Center & Main is founded by George Getschow, leader of the Archer City Writer’s Workshop, and seven students inspired by their time in Archer County.
Alicia Auping (AC ‘13) received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature with a minor in art history from the University of North Texas. She worked at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza before entering the Mayborn School of Journalism to pursue a graduate degree in narrative nonfiction. After graduating in spring 2014, she plans to pursue a career in literary nonfiction writing for magazines and online publications. She is currently a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer‘s arts and culture blog, Mixmaster.
Amelia Jaycen (AC ’13) is a student and graduate assistant in the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas. She worked as an online science reporter for the UNT Office of Research, the Center for Community and Environmental Journalism and was a reporter for the Somerville Star at the age of 16. Jaycen has managed the self-produced runnewsblog.wordpress.com since 2009. “I wasn’t a writer until I went to Archer City. It taught me how to write with grit and temper and to always remember the human heart. There is magic dust in Archer City, it kicks up your nose every time your boot hits the red dirt.”
Annette Nevins (AC ’12) is currently a student and teaching assistant at the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism and a Mayborn Scholar. She is also an intern at Spirit Magazine. She has previously been a reporter for The Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman.
Christian McPhate (AC ’12) graduated from Midwestern State University with his Master of Arts in English and is currently enrolled at the University of North Texas where he’s pursuing a master’s degree in journalism with a focus on narrative journalism. McPhate works as a freelance writer for the Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly, Wichita Falls Literature and Arts Review, and an assortment of other publications.
Eric Nishimoto (AC ‘11) is an award-winning media relations and strategic communications professional in both the public and private sectors, Eric came to the Mayborn to learn to write. He’ll get his Master’s this December, and has won an SPJ Mark of Excellence award, Texas Intercollegiate Press awards for feature writing and illustration, and a Texas Associated Press Managing Editors community service award as part of an in-depth reporting team from the Mayborn. He’s been a finalist in the Arthur W. Page Society national PR competition and presented academic papers at the AEJMC mid-winter conference. All this thanks to Dr. Busby, Cathy Booth Thomas, Suzanne Frank, some of the nation’s best student journalists, and especially George Getschow.
George Getschow teaches literary nonfiction writing to graduate students at the University of North Texas’s Mayborn School of Journalism and is the writer-in-residence for the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State University and a master of fine arts degree in creative nonfiction from Spalding University. He was a reporter atThe Wall Street Journal bureau in Chicago and also chief of the Dallas and Houston bureaus. Getschow was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for distinguished writing about the underprivileged. He is editor of Ten Spurs, a collection of the best essays and narrative submitted to the Mayborn Conference. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and is currently working on a book, Walled Kingdom, based on a series of stories published inThe Wall Street Journal.
As early as the third grade, Kathy Floyd knew she wanted to write. After working for the U.S. Postal Service for 16 years, including time as a writer/editor for several Postal Service publications at headquarters in Washington, D.C., she wrote for newspapers and magazines in Cooke, Denton and Grayson counties in Texas. She has won awards from the Texas Press Association for photography and headlines and the Vinson Award for Journalism at MSU in 1991. She now works at MSU as Marketing and Public Information assistant. She has attended the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference since 2008.
Matt Jones (AC ’13). He worked as a copy editor at the Odessa American in Odessa, Texas, before coming to the Mayborn to study narrative nonfiction. He plans to graduate in spring 2014.
Bill Marvel: Bill worked for newspapers, covering cops, courts, politics, the arts, and occasionally freelanced magazine pieces until discovering, after almost 50 years, that what he really wanted to do was write books.
Since then he’s been scrambling to make up for lost time, with Burning Ludlow, a narrative history of the great 1913-14 Colorado coal strike, the bloodiest labor conflict in U.S. History; with Islands of the Damned, a Marine’s account of the Pacific War co-authoring with R.V. Burgin; and most recently with A Mighty Fine Road, a history of the Rock Island Railroad to be published in 2012 by Indiana University Press.
Bill is the resident guest writer and lecturer of the Workshop.
Erik Calonius: Erik began his career as a printer and typesetter in Boston before venturing into journalism. He graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and began shooting pictures for the EPA’s Project Documerica. He subsequently founded the photojournalism department at the University of Central Florida, and later became the Managing Editor of Memphis Magazine.Calonius joined The Wall Street Journal in 1981 as a reporter in Atlanta, and later became a writer in the London Bureau and an editor in New York. He became Miami Bureau Chief for Newsweek magazine (where he was nominated for the Overseas Press Award), and then a writer for Fortune Magazine (where he was nominated for the National Magazine Award). Since then he has collaborated on more than 20 books, and authored a narrative history about the last American slaveship. Both the ship and the book are called The Wanderer.“One of my greatest pleasures is in attending The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in July—and then trekking out to Archer City with George and his grad students to teach storytelling in that wonderful Texas town.”
Erik is a regular guest writer and lecturer of the Workshop.
Tom Junod: As a staff writer for Esquire for 16 years, Tom has written some of the country’s most controversial and enduring journalism, from his profiles of Steve Jobs and Roger Ailes to his classic eulogy for the dead of 9/11, “The Falling Man.” He has twice won the National Magazine Award, and has been a finalist a record 11 times. Though he does not specialize in food writing, he won the James Beard Award for Personal Essay in 2011 for “My Mom Couldn’t Cook,” which is one of the four essays Tom has contributed to Esquire’s newly published cookbook, “Eat Like A Man.” He lives in Marietta with his wife and daughter, and cooks for them, and himself, almost every night.
Tom is a guest writer and lecturer of the Workshop.
Ron Powers: National Emmy Award winner and the first television critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, Ron draws upon his experiences with small town life to explore American mass culture and community across all major genres: as a journalist, novelist, narrative nonfiction writer, broadcaster, teacher and most recently, playwright.
A critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 15 books, Powers writes on a range of topics including TV criticism, historical biography and the plight of American adolescents. He was recently named a “Literary Light” by the Boston Public Library and included in the list of America’s 100 Most Popular Nonfiction Authors published in Libraries Unlimited. True Compass, a collaborative memoir with the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and Flags of Our Fathers, a study of six flagraisers on Iwo Jima in collaboration with James Bradley, a son of one of the flagraisers, captured long-running top spots on The New York Times bestseller list. The movie version of Flags of Our Fathers, produced partly by Steven Spielberg with Clint Eastwood directing, premiered in October 2006.
Born in Twain’s boyhood hometown of Hannibal, Mo., Powers draws inspiration for much of his work from Mark Twain’s fierce affection and scabrous argument with this country. Mark Twain: a Life, a 720-page biography by Powers, was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award. Tom & Huck Don’t Live Here Anymore: Childhood and Murder in the Heart of America, an account of two killings by adolescents in Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, was a finalist in 2002 for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a semifinalist for a Robert F. Kennedy Prize. Powers examines the many forces arrayed against the health and continuity of town life in his nonfiction work, Far From Home: Life and Loss in Two American Towns. Powers was just 31 years old when he won a Pulitzer Prize for his critical writing on television as a TV-radio columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1985, he won a National Emmy for his work as an on-air television commentator for CBS News Sunday Morning.
Currently living in New England, Powers moderates and does commentaries for public radio and television shows. He examines rising teenage alienation in his adopted state of Vermont in “The Apocalypse of Adolescence” published in the March 2002 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. Most recently, he wrote and co-hosted “What’s Happening to Our Kids?” as a documentary on Vermont Public Television. His two-act play, Sam and Laura, an imaginative extension of a true romantic encounter in the young life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, has been performed in various venues around the country.
Powers has taught at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, and at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. He is currently a writer-in-residence at Castleton State College of Vermont.
Ron is a guest writer and lecturer of the Workshop.