Director of Special Projects
Andy Wilkinson comes from a varied background of college and graduate school, of a
dozen years as a policeman, and an equal stretch as a businessman, the sum of which
has influenced his past quarter-century's work as a writer, singer, poet, playwright,
and teacher. He has recorded a dozen albums of music and poetry, has written seven
plays, and for the past decade and a half has taught song-writing and multi-disciplinary
creative seminars at Texas Tech University. From 2005 to 2019 he also served as Artist
In Residence at The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, also at Texas
Tech, before coming to University Outreach and Engagement in 2020 as Director of Special
His poems have been published in over a half-dozen anthologies and magazines while his essays have appeared in a an equal number of scholarly publications. His monographs include The Pastel Range: Frank Reaugh, Range Historian (National Ranching Heritage Center, 2007); A Family of the Land: The Texas Photography of Guy Gillette (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013); a long poem, Storyline (Dry Crik Press, 2017); a novel, Surprise, Texas (Zenchilada Press, 2017); and his most recent work, Mystery Mechanics: The Creative Process (Zenchilada Press, 2020).
His recognitions include five National Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in five different categories, the John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award from the Texas Historical Foundation, and his induction in the West Texas Walk of Fame.