Texas A&M University-Kingsville

6th Annual Lucille Kruse Reader Series

- 04/24/14 - 04/24/14

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Dr. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas, is the featured reader in the 6th Lucille Kruse Literary Reader Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The Kruse Reading begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Blue Room in Sam Fore Hall on the A&M-Kingsville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the day, Hinojosa-Smith will give the opening address at the Sigma Delta Pi Student Symposium at 9:30 a.m. in the Blue Room in Fore Hall.  His address to the student symposium will be about the importance of Spanish in letters and language maintenance in the region.

 A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Hinojosa-Smith was a member of the Spanish faculty at Texas A&I beginning in 1970. During the 1970s, he served as chair, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and provost. He has taught at the University of Texas since 1981.

Hinojosa-Smith’s novels, which are called collectively The Klail City Death Trip, focus on the same set of characters in the fictional small town of Klail City. The works tell the stories of bankers, ranchers, ranch hands, soldiers, Mexicans, Tejanos, Anglos, politicians and youth and reflect the life and history of South Texas.

A writer of both English and Spanish, Hinojosa-Smith has earned the Premio Quinto Sol and the Casa de las Americas prize. In 1997, he was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters. He has lead creative writing workshops and presentations all over the world.

 The series was begun thanks to a generous grant by Ms. Lucille Kruse.

 The Kruse Reading Series is sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. For more information about the Kruse Reading Series, contact Dr. Cathy Downs at c-downs@tamuk.edu or Dr. Michelle Johnson-Vela at kfmrj00@tamuk.edu.

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