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Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Free
Repeats daily (to March 24, 2017)
ASU will present the 21st annual Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton March 23-24 in the ASU Auditorium, which is located in the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Ave N.

Anne Hillerman Anne HillermanThis year’s featured speaker is best-selling author Anne Hillerman, who has continued the Joe Leaphorn Navaho Mystery Series created by her father, Tony Hillerman. She will give two presentations - at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on March 23.

The conference will also feature nine sessions where an array of Texas authors and poets will read from their various works. The guest writers include three Texas Poets Laureate and four winners of the Western Writers of America’s prestigious Spur Award.

Hillerman’s first Navaho Mystery Series book, “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” quickly hit the New York Times best-seller list and won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best First Novel in 2013. The novel focuses on Bernadette Manuelito, a minor character introduced in Tony Hillerman’s books as protégée of Lt. Joe Leaphorn and girlfriend of Navaho tribal cop, Jim Chee. 

“Rock with Wings,” a second book with Bernie as protagonist, followed in 2015. A third novel, “Song of the Lion,” is scheduled for release by HarperCollins in April 2017. 

Along with her husband/photographer Don Strel, Anne is also the author of “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn.” This book has been honored as the best photo book of the year by Mountains and Plains Booksellers.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 23 

9:30 -10:45 a.m.         Welcome

                                    “A Conversation with Anne Hillerman”
Hosted by Dr. Nicole Dilts, ASU English faculty member
University Auditorium, Mayer Administration Building 

10:45-11 a.m.            Break 

11 a.m. - Noon           Session One
Karla Morton (poems)
                                    Alan Birkelbach (poems) 

Noon                           Special Presentation
                                    High School Contest Winners           

12:15-2 p.m.               Lunch 

2 -3:15 p.m.                Session Two
                                    Paula Starche  (poetry)
                                    Alan Berecka (poetry)
                                    Lyman Grant (poetry) 

3:30-4:45 p.m.            Session Three
                                    Chuck Taylor (poetry)
                                    Carol Reposa (poetry)
                                    Steven Schroeder (poetry) 

7-8 p.m.                      “An Evening with Anne Hillerman”
                                    University Auditorium, Mayer Admin Bldg. 

Friday, March 24 

8-8:50 a.m.                 Session Four
                                    Loretta Walker (poetry)
                                    Terri Tucker (fiction) 

9-9:50 a.m.                 Session Five
                                    Kristen Ruggles (poetry)
                                    Robin Carstensen (poetry) 

10-10:50 a.m.            Session Six
                                   Jerry Craven (fiction)
                                   Charlotte Renk (poetry) 

11 a.m. -12:15 p.m.    Session Seven
                                    Clay Reynolds (fiction)
                                    Ken Hada (poetry)
                                    Larry Thomas (poetry) 

12:15-2 p.m.               Lunch 

2-3:15 p.m.                 Session Eight
                                    Robert Johnson (fiction)
                                    Sherry Craven (poetry)
                                    Drew Geyer (nonfiction) 

3:15-3:30 p.m.            Break 

3:30-4:45 p.m.            Session Nine
                                    Michael Gullickson (poetry)
                                    Joyce Gullickson (poetry)
                                    Juan Perez (poetry) 

All sessions also take place in the ASU Auditorium in the Mayer Administration Building.


ASU Auditorium, Mayer Administration Building

Event Contact

Kevin Garrison
English and Modern Languages