Visiting Writers & Residency Coordinators

Words of Wisdom

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.

— Graham Greene

Visiting Writers

2018

Prose - Christine Granados

Christine Granados was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is currently a reporter at the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. She has also been a journalist with the El Paso Times and the Austin American-Statesman. She was Spur Award finalist and winner of the 2006 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award. Christine's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such magazines as the ​​Evergreen Review, Callaloo, NPR's Latino USA, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, and El Andar, along with several anthologies and college textbooks. Her second book of fiction, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2017.

Poetry - Roger Reeves

Roger Reeves’s poems have appeared in journals such as PoetryPloughsharesAmerican Poetry ReviewBoston ReviewBest American Poetry, and Tin House, among others.  He was awarded a 2015 Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2013 NEA Fellowship, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. His first book is King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), which won the Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Zacharis Prize from Ploughshares, and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award.

2017

Justin Carter is a PhD student at the University of North Texas. He holds degrees from the University of Houston and Bowling Green State University. His poems appear in The Collagist, cream city review, The Journal, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, Redivider, and Sonora Review, which awarded him its 2014 poetry prize. Justin's manuscript, Assume Deer Dead, was recently a semifinalist for the Akron Poetry Prize. 

Cliff Hudder has been an archaeologist, a film and video editor, photographer, air compressor mechanic, electrical lineman, and educator, and presently teaches English at Lone Star College - Montgomery in Conroe, Texas.  He holds a BA in Anthropology from Texas A&M University (’79), is an MFA graduate of the University of Houston, and is presently working on his PhD in American Literature at A&M.  His short stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and the Exquisite Corpse Anthology Thus Spake the Corpse, among other places.  His work has received the Barthelme Award, the Michener Award, the Peden Prize, the Ruth Vande Kieft Prize from the Eudora Welty Society and the Short Story Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. His novella, Splinterville, won the Texas Review Fiction Award in 2008, and his novel, Pretty Enough for You, was named a top ten Texas favorite by Lone Star Literary Life in 2015. He was most recently elected to the Texas Institute of Letters as of February of this year.

2016

Christian Bancroft is the recipient of a Michener Fellowship and an honorarium from Notre Dame. His poetry and essays have appeared in Callaloo and Asymptote among others. He's a member of the Ezra Pound Society and he currently attends the University of Houston, where he is a PhD in Literature candidate.

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.  Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as a writer, blogger, book reviewer and journalist.  He is a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar and a graduate of Cornell University.  His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the Kenyon Review Online, Callaloo, and Huizache among other venuesHe’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog and his novel, BANG, is forthcoming from Arte Publico PressHe lives in beautiful Houston, Texas.

2015

Laura Leigh Morris is the author of Jaws of Life: Stories, forthcoming from Vandalia Press in 2018. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Furman University in Greenville, SC, where she teaches creative writing and literature. Morris received her PhD from Texas A&M University and was a National Endowment for the Arts/Bureau of Prisons Artist in Residence at Bryan Federal Prison Camp.

Ryan Neighbors is an Oklahoma expatriate and current resident of the Rio Grande Valley, where he serves as a Lecturer for Texas A&M's Higher Education Center in McAllen. He lives with his wife, four kids, two dogs, and a photo of himself with the head of hair he used to have and the motorcycle he used to own. When possible, he enjoys sitting alone, doing nothing and not being bothered. Also, various arts and crafts. His creative work has appeared in Tampa Review, Barely South Review, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Found Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He is currently working on his first novel.

Residency Coordinators

Florence Davies is a young adult writer who daylights as an administrator at the Texas A&M University Writing Center, in addition to serving as head coordinator of the Black Box Writer Residency program. She's currently an advisor for The Eckleburg Project, TAMU’s undergraduate literary journal. Her past life includes an MFA in Writing & Literature from Stony Brook University. She’s screened for Callaloo, taught for Writers in the Schools (WITS), and judges manuscript contests for Write Bloody Publishing. (She’s probably worked for more bookstores than you.)

Jason Marc Harris received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Washington and MFA from Bowling Green State University, where he served as Fiction Editor of Mid-American Review. He is an Instructional Assistant Professor of English here at Texas A&M University and teaches creative writing, folklore, and literature. He is the author of Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction and co-author of The Troll Tale and Other Scary Stories and Laugh Without Guilt: A Clean Joke Book. Stories appear in literary journals such as Arroyo Literary Review, Cheap Pop, EveryDay FictionGris-Gris, Masque and SpectacleMidwestern GothicPsychopomp Magazine, Riding Light Review.  Fiction forthcoming from The Offbeat, BullJellyfish Review, and in the upcoming textbook, Flash! Writing the Very Short Story.

Lowell Mick White is the author of four books: That Demon Life and Professed, novels; and Long Time Ago Good and The Messes We Make of Our Lives, story collections. A winner of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship and the Gival Press Novel Prize and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, White is an Assistant Instructional Professor at Texas A&M University.

Black Box Intern

Alyssa Wilson is an undergraduate English major with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is currently a junior at Texas A&M University and a second year consultant at the Texas A&M University Writing Center. She’s passionate about helping people find their voices and hopes to pursue a career in civil rights and family law after completing her undergraduate degree. 
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