Dr. Durham Oldmixon
Dr. Katherine Durham Oldmixon teaches writing and literature, directs the Writing Program and coordinates the English Major at Huston-Tillotson University. Her photographs and poems appear in many print and online publications, among them Invisible World: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets, The Bellevue Review, Borderlands, The Normal School, Texas Poetry Calendar, REAL, Ellipses, Qarrtsiluni, Wingbeats: Exercises and Practices in Poetry and Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair: The Best of Texas Poetry Calendar. Her chapbook Water Signs, a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Award, was released in January 2009 by Finishing Line Press. She is also the author of scholarly papers and presentations on such varied topics as English medieval romance, Caribbean performance, music and literature, folklore, ethnicity and writing studies, world literature, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Professor of English at Huston-Tillotson, Dr. Oldmixon teaches an array of literature, writing, language, culture and arts courses, at all levels. With colleagues, she has worked to design and develop the writing, literature and communications’ program and curriculum. She oversees the Writers’ Studio and is the faculty sponsor for HT Quiet Storm Poets.
Katherine earned a Ph.D. in English from University of Texas at Austin, where she was awarded the University Continuing Fellowship, a Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship and a Martin M Crow Fellowship in Medieval Studies. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans, where she won the creative writing study abroad contest in poetry. A Cynthia Mitchell Scholar at University of Houston, Katherine earned M.A. and B.A. degrees in English. She studied in Spain, Italy and Mexico and has taught in the UNO MFA program in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a participant in seminars offered by the Faculty Resource Network at NYU, she has deepened her knowledge of literatures of the Americas, cultural studies, hip-hop pedagogy, writing studies, creative and critical thinking across the media, and literature and the environment. She also participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar on Caribbean Culture and Performance at University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.
An artist active in the community, Dr. Oldmixon serves or has served on the board of the Shanti Foundation, Austin Poetry Society, Texas Folklife, and on the Community Council for the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. She has served as guest editor for issues of Round Top Poetry Festival Anthology, Qarrtsiluni and Borderlands literary journals and is a regular moderator at the Texas Book Festival. She has also been a continual supporter of the Austin International Poetry Festival, for which she hosts venues on campus annually.
Dr. Oldmixon’s professional memberships include Council of Writing Program Administrators, NCTE/College Conference on College Composition and Communication, American Comparative Literature Association, Modern Language Association, Associated Writers and Writing Programs, and International Writing Centers Association.
|Role: Professor of English|
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