Texas Tech University

Reading Series

2018-19 TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series

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

LHUCA Literary Reading Series Event | 7:00pm in the Icehouse Theater at LHUCA | February 15th | Diana Khoi Nguyen

Diana Khoi Ngyuen

Diana Khoi Nguyen's debut collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. She is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and PENAmerica, among others. In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Contest, she has been shortlisted for the National Book Award, and has received awards and scholarships from the Academy of American Poets, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Currently, she lives in Denver where she is a PhD candidate in creative writing and teaches in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. For more information on Nguyen's work, visit her website: www.dianakhoinguyen.com.

In addition to Nguyen's reading, TTU students Hali Cardenas and William Brown will read from their work. Hali Salome Cardenas is a West Texas native. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's in creative writing at Texas Tech University. She is the recipient of the 2018 Stephan Ross Huffman Poetry Award. She spends much of her time reading with her toddler and their cat. William Brown is in the final semester of his master's degree in poetry at Texas Tech and plans to earn an MFA and PhD afterward. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Crab Creek Review, McNeese Review, and elsewhere.

February 28th | Patrick Phillips


Patrick Phillips headshot
Patrick Phillips' first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton and named a best book of 2016 by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Smithsonian. Elegy for a Broken Machine, his most recent book of poems, appeared in the Knopf Poets series in 2015, and was named a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. A past fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, Phillips teaches poetry at Stanford.

March 21st | Will Stockton and D. Gilson


Will Stockton and D. Gilson
"Jesus Freaks: Christian Music & Queer Masculinities"
Will Stockton and D. Gilson will be reading from their new book, Jesus Freak (Bloomsbury) on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM in ENGL 001. The talk is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, Office of LGBTQIA, and Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Will Stockton is Professor of English at Clemson University, and author of several books including Members of His Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy (2017), and Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy (2011). D. Gilson is Assistant Professor of English at Texas Tech University. His essay collections include Incarnate: Notes from an Evangelical Boyhood (2020) and I Will Say This Exactly One Time (2015).

April 4th | John Poch


John Poch
John Poch's fifth collection of poetry is TEXASES. He has taught in the English Department at Texas Tech for 18 years. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Core Scholar at the University of Barcelona. His work has appeared widely in journals such as Poetry, The Paris Review, Image, The Yale Review, The Nation, and other journals.

April 18th | Nick White

Nick White
A native of Mississippi (with a deep Southern accent!), Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2017) and the short story collection Sweet & Low (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2018). He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of places, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review,The Literary Review, Lit Hub, and elsewhere.