Category Archives: Art

So What if I Have a Thing for Birds?

It was recently pointed out to me, in a poetry workshop class, that I frequent the subject of birds. I find it hard to look at a bird and not see the subject of a poem—the careful lay of feathers … Continue reading

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The preliminary schedule for this month’s Conference on the Sowell Collection is now live. Click the link to find out more about our distinguished guest writers, scholars, and students, what they’ll be presenting, and when it’s all going to take … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Barry Lopez, Clyde Jones, Community, David Quammen, Doug Peacock, Environment, Gary Paul Nabhan, Gretel Ehrlich, John Lane, Literature, Max Crawford, Nature, Sandra Scofield, Science, Susan Brind Morrow, Walter McDonald | Leave a comment

“Postcards Bearing Good News!”

I frequently trade comical jabs with friends and family via e-mail correspondence and social media (surely indicative of my generation). Or, as my father playfully characterizes it, I “poke the bear.” Sometimes the bear remains blissfully inattentive to my prods, … Continue reading

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Passionate Visions, Visionary Passions

In an interview with The New York Times from 19 April 1992, novelist Cormac McCarthy freely admits that “The ugly fact is books are made out of books.” To recognize this truth claim in the words of a contemporary literary … Continue reading

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the official blog of the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and Natural World at Texas Tech University. Scholars, students, and members of the public interested in the collection, its mission, or next year’s conference can check here … Continue reading

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