Jerry Bradley--"Rats and Rainwater" and other selected Poems
A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is University Professor of English and the Leland Best Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Lamar University, Jerry Bradley won the 2017 Boswell Poetry Prize awarded by Texas Christian University and received writing awards from the Conference of College Teachers of English and the Texas College English Association. He is the author of 8 books including 4 full-length poetry.
Bradley’s poems have appeared in New England Review, American Literary Review, Modern Poetry Studies, Poetry Magazine, and Southern Humanities Review. He is the long-time poetry editor of Concho River Review. He is also a past-president of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers and the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association, which endows a writing award in his name.
In 2014 Bradley was named a Piper Professor, an annual award that recognizes 10 top Texas professors. In 2000, he received the Joe D. Thomas Scholar-Teacher of the Year from the Texas College English Association and the 2005 Frances Hernandez Teacher-Scholar Award given by the Conference of College Teachers of English. He was named Outstanding Alumnus from Midwestern State University’s College of Liberal Arts in 2002. More information is available on his Wikipedia page (Jerry Bradley, poet) and personal website www.jerrybradley.net.
Melissa Nivens—"Pioneer Woman: Recovering a Red River Life Narrative”
Dr. Nivens is an Assistant Professor and the Writing Program Administrator at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her research interests include feminist rhetoric and historiography along with composition pedagogy and practice.
Having presented conference papers at CCCCs and Feminisms and Rhetorics, Dr. Niven’s article, “Farm to Table: Home Management Houses as Rhetorical Space for Women” appeared in the Spring 2017 Peitho Online Journal. She currently serves as Secretary of TCEA.
Mark Busby—"The Slave Narrative from Frederick Douglass to William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner to Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation”
A native of Ennis, Texas, Dr. Busby is a Professor of English at Texas State University-San Marcos. He is author of Larry McMurtry and the West: An Ambivalent Relationship and Ralph Ellison. He is the author of two novels, Fort Benning Blues and Cedar Crossing (TCU Press). His reference book, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Regional American Culture: The Southwest, was published by Greenwood. He edited, with Terrell Dixon, John Graves, Writer. His most recent publication is Through Our Times Occasional Poems 1960-2017 (Lamar University Literary Press, 2017).
Professor Busby previously taught at Texas A&M University, College Station. In 1996 he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, and served as the TIL secretary, vice-president, and president and also as President of the South Central Modern Language Association and the American Studies Association of Texas. He received the Texas State College of Liberal Arts Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity for 2014.
Moumin Quazi—“Soul Food”
Dr. Quazi teaches English at Tarleton State University where he annually co-directs the Langdon Review Weekend. He edits the series, “South Asian Art, Literature, and Culture Studies” (Peter Lang Publishing); CCTE Studies; and Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. His Migratory Words was published by Lamar University Literary Press. He recently was the 2017 recipient of the CCTE’s Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award.