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Readings in the Sowell Collection

Fall Semester 2022

This fall we are hosting three writers:  Betsy Gaines Quammen, Lisa Couturier, and Taylor Brorby.


Betsy Gaines Quammen
American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God and Public Land in the West
Thursday, Oct. 27 - 6:30 p.m.

Betsy Gaines Quammen is an environmental historian and writer. She received a Ph.D. from Montana State University where she studied religion, history and the philosophy of science.  This session will be moderated by Mark Stoll, TTU Dept. of History.

Lisa Couturier
The Hopes of Snakes
Thursday, Nov. 17 - 6:30 p.m.

A 2022 finalist for the Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction and a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner for her essay “Dark Horse,” Lisa Couturier’s work often explores connections between the human and nonhuman. Her work has appeared in Orion, the American Nature Writing series, Minding Nature, City Creatures, Passager, and National Geographic’s Heart of a Nation, to name a few. This session will be moderated by Kurt Caswell, Honors College.

Taylor Brorby
Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land

Taylor Brorby is an essayist and poet. He is the coeditor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America, his work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Orion, and North American Review, where he is a contributing editor.

The Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World is a valuable resource for students, faculty and researchers. We hope that our virtual gatherings will be a new way for educators, students, and writers to meet and exchange ideas. Community, and all that that word entails, is a founding principle of our collection.

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Created: Oct. 7, 2022