F156. Southern Plains Gothic and Gritty Realism: Fiction from the American Southwest

Room 209, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Four award-winning writers from Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma read their place-based fiction: work that kicks away stereotype, grinds against landscape, reveals, appeals, and confounds. Featuring National Book Award– finalist Brandon Hobson, Chicano Gothic novelist Ito Romo, Oklahoma Book Award– winner Constance Squires, and Western Heritage Award–winner Rilla Askew, this panel reads deep into the lives and landscapes of the region.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_Fiction_from_the_American_Southwest_(1).docx



Rilla Askew is the author of four novels, a book of stories, and a collection of creative nonfiction, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place. She received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and teaches at the University of Oklahoma.

Brandon Hobson is the author of Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. He has won the Reading the West Book Award and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University and at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Ito Romo's work, dubbed “Chicano Gothic” and “Chicano Noir,” shows the dark and gritty life along Interstate 35 through South Texas. He is the author of The Border is Burning and El Puente / The Bridge. This year, Romo was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

Constance Squires is the author of the novels Along the Watchtower, Live from Medicine Park, and Hit Your Brights, a short story collection. Her work has appeared in Guernica, The Atlantic, Shenandoah, The Rolling Stone 500 and other venues. She teaches writing at the University of Central Oklahoma.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center