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September 2023 Events

We have our first guest author, Tim Hernandez, joining us for Fall 2023's Creative Writing Reading Series! For full details, please visit the Reading Series page. The Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers conference will also be held from September 21-23 at the Merket Alumni Center.

Tim Hernandez: September 21 at 7:00 PM in ENGL/PHIL 001


Tim Z. Hernandez is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist, author and performer. His debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax, received the American Book Award, and his debut novel, Breathing, In Dust, received the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize. His second collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things, received the 2014 Colorado Book Award, and his novel, Mañana Means Heaven, received the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction. His latest prose book, All They Will Call You, is a genre-bending work of nonfiction based on the song by Woody Guthrie, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).” This book is the first installment of the plane crash series, a project that Hernandez considers his life's work. He recently completed the second book in the series and is currently seeking a publisher for it. As featured in People Magazine, his latest collection of poetry, Some of the Light: New & Selected Poems, was released recently with Beacon Press.

Additionally, his work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, C-SPAN, NPR's Latino USA, All Things Considered and Alt Latino.


Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (September 21-23, Merket Alumni Center)

Graduate students and faculty from the Texas Tech Creative Writing Program and English Department will be participating in the annual gathering of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT), hosted this year on Texas Tech's campus and organized by Professor Leslie Jill Patterson, president of TACWT.

Graduate students giving readings or presenting pedagogy and craft panels include Naveed Alam, Brock Allen, Emma Aylor, Caleb Braun, William Brown, Will Dennis, Jennessa Hester, Marcos Damián León, Jenn Loyd, Josh Luckenbach, Linda Masi, Zac Ostraff, and Bria Winfree.

Faculty participating in readings and panels include Curtis Bauer, Katie Cortese, TJ Geiger, Jacob Hall, Leslie Jill Patterson, Jess Smith, and William Wenthe.