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.