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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. All events are free and open to the public. However, we would appreciate your help in continuing this program. Please consider a donation to our Sowell Endowment. (Donate here.)


1:00-1:10 pm Welcome

Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, President of Texas Tech University


Clara Bush Vadala (Texas A&M), "Domestic Bestiary, poems"

Margaret Emma Brandl (TTU), "West Texas: A Letter to Walt Whitman," a video essay


Caroline Gressett, "Journey through Journals"; Farah Mechref and Marilyn Mathew, "Finding Your Mate" (TTU undergraduates)

2:30-3:00 - Break


Toni Jensen (Univ. of Arkansas), "Carry"
Our apologies, but Dr. Jensen will not be able to attend the conference this year.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

9:30 AM - Morning Refreshments available in Formby Room


Julie Oesper, "Ecofeminism in West Texas"

Megan Lyon, "The Impact of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in Texas"

Lindsay Keeling, "Environmental Degradation and Post-Socialist Ecology in the Kosovo"

Michelle Ramos, "Charles Darwin: On Humanity's Unnatural Selection"

Raleigh Darnell, "Statement of Purpose: Humboldt's Greenhouses and Herbaria"

(Sul Ross State University)


Rajbir Parashar (Dept. of English, RKSD College, India)

"Imaginative Interplay of 'Hot' and 'Cold' Societies in the Early Poetry of Ted Hughes"

11:50-1:00 - Lunch


Touching the Earth: A Roundtable on Non-Anglo and Indigenous Perspectives on Land

Mike Lemon, Michael Borshuk, Bernadette Russo, David Robledo, Darin Williams,

Sara Spurgeon and Cordelia Barrera (TTU)

2:30-2:45 - Coffee/Snack Break


Priscilla Ybarra (Univ. of North Texas)

"On Their Backs the Disaster: How Does Climate Crisis Shape Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S.?"

5:30 Plenary

Trevor Herriot, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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


9:30 - Morning refreshments available in Formby Room


Denaturalizing the Natural

Briana Stewart, "Discover"

William Brown, "The Hummingbird, Natura Morta, and other poems"

Alexa Dodd, "Not Like Them, Their Only Son, and You'll Know Sin: Flash Pieces"

Beth McKinney, "How I Learned There is Life Beyond Earth, and other poems"

(TTU graduate students)


The Fragility of Wilderness: Being "Other" in the Wild

Katie Cortese, Jill Patterson, D. Gilson (TTU)

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


The Geometry of Nature, poems

John Poch and Chad Abushanab (TTU)


Hope Lenamon, Sarah Huerta, Miguel Vega, William Felty (TTU undergraduates, Honors College)

3:00-4:00 Closing Remarks

H. Emerson Blake, Editor-in-Chief, Orion

The Sowell Collection Conference is sponsored by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library with additional support from the TTU Office of the President, and the Honors College. We are also grateful for the support of TTU students and faculty.

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