Release Date: March 16, 2009
ASU English Professor to Join Literary Luminaries
Dr. Chris Ellery, Angelo State University English professor, will be recognized for his achievements as a poet and translator when he is inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) on April 18 in Waco.
Ellery will join fellow ASU faculty members Terrence Dalrymple and Arnoldo DeLe�n and noted San Angelo author Elmer Kelton as members of the TIL. Other Texas writers in the TIL include Liz Carpenter, Gary Cartwright, Mike Cox, Kinky Friedman, Skip Hollandsworth, Dan Jenkins, Larry L. King, Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry.
The non-profit TIL recognizes literary achievement and stimulates interest in Texas writers. Awards are given annually to recognize writers’ published works.
Ellery’s poems have appeared in dozens of literary journals, including descant, Cimarron Review, AVOCET and New Texas. He also penned two books of poety, Quarry (Mountain Muse Press, 2005) and All This Light We Live In (Panther Creek Press, 2006).
In addition, he co-translated Whatever Happened to Antara, a collection of short stories by award-winning Syrian writer Walid Ikhlassi, published by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas Press, 2004.
TIL Members must be practicing writers who have made substantial literary achievements in their genres. Selection for membership is by council nomination and then by ballot of the group’s membership. To be nominated, candidates must have been residents of Texas for at least two years and have a substantial connection to the state through their work.
For more information, go to the TIL Web site at http://texasinstituteofletters.org or call Ellery in the ASU Department of English at 942-2268.