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Shelley Armitage


Shelley Armitage is Professor Emerita at the University of Texas at El Paso where she held the Dorrance Roderick Professorship in English. Author of eight books and over fifty articles, she has also held Fulbright grants in Portugal and Finland and Fulbright Chairs in Poland and Hungary. Armitage grew up in the small farming and ranching community of Vega, Texas where she still manages the family farm, part of the llano landscape central to her eco-memoir, "Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place."

She lives most of the year in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Scheduled events:
Writing What You Know: Women Writing Their Experience
Join us as we hear from three women who've written beautiful and moving memoirs that bring us into their childhood homes, the landscapes and places they grew up in, and experiences with family and second chances. Moderated by Meg Files, this panel will explore how these women conquered fears associated with personal exposure, determined their story's focus, and shaped the material into a cohesive whole.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Shelley Armitage, Amy Dickinson, Meg Files, Jennifer Sinor
Moderator: Meg Files
Shelley Armitage
Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place: This book is both a celebration of an oft-overlooked region and a soaring testimony to the power of the landscape to draw us into greater understanding of ourselves and others by experiencing a deeper connection with the places we inhabit.

Mostly Books, Booth #240 (Seats 1)
Sat, Mar 11, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction

Author: Shelley Armitage
Great Places and Honoring Others
Authors were each inspired or changed by the death of a relative during the writing of their books. While each writer was writing about place, they were also writing about their loved ones who have inspired them.

National Parks Experience (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks Experience Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Shelley Armitage, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Mark Woods
Moderator: Stephanie Innes
Inspired by Place: Writing the Places that Shaped You
Join us as we hear from four authors who've written beautiful and moving memoirs that have a deep sense of place and transport us into those places and times that shaped them. Moderated by Chris Cokinos, this panel will explore how these writers were deeply inspired by place and its impact on their lives, and how that influenced their memoirs.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Shelley Armitage, Richard Shelton, Jennifer Sinor, Myron Uhlberg
Moderator: Christopher Cokinos

Book:
Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
University of Oklahoma Press
February 2016
ISBN 9780806151625
Hardcover, 216 pages
$24.95, INSTORE
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"Combines autobiography with regional and environmental history. Armitage weaves the stories of inhabitants past and present with her own experiences in her hometown of Vega and the surrounding Oldham County of West Texas"--Provided by publisher.

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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