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Conference Schedule, Preliminary, may have changes and additions

All Conference sessions and events are held in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.


Conference participants are encouraged to attend:

7:00 pm “You Can’t Drink Oil”: Social Justice, Native Lands, and Standing Rock.

A Roundtable discussion with Barry Lopez, Toni Jensen, and Alex Pearl. Sponsored by the Literature, Social Justice, and Environment Concentration of the English Dept. In Lecture Hall 001, English Building.


1:00-1:10 pm

Welcome - Opening Remarks, Dr. Bella Gerlich, Dean of Libraries


Christian Knoeller, Purdue University, "Islands of Time: Paul Gruchow's Legacy in Environmental History"

2:00-2:50 - Session A - Creative Work

Diane Hueter, TTU, "Summer Music: Old Poems, New Poems"
Toni Jensen, Univ. of Arkansas, “Women in the Fracklands: On Water, Land, Bodies, and Standing Rock”

2:50-3:10 - Break

3:10-4:00 - Session B - Personal Essay and Narrative Nonfiction

Kurt Caswell, TTU, "I Don't Believe in Despair Anymore"
Jordan Fisher Smith, California, reading from Engineering Eden

4:00-5:30 - Reception to honor Stephen J. Small, donor of the Stephen J. Small Conservation Collection. Welcome, Dr. Bella Gerlich, Dean of Libraries, followed by Remarks on the Collection by Stephen Small.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

9:30 AM - Morning Refreshments available in Formby Room

10:00-10:55 - Session C - Creative Work

Joey Chavez, Sul Ross State Univ., "Memento, an Alpine Story"
Margaret Emma Brandl, TTU, "On Keeping Notebooks"
Nancy Wayson Dinan, TTU, "Writing Post Post-Apocalypse: Situating Creative Work in a Time of Sustained Crisis"

10:55-11:05 - Break

11:05-11:55 - Session D

Shelley Armitage, Univ. of Texas at El Paso, prof. emeritus,"Living Memoir: Writing the Llano Estacado"
Theron Francis, Sul Ross State Univ., "The Poetry of Marfa Lights"

noon-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-1:20 - Kate Brunson, TTU Honors College, "Work of Imagination"

1:20-2:30 - Texas Tech University, Graduate Students in Architecture

Victoria McReynolds, Professor
Jennifer Beam, " Playa Lakes within the Llano Estacado"
Roberto Becerra, "A Network of Space"
Sergei Frizzell, "Projections from the Horizon"
Caleb Lightfoot, "The Pyramid and the Cylinder"
Mario Ramos, "Hidden Forces"
Rebekah Reyes, "In a Handful of Dust"
Christopher Verette, "Liquid Gold"

2:30-3:00 - Coffee/Snack Break

3:00-3:50 - Session E

Jill Brady Hampton, Univ. of South Caroline-Aiken, "Fire and Ice: Gretel Ehrlich's Journey"
Priscilla Ybarra, Univ. of North Texas, "The Mexican American Leopolds: Decolonizing Love and the Land"


Derek Sheffield, Wenatchee Valley College, "Hitched: Fish & Daughters, Mountaintops & Trayvon"

5:30 Plenary

Stephen Graham Jones, Univ. of Colorado-Boulder, author of Mongrels: A Novel and Growing Up Dead in Texas

Reception and book signing to follow, all writers’ books available.


9:00 - Morning refreshments available in Formby Room

9:30-10:25 - Session F - Engaging Nature in New Territories: Perspectives in Environmental Pedagogy

Mike Lemon, TTU, "Pin it: Digital Mapping and Online Anthologies as Mediated Space in Nature Writing Curriculum"
Scott Morris, TTU, "Looking for Squirrels: The Video Essay as a Way of Seeing Nature"
Luke Morgan, TTU, "Hope and Speculative Territories: A Heuristic for Effective Environmental Literature Pedagogy"

10:30-11:25 - Session G - Nature and Multiculturalisms: Environmental Literatures as Social Critique

Apryl Lewis, TTU, "Healing from the Ecosystem in Gloria Naylor's Mama Day"
Jasmine Epstein, TTU, "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: Susan Brind Morrow, Barry Lopez, and the Spiritual Cost of Natural Destruction"
Bernadette Russo, TTU, "Eco-Feminism and Indigenous Cultural Resurgence: Wakening"

11:30-12:15 - Session H - Poetry

Clara Bush Vadala Texas A&M, "Animals Inside Out: Veterinary Surgery and the Grassland Animals"
Leslie Marie Aguilar, Univ. of Missouri, "Border Song: Exploring Liminal Landscapes"

12:15-1:30 - Buffet lunch for all participants

1:30-2:40 - Session I - Dead Animals and Their Literary Meaning

This panel explores the broadly interpreted manifestations and articulations of dead animals and aims to create a new appreciation for them. Each of the four presentations will be a short reading of literary nonfiction that aims to uncover the unexpected in putreyfying, seasoned, unheralded flesh.

Lina Ferreira, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
Kendra Green, Dallas Museum of Art
Clinton Crockett Peters, Univ. of North Texas
Sarah Viren, TTU

2:45-3:30 - Plenary

Barbara Ras, San Antonio, poet, author of Bite Every Sorrow and The Last Skin

3:30 Closing Remarks, Diane Warner

The Sowell Collection Conference is sponsored by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library with additional support from the TTU Office of the Provost, Honors College, and Dept. of English.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Diane Warner ( .