It’s been a year-long process, but we are excited to announce that The Gordian Review, our graduate student-run literary journal, has published its latest issue! Read more
Highlighting Shep in the Victorio War
Contributing writer Elizabeth Evans writes about the highly anticipated sequel to Faithful Shep, author Don DeNevi’s Shep in the Victorio War, coming soon from Texas Review Press.
During the summer of 1880, amid the searing heat of the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas and northern Mexico, Chief Victorio led his band of Mescalero and Warm Springs Apaches in a last, desperate exodus from a disease-ridden, barren reservation. Raiding cattle and horses to survive, Victorio and his people eluded pursuers on both sides of the Rio Grande, as the US Army, the Texas Rangers, and the Mexican territorial militia combined forces to ferret out and eliminate the fugitive Apaches. Read more
Contributing writer Savanah Burns wrote this post in celebration of Texas History this month.
This month is filled with Texas history. Last Friday, March 2, was Texas Independence Day. Two days ago, March 6, was spent commemorating the Battle of the Alamo. This month, we encourage you to celebrate Texas by reading a book relate to Texas history, or inspired by it. Here’s a list our staff put together for you: Read more
What do you do now that you’re published?
Award-winning author and guest contributor Johnnie Bernhard offers her advice on how to market yourself and your book, and to reach your audience.
When A Good Girl was published in 2017, I was very aware of entering a schizophrenic publishing market. It was saturated with self-published books, books from small and medium presses, and the New York big houses. I needed to find out immediately who my audience was, and how I could best meet that audience. Read more
Getting to Know TRP author Theodora Bishop
Contributing writer Elizabeth Evans recently interviewed 2016 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize runner up and author of On the Rocks, Theodora Bishop.
What inspired On the Rocks?
On the Rocks was originally a short story I wrote the first winter I spent in Alabama (I lived in Tuscaloosa for four years while completing my MFA at the University of Alabama). I had wanted to write a story that takes place over the course of a family party, a situation ripe for inspiration in and of itself. Read more
Four Insights into Writing Children’s Literature
Contributing writer Savanah Burns wrote this post offering advice on writing children’s literature.
When it comes to writing “good” children’s literature, there are a few things authors have done well. First of all, the author needs to know their reader. Second of all, the author needs to successfully engross their reader in the narrative. Read more
Highlighting How We Came to Be
Contributing writer Laura Brackin writes about award-winning author of A Good Girl Johnnie Bernhard’s new book, How We Came to Be, coming soon from Texas Review Press. Read more
Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days
This review was written by Tim Bardin and was originally published in the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas.
The (Too) Busy Writer
Contributing writer Laura Brackin gives some tips to help writers manage and maximize their writing time, even when life keeps you busy.
A common image of the writer is one where they sit with their laptop in an oversized, comfy chair, in front of a large picture window—with or without a sheer, gauzy window dressing of some kind, but either way, allowing entry for cheerful sunlight—a cup of steaming something, coffee, tea, on a small table beside them. This writer is happily spending their stress-free hours combining beautifully written sentences into a literary masterpiece. Feel free to substitute a large, mahogany desk for the oversized chair in this scenario; the visual is subjective on this point. The important constant is the leisurely life this image portrays: the writer as engulfed in their art, unperturbed. Read more
Clay Reynolds Novella Prize
Submissions are closing soon for the 2017 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize. Read more