Sunday, June 28, 2009
Paul D. Ruffin is the current Texas Poet Laureate. He is the Texas State University System Regents' Professor and Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University. At SHSU, Ruffin founded and still serves as editor-in-chief of the Texas Review, an international literary journal, and he founded and serves as editor of the literary book press, the Texas Review Press.
Ruffin's written about a thousand works, most of which are poetry, but also includes some novels, short stories, and essays. See http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_pdr/travelpublicity.pdf for a sampler. And he collected some awards along the way. Texas is advantaged by his presence. His critical attention paid to William Goyen, a fine Texas author now gone, is keenly appreciated.
Originally from Alabama, he has written an autobiographical work, "Growing Up in Mississippi Poor and White But Not Quite Trash," which will be interesting reading when it's published. For more about Ruffin go to http://www.pauldruffin.com/page2.html
Mississippi keeps track of him http://www.olemiss.edu/mwp/dir/ruffin_paul/index.html
For a list of our poets laureate go to http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ref/abouttx/poets.html
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Paulette Jiles new novel, "The Color of Lightning" enjoys a review in the New York Times.
"HOW THE WEST WAS WON"
By STEVEN HEIGHTON
Published: April 10, 2009
The review begins: "The hero of Paulette Jiles's third novel is a historical figure, a freed slave whose journey into the Texas Panhandle to rescue his wife and children — abducted not by slave traders but by Indians — derives from oral histories supported by a few traces of documentation. The novel begins in 1863 and ends in 1871, a few years before the local Indians were subdued and confined to reservations, and the great southern buffalo herd was annihilated, forever changing the land."
And in the Texas Monthly http://www.texasmonthly.com/preview/2009-04-01/bookrev
Judy Alter on "Texas' small publishing houses feel the pinch of a slow economy" from the Dallas Morning News, April 19, 2009. She begins her considerations as below, on three notable publishers: Wings Press, Cinco Puntos Press, and Blooming Tree Press.
"The drumbeat of bad news from New York publishers, including declining sales and layoffs, has been constant this year. But what about small independent publishers in Texas? For the most part, they feel the pain, too.
Wings Press in San Antonio was founded in 1975 by Joanie Whitebird and Joseph F. Lomax. When they died, the mantle of publisher fell on Bryce Milligan, who runs the press as a one-man operation: publisher, editor and designer. The press publishes multicultural books, chapbooks (small book or pamphlets), CDs, DVDs and broadsides."
Read more at
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Karla Morton - Future Texas Poet Laureate of 2010
This Denton poet has published in a variety of journals, including Southwest American Literature, descant, Amarillo Bay, Concho River Review and the annual Texas Poetry Calendar.
She authored the volume Wee Cowrin" Timorous Beastie. She reads widely in public events and has been taped for some television. This Aggie graduate is married and has a couple of teenagers.
See her at
Michael Price is telling business leaders in Fort Worth about Morton elevation.
Morton next year in 2010 will replace Paul Ruffin the 2009 Laureat (see posting on June 28 for Ruffin.
At Texas Tech just last week amid a conference on wind turbines (there's a lotta hot air in West Texas), one presentation had an unusual title by Michael Borshuk, Texas Tech University, Department of English,
Cool Jazz, Western Literature, and Wind Power: A Metaphor for Energy
Out of the El Paso region comes "Chicano Literature Latino Literature - Pluma Fronteriza," a blog on the title's topic.
Self-described as: "Raza Literature from the Borderlands. Raza Literature from Cd. Juarez, Las Cruces, and El Paso. Chicano Writers. Chicana Writers. "Pluma Fronteriza" has become one of the most widley distributed publications in the history of Chicana(o) literature. Founded in 1999, PF showcases Chicano(a) and Latino(a) writers from the El Paso, TX/Cd. Juarez, Chih, Mex/Las Cruces, NM tri-state region. This region has created the largest geographic niche in the genre."
Some previous posts include
Haylee Landford has an interesting scribbler's outlet and maybe a way to make a few bucks or enhance her real estate role. Writing for selected webpages, Haylee has three items of related interest on separate sites that currently were pulled in though my RSS feeds. See these brief essays
Texas Food http://www.geotravelblog.com/texas-food
A Bite of Texas http://food.droone.com/a-bite-of-texas.html