Lacy M. Johnson to Visit Texas Tech

The Iron Horse Literacy Review hosts its first writer of the semester.

The Iron Horse Literacy Review will host author Lacy M. Johnson at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 16) in the Auditorium of the English & Philosophy Building at Texas Tech University. Johnson will be reading excerpts from her recently released memoir “The Other Side.”

“The Other Side” narrates Johnson's kidnapping, assault and imprisonment by an ex-boyfriend after years of abuse. She escaped, but only physically at first. The story is told in short, fractured scenes, and each chapter offers a deeper understanding of Johnson as a person. “The Other Side” is a memoir whose readership is not defined by gender or experience.

Johnson received her doctorate from University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She is the director of academic initiatives at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at University of Houston, where she teaches interdisciplinary art.

Iron House Literacy Review is partnering with Lubbock's Women's Protective Services (WPS) to provide copies of the memoir to those women who are being protected by WPS. Critics are claiming “The Other Side” to be the representative story of violence against American women in the 21st century.

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CONTACT: Joe Dornich, managing editor, Iron House Literacy Review,