Novelist Brings Book Tour to Campus

Novelist and Texas-native Jason Skipper stopped by the UT Arlington campus last week on a book tour to promote his latest work, Hustle.

Senior Lecturer Laura Kopchick, left, and novelist Jason Skipper pose with Skipper's debut novel, "Hustle," after a reading last week on the UT Arlington campus.

Skipper spoke to students and faculty members Sept. 15 in Nedderman Hall and read from his book, answering questions and signing copies afterward. He was invited by English Senior Lecturer Laura Kopchick, who teaches creative writing, after the two writers crossed paths at a literary conference in Denton last spring.

Skipper’s debut novel, Hustle, is a coming-of-age story that explores the ways people struggle to fulfill their wants and desires, as well as what they are willing to sacrifice to feel free, the author told the audience. The novel is set in Texas and centers on a family of alcoholic con men, philandering seafood salesmen and hopeful musicians.

Skipper is a professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, teaching creative writing and literature. His work has appeared in Hotel Amerika and Mid-American Review. He received his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was fiction editor of the Third Coast.

For more information about the author visit his his website,, or follow him on Twitter at @jsnskppr.

[Written by Karla Cano, College of Liberal Arts]


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