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26th ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton

March 2-3, 2023

The 2023 conference will commemorate the 26th Angelo State University Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton. Our two-day conference is one of the few in the state that requires no registration or attendance fees for presenters and guests.

Featured Writer: Dr. Brandon Hobson

We are pleased to announce this year’s featured writer is critically acclaimed fiction writer Dr. Brandon Hobson

Portrait of Brandon Hobson

Hobson is the author of “The Removed,” as well as the novel, “Where the Dead Sit Talking,” which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, winner of the Reading the West Award and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award. He has won a Pushcart Prize, and his fiction has appeared in such places as McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, American Short Fiction, NOON and elsewhere. Hobson is an assistant professor of English at New Mexico State University and also teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma.


Hobson will give two presentations on Thursday, March 2, 2023, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center:

The ASU Writers Conference brings award-winning authors from all genres to campus to share their works and their creativity with the ASU community and the public. Featured speakers have included renowned authors, such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Craig Johnson, Leslie Marmon Silko, Art Spiegelman and Tim O’Brien.

Presenters’ Biographies

The conference is held every year in honor of the late Elmer Kelton, who wrote more than 40 books, including “The Time it Never Rained,” “The Man Who Rode Midnight” and “The Good Old Boys.” He was a seven-time winner of the Western Writers of America’s (WWA) Spur Award, and the WWA named him the “all-time best Western author.” Additionally, local and regional writers are invited to showcase their works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and prose. The event is hosted by the Natalie Zan Ryan Department of English and Modern Languages and sponsored by the university with support from the ASU Alumni Association, the College of Arts and Humanities, and Guy and Eva Choate.

Questions? Contact Us!

For questions or inquiries, please contact Dr. Rebecca Bernard, Writers Conference chair, at

Help support and enhance the Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton with a tax-deductible gift to its endowment. For more information, contact the Office of Development at 325-942-2116 or