S118. Obsessed with Texas: Writing New Stories About an Old Place

Room 007A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Texas contains vastly different landscapes, histories, and cultures, but its literature often hasn't. Katherine Anne Porter disavowed the state. Larry McMurtry made the world think all Texans were cowboys. Latinx, African American, and women authors from all backgrounds have been neglected by the canon. West Texas and Dallas have gotten more print than the East Texas piney woods and San Antonio. This panel will explore how writers from across the state are remaking Texas's literary image.

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Michael Noll is the author of The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction& and the program director at the Writers' League of Texas. He edits the blog Read to Write Stories, and his fiction has appeared in the Best American Mystery Stories anthology.

Mónica Teresa Ortiz is a writer from Texas. She has been recently published in Pilgrimage, Huizache, and Raspa, amongst numerous other poetry journals and anthologies.

Vincent Cooper is the author of Zarzamora: Poetry of Survival and the chapbook Where the Reckless Ones Come to Die. Cooper's poetry has appeared in several online zines, journals, and anthologies. He is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

Heather Harper Ellett is a therapist in private practice and teaches at the Writer's Path at SMU. Ain't Nobody Nobody is her first novel.

Joe Jiménez is the author of Rattlesnake Allegory, his second poetry collection. His essays and poems have recently appeared in the Adroit Journal, Iron Horse, RHINO, Aster(ix), and Waxwing and on the PBS NewsHour and Lambda Literary sites.


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