Symposium) 

Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui, a Diné (Navajo) from the Navajo Reservation in White Cone, Arizona, received an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the poetry collections Shapeshift (2003) and Flood Song (2009). Steeped in Native American culture, mythology, and history, Bitsui's poems reveal the tensions in the intersection of Native American and contemporary urban culture. Flood Song is a book-length lyric sequence that explores the traditions of Native American writing through postmodern fragment and stream of consciousness. Bitsui has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, a Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

April 10 (7pm) Allen Theatre | Robert Hass | Presidential Lecture & Performance Series

Robert Hass

Robert Hass is, first of all, a poet of great eloquence, clarity, and force, whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. Widely read and much honored, he has brought the kind of energy in his poetry to his work as an essayist, translator, and activist on behalf of poetry, literacy, and the environment. Appointed U.S. Poet Laureate (1995-1997), awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, twice the National Book Critics' Circle Award (in 1984 and 1997), and the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1973, Robert Hass is a professor of English at UC Berkeley.

April 23 | Jacqueline Kolosov


Jacqueline Kolosov's third collection of poetry is Memory of Blue (Salmon 2014). She has published nonfiction, fiction and poetry in journals and anthologies including Bellevue Literary Review (winner of the 2012 Nonfiction Award), Cimarron Review, The Southern Review, Orion, Stand, and Poetry. She was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in Prose in 2008 and has published 2 YA novels with Hyperion and has 2 YA novels forthcoming. Currently, she is co-editing a third anthology, Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Investigation of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal, Fall 2015).

May 5 | John Poch

John Poch

John Poch is the current director of the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. He was the Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow from 2000-2001. His most recent collection, Fix Quiet, won the 2014 New Criterion Prize. His previous book, Dolls, was published in September 2009 with Orchises Press. Two Men Fighting with a Knife (Story Line Press 2008) won the Donald Justice Award. His first book, Poems, was published in January 2004 by Orchises Press and was a finalist for the PEN/Osterweil prize. A limited edition letterpress/art book, Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle was published by Flying Horse Editions in 2007. Poch was a recipient of the "Discovery"/The Nation Prize in 1998.


September 11 | Mitch Wieland


Mitch Wieland is the author of two novels and numerous short stories. Willy Slater's Lane received starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. Named Idaho Book of the Year, God's Dogs was featured in the annual Best of the West prize anthology, and was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Award. Wieland's short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and other publications. Wieland directs the MFA program at Boise State, where he has taught for eighteen years, and serves as editor of the award-winning Idaho Review. He is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Boise State University Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and two Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He holds an MFA from The University of Alabama, and served as fiction editor of Black Warrior Review.

September 18 | Curtis Bauer & Dennis Covington


Curtis Bauer's latest collection of poems, The Real Cause for Your Absence, was published in 2013 by C&R Press. His most recent book of translations, Eros Is More, from the Spanish of Juan Antonio González Iglesias, is published by Alice James Books. Curtis is publisher and editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks and Broadsides, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, and "Emerging Spanish Poets" Series Editor for Vaso Roto Editions.


Dennis Covington is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including the memoir Salvation on Sand Mountain, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His current project involves a search for faith along international borders where cultures and religions collide. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, and Esquire, among other places, and has been translated into eight languages abroad.

September 25 | Mary Szybist


Mary Szybist earned degrees from the University of Virginia and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Her first collection of poetry, Granted (2003), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the 2004 Great Lakes Colleges Associations New Writers Award. Her second book, Incarnadine (2013), won the National Book Award for Poetry. Szybist is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize in 2012. She has been awarded residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review and Denver Quarterly and was featured in Best American Poetry (2008). In 2009, she was awarded a Witter Bynner Fellowship and a literature fellowship from the NEA. She is an associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon, and is a member of the faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

October 16 | Lacy M. Johnson

Lacy M. Johnson

Lacy M. Johnson is the author of The Other Side, forthcoming from Tin House Books (2014), Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012), and she is co-artistic director of the forthcoming multimedia project [the invisible city] (April, 2014). She worked as a cashier at WalMart, sold steaks door-to-door, and puppeteered with a traveling children's museum before earning a PhD from University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Houston Arts Alliance, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Kansas Arts Commission (may it rest in peace), the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Inprint, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books, 2014), Fourth Genre, Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013), Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly Online, Memoir Journal, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is currently Director of Academic Initiatives at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at University of Houston, where she teaches interdisciplinary art. (This event is hosted by the Iron Horse Literary Review Reading Series.)

October 30 | Robin Becker


Robin Becker, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, is the author of seven poetry collections, including Domain of Perfect Affection, The Horse Fair, Giacometti's Dog, and All-American Girl, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. In 2000 she received the George W. Atherton III Award for Excellence in Teaching from Penn State, and from 2010 to 2011 she served as the Penn State Laureate. For the Women's Review of Books, Becker edits poetry and writes a column on poetry called "Field Notes."

November 20 | Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello's essays on pop culture, music, the performing arts, and the natural world have appeared in Slate, Creative Nonfiction, Normal School, Ninth Letter, and the Iowa Review, among other publications. Her debut nonfiction collection, Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande 2012), explores the human voice in popular performance, and she co-wrote a series of devised nonfiction monologues for the 2012 music writing anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart (Duke University Press). A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art, she received an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and BAs in English and Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. (This event is hosted by the Iron Horse Literary Review Reading Series.)

Spring 2014 Reading Series

Creative Writing Program | Iron Horse Literary Review

February 13 | Kelcey Parker


Kelcey Parker is the author of For Sale by Owner, winner of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana.  Her next book, Lilian's Balcony, set at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press in late 2013.  She is the recipient of an Individual Artist's Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.  Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals including Notre Dame Review, Bellingham Review, Santa Monica Review, Indiana Review, Third Coast, Redivider, Western Humanities Review, and Image.  She has a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and currently directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend. SPONSORED BY IRON HORSE LITERARY REVIEW. 

March 13 | Robert Boswell

Boswell, R

Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, two books of nonfiction, and has had one play produced.  His stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O.Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize, Esquire, Colorado Review, Epoch, Ploughshares, and many others.  His work has earned two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila ce/Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the PEN West Award for Fiction, and other awards.  Both the Chicago Tribune and Publisher's Weekly named Mystery Ride as one of the year's best books; and the London Independent picked The Geography of Desire as one of the best books of the year.  He shares the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, Antonya Nelson. 

March 27 | Anthony Wallace


Anthony Wallace is the author of The Old Priest, winner of the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wallace resides in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a senior lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University, where he has taught seminars in American literature for the past eleven years. Wallace earned his B.A. in English Literature from Lafayette College and his M.A. in Creative Writing from BU. Recently, he and BU colleague Bill Marx have worked with the Dean's office in developing "The Theater Now," an experimental first-year writing seminar designed in cooperation with Boston area theaters. Wallace has published poetry and short fiction in literary journals such as CutBank, The Atlanta Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Florida Review, and River Styx. He has twice been a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award, and has won a Pushcart Prize. FUNDED BY UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH PRESS.

April 10 | Greg Brownderville


Greg Alan Brownderville, a native of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas, is the author of Gust (TriQuarterly Press) and Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center). He has received several poetry prizes, including awards from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Missouri Review, and the University of Nebraska, and has published poems in Prairie Schooner, The Oxford American, and elsewhere. He completed an MFA at Ole Miss in 2008 and is currently an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. SPONSORED BY IRON HORSE LITERARY REVIEW.

April 17 | Jacqueline Kolosov


Jacqueline Kolosov's new collection of poetry, her third, is Memory of Blue (Salmon UK, 2013). Her awards include an NEA Literature Fellowship in prose and a residency at the Writing Studio at Banff (Canada). She works in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction and has published widely in journals including Poetry, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, and Bellevue Literary Review. She has two historical novels for teens, both from Hyperion/Disney. Currently, she is finishing an essay collection entitled Motherhood, and the Places Between; and co-editing a third anthology entitled Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Investigation of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal, 2015). She is Professor of English at Texas Tech University. Her passions include her family, yoga, swimming, hiking, anything involving paint and clay, 3 dogs and a half-Andalusian mare named Marah.

April 24 | Diane Warner and Chloe Honum


Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame, which was selected by Tracy K. Smith as winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Honum's poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, among other journals, and have been anthologized in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, as well as residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Kerouac House of Orlando, and Djerassi. Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Chloe is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English.


Diane Hueter Warner works at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University, where she is curator of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World, a manuscript collection concentrating on contemporary writers of place. She received a BA and MA from the University of Kansas, an MLIS from UT-Austin and a PhD in English from Texas Tech. Her poetry has appeared in Isotope, Comstock Review, Texas Poetry Review, Borderlands, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Concho River Review. Her ekphrastic poem "Communion" is displayed in the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, alongside of the painting "From that Day On" by Ben Shahn. Her essay "Leaving Vinland" is included in To Everything on Earth, a collection of creative essays and memoir published by TTU Press.

Fall 2013 Reading Series

September 12 | TTU Faculty: Curtis Bauer and Katie Cortese


Curtis Bauer is the author of two poetry collections: Fence Line (2004), which won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize, and The Real Cause for Your Absence (2013). Bauer is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish, with two books forthcoming in 2014: Eros Is More (Alice James Books), by Juan Antonio González Iglesias, and Postcards In An Envelope (Vaso Roto Editions), by Luis Muñoz. He is the publisher and editor of Q Ave Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, Assistant Editor, and "Emerging Spanish Poets" Series Editor for Vaso Roto Ediciones. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.


Katie Cortese's fiction has earned prizes from River Styx, Silk Road, Narrative Magazine, Seven Hills Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Kingsbury Fellowship and a Tennessee Williams scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writer's Conference, her stories, essays, poems, and interviews have recently appeared in Gulf Coast, Third Coast, Carve Magazine, Willow Springs, Passages North, The Tusculum Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among other journals. The former editor-in-chief of The Southeast Review, she has also contributed to the production of Juked and Hayden's Ferry Review.  Katie joins the TTU Creative Writing faculty this Fall.

October 3 | Amy Beeder


Amy Beeder is the author of Burn the Field (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006) and Now Make An Altar (2012). Her work has appeared in POETRY, Ploughshares, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, AGNI, and other journals. She lives in Albuquerque and has taught poetry at the University of New Mexico and Taos Summer Writers Conference. She has received the "Discovery"/The Nation Award, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, a Witness Emerging Writers Award, and a James Merrill Fellowship. She has worked as a freelance reporter, a political asylum specialist, a high-school teacher in West Africa, and an election and human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname.

October 24 | Alissa Quart


Alissa Quart is the author of Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreams and Rebels; Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers; and Hothouse Kids. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Quart has written for The New York Times Magazine, O Magazine, the Nation, Marie Claire, the Atlantic, and the Columbia Journalism Review. Her poetry has appeared in The London Review of Books and in many other publications. With filmmaker and photographer Maisie Crow, Quart has also completed two short documentaries based on her long-form journalism. Iron Horse will screen at least one of them—The Last Clinic, about a new law in Mississippi that will shut down the last abortion provider in the state—during Quart's visit. Sponsored by IHLR

November 14 | Lisa Russ Spaar


Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of the poetry collections Glass Town (Red Hen Press, 1999), Blue Venus (Persea, 2004), Satin Cash (Persea, 2008) and most recently Vanitas, Rough (Persea, December 2012).  Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, and the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry.  Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, POETRY, Boston Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Slate, and many other journals; her commentaries on poetry in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.  She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Sponsored by CARS.

November 21 | Ito Romo


Ito Romo was born and raised on the border in Laredo, Texas. His recent work, dubbed "Chicano Gothic" and "Chicano Noir," shows the dark and gritty life along Interstate 35 through South Texas, where his family has lived for nine generations. He lives in San Antonio and is Associate Professor of English and Communication Studies at St. Mary's University. He is the author of The Border is Burning (2013) and El Puente / The Bridge (2001), published by University of New Mexico Press.  Romo received his PhD from Texas Tech University's Creative Writing Program. Sponsored by IHLR.

Spring 2011 Reading Series

September 22 | Sydney Lea


Sydney Lea's ninth book of poetry is Young of the Year  (Four Way Books, 2011).  His book Pursuit of a Wound was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; another volume, To the Bone won the Poets' Prize.  He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Fulbright Foundations, and has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in major literary journals as well as magazines ranging from The New Yorker to Sports Illustrated.  He is the founding editor of The New England Review, and has taught at Yale, Middlebury, Wesleyan, and Dartmouth.  His other work includes chairing a leadership committee of a campaign that conserved 350,000 acres of wilderness in northern Maine, and serving as Vice-President of Central Vermont Adult Basic Education.

October 20 | Aracelis Girmay


Winner of the 2011 Isabella Gardner Award, Aracelis Girmay is the author of Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2011). She was born and raised in Southern California, with roots in Puerto Rico, Eritrea, and African America. She is also the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing, and the poetry collection Teeth, for which she was awarded a GCLA New Writers Award. Girmay has taught youth writing workshops in schools and community centers for the past ten years. She is assistant professor of poetry writing at Hampshire College, and also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Drew University. Girmay is a Cave Canem Fellow and an Acentos board member.

November 10 | Christine Kitano

Christine Kitano

Christine Kitano's first book of poems, Birds of Paradise, was published in 2011 by Lynx House Press.  A native of Los Angeles, she earned a B.A. from the University of California, Riverside and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.  Recent poems have appeared in the journals Spillway and The Arroyo Literary Review, and the anthology Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees.

November 10 | Jessica Daigle Martin


Jessicca Daigle Martin's poetry chapbook is Always After Our Fall (Southeast Missouri State Press, 2011).  Her poems have appeared recently in Redivider, So to Speak, Christianity & Literature, CALYX Journal, Ruminate Magazine, and others. She was the winner of So to Speak's Winter/Spring 2009 Creative Nonfiction Contest, and finalist in Arts & Letters' 2010 Poetry Award, and Ruminate Magazine's 2010 Poetry Award. She has been a writing fellow at the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts.

November 10 | Ruben Quesada


Ruben Quesada's first book of poems is Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011). He holds an MFA from University of California, Riverside. His poems and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Rattle, Stand Magazine (U.K.), Southern California Review, and Third Coast. His awards include residencies at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Lambda Literary Foundation Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Napa Valley Writers' Conference.

February 10 | David Dow


David R. Dow is an internationally recognized figure in the fight against the death penalty and has represented more than 100 death-row inmates over the past two decades. He is the University Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston Law Center as well as the founder and current director of the Texas Innocence Network, an organization that uses UH law students to investigate claims of actual innocence brought by Texas prisoners. He is also the litigation director at the Texas Defender Service (a nonprofit law firm that represents death row inmates and works to reform the judicial system). Dow has published numerous books on judicial reform and the death penalty, including Executed on a Technicality, America's Prophets: How Judicial Activism Makes America Great, and most recently, Autobiography of an Execution. He is also the co-editor of Machinery of Death: The Reality of America's Death Penalty Regime.
Sponsored by Iron Horse Literary Review

February 17 | Laura Furman


Laura Furman's new story collection, The Mother Who Stayed, has just been published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.  She has been the series editor for The O.Henry Prize Stories since 2003; among her own books are the novels Tuxedo Park and The Shadow Line, the short story collections Drinking with the Cook  and Watch Time Fly, the memoir Ordinary Paradise, and the anthology Bookworms: Great Writers and Readers Celebrate Reading (edited with Elinore Standard).  She is widely published in periodicals ranging from Subtropics and Southwest Review to The New Yorker, and is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Laura Furman is the Susan Taylor McDaniel Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at the University of Texas, Austin.
Sponsored by Contemporary Authors Reading Series

April 7 | Alberto Rios (poet)


Alberto Álvaro Ríos is the author of ten books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir, Capirotada, about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border.  His books of poems include The Dangerous Shirt, The Theater of Night, The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses, The Lime Orchard Woman, The Warrington Poems, Five Indiscretions, and Whispering to Fool the Wind.  Besides being a finalist for the National Book Award, Ríos has garnered numerous other prizes, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award, PEN/Beyond Margins Award, the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor's Arts Award, the Walt Whitman Award, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, and six Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and fiction. Ríos is a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for over 27 years and holds the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English.
Sponsored by Iron Horse Literary Review

April 14 | Rebecca Dunham


Rebecca Dunham is the author of two books of poetry: The Flight Cage, published in 2010 by Tupelo Press, and The Miniature Room, which won the T.S. Eliot Prize and was published by Truman State University Press in 2006.  Her poems have appeared in FIELD, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, The Indiana Review, and AGNI; she has also been awarded a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  She teaches in the doctoral creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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