West Texas Talk:
UTPB’s Boom or Bust Project Collaborates with Permian High School

Professor Jason Lagapa discusses UT PB’s “Boom or Bust” writing workshop and the collaboration with Permian High School. The project aims “to help promote understanding of the Permian Basin’s energy and economic resources from a humanistic perspective.” This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and includes a speaker series, writing workshops, and book clubs.

In the coming year, the project will continue its speaker series, book club, and writing workshops.

This station is partnering with UTPB to feature essays from the writing workshop on Marfa Public Radio. In this program, you hear personal essays from Permian High School students Corni Ortega, Maggie Lujan, Humberto Zumbia, and Dezmon Goobi. You’ll also hear from their teacher, Katie Groneman and English graduate student Shelby Bullock.

Previous stories from the “Boom or Bust” writing workshop have been featured on West Texas Talk here:

August 2017 – Personal Narratives from UTPB’s Boom or Bust Writing Workshop
April 2017 – Boom or Bust: A Collection and Study of Energy Narratives

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Diana Nguyen produces the interview program West Texas Talk. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of range life, high-brow art, and the vast oil fields of West Texas.

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