Judith Austin-Mills, Adjunct Faculty member, publishes her first historical novel, How Far Tomorrow.  It was released by Plain View Press in October. The narrative is set during the Texas Revolution. She will be reading from her work at BookWoman on January 15, 2012.



Adjunct professor, Colin Shanafelt, has published his first novel, What Gods Would be Theirs.  It will be available through Amazon. Publication date is 2/28/2011.


Tiff Holland, ACC English Adjunct Faculty  member wins the Rose Metal Press chapbook award for her book Betty Superman.


Joe O’Connell, who teaches creative writing and English at ACC, took part in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

July 11 marked half a century since the publication of the book that is required reading in schools across the country.

Along with a number of local writers, O’Connell participated in an anniversary event at BookPeople July 11th, reading passages from the book and talking about what it meant to him. O’Connell reflected upon the impact of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in an essay he read on KUT radio. Click here to listen.


Mary Dallas, ACC adjunct professor, has works combining poetry and visual art on display/sale at Authenticity Gallery in downtown Austin starting May 1.

In March she was the presenter and a featured poet at the monthly Borderlands Poetry Reading at Barnes and Noble on Brodie Lane.


Joe Hoppe has started hosting W. Joe’s Poetry Corner for The Dionysium ( ).  In December of 2009 he lectured on William Carlos Williams and Accurate Accompaniment as found in “The Great Figure” and in February 2010 he spoke on All Great Poems Are Love Poems; The Three Types of Love, Allen Ginsberg’s “Psalm 3” and Albert Huffstickler’s “Three-Dimensional Love Song.” His next Dionysium appearance will be in June.

In January, Joe appeared with David Jewell in the poetry performance piece Autorama for the annual Fronterafest. ( )



Prof co-authors Sci-Fi text

Anne-Marie Thomas, an ACC English professor, has co-authored a textbook on science fiction. Thomas, who leads the community college’s honors program, came up with the idea while teaching a course with an emphasis on contemporary science fiction.

“I could not assign a science fiction textbook because there simply weren’t any in existence,” Thomas said. “There are a number of anthologies that feature short fiction, but I wanted to provide a survey of the development of science fiction as a cultural form as well as an introduction to the basic critical approaches that have been used to illuminate the genre.”

She took a yearlong sabbatical to write “The Science Fiction Handbook” with M. Keith Booker of the University of Arkansas.

Austin American-Statesman, 5-1-09


This semester professor Jose Flores served on the advisory board for the new MyCompLab published by Prentice Hall. In addition Jose has revised the Literary Visions, 9th edition book/study guide for Roberts and Jacobs Literature: An Introduction to… published by Pearson’s. In these 2 projects, front matter credit is given not only to Jose but to Austin Community College.

Adjunct professor, Elyse Fenton, had her poetry manuscript, “Clamor,” selected by DA Powell as the winner of Cleveland State University First Book Award, and will be published in Spring of 2010.



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Announcing the winner of the 2008 Ronald Sukenick/ABR Innovative Fiction Prize:

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