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LHUCA Literary Series with Francis, Ragsdale, Hightower

  • LHUCA Icehouse 511 Avenue J Lubbock, TX United States (map)

Mark your calendars for the first LHUCA Literary Series of the semester, featuring visiting writer Vievee Francis. Texas Tech students - undergraduate Emma Hightower and MA student Catherine Ragsdale - will also read from their work. The evening will be a celebration and discussion of literature as a force for social change, an effort toward building up language and encouraging writers and non-writers alike to rally for a world full of generosity and connection. As George Orwell famously put it, “One ought to recognize that present political chaos is connected with the decay of language.” 

NOTE: The event, usually held in the Firehouse Theater, will be in the Icehouse Gallery at LHUCA

Reader bios:
Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, Northwestern University Press, 2016) and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Poetry, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Catherine Ragsdale is from Austin, TX. She is currently pursuing a master’s in poetry at Texas Tech University and holds a BA in Spanish and a BBA in Marketing. She is the recipient of the 2017 Stephan Ross Huffman Poetry Award and the first-place winner of the 2017 Pride Week Poetry Slam. 

Emma Rae Hightower is 20 years old and was born and raised in Houston TX. She is a junior social work major at Texas Tech University. Her favorite things are her dogs, her family, and this one stray cat in her apartment complex.

Later Event: November 10
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