ISU professors share their creative work

On Monday evening, professors Tim Hunt and Ricardo Cruz will be sharing some of their personal creative writing pieces at a live reading event.

The reading will be taking place at 7 p.m. in the Bone Student Center in the Founder’s Suite. The event is open to all and there is no cost to attend.

Hunt has been a professor at ISU for 11 years. He has taught a variety of courses and this semester he is teaching English 284 which is an intro to poetry course, as well as English 289, textual theory for publishing.

Cruz has been part of the ISU community for a long time as well. He was a student at ISU and received his Bachelor’s degree from the university in 1985. He is currently teaching English 265, which is a course on African American Literature. He is also the Associate Chair of the English department.

“I’ve been writing since I was 16, but that doesn’t mean I was any good,” Hunt said. Professor Hunt has been writing and publishing poetry since he was out of grad school. He stopped writing recreationally for about 20 years but started again 14 years ago and has been writing ever since.

“I don’t have the patience to write a novel, that’s Ricardo,” Hunt said.

Cruz is a widely published and award-winning novelist. He began creative writing as an undergrad at ISU and said he was greatly influenced by the mentors he met at the university. He has been focusing on work that is closely related to African American music and has an interest in relating his work to music and song.

“I’ve been writing all my life really. Writing for me is truly a way to have voice and agency,” Cruz said.

Hunt and Cruz have become friends over the years working at the university together. Hunt’s son John decided to become an English major after he took one of Cruz’s classes as an undergraduate. John Hunt is now a graduate student at ISU and designed the cover for his dad’s book of poetry.

Courtesy of Tim Hunt

Courtesy of Tim Hunt

Although both professors have done readings for their work separately, this is the first time the two will be coming together to do a reading. What makes this event even more interesting is that the professors both have very different writing styles. Hunt focuses mostly on poetry and plans to read from his latest work “The Tao of Twang.”

Cruz has not decided exactly what pieces he will be reading but he has some ideas in mind. “Mostly work that connects to black music and song and hip-hop aesthetic,” Cruz said.

Both professors have had several works published already, and Hunt’s latest work will be available at the reading this Monday. Both professors are very entertaining to listen to, and together they will bring a great event to the university. “He does the slang, I do the twang,” Hunt said.

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