April 4, 2019

CONTACT: Dr. Alex Hunt, 806-651-5238, ahunt@wtamu.edu

WT's CSAW Hosts Author Stephen Graham Jones for a Presentation


CANYON, Texas–West Texas A&M University’s Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) will host Colorado novelist Stephen Graham Jones to present his lecture titled “Growing Up Dead in Texas” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.

For this lecture, the latest installment of CSAW’s biannual Garry L. Nall Lecture Series, Jones discuss his path as a novelist. He includes short passages from his book, Growing Up Dead in Texas, as well as other work. He also discusses the ways that his work pertains to the history of the American West and what it means to live in the West today. Following the lecture, Jones will sign books for attendees.

“Jones is a prolific writer with a highly unique perspective,” Tim Bowman, associate director of CSAW, said. “This Nall lecture won’t be like any of the others we’ve held over the previous three years.”

Jones is the author of 16 ½ novels, six story collections, some novellas and a couple of one-shot comic books. Most recent are Mapping the Interior and My Hero. He has been an NEA recipient, has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Aware for Multicultural Fiction, a Bram Stoker Award, four This is Horror Awards, and has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantast Award. He also has made Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels and is the author of Mongrels.

Dr. Alex Hunt, director of CSAW, stated, “Stephen Graham Jones is a really interesting figure. He is of the Blackfeet tribe of Montana, but he grew up in West Texas. His fiction grows out of the tradition of the Native American novel but is radically different for its use of horror, sci-fi, speculative, and crime fiction genres. Some of his work references the Red River War, the Mackenzie horse slaughter, and other aspects of history here in the Panhandle of Texas.”

Jones received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Texas Tech University in 1994, his M.A. in English from the University of North Texas in 1996, and his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1998. Currently, Jones holds the position of Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Jones also serves as core faculty in the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts programs at the University of California Riverside Palm Desert and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Earlier in the day, CSAW will host a Q&A session with Jones, which will run from 3-4 p.m. on the second floor of the Cornette Library in the Blackburn Room. Additionally, guests are invited to a pre-lecture reception from 6-7 p.m. with the main lecture beginning at 7 p.m.

This event was made possible with support from the WT’s Sybil B. Harrington School of Fine Arts, WT’s Distinguished Lecture Series, and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. For more information about Stephen’s appearance at WT, please contact CSAW at 806-651-5238 or csaw@wtamu.edu.

About the Center for the Study of the American West

CSAW formed in the fall of 2016 with a mission of fostering the study of the American West at WTAMU and building bridges between the university, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the regional populace. CSAW seeks to promote the American West both as a culturally unique region and a product of broad historical forces. For more information about CSAW and all upcoming events, please visit wtamu.edu/csaw.


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