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For the Pages: Jill Patterson


Texas Tech English professor Jill Patterson is the guest on this edition of For the Pages. Last year Patterson won the Richard J. Margolis Prize for Social Justice Writing, and a 2018 Pushcart Prize. Other awards she’s received include two Kimmel-Harding Nelson residencies; a Texas Commission on the Arts fellowship; a Soros Justice Fellowship (funded by the Open Society Foundations in New York); the Able Muse Write Prize for Fiction


She’s been published in The Rumpus, Sweet, Prime Number Magazine, Hotel Amerika, under the gum tree, Texas Monthly, Grist, Gulf Coast, Baltimore Review, Essay Daily, Colorado Review, Fourth Genre, Literature: A Pocket Anthology (7th edition), and Bring the Noise: the best pop culture essays from Barrelhouse.

She founded and continues to edit Iron Horse Literary Review. She also serves as copy editor for Creative Nonfiction.


She has a growing interest in social justice literature and works as the case storyteller for attorneys representing indigent men and women charged with capital murder and facing the death penalty in Texas. Since the fall of 2009, Patterson has assisted defense teams on dozens of capital murder cases.