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The Texas College English Association (TCEA) is the Texas affiliate of the national College English Association.  Meeting in conjunction with the Texas-based Conference of College Teachers of English on the first weekend of March each year, TCEA organizes several sessions of scholarly papers and creative writing works by and/or about Texas scholars and writers.  

The 2017 Conference was hosted by the Tarrant County College-Northeast Campus.  The theme of the conference was “Texas Heritage: Inheritances and Legacies.”  The TCEA committee chose this provocative focus because the San Antonio Missions were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the summer of 2015, the first in Texas, which provoked considerations of the complex inheritances from colonizers and native peoples--their languages, symbols, religions, architecture, modes of survival, and technologies.  Papers that were submitted explored those boundless legacies. 

TCEA hosts an annual breakfast speaker each year at the conference, and the speaker for 2017 TCEA breakfast was TCU Professor, Dr. David Colo’n.  His engaging presentation, “A Gendered, Secular Legacy of the Guadalupan Event,” focused on the many appearances of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531.  Dr. Colo’n specializes in Latino/a Literature and Literatures of the Americas.  His novel The Lost Men, was nominated for the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award.  His edited anthology, Between Day and Night:  New and Selected Poems, 1946-2010 by Miguel Gonza’lez-Gerth, was published by 
TCU Press in 2013.

Publication: Each year the the TCEA committee selects one paper for publication to include in CCTE Studies, a Conference of College Teachers of English publication.  The Committee selected two outstanding presenters for the 2017 award:  Jerry Bradley (Lamar University) for his poetry collection, “Approaching the Coast of Arizona,” and to Moumin Quazi (Tarleton State University) for his paper, “My Texas Inheritance.”

The 2018 Conference will be hosted by Tarleton State University in Stephenville on March 1-3, 2018. The theme for the 2018 Conference will be "Hidden Realities: The Texas Experience."  Please see the the "Call for Papers 2018" link for more information. 

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