Blue Paints

By James Hoggard Perkins-Prothro Distinguished Professor of English at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. Hoggard is also a former poet laureate of Texas and past president of the Texas Institute of Letters. Prologue I’d ridden in the Hotter’n Hell Hundred since its beginning, some four or so years back; and I often rode alone. Later,…

The Epically True Tale of an Ice Cream Calamity

by Lauren Levine (2014 writer) Tragedy has officially struck…there is no ice cream at the Dairy Queen.  “Excuse me, can I have y’alls attention,” calls out the frazzled, brown-haired manager over our workshop groups’ chatter. “The machine is broken.” More ominous words have yet to be uttered in this culinary Mecca of Archer City. It’s…

2014 Auction of Larry McMurtry’s First Edition Works

        What: The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference Benefit Auction, celebrating the 10th year of the conference, which is hosted each July by the University of North Texas’ Frank W. & Sue Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism When: Online auction June 27(Friday) to July 19 (Saturday). Live auction, with first editions of 11 autographed novels…

Finding My Voice Up Where the Air is Clear

by Eric Nishimoto Eric Nishimoto is the 2013 Mayborn Biography Fellow, who just recently returned from his writer-in-residency at Stone Feather Ridge, the home of acclaimed biographer James McGrath Morris and his wife Patty. Here are a few of Eric’s thoughts after two and a half weeks of writing in paradise. Click here for more…

A Tribute To Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry Tribute at the Emerald Eagle Awards <Click to watch Jeff Bridges talk about The Last Picture Show> It was high time that the University of North Texas honored one of its own, Larry McMurtry, a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist and academy award-winning screenwriter. Along with UNT alumnus Phyllis George (a former Miss America and trailblazing television…

Fossils

by Elizabeth Langton Photographs by Danny Fulgencio Jack Loftin guides his hulking sedan west through town while I sit in the passenger seat, clutching a tote bag packed with a notebook, tape recorder, camera, pens, water bottle and sunscreen. A cooler containing our lunch—ham on white, assembled by Jack’s wife—rests in the backseat. A pickax…

The Bird Lady of Archer City

by Kathy Floyd Char Burton takes a bird named Beauty out of one of the large cages stacked in her living room. She sweet talks to Beauty and they give each other little beak-to-lip kisses. Beauty is an Eclectus Parrot with a gorgeous scarlet head, but her torso has no feathers, just dark splotchy down…

Out of the Fiery Cauldron a Writer Emerges

by Amelia Jaycen When you find that every cell in your body is motivated toward story-telling— as George says, “stories no one else is telling in ways no one else is telling them”—if your protons and neutrons are spinning and all your chemistry has undergone catalysis, it is possibly due to the introduction of a…

The Love Song of Larry J. McMurtry: The Last Picture Show

by Greg Giddings, Midwestern State University (Originally published in JASAT) In 1966, Larry McMurtry (in)famously dedicated his third novel with these words: “The Last Picture Show is lovingly dedicated to my home town.”  Both readers and commentators through the years have assumed that McMurtry was speaking ironically in that dedication, as McMurtry’s description of Thalia,…

Notes from the Auction Ring

July 24, 2013 A group of Archer City writers embarked on an eye-opening adventure: to check out a nearby cattle auction barn.  They came home with stories of the day that sent them traveling back in time, to memories of their own lives dealing with livestock.     ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Blackie By Lori Dann She must…