Black Box Speaks,
Spring 2016

Words of Wisdom

I don't know why I started writing. I don't know why anybody does it. Maybe they're bored, or failures at something else.

— Cormac McCarthy

The Black Box Speaks, the final performance of The Black Box Writer Residency program, took place on Saturday, March 5th at the LaSalle Hotel in Downtown Bryan from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This reading featured undergraduate creative writers from Texas A&M, as well as the professional writers who taught the residency. This full-length program also includes the latest work from Daniel Pena, Christian Bancroft, and Lowell Mick White, all of whom taught the residency and are Texas A&M alumni.

Full Length Program


Elissa Barnett is a freshman engineering major, most recently from Katy, Texas, by
way of pretty much every other state in the nation. She enjoys comic books, baking, and
playing the ukulele with a moderate degree of success. She’s been writing since she was a
small child, when one of her first pieces concerned a group of unicorns who enjoyed the
film Finding Nemo.

Cat Jackson is an angsty twenty-something who enjoys cracking her knuckles and
talking while watching movies. When compelled, she writes words and studies German.
She resents the notion that a person can be defined in under one hundred words.

Sydney Santos is a sophomore ocean engineering major born and raised in Lubbock,
TX, which is a much better place to drive in than College Station. She is a member of the
Human Powered Submarine Team and the Theme Park Organization. Writing has been a
fundamental part of Sydney’s life ever since she wrote her first fantasy short story in
fourth grade. She will occasionally post something on

Eddy Wong is a freshman engineering student at Texas A&M University from Scotts-
dale, Arizona. He has been writing short stories since middle school. His large imagina-
tion and relative absent mindedness has certainly helped provide plenty of material to
write about. He played AAA ice hockey for 13 years and speaks Czech fluently. Eddy is
unashamed to admit he loves dogs with a disproportionate height to length ratio.
Nowhere is this better exemplified than in his love for his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Diesel Jr.


Darienne Dickey will graduate from Texas A&M University in May of 2016 with a B.A. in
English Creative Writing and a minor in Sociology. Her work appears in The Eckleburg
Project and the Indolent Books HIV Here and Now Project. She is also an Assistant Editor for
the online literary magazine Bartleby Snopes and an Editor's Assistant at Callaloo; A
Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters.

Hannah Hilgendorf is a junior education major. She loves to read Kate DiCamillo
books, write, paint pictures of stars, trees, and mountains and go on walks with her dog
Casper. Her heroes include her family, friends, and high school Bible teacher. After
graduation, Hannah plans on teaching art and literature in middle school so that she can
pass on her love of art and beautiful stories to her students. She is currently working on
writing and illustrating a children’s book about elephants which she hopes will someday
be published.

Jasmine Games is a freshman english major and Theatre minor here at Texas A&M. She
enjoys playwriting, as well as poetry. She writes spoken word poetry and loves to perform
on stage. She would love to pursue a career in playwriting. Her main goal at this time is to
get any of her work published.

Shailen Scott is a junior in the English department. She enjoys challenges like, "You
can't make a career with an English degree; that field is dying," or "you can't pass my class
without reading the book." She has currently taken both challenges and is now challenging
herself to stand before this humble multitude and bare part of her soul once again. She
hopes that one day her poetry will have the power to change the hearts of multitudes, but,
for now, she’ll settle on getting someone to listen.
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