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
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.
Insights into True Crime
Contributing writer Laura Brackin recently had the opportunity to ask SHSU instructor and author of Seed of Villainy Tannie Shannon about his book and get some insight into his experience writing a nonfiction work about a true crime case so close to home.
On the evening of September 12, 1995, twelve-year-old McKay Everett was kidnapped from his Montgomery County home in Texas and driven to Louisiana where he was shot and left in a swamp. Ex-Sheriff Captain Hilton Crawford was not an investigator on this case, rather he was the perpetrator of a ransom situation gone wrong.
Tannie Shannon’s book, Seed of Villainy, goes into detail about Crawford’s life, allowing the reader to get into his head and see how decisions he made led him, and young McKay, to this fateful night. Read more
Mystic Sails, Texas Trails by Robert Davant with Mickey Herskowitz
This review was written by Dr. Diane Dowdey and was originally published in the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas. Read more
We Are the Bus by James McKean
This post was written by contributing writer Savanah Burns.
In the winter of 2011, James McKean’s We Are the Bus debuted onto the literary scene with the Texas Review Press. McKean’s hard work won TRP’s X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, an annual contest accepting submissions from poets from all over. McKean’s rich background in nonfiction and poetry, along with a hoard of life experience, shows through in his writing. He is an esteemed professor who teaches for the MFA program at Queens University Low Residency, located in North Carolina.
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