Writing Texas 2013-2014


edited by Julie Chappell and Marilyn Robitaille

The 2013-14 inaugural issue of Writing Texas, a journal featuring the best new work by teachers of creative writing in Texas and members of TACWT, the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers. This issue contains fiction, poetry, and nonfiction presented on the TCU campus in Fort Worth.

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About the Editors


Julie A. Chappell received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1989. She is a professor of English and lives and writes in Central Texas. She is the editor and translator of The Prose Alexander of Robert Thornton (1992). With Kamille Stone Stanton, she has edited two collections of scholarly essays on eighteenth-century literature and culture, Transatlantic Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century and Spectacle, Sex, and Property in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (AMS Press). Her monograph, Perilous Passages: The Book of Margery Kempe, 1534-1934 was released by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2013. A new Palgrave volume, Women during the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity, which she co-edited with Kaley A. Kramer, was released in November 2014. Her collection of original poetry, Faultlines: One Woman's Shifting Boundaries, was published by Village Books Press in October 2013. A memoir of her years as "the sheriff's daughter," The Jail/House Rocked, is in progress.


After a decades-long career as an English professor, Marilyn Robitaille established ROMAR Press, a hybrid-independent press in Texas. ROMAR Press solicits manuscripts of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction for publication. Robitaille works closely with authors to ensure quality, assessing their needs regarding the writing process, revisions, and editing. Authors share responsibilities in cover design and marketing, a practice which grants them a level of autonomy often unavailable with fully independent presses. She earned her M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College and her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University. Her research interests are in Eighteenth-century women’s studies. She co-edits the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas and co-manages the annual Langdon Review Weekend, an annual Texas arts and letters festival. She co-edited the premier edition of Writing Texas, a publication of the Texas Association of Creative Writing. She published and illustrated a book of poetry titled Not by Design: Fifty Poems and Images. Selected images were featured in a gallery exhibit in Granbury, Texas. She was recently named Managing Director of the Frazier Conservatory.