31 Mar
8:00 am 2022

Scissortail Creative Writing Festival returns in-person


I. 9:30 – 10: 45 Estep Auditorium
Joey Brown: Missouri Southern State University
Feral Love in Skateland
Rilla Askew: University of Oklahoma
Dave Malone: West Plains, Missouri
Tornado Drills and Hitchhiking Skills

II. 11:00 – 12: 15 Estep Auditorium
Robin Carstensen: Texas A&M – Corpus Christi
Selected New Poems
Chris Murphy: Northeastern State University
from Burning All the Time
Molly Sizer: Lawton, Oklahoma
The World and the Refuge

III. 11:00 - 12:15 Regents Room
Jeffrey Alfier: Torrance, California
The Shadow Field, and other poems
Denise Tolan: San Antonio, Texas
Because You Are Dead, and other flash fiction
Gary Reddin: Duncan, Oklahoma
An Abridged History of American Violence

IV. 11:00 – 12:15 North Lounge
Ron Wallace: Southeastern Oklahoma State U.
from Sanctuary
Leah Chaffins: Cameron University
Mountain Kings & other poems
Clarence Wolfshohl: Toledo, Missouri
Family Resemblance

*** Lunch ***

V. 2:15 – 3: 45 Estep Auditorium
Cullen Whisenhunt: Eastern OK. State College
Among the Trees
Jordan Mackey: Duncan, Oklahoma
No Longer Nameless
Brady Peterson: Belton, Texas
At the Edge of Town
Lyman Grant: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Found Poems and Weather Reports

VI. 2:15 – 3:45 Regents Room
Gary Worth Moody: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wild Horses
Yvonne Carpenter: Arapaho, Oklahoma
Worm Moon, and other poems
Ken Wheatcroft-Pardue: Fort Worth, TX
What I Did Not Tell You
Keely Record: Tulsa, Oklahoma
What I've Seen

VII. 2:15 – 3:45 North Lounge
Paul Bowers: Northern Oklahoma College
from Ten Acres of the Universe
Ann Weisman: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Alan Gann: Dallas, Texas
Better Ways to See
Ky George: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Communion, and other poems

VIII. 4:00 – 4:45 Estep Auditorium
Tom Murphy: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Pleiades, and other poems
Joan Canby: Garland, Texas
Selected poems

IX. 4:00 – 4:45 Regents Room
Alan Berecka: Del Mar College
Regret of First Memories, and other poems
Bertha Wise: Oklahoma City, OK
First Truth, and other poems

X. 7:00 – 8:30 Estep Auditorium
Featuring: Lou Berney



Berney is the author of “November Road” (winner of the Dagger, Hammett, Anthony, Barry, Lefty, and Macavity, and a “Washington Post Best Book” of 2018), “The Long and Faraway Gone” (winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Macavity, and ALA awards), “Whiplash River,” and “Gutshot Straight,” all from William Morrow.

He’s also written a collection of stories, “The Road to Bobby Joe,” and his short fiction has appeared in publications such as “The New Yorker,” “Ploughshares,” and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Oklahoma City University.


Event Location
East Central University