R116. Pop Goes the Headline: Crafting the Popular in Literary Fiction

Room 211 A&B, Level 2
Thursday, April 9, 2015
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Working with very current material from popular culture to current events has its own set of challenges and rewards. A diverse set of publishing writers and editors will discuss best practices for using and critiquing pop culture and current events in fiction. We'll consider issues of craft, such as form, use of language, and voice when working to capture contemporary phenomena. The four writers will give tips on working the line between the now and the long-lasting.



Toni Jensen is the author of the story collection From the Hilltop. Her stories have been published in journals and anthologies, including Best of the West and New Stories from the South. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas. She is Métis.

Ito Romo's recent work, dubbed Chicano Gothic and Chicano Noir, shows the dark and gritty life along Interstate 35 through South Texas. He lives in San Antonio and is associate professor of English at St. Mary’s University. He is the author of The Border is Burning and El Puente / The Bridge.

Dave Housley is the author of the story collections If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You HomeCommercial Fiction; and Ryan Seacrest is Famous. His work has appeared in Hobart, Mid-American Review, and Quarterly West. He is a founding editor of Barrelhouse magazine.

Andrew Brininstool is the recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship in prose. He is the author of the short story collection, Crude Sketches Done in Quick Succession.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center