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Fall 2022 Drop-In Hours:
Mon. & Weds.: 12-4
Tues./Thurs.: 12:00-2:30
Fri.: 2-5

*Masks optional / 3 max occupancy

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Studio E Staff

Dr. Katie Cortese, Co-Director

Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories (ELJ Editions, 2015) and Make Way for Her and Other Stories (University Press of Kentucky, 2018). She serves as the Faculty Director for Texas Tech University Press and as Fiction Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

Dr. Leslie Jill Patterson

Leslie Jill Patterson teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Texas Tech University. Her prose has appeared in Texas Monthly, Gulf Coast, Baltimore Review, Colorado Review, and Prime Number Magazine, among others. She is the recipient of a 2014 Soros Justice Fellowship and Editor-in-Chief of Iron Horse Literary Review. Since 2009, she has worked as the case storyteller for public defenders representing indigent people charged with capital murder and facing the death penalty in Texas.

Dr. Jessica E. Smith

Originally from Georgia, Dr. Jessica E. Smith currently teaches English & Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. Her poetry, essays, and criticism can be found in Prairie Schooner, Waxwing, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, and other journals. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and is the recipient of scholarships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Vermont Studio Center.

Dr. Elissa Zellinger

Dr. Zellinger's research interests center on lyric poetry and liberal political philosophy and the way this connection has been fostered by the conflation of poet and poem. Her book, Lyrical Strains: Lyric, Liberalism, and Women's Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America, was published in 2020 by the University of North Carolina Press. Zellinger received her Ph.D. in nineteenth-century American Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Jennifer K. Robertson holds an MA from the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in English, an MEd from the University of North Texas in Secondary Education, and a BA in English from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include Medieval medicine, Old English and Middle English Literature, and Medical Arabism in the medieval North Sea world.





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