Reynolds, R. ClayProfessor/ Director of Creative Writing
Areas of Specialization: Fiction and screen writing, 20th-century American novels, Western novels, 20th-century American Drama
Education: PhD, University of Tulsa
MA, Trinity University
BA, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. R. Clay Reynolds is an author of more than nine hundred publications, including thirteen authored books and three edited editions. His novel, The Vigil received both national and regional award recognition. Professor Reynolds third novel, Franklin's Crossing, was entered into the Pulitzer Prize competition for 1992; it also garnered significant regional and national award recognition. His 2001 novel, Monuments, received major regional awards, and his novels, The Tentmaker and Ars Poetica, were both named finalists for the Texas Institute of Letters Awards, and his short fiction collection, Sandhill County Lines, received regional honors as well.
Dr. Reynolds is a nationally recognized book critic with more than 800 critical reviews published in national and major regional periodicals. His other publications range from critical studies to essay-reviews, scholarly articles, short fiction, poetry, and essays. Dr. Reynolds has been named runner-up three times in the Western Writers of America Spur Award for the novel and short fiction, and finalist for prizes from PEN Texas and several national writing organizations. He was also a finalist in the Western Heritage Award for 2001. Professor Reynolds has received grants from the Texas Commission for the Arts, and is also a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Reynolds served as fiction editor for several journals and magazines; he served as editorial consultant for several university and small presses and literary magazines. Dr. Reynolds has served as judge for two annual writing competitions; one of these has been named for him.
Dr. Reynolds regularly conducts formal workshops and lectures on writing and publishing for both community writing groups and university programs. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, The National Faculty, American Scholars, Author's Guild, as well as other professional associations and learned societies. Professor Reynolds served as chair or co-chair and also as founding chair of numerous sections of scholarly conferences and learned associations such as the South Central Modern Language Association, the Modern Language Association, the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers, the Conference of College Teachers of English, and the Popular Culture Association. Dr. Reynolds has served on the Executive Council of the Texas Institute of Letters.