Richard Reynolds

Professor - Arts And Humanities

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Modern Letters
University of Tulsa - 1979
M.S. - English
Trinity University - 1974
B.A. - History
The University of Texas at Austin, Texas - 1971


“Time Spent, Not Money Key to Raising Good Kids.” “Local Voices.” Dallas Morning News. 18 April, 2012; 2012 - Publication
“The Pulitzer Has Very Little Meaning to Me.” Dallas Morning News. Artsblog: 17 April, 2012; 2012 - Publication
Is Alaska Too Big for a Book?: A Review of The Quiet World, by Douglas Brinkley. Dallas Morning News. 20 February, 2011: E-7. 2011 - Publication
Voice of Authority Assesses Leading Writers of the Day: A Review of State of Mind: Texas Culture and Its Discontents, by Don Graham. Dallas Morning News. 6 March, 2011: E-7. 2011 - Publication
TCU Professor Offers a Chronological Account of Battles Over Slavery: A Review of This Great Struggle, by Seven E. Woodworth. Dallas Morning News. 3 April, 2011: E-5. 2011 - Publication
The Men Who Lived It Tell the Story of the Civil War: A Review of Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Ed by Harold Holzer. Dallas Morning News. 15 May, 2011: 6-E. 2011 - Publication
Lessons From a Forgotten War: A Review of The Moro War, by James R. Arnold. Dallas Morning News. 7 August, 2011: 6-E. 2011 - Publication
Hero or Terrorist?: A Review of Midnight Rising, by Tony Hortwitz. Dallas Morning News. 30 October, 2011: E-7. 2011 - Publication
Hoi Polloi: A Trio. Descant. 50 (2011): 40-58; rpt. Texas Review. 32.3&4 (2011): 44-71. 2011 - Publication
The Hero of a Hundred Fights: Collected Stories from the Dime Novel King, From Buffalo Bill to Wild Bill Hickok, by Ned Buntline. New York: Union Square Press, 2011: 2011 - Publication


Associate Dean
University of Texas at Dallas [2001–2006]
University of Texas at Dallas [1998–Present]
Visiting Lecturer
University of Texas at Dallas [1997–1998]
Professor (Adjunct)
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX [1996–1996]
Visiting Lecturer
University of Texas at Austin [1996–1996]
Visiting Writer/Consultant
University of South Dakota [1995–1995]
Visiting Professor/Writer
West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX [1995–1995]
Visiting Professor/Writer in Residence
Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania [1994–1994]
Professor/Novelist in Residence
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas [1988–1992]
Associate Professor
Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas [1978–1988]

Additional Information

  • "Methods of Teaching Poetry and Drama in the Classroom." Texas Joint Council of Teachers of English, 1980.
  • "Directing Shakespeare." Arts Related Curriculum, Beaumont Independent School District, 1981.
  • "Publishing Creative Materials." Beaumont Writers' Association, 1982.
  • "Playwriting in the Classroom." Education Region V Workshop, 1985.
  • "Creative Writing Workshop." Texas Wesleyan College, 1987.
  • "Writing and Publishing Workshop." Richland College, February 20-April 3, 1989.
  • "Getting Published: Almost Everything You Need to Know." University of North Texas Mini-Course, 1989.
  • "Writing What You Know." Pascal High School, Fort Worth, 1989.
  • "Publish or Perish: Fiction." Graduate Students of English Colloquy, University of North Texas, 1990.
  • "Publishing in New York: Editors & Agents." TCU Press Writer's Group, 1990.
  • "The Job Hunt Game." Graduate Students of English, University of North Texas, 1991.
  • "Fiction Workshop: Being in Part a Discussion of the Importance of Openings in Stories and Novels." University of North Texas Literary Festival, 1991.
  • "On Publishing Short Fiction & A Demonstration Workshop." Writing and Publishing Workshop. Stephen F. Austin State University, 1991.
  • "Working with an Agent," & "Secrets of Getting Published: Fiction." Austin Writers' League, 1991.
  • "Writing for Real: A Workshop and a Reading." East Central University of Oklahoma, 1992.
  • "Publishers and Writers: A Workshop and a Reading." McNeese State University, 1992.
  • "A Workshop on How to Approach Commercial Publication." Texas Christian University Authors' Extravaganza, 1992.
  • "Packaging and Publishing a Novel." Austin Writer's League, 1993.
  • "The Structure of the Short Story," & "Writing What You Want, Selling What You Can." Rice University Writers' Conference, 1993.
  • "Selling Fiction to Little Magazines." Western Writers of America, 1993.
  • "Writing Against the Grain: Historical Fiction and the Mainstream Novel." Golden Triangle Writers' Guild, Beaumont, TX, 1993.
  • "The Business of Writing." Angelo State University, 1993.
  • "Round and Flat Characters: What is the Difference," & "Self-Publishing: Why It Doesn't Work." Rice University Writers' Conference, 1994.
  • "Drawing History: Adapting Historical Facts for Fiction." Panhandle Professional Writers Association, Amarillo, Texas, 1994.
  • "Perils of Research: Using Standard Sources to Find the Facts." Austin Writers' League, 1995.
  • "Where Ideas Come From." Texarkana Junior College, 1995.
  • "The Life of the Writer." Annual "Meet the Author Series," Texarkana Junior College, 1995.
  • "Historical Sources: Playing Detective to Get at the Truth." Rice University Writers' Conference, 1995.
  • "Writing Fiction for Publication." West Texas A&M University Writer's Workshop, 1995.
  • "Truth or Consequences: Adapting Factual Information to Fiction." Our Lady of the Lake University Writer's Workshop, 1995.
  • "Fiction Writing: A Six-Week Class and Workshop for Advanced Writers." The Writer's Garret, Dallas, Texas, 1996.
  • "Self-Editing: How Much, When, and Why." Austin Writers' League, TCA Literary Touring Program, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1996.
  • "Contracts & Deals." Denton Writers' League, 1996.
  • "So You've Written a Novel, Now What?" Rice University Writer's Conference, 1996.
  • "Turning Fact into Fiction." Sul Ross State University, 1996.
  • "Prose into Pictures: Adapting a Novel for the Screen." West Texas A&M University Writer's Workshop, 1997.
  • "Finding the Truth through Fiction." The Woodlands Writers' Guild, 1997.
  • "Writing the Novel and Short Story: A Six-Week Class and Workshop." The Writers'Garret, Dallas, Texas, 1997.
  • "Publishing the Short Story." Sul Ross State University, 1998.
  • "Where Ideas for Writing Come From." Highland Park High School Literary Festival, 2000.
  • "The Ways Writers' Workshops Work, The Ways They Don't." Texas Commission on the Arts Texas' Touring Arts Program, 2000.
  • "Drawing on Memory for Fiction." Quanah High School Literary Festival, 2000.
  • "Writing for Profit: Genre vs. Literary Writing." Writers in Process, Trinity Writers' Workshop, Tarrant County College, 2000.
  • "It's Noir or Never: Writers Explore the Dark Side." Texas Book Festival, 2000.
  • "A Master Class in Fiction Composition." San Jacinto College, 2001.
  • "Tips for Writers." West Texas Book & Author Festival, 2001.
  • Sterling Press
  • Thompson Gale Publishing Company
  • America On-Line Writers & Professional Editors Community Leaders' Group
  • Reader-Consultant, Texas A&M Press
  • Consultant, Current Diversions
  • Editorial Board, Amarillo Bay On-Line Joumal of Literature
  • Reader-Consultant, West Texas A&M Press
  • Consultant, Texas Review Press
  • Consultant, Austin Writer's League, Literary Touring Initiative
  • Consultant, Write on the Beach, Branson, MO
  • Consultant, Stray Films, Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Consultant, Daydream Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
  • Reader-Consultant, Texas Tech University Press
  • Consultant, Browder Springs Publishing Company
  • Reader-Consultant, The Whitston Press
  • Reader-Consultant, SMU Press
  • Reader-Consultant, The University of Nevada Press
  • Reader-Consultant, University of North Texas Press
  • Reader-Consultant, Baskerville Publishers, Ltd.
  • Consultant, ALE Publishers
  • Technical Editorial Consultant, Applied Earth Sciences, Inc.
  • Consultant, Four Alarm Productions
  • "The Importance of Secondary School Grammar." Texas State Teacher's Association, 1980.
  • "Arts in the Public School." Arts Related Curriculum, Beaumont Independent School District, 1982.
  • "Drama and Fiction." Education Region V Workshop, 1983.
  • "On Publishing a Novel." Golden Triangle Writers' Guild, 1986.
  • "Writing and Publishing a Novel." Angelo State University, 1986.
  • "Creative Writing." Education Region V Workshop, 1986.
  • "The Problems of Texas Literature." Gulf Coast Historical Society, 1986.
  • "Texas Drama." Angelo State University Faculty-Student Colloquy, 1986.
  • "The Difficulties of Writing Fictional Historical Biography." Gulf Coast Geneological and Historical Association of Southeast Texas, 1987.
  • "The American Western Movement and Regional Writing." Carlton College Faculty-Student Colloquy, 1987.
  • "The Politics of Publishing." Trinity University Creative Writing Program, 1987.
  • "The Problems of Researching Historical Fiction." Panhandle Penwomen, 1987.
  • "On Being a Texas Writer." Center for Texas Studies' Texas Writers Series, 1987.
  • "Texas Novels." Southern Literature, Texas Writers' Symposium, East Texas State University, 1987.
  • "Creative Writing." Sam Houston State University, 1987.
  • "Pearl Hogerth Lecture." Iowa State University, 1987.
  • "Creative Writing and Reading," Trinity University, 1987.
  • "Creative Writing." Ardmore Public Schools, Ardmore, OK, 1987.
  • "Pacing the Novel." Golden Triangle Writer's Guild Literary Festival, 1988.
  • "Writing the Novel." Southwest Booksellers' Association, 1988.
  • "Coming Home: Writing About A Small Town." Thompson-Sawyer Public Library, Quanah, Texas, 1988.
  • "Cheatin' Songs." The Center For Texas Studies and Friends of the Emily Fowler Library, 1988.
  • "Cyrano and the Tradition of French Drama." University Interscholastic League, University of North Texas, 1988.
  • "Cecil B. & Mary Beth Williams Lecture: A Small Town Writer." Texas Christian University, 1989.
  • "Self-Promotion and Marketing of Fiction." The Book People of Fort Worth, 1989.
  • "Why We Write (and Read) About Vietnam." North Texas Interdisciplinary Forum, 1989.
  • "Sam Shepard's Buried Child: A Preview." Dallas Theatre Center, 1990.
  • "Drama: Theatre History and Approaches to Four Modern Plays." Workshop in Literature, Language, and TASP/Essential Elements, University of North Texas, 1990.
  • "What is a Cowboy, Where is the West?" National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, 1991.
  • "Doubletrailing: The Dilemma of Growing Up Western." Chisholm Trail Writer's Workshop, 1991. Celebrity Authors Series: Friends of the Dallas Public Library, 1991.
  • "The Writer and the Spirit of Place." Center for the Study of the Southwest, Southwest Texas State University, 1991.
  • "Writing in Texas." University of Central Oklahoma Writer's Club, 1992.
  • "Why Writing is an Art." Literary Initiative (LIT) Task Force, Texas Commission on the Arts, 1992.
  • "The Mysteries of Publishing Fiction: The Facts." Krum Municiple Library, 1992.
  • "Why Am I a Writer?" Trinity University, 1992.
  • "Writing What We Know." Fort Worth Star Telegram Books & Authors Luncheon, 1992.
  • "The Prophets of Prose." Southern Methodist University, 1992.
  • "Time and Snow and Writing What You Know." Thompson-Sawyer Memorial Library, Quanah, Texas, 1992.
  • "Publishing Fiction in the Nineties." SW Oklahoma Pen Women, 1993.
  • "The Truth of Memory." Rice University Writers' Conference, 1993.
  • "The Reviewing Process." Texas Mystery Readers, Dallas, TX, 1993.
  • "The Role of the Writer: Using Lies to Tell the Truth." Villanova University Visiting Lecturer Series, 1994.
  • "Texas West, Texas South: A Division in Texas Literature." Tarrant County Junior College, 1994.
  • "Literary Grants, Fellowships, Awards & Prizes: What You Need to Know." INPRINT, Houston, TX, 1994.
  • "Publishing as a Profession: The Writer's Perspective." Rice University PublishingProgram, 1995.
  • "From the Outside In: Writing and Personal Education." University of South Dakota, 1995.
  • "The City as Classroom." The North Texas Community and Junior College Consortium, 1996.
  • "Novel Hints: Writer on Stage." The Friends of the Library, Garland, Texas, 1996.
  • "Let's Call the Thang Rodeo: The Professional Western Sport." University Lecture Series, Southwest Texas State University, 1996.
  • ng Up: The Ambition of Writing." West Texas A&M University Writer's Workshop, 1996.
  • "Of Sneakers, Boots, and Lube Jobs: The State of Publishing Today." Austin Writers' League, 1996.
  • "Drawing the West: Experience and Facts in Writing about Texas." Texas Writers Symposium, 1997.
  • "The Personal Essay." University of Texas at Dallas, 1997.
  • "The Prophets of Prose." Center for the Study of the Southwest, Southwest Texas State University, 1997.
  • "The Question of Canon: What People Really Read and Why." Richardson Friends of the Library, IN PERSON, 1998.
  • "Adapting a Novel for Film." Angelo State University Elmer Kelton Symposium, 1999.
  • "Approaching the World of Fiction Publishing." Texas Christian University, 1999.
  • "The Life of a Writer." Richardson Friends of the Library, IN PERSON, 2000.
  • "If Not Fortune, Why Not Fame?" Emily Fowler Memorial Library Lecture, 2000.
  • "Approaching Professional Publishing." Lamar University, 2000.
  • "The Writers' Secret." San Jacinto College, 2001.
  • "Whores & History: A Writer's Apology." Writers' League of Texas, 2001.
  • "The Road to Creating a Series." The Writers' Roundup. Northeast Texas Community College, 2002.

News Articles

Professor Makes Recommendations for Reading Over the Break
Novelist, Book Critic, Director of Creative Writing at UT Dallas, Dr. Clay Reynolds Offers Ideas : always think that the holidays are a great time to catch up on history and biography. This year, marking the memorial of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, I would recommend a couple of volumes. One isStrange Peaches, a novel based on the assassination by the late Edwin “Bud” Shrake. Although published in the early 1970s, it captures much about Dallas as it was at the time and of the people involved before they had become icons. Another would be The Road to Dallas, by David Kaiser. I’m no expert in the field and have certainly not read even a fraction of the works published on the assassination, but this is a sober assessment of all the major players and events leading up to the moment; and it’s particularly good on Jack Ruby and several of the minor players. His analysis of the Kennedy response to the rise of the Castro regime is also an eye-opener for any who don’t realize how extreme our government’s reaction was to the Cuban
Prof Rounds Up Wild West Tales by Colorful Writer
Dr. Clay Reynolds, director of the Creative Writing program at UT Dallas, has compiled a collection of novelettes from the 19th-century novelist Edward Zane Carroll Judson – better known by his pen name Ned Buntline. Reynolds’ compilation, The Hero of a Hundred Fights: Collected Stories from the Dime Novel King, from Buffalo Bill to Wild Bill Hickok, documents Buntline’s body of work as the so-called “King of the Dime Novel.” In the new book, Reynolds gives an in-depth introduction to Buntline’s controversial life and work. Reynolds portrays Buntline as being as colorful as some of his characters, describing him as a “bigamist, a slanderer and blackmailer and notorious scoundrel, an inciter of riots and a fugitive from justice, and very possibly a murderer, an ex-convict, deadbeat, philanderer and one of the world’s greatest liars.”
Book review: The Son, by Philipp Meyer
On one level, this large-canvas family saga by award-winning novelist Philipp Meyer resembles nothing more than a patchwork of derivative fiction — sort of Edna Ferber meets Thomas Berger meets James Michener, with a dash of Dallas and a touch of The Big Valley thrown in for flavor. It’s also a none-too-subtle bashing of Texas history, myths and legends, with a derisive editorial condemnation of all things Texan or Western. The book is organized into three separate narratives spanning four generations of the McCullough clan, cattle and oil barons. First up is Eli McCullough, who at the age of 13 witnesses the massacre of his family by marauding Comanches. Taken captive and adopted into the band, Eli, who barely has an eighth-grade education, shows an astounding awareness of geography and rapidly acquires profound expertise in a host of subjects. Next up is Peter McCullough, Eli’s second son. His tale is related in diary form. Peter is born after Eli has been returned to white society, become a Texas Ranger and a Confederate officer. Eli steals a fortune, marries a judge’s daughter and settles on a vast DeWitt County ranch of a quarter-million acres.


National Fiction Fellowship by Endowment for the Arts
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