02 Apr
8:00 am 2022

Scissortail Creative Writing Festival returns in-person


XXII. 9:00 – 10:15 Estep Auditorium

Rob Roensch: Oklahoma City University


Mary Gray: Oklahoma City, OK

Who Do You Think You Are?

Paul Juhasz: Seminole State College

from Ronin


XXIII. 9:00 – 10:15 Regents Room

Michael Dooley: Tarleton State University

Go West, Young Longhair, Go West

Ann Howells: Dallas, Texas

from So Long as We Speak Their Names

Paul Austin: Norman, Oklahoma

This is Me


XXIV. 10:30 -11:45 Estep Auditorium

Michael Howarth: Missouri Southern State Univ

A Still and Awful Red

Julie Chappell: Cleveland, Oklahoma

Contrary Qualities of Elements

Dorothy Alexander: Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Art of Memory: Field Notes of an Octogenarian


XXV. 10:30 -11:50 Regents Room

Andrew Geyer: USC - Aiken

A Walk Beyond the Moon

Maryann Hurtt: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Of Peonies and Murderous Doings

Ben Myers: Oklahoma Baptist University



XXVI. 12:00 – 1:00 pm Estep Auditorium

Grand Finale, Featuring:

Jennifer Givhan


Awarding the Dr. Darryl Fisher

State High School Contest Winners



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.



Givhan is a Mexican-American and indigenous poet and novelist (author of “Trinity Sight” and “Jubilee”), who grew up in the Imperial Valley, a small, border community in the Southern California desert. Her family has ancestral ties to the indigenous peoples of New Mexico and Texas, including Ysleta del Sur and the Tigua Indian peoples of the Ysleta region of El Paso.

Givhan earned her Master in Fine Arts in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina and a Master of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing at California State University Fullerton. She has been awarded a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, The Frost Place Latinx Scholarship, a 2020 Southwest Book Award, an Honorable Mention for 2021 The Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino Focused Fiction Book Award category from the International Latino Book Awards Foundation, and many more.

Givhan’s poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared in “The New Republic,” “The Nation,” “Best of the Net,” “Best New Poets,” “AGNI”, “TriQuarterly,” “Ploughshares,” “POETRY,” “Boston Review,” “Crazyhorse,” “Blackbird,” “The Kenyon Review,” “New England Review,” “Salon,” “The Rumpus,” and “Prairie Schooner,” among many others.



Sze is a poet, translator, and editor. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, including “The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems;” “Sight Lines,” which won the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry; “Compass Rose,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist; “The Ginkgo Light,” selected for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Book Award in Poetry and a PEN Southwest Book Award; “Quipu;” “The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998,” selected for the Balcones Poetry Prize and an Asian-American Literary Award; and “Archipelago,” selected for an American Book Award.

Other books include “River River,” “Dazzled,” “Two Ravens,” and “The Willow Wind” He has also published “The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese,” selected for a Western States Book Award, and edited “Chinese Writers on Writing.” “Pig's Heaven Inn,” a bilingual, Chinese/English selected poems, was published in Beijing.

His poems have appeared internationally and have been translated into 13 languages. Sze served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2012 to 2017 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. He is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and was the first Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives.

Event Location
East Central University