TACWT Conference, September 2019
TACWT will hold its next annual gathering in Houston, Texas, at the Embassy Suites Galleria, from September 26 - 28, 2019.
A conference pass costs $50 for general members and $20 for student members, and it will grant admission to all of the panels--on pedagogy trends and developments--as well as the readings of original poems, stories, and essays written by members. Sessions begin on Thursday (3:00-6:00 p.m.), and the conference ends on Saturday at noon. A conference pass also grants admission to all coffee and refreshment breaks. At a later date, TACWT will announce Thursday and Friday night gathering sites.
Selected works by presenters will be published in the annual volume of Writing Texas, a journal sponsored by TACWT. To be considered for publication, the works must be previously unpublished and presented at the conference. For more information on the anthology, visit the WT Website.
In order to present at the conference, presenters must pay for their conference pass and dues ($40 for general members / not required for student members) by September 20th.
E-mail proposals (for panels, pedagogy presentations, or readings of creative works) to from now until the deadline of June 1.
To submit an individual creative presentation, please indicate the genre of your work and a short sampling of what you might plan to read (3 poems or up to 1000 words of prose).
For writing workshops or for individual presentations on pedagogy, theory, or publishing: please provide a brief synopsis of your topic (3-5 sentences). For panels, include a synopsis of your topic and possible panelists.
To reserve your room at the Embassy Suites Galleria, call 1-713-626-5444 or make your online reservation here.
Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Clay Reynolds.
Clay Reynolds, novelist, short-fiction-writer, essayist, book critic, and scholarly writer, retired from his position as Professor of Arts and Humanities and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Dallas at the end of 2018. Author and/or editor of twenty volumes, including ten works of fiction and one volume of creative nonfiction, Reynolds has been honored with writing awards from the Western Writers Association and the Texas Institute of Letters. A career educator, Reynolds's students have won many awards, including Pushcart Awards and have many publications to their credit; he also taught at the University of North Texas and Lamar University as well as at the University of Tulsa, from where he obtained his PhD in Modern Letters. He currently resides in Lowry Crossing, Texas, a small community in Collin County. His publications and links to his award winning writing can be found on his website, Clay Reynolds.
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Thursday, September 26
Welcome and registration
Ballroom 1--Prose: Steve Sherwood (moderator), Yasmin Ramirez, Dede Fox
Ballroom 2--Poetry: Dave Parsons (moderator), Samantha Ceballos,
Ballroom 1--Publishing panel with Dan Williams, Jerry Craven,
and Jim Sanderson
Ballroom 2--Poetry: Jan Seale (moderator), Sheena Peppler, Mark Esperanza
Ballroom 1--Panel: Editing an Anthology with Janet Lowery, Dave Parsons, Kim Davis, and Jerry Bradley
Ballroom 2--Poetry: Dan Williams (moderator), Loretta Diane Walker, Alexandra Van de Kamp
Ballroom 1--Poetry: Katie Hoerth (moderator), Logen Cure, Stacy Nigliazzo
Ballroom 2--Prose: Jill Patterson (moderator), Grace Megnet, Kimberly Yosko, Jim Sanderson
Happy hour and dinner break
Keynote speaker Clay Reynolds
Introduced by Moumin Quazi, Treasurer
Anthology release celebration and dessert
Friday, September 27
Ballroom 1--Poetry: Chantel Langlinais Carlson (moderator), Sharon Joffe,
Ballroom 2--Creative Writing Pedagogies with Jules Gates and Emma Tsai
Ballroom 1--Prose: Cheryl Clements (moderator), Moumin Quazi, John Schulze
Ballroom 2--Poetry: A Roundtable on Rounding Out Your Writing Life
with Jan Seale
Ballroom 1--Panel: Teaching Creative Writing in an Institutional Setting:
Dede Fox (moderator), Nancy Barnhart
Ballroom 2--Poetry: Chris Ellery (moderator), Eric Shah, Casey Ford
Ballroom 1--Poetry: Tom Murphy (moderator), Steve Wilson, Zoe Ramos,
Ballroom 2--Mixed Genre: Julie Gates (moderator), Jerry Bradley, Emma Tsai
Lunch on your own
Ballroom 1--Poetry: Laurence Musgrove (moderator), Janet McCann, Mag Gabbart
Ballroom 2--Panel: Teaching CRW in a Bicultural, Bilingual, Binational
with Yasmin Ramirez, Minerva Laveaga Luna, Richard Yañez, Arturo Valdespino
Ballroom 1--Poetry: Sandi Horton (moderator), Chloe Honum, Dickie Heaberlin, Natalia Trevino
Ballroom 2--Panel: Cultivating Encouragement Among Writers and Editors
with Robin Carstensen, Tom Murphy, Sheena Peppler, Zoe Ramos, Sydney Spangler
Ballroom 1--Prose: Terry Dalrymple (moderator), Anthony D'Aries,
Terri Tucker, Richard Yañez
Ballroom 2--Poetry: Lisha Garcia (moderator), John Poch, Janet Lowery
Happy Hour and break
Student Awards Reception and Dinner
Undergraduate Fiction: Robert Adams, "Did You Enjoy the Story?",
taught by Jim Sanderson, Lamar University
Undergraduate Nonfiction: Sydney Spangler, "Receipts,"
taught by Robin Carstensen, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Undergraduate Poetry: Alexis Nunes, "21,"
taught by Janet Lowery, University of St. Thomas in Houston
Graduate Fiction: Megan Ryan, "And the Night Will Be No More,"
taught by Jim Sanderson, Lamar University
Graduate Nonfiction: Megan Ryan, "What Deserves to Be Wild,
taught by Katie Hoerth, Lamar University
Graduate Poetry: Peter Vertacnik, "Daybreak on Lake Huron,"
taught by John Poch, Texas Tech University
M.C.: Gretchen Johnson, Student Award Coordinator
Saturday, September 28
Ballroom 1--Panel: The Challenge of Being a Community Writer:
Lisha Garcia, Alexandra Van de Kamp, Robin Carstensen, Loretta Diane Walker
Ballroom 2--Prose: Gretchen Johnson (moderator), Minerva Laveaga Luna, Wayne Gay
Ballroom 1--Workshop 1: Janet McCann
Ballroom 2--Poetry: Carol Coffee Reposa (moderator), Maria Garcia, Jerry Craven
Ballroom 1--Workshop 2: Laurence Musgrove
Ballroom 2--Outside the Classroom: Activities for Nontraditional
CW Workshops: Michelle Dominique Burk, Mag Gabbert,
Sebastian Hasani Paramo
Ballroom 1--Pedagogy panel: Butter Get Jamming
with Mark Esperanza and Daniel Lockerbie
Ballroom 2--Mixed Genre: Matthew Pitt (moderator), Macie McDonald,
Ballroom 1--Plenary Prose Reading: Betty Wiesepape (moderator),
Jeffrey Delotto, Nkiach Atemnkeng