Texas Tech University Professor Featured Artist of Top-Ranking Literary Magazine

DATE: April 14, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University English professor John Poch has been chosen as Artist of the Month for the online edition of “Image,” a leading literary quarterly magazine.

Poch is an assistant professor of creative writing in the Department of English.

“ ‘Image’ is one of the most widely-read literary magazines in the country, so it’s a very special honor to be chosen by them,” Poch said. “I found out about the honor late last summer. I thought they’d decided in favor of some other poet. But, a friend e-mailed me the other day congratulating me, and I went to the Web site. And, there I am.”

Gregory Wolfe, publisher and editor of “Image” and the director of the Center for Religious Humanism, said Poch’s work bucks some of the trends in contemporary poetry. Despite lingering prejudices against narrative poetry, poets like Poch are bringing that style back.

“We chose John because he’s an emerging artist,” Wolfe said. “He’s at the beginning of his career as a poet. Making him an Artist of the Month will help promote his work to a larger audience.”

Poch has two new books of poetry, “Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle” and “Hockey Haiku: the Essential Collection,” due out this fall.


CONTACT: John Poch, assistant professor of creative writing, (806) 742-2501, john.poch@ttu.edu.