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Dr. Godwin AgbokaProfessor Godwin Y. Agboka Receives Two 2023 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Awards

Godwin Y. Agboka, University of Houston-Downtown, has received a 2023 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Equipping Technical Communicators for Social Justice Work: Theories, Methodologies, and Pedagogies, coedited with Rebecca Walton, Utah State University. Agboka received an award for Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication. The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Dr. Agboka has also received​ received a 2023 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Curricular Efforts in Technical Communication After the Social Justice Turn in Volume 36 Issue 1 of Journal of Business and Technical Communication, coauthored with Isidore K. Dorpenyo. Agboka received an award for Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication. The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).​

 Events​ - Spring 2023


Ross Gay.jpgMulti-Genre Creative Writing Workshop with Ross Gay (Online)
Feb. 22, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Register to Attend

Poet Ross Gay will host an online multi-genre creative writing workshop.

Reading and Q & A with Ross Gay​

Feb. 22, 2023
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
40,00 Windows Cafe in the W.I. Dykes Library, 5th Floor South of One Main Building


A reading from Ross Gay with question and answer session. 


Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center, the Center for Critical Race Studies and the Department of English. 
Contact cesarcoeglinl@​uhd.edu​ for more information. ​


​ Fall 2022

writer, Jasminne MendezMultigenre Creative Writing Workshop
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Milam and Travis Rooms​
All invited​

Jasminne Mendez - Reading​ and Q and A​
TDECU Tour Room in the Welcome Center
October 6, 2022
4:00 p.m.

Jasminne Mendez is a Dominican-American award-winning author of several books for children and adults. Her latest work is the YA memoir, Islands Apart: Becoming Dominican American (Arte Público Press) and City Without Altar (Noemi Press, 2022),  her debut poetry collection. Mendez has translated translated Amanda Gorman's best-selling Change Sings into the Spanish edition La canción del cambio. The dramatized version of her play in verse City Without Altar received its world premiere at Milagro theatre in Portland, Oregon. She holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University, a BA from University of Houston, and is a Canto Mundo Fellow. ​

​Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center and the Department of English. 
Contact cesarcoeglinl@​uhd.edu​ for more information. ​​


decorativeCreative Writing Faculty Reading
October 18, 2022
TDECU Tour Room, Welcome Center
4:00 pm.

Featuring Robin Davidson, Cheryl Farris-Clayton, and Mike Hilbig

Sponsors by the Cultural Enrichment Center and the Department of English


LatinX Literature Aloud and Proud ​Latinx Liteature Aloud and Proud logo
October 19, 2022
1:00 p.m.. to 2:30 p.m.

Students, bring your literature from your favorite Latinx author to read aloud.

Department of English in collaboration with the Center for Critical Race Studies present: LatinX Literature Aloud and Proud Hosted by: Dr. Stalina Villarreal, Poet, Scholar, and Assistant Professor of LatinX Literature and Creative Writing

Joy Harjo Poetry Reading​ ​U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo
November 14, 2022
1:00 p.m.
TDECU Tour Room, UHD Welcome Center

United State poet laureate, Joy Harjo will give a poetry reading at UHD.  
Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English


Bayou Review cover fall purple leaves and trees​ ​

The Bayou Review Launch Party​​
Nov. 29, 2022
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

​Please join us in celebrating the launch of the Fall 2022 issue of The Bayou Review, UH-D's s​tudent-run literary and arts magazine.


Spring 2022

Raquel Salas Rivera Reading ​Black and white photo of Raquel Salas Rivera
Feb. 17, 2022
Virtual Reading
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and receiving the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico's Festival de la Palabra. He is the author of five full-length poetry books. His third book, lo terciario/ the tertiary won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award. His fourth book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was longlisted for the 2020 Pen America Open Book Award and was a finalist for CLMP's 2020 Firecracker Award. His fifth book, x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/ poems for the nation, won the inaugural Ambroggio Prize. antes que isla es volcán/before island is volcano, his sixth book, is an imaginative leap into Puerto Rico's decolonial future and is forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2022. Thanks to a 2021 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, he is translating the poetry of his grandfather, Sotero Rivera Avilés. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and writes and teaches in Puerto Rico. Alongside the Colectivo and the University of Houston's USLDH team, and with a three-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, he serves as investigator and head translator for El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña/ The Puerto Rican Literature Project, a free, bilingual, user-friendly and open access digital portal that users within and outside academia can use to learn about and teach Puerto Rican poetry.​  Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center, the Department of English and the Center for Latino Studies


blue background with thick and thin curving black lines Creative Writing Faculty Reading​​
March 8, 2022
TDECU Tour Room, 4 p.m.

Creative writing faculty: Jane Creighton, Lau Cesarco Eglin and Steven Wolfe​​. ​Sponsored by the Department of English and the Cultural Enrichment Center.

blue background with thick and thin curving black lines Creative Writing Faculty Reading​​
March 30, 2022
TDECU Tour Room, 4 p.m.

Creative writing faculty: Anthony Sutton, Daniel Peña, Sta​lina Villarreal​​. ​Sponsored by the Department of English and the Cultural Enrichment Center.

UHD ALumn Ana Laurel The Art of Advocacy​: A Creative Career, Ana Laurel UHD Alum​
April 11, 2022
A629, 2:30 p.m.

Ms. Laurel is a UHD alum with a B.A. in English, a staff attorney at Texas Rio Grande Aide and Equal Justice Works' Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow. ​Sponsored by the Department of English and the Cultural Enrichment Center.


Mike Hilbig sitting at a table smiling wearing a hat Creative Writing Faculty Reading and Book Signing
April 18, 2022
TDECU Tour Room
2:30 p.m.

Mike Hilbig will do a reading and signing of his book "Judgement Day and Other White Lies."


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Last updated 1/18/2023 2:27 AM