Faculty

Wiesepape, Betty

Senior Lecturer

Office:  JO 5.205
Phone: 
972-883-6352
Email: 
bet@utdallas.edu

Areas of Specialization:  Creative Writing , Southern Literature , Southwestern Literature , Texas Literature , Texas Literary History.

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Dallas
MA, The University of Texas at Dallas
BA, Sam Houston State University

Betty Wiesepape's primary interest is the writing of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary history. Her essays, stories, book reviews, and articles on Texas literary history have appeared in many publications, including: Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Blue Mesa Review, Dallas Morning News, Iron Horse Review, Concho River Review, Langdon Review, Southwestern American Literature and Texas Books in Review. Her story "Let's Hear It for the Red Shoes" has been selected for the title story in the short story anthology Let's Hear It: Stories by Texas Women Writers.

Wiesepape's newest book, coming out in January 2013, is a biography about Winifred Sanford, one of the most important but neglected Texas writers. Read more about the book Winifred Sanford: The Life and Times of a Texas Writer at www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/wiewin.html

Dr. Wiesepape's research field is literary history of the South and the Southwest, with special emphasis upon Texas. Lone Star Chapters: A Story of Texas Literary Clubs, her book on Texas literary clubs between 1890 and 1940, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2004. In addition, she has published two major articles on this subject, one in Southwestern Historical Quarterly and one in the Langdon Review. Her work on Texas literary clubs and Texas writers has been referenced in publications such as: Literary Dallas, Francis Vick TCU Press, 2008; Junior Jewish League:The Rise and Demise of the Jewish Women's League, TCU Press, 2008; West of the American, Dream: An Encounter with Texas, Paul Christenson, Texas A&M University Press, 2004; Read All About Her! Texas Women's History: A Working Bibliography, Elizabeth Snap & Harry F. Snapp, T.W.U. Press, Denton: 1998; Texas Women Writers: A Tradition of Their Own, Silvia Ann Grider & Lou Halsell Rodenberger, Texas A&M Press, College Station: 1997.

Wiesepape's short fiction has won regional and national awards, and she often is invited to read her work and to speak about creative writing to local gathering and at conferences, writer's festivals, and writing workshops. She is a recent inductee into the Texas Institute of Letters, and she is also a member of Western Writers Association and PEN.