February 27, 2020 7:30pm

PARTNERS is a feature-length documentary about relationships. It’s a simple idea, really. PARTNERS of various stripes get together and talk about how they met and how their relationship works. They talk about themselves and their journeys together.

The film uses short clips from 15 interviews, carefully woven together with both poignance and humor. It is not scripted. The words and thoughts are expressed on the spot by the interviewees; they are honest and extemporaneous with only occasional prodding questions from the director. After closing one interview session, a woman told her long-time partner “I never knew you felt that way.”

The relationships are widely varied. Some are fairly conventional while others are wild. But all the partners share so much in common—their tastes, their personal philosophies, their dreams. And most importantly, their love for each other. In the end, we get it: If it’s okay with them it’s okay with us. At its heart, PARTNERS is about acceptance. It’s a celebration of choice.


Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, filmmaker, teacher, and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago, and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.

Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally and he has published over 30 books, including several monographs of his own work such as Shoot What You Love (a memoir), Histories, Show, Honky Tonk, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. He has also authored Black & White Photography, Digital Photography, and Beyond Basic Photography, used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high-school, and art school students as their introduction to photography.

In recent years, Henry has been making films: Preacher, Murray, Spoke, and now Partners, which premiered recently at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

Henry is professor of photography at RISD and lives in Boston.


November 16, 2019 3pm, November 16, 2019 7pm

On Saturday, November 16th, The Flying Strawberries will be performing a shadow puppet story at grayDUCK Gallery. Surrounded by her current gallery exhibition, Bruisers, Sarah Fox will be joined by collaborators Hilary Rochow and Brittany Ham to share the story of a young centaur and his animal friends exploring their woodland world. Two short performances start promptly at 3pm and 7pm.


September 21, 2019 7pm - September 21, 2019 10pm

EnGendered Species: Audiovisual Presentation—a Project by Rino Pizzi in collaboration with Teresa Elliott, Gail Chovan and Evan Voyles, DJ Stout and Lana McGilvray, Sue and Chris Lambe, Eliza Thomas and Ted Young, Steve Wiman and Emily Cowart, Scott Crow and Ann Harkness, Jana Swec and Shea Little, Caroline Wright and Diego Garcia, Ron Pippin and Julie Faust Pippin.

“EnGendered Species” consists of a series of photographic portraits of heterosexual couples* as they impersonate each other--their body posture, facial expressions, clothing, and the way they express their relation to each other. It addresses issues of gender identity and relations as they emerge in a personal setting.

For decades now gender has been a subject of debates and inquiry in the visual arts, media, performance, and documentary investigations. Its complexity has been addressed mostly as a societal construct with various layers of ideological and economic struggle, from perceived canons of sexual identity to imaginative fashion, including a re-examination of its history and an assessment of its uncertain future. The aim of this project is to narrow the scope of these conversations to personal spaces and intimacy to explore the ways gender specificity is defined in private.

The development of the project relied on the contribution of special effects make up artist Stephanie Caillabet. Photo retouching and manipulation were kept to a minimal, and applied only when necessary.

The presentation will include the participation of the collaborating artists, screening of before/after images, plus a trailer of “Me in You,” a documentary on the project directed by Roberto Badò, with director of photography Alessio Viola, and editor Kim Bica. Produced by Teresa Elliott and Charlotte Moore.


September 19, 2019 7pm - September 19, 2019 9pm

A witchy, magical launch party for the new Literary Witches Oracle Deck by Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan!

Join us as we celebrate the birth of the Literary Witches Oracle Deck by Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan! This new deck is based on the Literary Witches book collaboration (published in 2017). The creators will discuss the magic of the deck and how seekers can use it for creativity, inspiration, and guidance. Purchase your copy of the deck and/or the book, and experience a Literary Witches Oracle reading by Typewriter Tarot (spots are limited -- reserve yours via Eventbrite!). Plus, wine, light refreshments, and a coven of wondrous beings!

Tickets are free, but please RSVP with a free ticket here.

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May 17, 2019 7pm, May 18, 2019 7pm, May 19, 2019 3pm

Seats will be limited. Follow the links below for your free ticket:

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:00pm

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00pm

  • Duration: 16 minutes
  • Performance and visuals by Yuliya Lanina
  • Original music by José Martínez
  • Choreography by Andrea Ariel
  • Technical support by Theodore Johnson and Michael McKellar

"Misread Signs" is a multimedia performance by Yuliya Lanina featuring animatronic sculptures, three channel projected animation, music, and movement. It explores the effects of trauma on human psyche.

Donned as one of her feathered creatures with antlers, Lanina performs within the projected animations, illuminated solely by her anthropomorphic sculptures – skeletal birds with human baby heads and phosphorescent eyes. The animation fills a quarter of the gallery, creating a seamless immersive story.

In the course of the performance, we see Lanina desperately trying to tell us something and being unable to. Based on her personal life story, this piece examines the inability for someone who experienced trauma to express and at times even connect with how they feel.

Lanina’s collaborator, composer José Martinez uses recordings of Lanina’s voice as his audio material, rendering her deeply personal text and songs beyond recognition while transforming her voice to the extreme in order to convey the urgency of expression.

The piece transcends the particulars of artist’s life experience into a universal story of perseverance and asks us to reflect on our connection to ourselves, to our past and to each other.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


October 2, 2018 7:30pm

Experimental Response Cinema welcomes Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder for an in-person screening of Untitled, in conjunction with their installation as part of the AIR conference at the University of Texas School of Architecture.


16mm film transferred to digital video, sound by Olivia Block, 42 minutes, SOS Editions, 2008

The black-and-white film Untitled is a poetic and conceptual exploration of the medium of film and its technical screening conditions. The central actors are the light and the various shades of darkness it produces. As in many of their film performances and installations, the New York artist duo Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder take the apparatus of the projector as a point of departure to release the medium itself: By liberating the film projection of the baggage of narrative content, they allow the sequential images to take the stage in their own right. In doing so, they juxtapose the minimalism of the perceptible elements to the numerous resulting effects, ranging from complex pictorial spatiality to pulsating movements. Gibson and Recoder “like to think of themselves as facilitators of an expanded concept of cinema not necessarily outside of the so-called black box but precisely within the obscurity of its immanent darkness.”

The evening will also include a slide-show presentation and discussion of the installation version Atmos.

Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder have been working together since 2000. Their works have received international recognition and have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), REDCAT (CA), Viennale (Vienna, Austria), EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Museum Kunstpalast (Düsseldorf, Germany), M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium), Serralves Foundation (Porto, Portugal) and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, Japan). Gibson + Recoder live and work in New York.

The installation version of Untitled, titled Atmos, is on view at the School of Architecture (CAAD) of the University of Texas as part of the symposium and exhibition AIR. For more information visit:


September 30, 2018 2pm

Dameon Lester discuss his new show "Serene Disturbance" with Tammie Rubin, Artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture & Ceramics at St. Edward’s University.

Exhibition is on view through October 28.


August 25, 2018 2pm

Hear from the artists participating in the fifth year of The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group program as they discuss their work in the exhibition. Crit Group is facilitated by Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement.

Exhibiting artists: Adrian Aguilera, Christa Blackwood, Christine Garvey, Ron Geibel, Jenn Hassin, Landon O’Brien, Dawn Okoro, Rachel Wolfson Smith

Exhibition is on view through September 2 at grayDUCK Gallery.

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May 12, 2018 10am - May 12, 2018 3pm

In dialogue with Chiles’s use of abstract color, Luanne Stovall, will be leading an interactive lecture and hands-on workshop about multi-dimensional color.

Luanne Stovall is an artist specializing in color, with a passion for modern design and the creative practice.

​Color = Art + Science + Psychology + Culture. Luanne embraces color as a vital communication tool and believes we are in a Color Evolution. She is currently teaching and writing a New Field Guide to Color as an interdisciplinary model.

She is a lecturer at the Art Institute of Austin and the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught Living Color as a Freshman Signature Course, Advanced Color: Strategies & Solutions, and Color Modules for the UT College of Fine Arts.

To reserve a spot, please email

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April 21, 2018 2pm

SEED/BED is a reflection on landscape, language, and the body. The solo distills movement practice taking place in nature and the human-nature-culture found there. One key principle investigates ways of looking, and the awareness of when/where one locates and positions themselves. Also, What does a body do to read/ride/write the place, time and conditions of a given moment? How are changes in perception linked to so-called gesture? The work is also stimulated by a dialogue with visual artist Elizabeth Chiles taking place in parallel with their respective projects. grayDUCK Gallery and Chiles host performances and workshops of SEED/BED during the exhibition Weave.


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April 20, 2018 2pm

SEED/BED is a reflection on landscape, language, and the body. The solo distills movement practice taking place in nature and the human-nature-culture found there. One key principle investigates ways of looking, and the awareness of when/where one locates and positions themselves. Also, What does a body do to read/ride/write the place, time and conditions of a given moment? How are changes in perception linked to so-called gesture? The work is also stimulated by a dialogue with visual artist Elizabeth Chiles taking place in parallel with their respective projects. grayDUCK Gallery and Chiles host performances and workshops of SEED/BED during the exhibition Weave.


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March 24, 2018 2pm

A project by Rino Pizzi with: Teresa Elliott, Michael Anthony Garcia, Maya Lawrence, Catherine Lee, Emily Little, Graham Reynolds, Shawn Smith, DJ Stout, w. tucker, Peggy Weiss, Steve Wiman, Robert Ziebell

Photo/Montage (12x12) invites established, local artists to step out of their usual boundaries to engage in a complex dialog with a given concept. Each participating artist worked with the same set of twelve prints from Pizzi's recent photography to create a unique collage/assemblage using at least one element from all the twelve images, with no other restrictions or guidelines about form, size or aesthetic purpose. The collaborators involved are diverse in background and vision, and include visual artists Catherine Lee, Michael Anthony Garcia, Shawn Smith, Maya Lawrence, w. tucker, Peggy Weiss, and Steve Wiman; composer Graham Reynolds; graphic designer DJ Stout; architect Emily Little; writer Teresa Elliott; and photographer/filmmaker Robert Ziebell.


February 18, 2018 3pm

Anthony B. Creeden - Artist Talk

Cacti, as notoriously hardy spiked things, tend to look harshly figural and exotic when mixed amongst signs of modernity. In my studio, behind the MacBook, lit under LED light, stands this short, defiantly potted, prehistoric life form. A reminder of how things used to be, out amongst nature, before Brita filters and before ISPs. I notice them as I turn almost every corner on my block in Austin too, waving at me indifferently, and in their own way daring us all to screw this whole societal experiment up. “See who lasts then,” it kind of mutters. Cacti and Semaphore—the show’s title—shares its name with a 1923 painting by Georg Scholz. The artists of Scholz’s day have all passed. They float among us now, in the digital images of their work left behind. Today in our painting studios, like in a séance, we ask for guidance, curious of our own fortunes ahead.

Anthony B. Creeden (born Washington, D.C.) holds an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). Recent exhibitions include Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL; William Benington Gallery in London, UK; and MASS Gallery in Austin, TX.


February 12, 2018 7:30pm

Hosted by Experimental Response Cinema

Program two of ERC’s tribute to Stan Brakhage and the republication of his Metaphors on Vision is a program of works best known as the “Pittsburgh Trilogy.” Thomas Beard of Light Industry will introduce.

Part of a 3-evening series celebrating Brakhage's work. Program 1 2/11 at AFS Cinema; Program 3 at Masur Gallery, Lockhart.

  • Eyes (1971)
  • Deus Ex (1971)
  • The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (1971)


Please Note: The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes contains graphic autopsy imagery.



For one night only, grayDUCK Gallery hosts the Museum of Pocket Arts (MoPA) simultaneous closing of “Personal Distemper” a screening of video work programmed by Bug Davidson and opening of “A Testament to Their Fortitude” featuring new work by Rebecca Marino.

For Personal Distemper guest programmer Davidson asked,

“When is the last time you let it all out? Well, we want it.”

A night promising short “OVER emotional” 30-ish second video work. Davidson’s program features artists investigating the whole gamut of human flavored guts.

Personal Distemper artists include, Irina Contreras, Zilla Vodnas, Coe Lapossy, Alex Beriault, Noelle Marie Fitzsimmons and Coorain Coo-baby Devin.

For “A Testament to Their Fortitude” Marino creates new work focusing on a cosmic perspective. Using research from NASA for the International Space Station’s Daily Food Menu her work investigates long-term planning, duration and endurance.

Additionally, during the simultaneous closing and opening, the Museum of Pocket Art will also host two shows from their extensive archives.

The Museum of Pocket Art began thirteen years ago with an idea that everyone should carry with them a small artwork in a pocket to enrich their day and share with others. MoPA developed this idea and organized it into a formal venue for contemporary artists and patrons.

MoPA introduces artwork from contemporary artists in an intimate and personal way. The Museum displays works of art created to fit in the pocket, usually around the size of a business card, in galleries selected to best frame the work, which range from wallets to mobile devices. MoPA shows at the opening of other art exhibits, or “leaches” the reception. At the reception, a MoPA representative approaches people individually and asks if he or she would like to visit the museum, and then shares the works on display. Currently MoPA hosts two shows a year.

Image credit: Video screen grab of Trying not to cry by Coorain Coo-baby Devin


Hear from the artists participating in Crit Group 2017 about their work in the exhibition, on view at grayDUCK Gallery, through September 3, 2017.


  • Sandy Carson
  • Jonas Criscoe
  • Calder Kamin
  • Dameon Lester
  • Deborah Mersky
  • Steve Parker
  • Amy Scofield
  • Sara Vanderbeek

Crit Group is s seven-month-long program comprised of eight local artists, and facilitated by Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement at The Contemporary Austin, along with Sterling Allen and Annette DiMeo Carlozzi. More info here:


fields magazine presents: BIG FUN

BIG FUN is our big fundraiser event of the summer. As we celebrate four years of covering Austin's art, music, and literary scenes, we've gathered together some of our favorite artists from around town to celebrate. This fundraiser will help ensure that we are able to continue providing Austin with the arts coverage it deserves.

Featuring readings from:

  • Deb Olin Unferth
  • Chad Bennett
  • Marilyse Figueroa
  • Tatiana Ryckman

Music from:

  • Thor Harris
  • Tara Bhattacharya Reed

And an art raffle featuring work from:

  • Courtney Allen
  • Jonas Criscoe
  • Ryan Davis
  • Julia Ham
  • David Kramer
  • Jonny Negron
  • Greg Piwonka
  • Tammie Rubin

Complimentary food and drink from:

Hops and Grain


Trader Joe's

And DJing by Nat Zingg

Entry is $15 and includes two raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event.

We hope you will join us for this special occasion. We could not do this work without the generous support of the community, and it is an honor to bring together so many talented artists for this event. We look forward to celebrating with you!


Salvage Vanguard Theater presents: Cooler Bodies

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces Works Progress Austin: Cooler Bodies, featuring a reading of new work by Diana Lynn Small.

Are people born special or does creativity evolve from our sufferings? Rhonda and Glend, the two most creatively powerful people in the world move to a mystical 1950s suburb in the desert to ruffle the feathers of their boring teenage-neighbor, Mary, to see if trauma will turn Mary into a brilliant human being. It's getting hot, the air conditioners are breaking down and everybody wants to take a dip in Mary's shiny, clean swimming pool.

Works Progress Austin, SVT’s script development series, launched in 2006. WPA provides playwrights with the resources they need to bring their work to life: actors, stage managers, rehearsal time + space, cash, and the chance to share their work with an audience in the earliest stages of creation.


PERFORMANCE LOCATION: grayDUCK Gallery/ 2213 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

TICKETS: FREE online or at the door. Reservations can be made at


Experimental Response Cinema presents:

Romance, Apocalypse and Moon Landings:

The Twilight Worlds of Kate McCabe

Kate McCabe in Person!

Kate McCabe will be showcasing a decade’s worth of her moving image work combining humor in experimental film and premiering her latest 16mm work, You and I Remain. A film inspired by the Anthropocene, You and I Remain is an apocalyptic lullaby, a landscape film mediating on the end of the world. Shot in Big Sur, the Salton Sea and in McCabe’s own neighborhood of Joshua Tree, the film shows us a portrait of the world askew with subtle and moving sound design by Jason Payne of Nitzer Ebb.

Kate McCabe (American b. 1972) lives in the desert near the rock-n-roll heaven known as Joshua Tree, California where she founded the art collective Kidnap Yourself. In Philadelphia, her youth was dominated by dance and art where she allegedly danced out of the womb. She is a graduate of Girls’ High, the University of the Arts and she obtained her MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts under the innovative Jules Engel. She is an award winning independent filmmaker who has shown films globally since 1995 in both film festivals and galleries and the occasional guerrilla drive-in. She is most re-known internationally for Sabbia, her first feature film, a visual album for stoner rock prince, Brant Bjork. Her current work includes paintings, photography, short fiction, and art books. Her popular sketch comic book “Mojave Weather Diaries” has produced 4 books in the series and counting. McCabe has taught film at CalArts and UC San Diego and has worked with some of Los Angeles’ most prolific independent filmmakers including Eli Roth and Pat O’Neill.

“Kate McCabe’s works are funny and sweet personal observations of our twilight worlds. Worlds where portraits of places and emotions are the kinetic sublime- where we as viewers are transported betwixt and between, hovering – our feet grounded on earth, our heads in the clouds. The everyday scene, a moving lyrical event functioning as a tribute to beauty and our lucid spirit. These short films are like private conversations sharing a secret and a dream.”


Milk and Honey 16mm color, sound, 15mins, 2004

Darling 16mm on video, color, sound 4 mins, 2011

Sabbia 16mm on video, color, sound, excerpt 15 min of 80, 2006

My Sweet 16mm on video, color, sound, 4 mins, 2013

Song for Pickles Super8 on video, B&W, sound, 3 mins. 2013

You and I Remain 16mm, color, sound, 15mins, 2015

My Friend 16mm on video, color, sound, 7 mins., 2015

Portraits 16mm, color sound, 8 min, 2001

There Are No Shadows in East Berlin digital video, color sound, 10 mins 2017

Total running time 82 minutes

More info:

Suggested donation $7 general / $5 students


Artist Talk with Jana Swec


The work in this series is an exploration of the unexpected when collaborating on the visual expressions of shared ideas and dreams.

The process of collaborative art making feels like trying to solve a puzzle with infinite paths one could take, but they all lead to a solution. When collaborating on a piece, you do not begin with a finished product in mind; It’s about the process of perspective; It’s about weaving and integrating ideas and concepts together. There's a freedom and palpable sense of adventure when making art this way. It teaches us how to let go of control and embrace the unknown. It surprises and forces us out of our comfort zone. It opens doors and illuminates paths that would not have been visible otherwise.

Collaborators: Abi Daniel, Will Gaynor, Suzanne Koett, Shea Little, Cai Littleswec, Olive Littleswec, Jude Littleswec, Aaron Michalovic, Julie Swec, Joe Swec, Alexandria Valenti, Cherie Weaver, Jon Windham, Adam Young


Jana Swec was born in Berkley, California and received her BFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY. Swec is a founding member of the non-profit Big Medium, the East Austin Studio Tour, and The Texas Biennial. She is a part of an artist collective called Sodalitas that began working collaboratively in 2002. This group has won a number of awards including; Best of Austin Awards, Best New Art Collaborative, Austin Chronicle Top Ten Artists and Austin Critics Awards Art Community Leadership. She has exhibited nationally.


Experimental Response Cinema

Experimental Response Cinema is proud to present THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY TWO, a feature-length “constellation of 14 short films” by acclaimed artist and filmmaker (and former Austin resident) Cauleen Smith, with the artist in person. The Way Out Is The Way Two, produced over a period of four years, is an interlocking series of shorts ranging in subject from African-American identity, the psychogeography of the city of Chicago, Afrofuturism, and the ideas and music of Sun Ra.

Cauleen Smith (born Riverside, California, 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Smith is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Chicago 3Arts Grant, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and Rauschenberg Residency. She currently lives and teaches in Chicago, IL.



Artist talk with Jonas Hart & Dameon Lester

Anthropocene examines the acceptance of what is outwardly visible versus what’s beneath the surface. Jonas Hart, Dameon Lester and Melissa Loop illustrate the significance of the larger picture, the systems or the emerging meaning. How aware are we of our influence on the landscape? Whether it’s an underground water system that is never seen, a far away place that seems pristine or the tip of an iceberg’s assumed permanence, the human animal has put our stamp on the world.


Bat City Review at Austin Lit Crawl

Come enjoy a Bat City Review storytelling session during Austin's 6th annual Lit Crawl, at the beautiful GrayDUCK Gallery.

Featuring Gayle Forman, Paige Schilt, and Chen Chen. Authors will tell stories and read material on the theme of deal breakers (that moment you had to walk away). Hosted by Bat City Review.

You can find Saturday's amazing schedule of performances, games, trivia matches, music, and all-ages storytelling sessions here:

Parking on the East Side, and along East Cesar Chavez especially, is challenging! Please carpool, bike, or leave extra time to find parking.

See you all there!


GAYLE FORMAN is a journalist and award-winning author whose many young adult novels include I Was Here, Just One Day, and If I Stay, which was also a major motion picture. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. Leave Me is her first novel for adults.

PAIGE SCHILT moved to Texas with a dream of learning to sip whiskey and write serious literary essays in the shade of a wide front porch. Somewhere along the way, she came out as queer, became an activist, and fell in love with a gender-bending musician. Now she writes hilarious and heart-breaking stories about a gay, transgender, rock-n-roll family raising a son in the lone star state. Her work has appeared in The Bilerico Project, Offbeat Families, Mutha Magazine, and Brain, Child. Her memoir was published in 2015 by Transgress Press.

CHEN CHEN is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. Chen helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.