33rd Annual Literary Arts Festival

Crossing Borders

Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 2016

Location: Richland College Library – Lago Vista Gallery

The School of World Languages, Cultures, and Communications and the Office of Student Life is proud to announce the 33rd Annual Richland College Literary Festival. We have an exciting lineup of events featuring novelists, non-fiction writers, journalist, and an actor among other new events at this year’s festival. All our events address the festival theme of “Crossing Borders” in creative and diverse ways.

Sports Day:
This year we have three exciting presentations on creative non-fiction that focus on writing about sports on Tuesday, April 5.

Common Book:
Richland’s Common Reading Book this year is The Water Museum by award winning author, Luis Alberto Urrea. There are three Common Book events that engage students with The Water Museum. One is a Discussion Panel in which students, faculty, and Richland College staff are welcome to participate. The second is reading by an actor, Brina Palencia. The third is a movie showing of Selena which also focuses on the Hispanic American experience.

33rd Annual Literary Festival
Literary Festival

Faculty and Student Readings:
The Joe Stanco Faculty Reading event and Student Readings on Thursday, April 7, are open to all writers across Richland. However, this year all stories will respond to a specific story prompt which is also our the theme of the festival: Crossing Borders.

Please use the story prompt as the inspiration for your one-page story (4-5 min reading time). We are excited to listen to your creative takes on our story prompt. Faculty interested in participating should contact SBranks@dcccd.edu and students should contact RDeShong@dcccd.edu.

Please plan on participating and attending the festival with your classes. We look forward to seeing you and your students at the Literary Festival! #RLCLitFest16

Literary Festival Committee: Carter Bedford, Rae DeShong, Erica Edwards, Amy Ferguson, Sobia Khan (chair), Gregory Lush, Kathleen Stephens, and Mary Wood

Rachel Crawford
Monday, April 4
10:10 a.m.

Rachel Crawford is a writer, teacher, and editor whose poems and short stories appear in The Lyric, Red Rock Review, Illya’s Honey, Lucid Rhythms, Apeiron Review, Mudlark, Figures of Speech, Yellow Chair Review, Anima Poetry Journal, RiverSedge, Red River Review, Rock & Sling: A Journal of Witness, and The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, Crack the Spine, and Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song (of which she is contributing co-editor). She holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University, and she is a recipient of Baylor University’s Poetry in the Arts award.  She has worked as a waitress, bail bondswoman, high school English teacher, university English teacher, editor, and writer. She lives in central Texas with her husband and daughter.

Weina Randel
Monday, April 4
11:15 a.m.

Weina Dai Randel was born and raised in China. She came to the U.S. when she was 24, and English is her second language. She has worked as a journalist, a magazine editor, and an adjunct professor. She holds an M.A. in English from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, where she was inspired to write about Empress Wu of China. She is the author of the historical fiction The Moon in the Palace, story of Empress Wu, the first and only empress of China. The Moon in the Palace received a starred review from Library Journal, and its sequel The Empress of Bright Moon received starred reviews from both Library Journal and Booklist. @WeinaRandel

David Lozano
Monday, April 4
12:20 p.m.

David Lozano serves as the Executive Artistic Director of Cara Mía Theatre Co. in Dallas, Texas where he specializes in writing, directing and producing bilingual plays for the Latino community. Notable productions include The Dreamers: A Bloodline, written with Cara Mía Theatre Co.’s ensemble and named the “Best New Play of 2013 by Local Writers” by TheatreJones.Com, and Crystal City 1969, co-written with Raul Treviño and recognized as the “Best New Play of 2009” by The Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones.Com and the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Lozano is a member of the Latina/o Theatre Commons’ steering committee, and recently accompanied a delegation of 20 US theatre artists to Cuba with the Theatre Communications Group. He was also recognized by The Dallas Observer as one of six “Masterminds of Arts & Culture” in January 2014. Lozano was trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, by Fred Curchack from the University of Texas at Dallas, Alicia Martínez Álvarez with the Laboratorio de la Máscara in Mexico City, and Joan Schirle from Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake, California. Lozano has studied with master teachers from around world including Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, France, Senegal, Spain, and the United States. @LozanoDvd

Kathleen Sullivan Stephens
Tuesday, April 5
9:30 a.m.

Kathleen Sullivan Stephens holds the BA and MA in English from Baylor University and the PhD in English from Arizona State University with a specialization in twentieth-century American sports literature. She began her teaching career in 1992 at a community college, Central Texas College in Killeen, where she taught courses in ESL writing, reading, speech, and study skills. She has also taught composition and literature at Baylor University; Southern Union States Community College (Opelika, Alabama); Glendale Community College (Glendale, Arizona); Arizona State University; The University of Wisconsin—Rock County (Janesville, Wisconsin); The University of Wisconsin—Madison; The University of Texas at Arlington; and Southern Methodist University. Her first book, Women Characters in Baseball Literature: A Critical Study, was published by McFarland Books in 2005. In 2010 Texas Tech University Press published Our White Boy, a work she co-authored with Jerry Craft, a Jacksboro, Texas, rancher and the first white man to play baseball in the semi-professional West Texas Colored League during the summers of 1959 and 1960, when Texas was still highly segregated. Kathleen and Jerry turned his story into a book for young readers, Pitching for the Stars: My Seasons Across the Color Line, in 2013, also published by Texas Tech University Press. Kathleen is currently working with a new co-author, Addie Beth Craft Denton, whose uncle, Harry Craft, played baseball for the Cincinnati Reds during the late 1930s and early 1940s and was Mickey Mantle’s first coach. Kathleen coordinates the Honors Academy and Learning Communities at Richland College and is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Sport Literature Association.

Paul Rogers
Tuesday, April 5
11:00 a.m.

Paul Rogers is Professor of Law at SMU and of counsel to the law firm Locke Lord where he specializes in antitrust law. He served as Dean of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, 1988-97. As an avid baseball historian, Paul has co-authored four baseball books, including two with Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts, The Whiz Kids & the 1950 Pennant (Temple University Press, 1996) and Throwing Hard Easy – Reflections on a Life in Baseball (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). He has also co-authored with Eddie Robinson Lucky Me – My 65 Years in Baseball (SMU Press, 2011) and with Bill Werber Memories of a Ballplayer: Bill Werber and Baseball in the 1930s (SABR, 2001). Most recently, he co-edited The Team That Time Won’t Forget – The 1951 New York Giants (SABR 2015). Paul serves as president of the Ernie Banks-Bobby Bragan Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Paul was managing partner of the Highland Park Blue Sox of the Texas Collegiate League, a summer wood bat college league for premier professional baseball prospects from colleges throughout America, from 2004-06. He has a BA and a JD from the University of Texas at Austin and an LLM from Columbia University. His author listing at the Society for American Baseball Research.

Evan Grant
Tuesday, April 5
12:30 p.m.

Evan Grant is the baseball writer for the Dallas Morning News. He is also a published author of children’s books and young adult books including “Juan Gonzalez: Juan Gone!”.

Lee Escobedo and Patrick Patterson-Carroll, THRWD
Wednesday, April 6
11:15 a.m.

THRWD is more than an online magazine that advocates for the underexposed and up-and-coming artists, scenes, and collectives working within the aesthetics of experimental, urban, avant-garde, and progressive mediums of visual, musical, written, performance, and cinematic arts.
Guest speakers Lee Escobedo and Patrick Patterson-Carroll will discuss the perennial artistic and philosophical notions of Paradise vs. Utopia in readings from their current prose writing projects. Both will be participants in Paradise vs. Utopia Festival in October 2016 at the Cedars Gallery, El Centro and other venues.

Lee Escobedo is co-founder/Editor-in-Chief of THRWD Magazine, an award-winning publication and brand based in Dallas, Texas. He also serves as an art critic for Arts & Culture, Glasstire, and Berlin Art Link.
Patrick Patterson-Carroll is an editor and contributor to THRWD Magazine, and in 2014 published an e-book for Thought Catalog, I Dig Symmetry and Six Other Stories. He most recently read as part of the Nasher and Reading Room joint book exchange event, The Chalet. He writes literature with transgressive and absurdist elements.

Brina Palencia
Common Book Event
Wednesday, April 6
12:20 p.m. in Sabine Hall SH-117

Brina Palencia is an actress working in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. She has voiced many characters like: Shirayuki in Snow White With the Red Hair, Touka in Tokyo Ghoul, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Chopper in One Piece, Varona in Durarara and Juvia in Fairy Tale. In the land of gaming she is best known as Mad Moxxi in Borderlands or Elle in Tales of Xillia. She also served as the Music Director for Space Dandy, Show By Rock, Negima!?, My Bride is a Mermaid, Rosario+Vampire, and Dragon Ball Kai. She has also worked on camera as Sophia from the CW series Star-Crossed, Ana on Season 4 of The Walking Dead, Jody Evans on Season 7 of Cas-tle, and Kayla Bates in the web series The Troubadoors. Brina can also be seen in several indie films.

Common Book Discussion Panel
Thursday, April 7, 9:30 a.m.
The Joe Stanco Faculty Readings
Thursday, April 7
11:00 a.m.

Open to all Richland faculty. (A campus wide faculty reading based on a common prompt for a one-page story.) Contact Scott Branks. In memory of Richland professor and poet Joe Stanco. The Richland English Faculty and guests share their own original works of poetry and prose.

Student Reading
Thursday, April 7
12:30 p.m.

A campus wide student reading based on a common prompt for a one-page story.) Contact Rae DeShong.

Common Book Event:
Selena (movie)
Friday, April 8
1:00 p.m.

Join us as we view the movie Selena (Sabine Hall SH-117)

33rd Annual Literary Festival
Literary Festival