Doctoral Student Receives Fulbright Award

Brent Newsom, doctoral student in Creative Writing, is the recipient of a 10-month Fulbright Award to the People's Republic of China starting in Spring 2010.

Written by Kelly Kleinsteuber

Newsom will spend the 10 months in China completing research and writing his cross-cultural novel, tentatively titled “Saving Face.”

Newsom will spend the 10 months in China completing research and writing his cross-cultural novel, tentatively titled “Saving Face.”

Texas Tech student Brent Newsom received a Fulbright Grant from the U.S. Student Fulbright program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Newsom, who is working on his doctoral degree in creative writing, received the grant to complete a novel while living in China. Tentatively titled “Saving Face,” Newsom’s novel follows an American man who abruptly moves to China in order to escape the difficulties of his crumbling marriage. He will begin his 10 month stay in Jan. 2010.

Newsom received one of the 1,498 grants available for the 2009/2010 grant cycle, according to the 2009/2010 U.S. Student Fulbright brochure. He noted on his application that “immersion in Chinese culture and interaction with Chinese citizens will be integral to making this novel of cross-cultural concern detailed, vivid and realistic.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year.

Creative Writing

The creative writing program is part of the Graduate Program in English at Texas Tech. Graduate students may pursue the master's or doctoral degree in English and focus studies in several areas from American literature to linguistics, depending upon interests and professional goals.

The faculty in creative writing are working writers with numerous publications and awards, and they are distinguished mentors and teachers who work closely with graduate students to help them meet their goals and aspirations.

Students balance creative and scholarly interests, participate in small, intensive workshops and literature seminars, and produce both creative and scholarly work.

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The Department of English at Texas Tech is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.