Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Libraries to Host Sixth Annual Sowell Conference

Hope Lenamon

April 17, 2017


The conference will feature noted poets and writers.

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Texas Tech University's Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) will host the sixth annual Conference on the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World Thursday through Saturday (April 20-22) in Lubbock.

The conference will feature readings and presentations by noted authors Barbara Ras, Stephen Graham Jones, Derek Sheffield, Toni Jensen and more, as well as presentations by students and scholars from Texas Tech and throughout the country.

"The conference series began thanks to the generosity of former Texas Tech Regent Jim Sowell, whose donation established a collection of personal papers of some of the most prominent writers on the natural world," said Diane Warner, librarian for the Sowell Family Collection and department head for Rare Books at the SWC/SCL.

The Sowell Conference will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Formby Room of SWC/SCL with Christian Knoeller of Purdue University, followed by other presentations throughout the afternoon. A reception will take place at 4 p.m. to honor Stephen J. Small, donor of the Stephen J. Small Conservation Collection, which comprises more than 200 books that have been integral to creating and shaping the conservation movement in the United States throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Sessions will continue at 10 a.m. Friday and conclude with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. by Stephen Graham Jones, author of "Mongrels: A Novel" and "Growing up Dead in Texas." A reception and book signing will follow. Books from many of the writers will be available.

On Saturday, sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. with two panels featuring Texas Tech English graduate students. San Antonio poet Barbara Ras will present at 2:45 p.m. with the conference closing at 3:30 p.m.

All sessions will take place in the Formby Room of the SWC/SCL. All events are free and open to the public.

The conference is sponsored by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library with additional support from the Texas Tech Office of the Provost, the Honors College and the Department of English.

For a full schedule of events, visit the conference's website.

Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at Texas Tech Today Media Resources or follow us on Twitter.