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Living Holy Ghost Girl: 2018 Werlin Lecture featuring Author Donna M. Johnson

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Date: 6/22/2018

Time & Place:
Baylor University, Castellaw Communications Center, Room 100

Award-winning author Donna M. Johnson will present the 2018 Werlin Lecture on Friday, June 22, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Castellaw Communications Center, Room 100. In her lecture, Johnson will reflect on the power of personal narrative for both readers and writers. Johnson's memoir, Holy Ghost Girl (2011), explores her childhood experiences on the "sawdust trail" with Brother David Terrell, an apocalyptic big-tent preacher during the ’60s and ’70s who drew thousands of worshippers in central Texas and across the U.S. As a member of the inner circle, Johnson had a front-row seat to the miracles, exorcisms, KKK face-offs and betrayals of the flesh common under the tent. Johnson is a 2009 Ragdale Fellow and was recently awarded a three-year Lucas Artist Residency at the Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, California. Her work has been included in two anthologies, Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions (2013) and Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song (2015). She has written about religion, family and culture for the Dallas Morning News, the Austin American-Statesman, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. She lives in Austin, where she teaches writing workshops and is working on a project that combines investigative journalism with personal narrative. The 2018 Werlin Lecture is part of the 125th Press Women of Texas annual conference, which is being sponsored by Baylor's Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media, and the Baylor Libraries. This public lecture is free and open to the public.

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