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The Big Texas Author Talk is a *free* lecture series devoted to showcasing Texas authors from across our big state.   Each month we feature one Texas author in conversation with another—from New York Times bestsellers living in Dallas, Houston, and Austin to our rich Texas Latinx border authors living in Laredo and McAllen, not to mention from other deep pockets and corners of our culturally diverse state.  Our lecture series is as entertaining as it is informative—and like Texas itself, we offer a vast array of storytellers who represent the spirit of our extremely distinct Lone Star State and continue to keep us on the literary map. In the past, we’ve featured novelists such as Kathleen Kent, Marisol Cortez, Joe Lansdale, and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho and Texas poet laureates such as Carmen Tafolla, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Jenny Brown, and Emmy Pérez.

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 via Zoom @ 7PM CST

Up Next: Glenn Blake, moderator Cliff Hudder

About The Old and the Lost: Collected Stories

The most complete collection of Glenn Blake’s luminous short fiction published to date.

“I was born in a land of bayous, raised between rivers,” Glenn Blake writes. “There is a place in Southeast Texas where two rivers meet and become one. There is a long bridge over these waters, and as you drive across, you can look to the south and see where the Old River and the Lost River become the Old and the Lost. You can look out as far as you can see and watch this wide water become the bay.”

These fourteen stories are set in the swamps, bayous, and sloughs of Southeast Texas, a region that is subsiding—sinking inches every year. The characters who inhabit Blake’s haunting landscape—awash in their own worlds, adrift in their own lives—struggle to salvage what they can of their hopes and dreams from the encroaching tides.

About the Author

Glenn Blake has taught in the English Department at Rice University, the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, and the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. He is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Tyler.  He is the author of Drowned Moon, Return Fire, and The Old and the Lost. His novel, Degüello, is due in December. He has edited Gulf Coast, The Hopkins Review, and Boulevard. He is now serving as the Director of the University of Texas Press at Tyler. In 2000, he was elected Chair of PEN Houston. In 2020, he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

About the Moderator

Cliff Hudder received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Houston in 1995, and a PhD in American Literature from Texas A&M University in 2018. He has been an archaeological laborer, a film and video editor, a photographer, air compressor mechanic, electrical lineman, and educator. In addition to articles on regional and American literature, his short stories have appeared in several journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Missouri Review. His work has received the Barthelme and Michener Awards, the Peden Prize, the Short Story Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Ruth Vande Kieft Prize from the Eudora Welty Society. His novella, Splinterville, won the 2007 Texas Review Fiction Award, and his novel, Pretty Enough for You, was named a top-10 Texas favorite for 2015 by the Lone Star Literary Life website. His third book, Sallowsfield, will be released in November byTexas Review Press. He serves as the chair of Psychology and Sociology at Lone Star College-Montgomery in Conroe, Texas. In 2017, Cliff was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.


June, Alex Temblador
July, Ramona Reeves
Aug, Sasha West
Sep, Elizabeth McCracken
Oct, Joshua Robbins
Nov, Anel Flores
Dec, TBA


Cyrus Cassells, Is There Room for Another Horse on Your Horse Ranch?
Jason Stone, The Beauty of the Days Gone By
Mag Gabbert,
Sex Depression Animals
Rudy Ruiz, Valley of Shadows
Carmen Tafolla,
Warrior Girl
Katie Gutierrez,
More Than You’ll Ever Know
Thomas H. McNeely,
Pictures of the Shark
Rubén Degollado,
 The Family Izquierdo 
Jehanne Dubrow
, Taste: A Book of Small Bites
Richard Z. Santos, Trust Me
Andrew Porter, The Disappeared
Steve Adams,
Remember This
Leticia Urieta, Las Criaturas
Vincent Cooper, Zarzamora
Allison Hedge Coke,
Look At This Blue
Tomás Q. Morín, Let Me Count the Ways
Daniel Peña,
Alexander Essbaum
’s Hausfrau: A Novel
Carmen Tafolla and illustrator Regina Moya, The Last Butterfly
Laurie Ann Guerrero, I Have Eaten the Rattlesnake​
Alexandra van de Kamp, Ricochet Script 
Wondra Chang, Sonju
Johnnie Bernhard,
Sisters of the Undertow
Barbara Ras,The Blues of Heaven
Mike Soto
A Grave is Given Supper
Deb Olin UnferthBarn 8
Marisol Cortez, Luz At Midnight
Sergio Troncoso
, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son

Edward Vidaurre
, Pandemia & Other Poems
Octavio Quintanilla, If I Go Missing
Sherry Kafka Wagner, Hannah Jackson
Nan Cuba,
Body and Bread
Hudder, Pretty Enough for You
Rebekah Manley,
Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates A Picture Book Parody for Adults
Jenny Browne
, Fellow Travelers: New and Selected Poems (TCU Poet Laureate Series)
Amanda Eyre Ward
, The Jetsetters
Heather Harper Ellett, Ain’t Nobody Nobody
Andrea Vocab Sanderson, 
She Lives in Music
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho:
Barefoot Dogs
Wendy Barker: Gloss
Fowzia Karimi: Above Us the Milky Way
Joe R. Lansdale: Edge of Dark Water
Kendra Allen: When You Learn the Alphabet
Emmy Pérez: With The River on Our Face
Kathleen Kent: The Dime & The Burn
David Samuel Levinson: Tell Me How This Ends Well

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