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2014 Langdon Review Weekend Schedule
September 3, 2014 Wednesday

7:30 p.m. Kick-off party, with a video presentation on wildlife rehab and conservation, by Michael Birt.

(Concert Hall and Gordon House)
Michael Birt is a wildlife enthusiast who has worked as a zookeeper, behavioral biologist, conservation children’s book writer, video production assistant for the outdoor show Blue Collar Adventures, and lead creator of Researchwild!. He is the CEO of a conservation production/publishing company: Birthouse Publishing LLC. His international travels and co-host/friend Peter Hayes helped inspire and structure the video project, Researchwild!. The title of Michael’s presentation is Researchwild!: Gitta Martula Wildlife Rehab Center.
Free to the public!
Sponsored by the Tarleton State University Department of English and Languages

September 4, 2014 Thursday

8:30 a.m. – Registration and Refreshments


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Morning Sessions #1

  1. Medical Essay (Concert Hall)

Jim Harris, writer, is a retired internist and rancher from Marshall, Texas, who has spent the last few years studying Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. An article about his work was recently featured in the New York Times. He will present a series of slides and discuss preventable dementia and will read short passages from a work in progress, which will include discourse about educational priorities in Texas schools. He invites questions, as well.

(Dick Zaner will make a brief introduction.)


  1. Book Cover Design (Rock House)

Lisa Craig holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has designed newspaper and magazine covers in New England, Pennsylvania, California and Texas. She believes in a minimal approach for maximum results. Lisa has designed covers for The Phoenix, Style Magazine, Face Magazine, Gilroy Dispatch, Brownsville Herald, Pittsburgh City Paper, Temple Daily Telegram and more. Lisa’s approach to publication design is about catching the eye and drawing readers in for more.

(Jerry Craven will make a brief introduction.)
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Morning Sessions #2

  1. Poetry (Rock House)

  1. Hal C. Clark is a retired teacher living in Waxahachie, Texas, and is a member of Dallas Poets Community and Austin Poets International. He has been published in Red River Review, Illya’s Honey, and several anthologies. His book, a collection of poetry titled “All of Me” was published in March.

  2. David Bowles reads selections from his cycle Oaxacan Flânerie and his poetry collection Shattering and Bricolage. A professor at the University of Texas Pan American. David has written several books, including The Seed, Mexican Bestiary and Flower, Song, Dance, winner of the 2014 Soeurette Diehl Frasier Award for Best Translation. His work has appeared in Translation Review, Concho River Review, Huizache, Texas Poetry Calendar, Red River Review, Ilya’s Honey, and BorderSenses.

  3. Carolyn Luke Reding is a recent graduate of the Seminary of the Southwest and is an educator, dramatist, and poet honored as a finalist for Texas Poet Laureate, 2009-10. She is a past-president and lifetime member of the Austin Poetry Society. Carolyn served as co-chair, board member, and co-editor of several AIPF Anthologies for the Austin International Poetry Fest. She will read from her A Pilgrimage to Poetry through Ecclesiastical Architecture.

  4. Travis Blair lives down the road from the UT campus in Arlington, where he earned his BA in English Lit. After a lengthy career in the movie business, he took up writing poetry. Author of two books, Train to Chihuahua and Little Sandwiches, his poems have also appeared in literary journals throughout the US, England, South Africa, and Australia. He has two daughters, five grandkids, and hides from them frequently in Manhattan and Mazatlán.




  1. Poetry (Concert Hall)

  1. Joe R. Christopher is a Professor emeritus of English at Tarleton State University. He has published two academic books on C. S. Lewis, one edited collection of 1946 radio mysteries, and one book of poems. He is an associate editor on Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature and a member of the board of The Mythopoeic Press. At this year’s Weekend, is reading a group of poems he calls “Locked in a Gothic Dungeon.”

  2. Charlotte Renk, for thirty years, has written poetry and short stories inspired by natural settings and local folk surrounding her small cabin in East Texas. She has published in such journals as Kalliope, New Texas, Sow’s Ear, Langdon Review, and Southwest Review. Eakin Press published her prizewinning collection of poetry, These Holy Hungers: Secret Yearnings from an Empty Cup, in 2009, and Poetry in the Arts published her book, Solidago, An Altar to Weeds, in 2010.

  3. Larry D. Thomas, the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, has published several collections of poetry, most recently The Lobsterman’s Dream: Poems of the Coast of Maine (El Grito del Lobo Press, Fulton, MO), The Goatherd (Mouthfeel Press, El Paso) and Art Museums (Blue Horse Press, Los Angeles). His Larry D. Thomas: TCU Press Texas Poet Laureate Series volume was a semi-finalist for the National Book Award.

  4. D. Brian Anderson (“The Way with Space Aliens”) teaches writing and literature at the College of the Mainland in Texas City. He holds an MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso. His poems and prose works have appeared in CCTE Studies, Rio Grande Review, the Houston Chronicle and the Journal of New Jersey Poets.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own


1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Afternoon Sessions #1

  1. Mixed Genre (Concert Hall)

  1. Betty Lew Bewley is a member of the Writer’s League of Texas, and is currently working on a memoir, Buried Alive, about a daughter who begins an exhumation of her mother’s life and death, and starts thinking about how they shape who she is in the world. As a psychotherapist and a licensed chemical dependency counselor, Betty’s private practice in Austin serves individuals and groups with histories of trauma, mental health issues, and addiction.

  2. Cassy Burleson, Baylor University Department of Journalism, PR & New Media senior lecturer, has been a writer/editor/photographer since 1965. She’s published in Langdon Review (2009-2010) and previously published in Whetstone, Green Fuse, and Stone Drum. She had the pleasure of interviewing Anne Sexton, Vassar Miller, Judson Crews, Richard Bach and Robert Bly. She’s the 2013 American Studies Association of Texas president, sponsors Baylor Crew, and is a co-editor of Her Texas.

  3. Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir, which won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize and took top honors in the Spirituality category of the “Books for a Better Life” Awards, and was hailed by Oprah magazine’s “Memoirs We Love” list twice. Donna has written about religion, family, and culture for The Dallas Morning News, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, and Shambhala Sun, among others.

  4. June Zaner, after a career in the visual arts, picked up her pen and rejoined her life-long love of writing. For her presentation, she will do a piece from her memory essay about her Godmother, who finished out her life in Terrell State Insane Asylum in the late 1940’s.  Her other publications may be found in Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly; Tennessean; EXplore Magazine; Langdon Review; and New Texas, to name a few.




  1. Prose (Rock House)

  1. Jeffrey DeLotto, Professor of English at Texas Wesleyan University, writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. His latest collection of poetry, Voices Writ in Sand: Dramatic Monologues and Other Poems, has been recently published by Lamar UP. “Following the Water” is a piece of fiction featuring Two Hawks, an early 19th century Caddo whose solutions of others’ problems keeps his mind off his own.

  2. Jerry Craven serves as press director for Lamar University Press and Ink Brush Press. He is also editor-in-chief for Amarillo Bay. In November TCU press will publish his 26th book, Women of Thunder.

  3. Chelsea Barnard, by day, works at a financial firm; by night, she blogs and writes poetry. She graduated from Lamar University in 2012 with a BA in English and started graduate school this fall at the University of Texas at Dallas. For this Weekend, Chelsea will be reading “Incentive Man,” her first short fiction based on one of the tales in David Eagleman’s bestseller Sum, which explores various versions of the afterlife.

  4. Cheryl Clements, Professor of English at Blinn College, is an essayist and movie producer. This year’s president of TACWT, she has published in CCTE Studies, JASAT, Short Story, Texas Magazine, Southwestern American Literature, Langdon Review, and—forthcoming—Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem, and Song (Wings Press, 2015). In 2011-2013, she received the prose award from the Conference of College Teachers of English. Cheryl is now editing two anthologies of nonfiction for Lamar University Press.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Afternoon Sessions #2



  1. Prose (Rock House)

  1. Terry Dalrymple teaches literature and fiction writing at Angelo State University. He is co-author of Texas Five X 5: Twenty-five Stories by Five Texas Writers, out from Stephen F. Austin State UP and author of Love Stories (Sort Of), a collection of short fiction forthcoming from Lamar UP.

  2. Sybil Pittman Estess is the author of four books of poetry, a collection of essays on Elizabeth Bishop (U of Michigan Press) and a creative writing textbook, co-written (Prentice Hall). She has published poems, essays, reviews, and other articles in some 100 publications, including The Texas Review, descant, Rattle, The Manhattan Review, The Southern Review, Borderlands, The Paris Review, and many others. In 2009, Sybil was one of eight finalists for Poet Laureate of Texas.

  3. Andrew Geyer’s latest book project is as co-editor of the composite anthology A Shared Voice. He is the author of Dixie Fish, a novel; Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin, a story cycle; Meeting the Dead, a novel; and Whispers in Dust and Bone, a story cycle that won the silver medal for short fiction in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards and the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America.

  4. Ted Estess will be reading from his new book of personal essays published by Lamar University Press and entitled Fishing Spirit Lake. Author of three previous books, including a monograph on Elie Wiesel and “The Cream Pitcher: Mississippi Stories,” Estess holds the Jane Morin Cizik Chair in The Honors College at the University of Houston.



  1. Poetry (Concert Hall)

  1. Dorothy Alexander is a poet and storyteller from Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Author of four poetry collections and two volumes of oral histories, Dorothy gratefully accepted the 2013 Carlile Distinguished Service Award bestowed by The Oklahoma Center for the Book and Friends of the Libraries in Oklahoma in recognition of her services to the Oklahoma literary community. Her presentation for this year’s Langdon Review Weekend will be: “The Art of Digression: Memoir in Scraps, Orts & Fragments (Poetry & Prose).”

  2. Julie Chappell is Professor of English at Tarleton State University, an editor, translator, and creative writer. She has five academic books with two more in progress. Her poetry collection, Faultlines, was released by Village Books Press in 2013. She is also the poetry and premodern literature editor for Lamar University Press and an editor for Ink Brush Press. She is currently working on another collection of poetry and a memoir. Her presentation this year is “Mad Habits of a Life.”

  3. Jane Holwerda is Professor of English and Division Chair of Humanities at Dodge City Community College in Kansas, where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing, and mentors the writing club. Her poetry and prose have been published in a variety of literary magazines, including Big Muddy, Cottonwood, Hurricane Review, MacGuffin, Mid-America Poetry Review, Red River Review, and Sou’wester as well as in anthologies such as Guilty Pleasures and Elegant Rage. Her presentation is “Literacy 101.”

  4. Alan Berecka earns his keep as a reference librarian at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. His poetry has found its way into such periodicals as the American Literary Review, The Christian Century, The Texas Review, The Concho River Review, The Blue Rock Review and The Red River Review. He has authored three collections of poetry: The Comic Flaw (NeoNuma Arts, 2009), Remembering the Body (Mongrel Empire Press, 2011), and With Our Baggage (Lamar University Press, 2013). His presentation is: “Of Suffering and Idiots.”

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Book Fair/Book Signing

All are welcome.

(Gordon House Living Room)


4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Publication Reception hosted by Tarleton State University,

(Gallery 206, 206 East Pearl Street, Granbury, TX 76048 — http://mapq.st/qhvi1R)


Sponsored by the Office of the President, Tarleton State University

and

Supported by the Cynthia Brants Trust
The Cynthia Brants Trust is charged with disseminating, through sales, the works of art from the estate of Cynthia Brants. Proceeds from those sales are distributed to non-profit organizations as designated by Cynthia Brants. The Trust is able to accomplish that goal by promoting the legacy of Cynthia Brants through exhibitions, presentations, and sales events.
2014-2015 Contributors

D. Brian Anderson

Michael Birt

David Bowles

Renee Burdick

John Burnett

Cheryl Clements

David Crawford

Michelle Hartman

Jane Holwerda

Jonathan Hooper

Carrie Isaacson

Kevin Kaiser

Brad Keller

Chris Peirson

Punch Shaw

Deb Tolman

Mary Vernon

Dean Young
5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Dinner on your own

7:30 – 9 p.m. Evening Session

Q&A with Producer/Director Brad Keller and Screenwriter Chris Peirson, followed by the Film Screening of A Killer Within

ShowBiz Cinemas 6, 1201 Waters Edge Drive, Granbury)




Released 10 years ago, A Killer Within features Sean Young, C. Thomas Howell, and Ben Browder.
Brad Keller began his film career after leaving the American Film Institute for Directors. He started with a short film called Next Three Exits, and went on to launch several careers both in front of and behind the camera. He has directed and produced a catalog of productions, including the Tribeca Film Festival award-winning comedy Midgets vs. Mascots. Brad has also operated a domestic distribution company (Fireside Releasing) for the past seven years.
Chris Peirson earned a J.D. from Texas Tech University Law School in 1977. She is Board Certified by the State Bar of Texas as a specialist in the field of Residential Real Estate Law. Chris founded her firm, PeirsonPatterson, LLP, located in Dallas, in 1984. Chris is a frequent speaker on both the state and national level. She has written many publications for the State Bar of Texas, the University of Texas School of Law, among others.

September 5, 2014 Friday

8:30 a.m. — Registration


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Morning Sessions #1

  1. Genre (Rock House)

  1. Hardy Jones is author of the novel Every Bitter Thing (Black Lawrence Press, 2010) and the forthcoming memoir People of the Good God (Mongrel Empire Press). He is the co-founder and Executive Editor of the online journal Cybersoleil, and he is the Flash Fiction Editor for Sugar Mule. Hardy is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of Creative Writing at Cameron University. He is reading “More Flies with Honey.”

  2. Michael Dooley is an Assistant Professor of English at Tarleton State, where he has contributed works of fiction and non-fiction to the departmental chapbooks. He has presented creative works at various conferences such as the South Central MLA, Southwest Popular and American Culture Association, and Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. He is currently working on a collection of noir-influenced short stories featuring the protagonist Woody Farley—Literary Detective. His presentation is called, “As the Wave Rose.”

  3. Hank Jones is an Assistant Professor at Tarleton State University where he has taught English composition and literature for the past fourteen years along with a four-year stint as Assistant Director of International Programs. He has found none of this conducive to writing but has begun writing again anyway. His poetry has been published in Cybersoleil: A Literary Journal. His presentation this year is “Manly Hands.”

  4. Paul Juhasz is currently on hiatus from a twelve year career teaching English at various colleges and universities around the country, including a five year stint at Tarleton. He is currently tackling the dual challenges of being a stay-at-home father while pursuing a writing career. His presentation will entail selections from his memoir, Rasputin and the Mad Tea Party.



  1. Poetry (Concert Hall)

  1. Katherine Hoerth will read from her latest poetry collection, Goddess in Cowboy Boots, published by Lamar University Press, that revisions mythologies from a contemporary feminist perspective. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Texas Pan American. Katherine’s work has been published in journals such as Pleiades, Front Porch, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She serves as poetry editor of Amarillo Bay and writes a monthly book review column for Inside Higher Ed.

  2. James Hoggard is the Perkins-Prothro Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus. The author of more than 20 books, he has also won awards for his writing and literary translations from Spanish. His work has appeared widely in such magazines and journals such as the Harvard Review, Southwest Review, Prague Review, Arts & Letters, and numerous others. Among his awards are a National Endowment Creative Writing Fellowship, the Lon Tinkle Award for Sustained Excellence throughout a career.

  3. Alan Gann, coeditor of Red River Review, will read poems from Adventures of the Clumsy Juggler at the release of his book from Ink Brush Press. Texas Poet Laureate (2005) Alan Birkelbach wrote, “Alan’s words explode off the page,” and State Musician Sara Hickman (2010) said his book “reveals a sexual creature, a whimsical drinking buddy, all fireworks and cold ponds and finding beauty in tigers on a kitchen table.”

  4. Sherry Craven taught high school Spanish and college English at Midland College and West Texas A&M. She is retired and lives in Jasper, Texas. She is published in AmarilloBay, New Texas, Windhover, descant, The Witness, Suddenly, Langdon Review, RiverSedge, Texas Review, Concho River Review, Texas Poetry 2, and Quotable Texas Women, among others. She won the Conference of College Teachers of English 2005 poetry award and published a poetry collection entitled Standing by the Window.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Morning Sessions #2




  1. Mixed Genre (Rock House)

  1. William Virgil Davis is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Baylor University. His books of poetry include: One Way to Reconstruct the Scene, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize; The Dark Hours; Winter Light; The Bones Poems (Lamar UP, 2014); and, Landscape and Journey (Ivan R. Dee, 2009)—winner of the 2009 New Criterion Poetry Prize and the 2010 Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry given by the Texas Institute of Letters.

  2. Daniel Williams is Director of TCU Press and the Honors Professor of Humanities at TCU. A specialist in the print culture of early America, he has published five books and around fifty articles. Among his most recent publications is The Lords of Leftovers, a novel published by Ink Brush Press in 2013. He has recently completed a draft of a second novel.

  3. Anne McCrady’s award-winning poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction appear in her own books and chapbooks, as well as in literary journals, arts magazines, anthologies and international compilations. She is a frequent motivational speaker, workshop presenter, and an advocate for peace and social justice. Anne lives in Tyler, Texas, where she is active on social media and at her website, InSpiritry.com. Her presentation is called, “What Matters Most: Poetry Speaks.”

  4. Michelle Hartman’s work has appeared in Slipstream, Plainsongs, Carve, Crannog, Poetry Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, Raleigh Review, San Pedro River Review, Pacific Review, Concho River Review and RiverSedge. Her work appears in multiple countries overseas. Her first book of poetry book, Disenchanted and Disgruntled, from Lamar UP is available from Amazon. She is the editor for the online journal, Red River Review, and holds a BS in Political Science-Pre Law from Texas Wesleyan University.




  1. Mixed Genre (Concert Hall)

  1. Lynn Hoggard now works full time on what she calls her “tricky muse” of poetry, and Motherland, Stories and Poems from Louisiana (Lamar UP, 2014) reflects that new emphasis. She has published five books and won an award for her translation from the French, Nelida. She taught French, English, and Humanities at Midwestern State University and, while there, won that university’s highest honor, the Hardin Professor Award, for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

  2. Dick Zaner, A. G. Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics & Philosophy of Medicine, Vanderbilt University (retired 2002), will present a narrative prompted by a clinical situation involving the dilemmas faced by the clinical staff in an NICU where he consulted on ethical issues, this one concerning the reactions of the young parents of severely compromised twins. He is the author of twelve original books and twelve anthologies.

  3. Dave Kuhne will be reading from his The Road to Roma (Ink Brush Press, 2011). He also wrote African Settings in Contemporary American Novels (Greenwood Press, 1999), and was principal editor of descant: Fifty Years (TCU Press, 2008). Prior to his recent retirement, he taught English at TCU where he was Associate Director of the William L. Adams Center for Writing. For more than a decade, he edited descant. Currently, he directs the Angelia River Press.

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Picnic with the Poet Laureate



(Brazos House Gardens, across the street from the Langdon Center, by the lake)


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