Literary Event and Texas History Month Kick-Off

Date: February 27, 2019

Time: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Location: Performing Arts Center NPAC

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Literary Event and Texas History Month Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Reading and Q&A with authors:

Dr. Wendy Barker and W.F. Strong

Photo Exhibit, “Images of Texas” by Dr. George McLemore

Reception and Book Signing to Follow

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W. F. Strong, Ph.D.
Professor and Fulbright Scholar

W. F. Strong is a Fulbright Scholar and Professor of Communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He was raised in Texas and holds degrees in Communication and Literature from Abilene Christian University and The University of North Texas. His doctorate in Communication and Rhetoric is from The University of Arizona. He wrote his dissertation on Mark Twain's Speaking, where he developed his intense interest in storytelling as an art form. He was raised working on farms and ranches in South Texas and so has had a long connection with the Texas soil, as did his ancestors who farmed and ranched in North Texas for over a century. This familial history has nurtured his love for the vibrancy of Texas culture, both historical and modern.
He has been a Texcentric Commentator on The Texas Standard NPR radio news network of 32 stations for four years now. His book: Stories from Texas: Some of them are True, is an Amazon bestseller and available at Barnes & Noble, Indie bookstores, Buccee's, and on Audible, too.

His topic will be:

San Antonio: The Genesis of Texas

W. F. Strong, Ph.D.
Professor and Fulbright Scholar
Department of Communication
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley


Wendy Barker, Ph.D.
Poet in Residence; Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor of Creative Writing

Wendy Barker's sixth full-length collection of poems, One Blackbird at a Time, won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and was published by BkMk Press in 2015. Her fourth chapbook, From the Moon, Earth is Blue, was published by Wings Press, also in 2015. An anthology of poems reflecting on the decade of the 1960s, Far Out: Poems of the '60s, co-edited with Dave Parsons, was published in 2016 by Wings Press. In 2009, her novel in prose poems, Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years, was runner-up for the Del Sol Prize and was published by Del Sol Press. Earlier full-length collections of poetry include Poems from Paradise (WordTech, 2005), Way of Whiteness (Wings Press, 2000), Let the Ice Speak (Ithaca House, 1991), and Winter Chickens (Corona Publishing Co., 1990). Her previous chapbooks include Things of the Weather (Pudding House Press, 2009), Between Frames (Pecan Grove Press, 2006) and Eve Remembers (Aark Arts, 1996).

A selection of poems accompanied by autobiographical essays, Poems' Progress (Absey & Co.), appeared in 2002, and a collection of translations (with Saranindranath Tagore) from the Bengali of India's Nobel Prize-winning poet, Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems (George Braziller, 2001), received the Sourette Diehl Fraser Award from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Wendy's poems and translations have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, Kenyon Review, New Letters, Nimrod, Stand, Partisan Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antioch, and Southern Poetry Review. Her work has also been included in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013 (eds. Denise Duhamel and David Lehman). Essays have appeared in such magazines as Poets & Writers and Southwest Review.

She has read her poetry at dozens of universities, bookstores, festivals, and conferences in the United States, Europe, and in India. As a scholar, she is the author of Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor (Southern Illinois University Press, 1987), as well as co-editor (with Sandra M. Gilbert) of The House, Is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996).

Recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Rockefeller residency fellowship at Bellagio, as well as other awards in poetry, including the Writers' League of Texas Book Award (which she has received twice, for Way of Whiteness in 2000 and for Between Frames in 2007) and the Mary Elinore Smith Poetry Prize from The American Scholar, she has also been a Fulbright senior lecturer in Bulgaria. Her work has been translated into Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian. She is Poet-in-Residence and the Pearl LeWinn Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she has taught since 1982. Wendy has one son, David Barker, and is married to the critic and biographer Steven G. Kellman.