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American Institute of Architecture San Antonio

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AIA San Antonio is the fourth largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects in Texas. The chapter serves the professional needs of more than 550 architects, associates, and affiliate professionals working in fields allied to architecture in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzalez, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde,...

Claudius Aelianus

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Claudius Aelianus, known to us as Aelian, was born sometime between A.D. 165 and 170 in the hill town of Praeneste, in what is now Palestrina, about twenty-five miles from Rome, Italy. He was fond of making almanac-like collections, only fragments of which survive, devoted to odd topics such as manifestations of the divine, the workings of the supernatural, and observations on the animal kingdom.

Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen is the author and editor of numerous books. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Hilton Als

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Hilton Als is an American writer and theater critic who writes for the New Yorker. He is a former staff writer for the Village Voice and former editor-at-large at Vibe magazine. He is the author of The Women, and his work has appeared in the Nation, the Believer, and the New York Review of Books. His honors include a Guggenheim fellowship, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and the Berlin Prize of...

San Antonio Museum of Art

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The San Antonio Museum of Art dates its history to 1925. Located in the former Lone Star Brewery complex, its collections position it as one of the preeminent city museums in the nation.

Wendy Weil Atwell

Arts writer Wendy Weil Atwell chronicles the collection and describes the work of the artists. They include Martin Richman, a light artist based in London; Bill Fontana, a sound artist in San Francisco; Donald Lipski, a sculptor in Philadelphia; and four San Antonio-based artists, Stuart Allen, who works with light and color; painter Mark Schlesinger; metal sculptor George Schroeder; and Carlos Cortés, a...

Diane Barnet

Diane Barnet, a resident of South Austin for fifteen years, is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, the New York Times, Backpacker, and elsewhere.

Andrea Barrett

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Andrea Barrett is the author of the story collection Ship Fever, which received the National Book Award, and Servants of the Map, as well as six novels, most recently The Air We Breathe. She coedited, with Peter Turchi, The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work. She teaches at Williams College and lives in western Massachusetts.

Dallas Baxter

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Dallas Baxter is the creator of the quarterly Cenizo Journal, which celebrates the people and ecosystems of the Big Bend. She serves as president of the Big Bend chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, which she helped found in 2002.


Marc Bekoff

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Marc Bekoff is a former professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, an ambassador for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute. He and Goodall co-founded the organization Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies in 2000. He is the author of, most...

Marvin Bell

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Marvin Bell’s twenty-three books of poetry and essays include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems, Whiteout (a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons), Mars Being Red, Rampant, Nightworks: Poems 1962–2000, The Book of the Dead Man, and Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See. His literary honors include awards from the Academy of American Poets and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as Senior...

Yvette D. Benavides

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Yvette D. Benavides is a professor of creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake University and a commentator on Texas Public Radio. She contributes book reviews to the San Antonio Express-News, and she is the editor of Trinity University Press’s series EQ: Creative Nonfiction on Social Equity.   

Bill Benson

Bill Benson is a well-known chronicler of American ranching heritage. He documented the story of the famed 6666 and Triangle ranches in The Burnett Ranching Empire and the Waggoner Ranch in A Texas Legend. He has worked with Helen Kleberg Groves to archive her parents’ papers, records, and photographs. Benson, a native of Nebraska, is the former executive director of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan,...

Terry Scott Bertling

Terry Scott Bertling is the special projects editor for the San Antonio Express-News.


Elroy Bode

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Elroy Bode is the author of nine books, including Texas Sketchbook, Sketchbook II, Alone in the World Looking, This Favored Place: The Texas Hill Country, Commonplace Mysteries, Home Country: An Elroy Bode Reader, and El Paso Days (forthcoming 2013). He is a former contributing editor for the Texas Observer and has twice received the Stanley Walker Award for Journalism from the Texas Institute of Letters. Bode, who...

Eavan Boland

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Eavan Boland is the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities and the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University. She has been a writer-in-residence at Trinity College and University College in Dublin, Ireland. She was a poet-in-residence at the National Maternity Hospital during its 1994 centenary. She is the author of eight books of...

Alicia Borinsky

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Alicia Borinsky is a professor of Spanish, a member of the Boston University–Chelsea Management Team, and director of the Writing in the Americas Program at Boston University. She has published extensively in Spanish and in English in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Among her books are Theoretical Fables: The Pedagogical Dream in Contemporary Latin American Fiction; the novels Mean Woman, All Night...

Marianne Boruch

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Marianne Boruch’s poetry collections include The Book of Hours and Grace, Fallen from. Her eighth—Cadaver, Speak—is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. In addition to In the Blue Pharmacy she’s written Poetry’s Old Air and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler. Among her awards are Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright/Visiting Professorship at the University of Edinburgh, fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and...

David Bowser

David Bowser is known as the historical detective of San Antonio, where he has lived for three decades. 

R. Douglas Brackenridge

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R. Douglas Brackenridge is a professor emeritus of religion at Trinity University, where he taught for forty years. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the field of American religious history. His research and writing have focused primarily on denominational studies (Presbyterianism) and new religious movements (Mormonism). His articles have appeared most recently in the Journal of Presbyterian History...

Molly Branton

Molly Branton is a printmaker in San Antonio. 

Nathaniel Farrell Brodie

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Nathaniel Brodie worked for many years on the Grand Canyon National Park Service trail crew. He is the coeditor, with Charles Goodrich and Frederick J. Swanson, of Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest. He lives with his wife and daughter in Portland, Oregon.

Peter Brown

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Peter Brown has photographed landscapes and small towns for twenty-five years. He is the author of Seasons of Light, On the Plains, and West of Last Chance, a collaboration with novelist Kent Haruf that won the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize. His work has been collected by the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, MoMA New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, and the San...

Madeleine Budnick

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Madeleine Budnick is the author, series editor, and designer of the ArteKids books. Budnick got her start designing books twenty-plus years ago. She brings to the series a passion for the arts (she holds a degree in art history and drawing) and a commitment to creating books that aim to inspire and enrich a child’s world. In addition, she is deeply committed to language education and celebrating cultural richness. Her...

Simmons Buntin

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Simmons Buntin is the editor-in-chief of He is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Colorado Artist’s Fellowship for Poetry, and grants from the U.S. Forest Service, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Tucson-Pima Arts Council. He is the author of Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places, with Ken Pirie, and the poetry collections Riverfall and Bloom. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.



Norma Elia Cantú

Norma Elia Cantú is the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University and a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She edits the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Culture and Traditions book series at Texas A&M University Press, and her articles on border literature, teaching English, quinceañera celebrations, and the matachines dance tradition have earned her an...

Diane Capito

Diane Capito grew up taking family walks in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. She explored Southern California and Mexico on her own and in walking groups. She ended up in San Antonio, where she is the co-authored San Antonio on Foot and organized neighborhood walking tours, finding time in between for freelance writing for newspapers and magazines.

Aubrey Smith Carter

Aubrey Smith Carter taught Spanish at Milton Academy in Massachusetts for twenty-five years. She is the author of two Spanish readers, Mayan Safari and Inca Safari. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Kurt Caswell

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Kurt Caswell is a writer and professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, where he teaches intensive field courses in writing and leadership in the mountains and on rivers in the West. His books include Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents and In the Sun's House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation (both published by Trinity University Press), and An...

Joseph E. Chance

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Joseph E. Chance is the editor of My Life in the Old Army: The Reminiscences of Abner Doubleday and, with Lawrence R. Clayton, The March to Monterrey: The Diary of Lieutenant Rankin Dilworth, U.S. Army. From 2001 to 2003 he wrote a weekly column, "History by Chance,” in theHarlingen Valley Morning Star. He lives in Edinburg, Texas.

Alan Cheuse

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Alan Cheuse was an American writer and critic. He studied at Rutgers University and taught at Bennington College, Sewanee, the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, and George Mason University. His short fiction was widely published, and he authored several books including Paradise, Or, Eat Your Face and Song of Slaves in the Desert. He was a regular book reviewer for the NPR program All Things...

Michael Cirlos

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Michael Cirlos founded Humans of San Antonio, a photojournalism project inspired by Humans of New York, to celebrate the visual story of downtown San Antonio. He holds a degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and he is the recipient of the Awesome SA Community Award. He is the photographer for Centro San Antonio and works with the San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture and other downtown...

Henry Cisneros

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Henry Cisneros is executive chairman of CityView. He has also served as president of Univision Communications, as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as mayor of San Antonio for four terms.

José Cisneros

The drawings of José Cisneros (1910–2009) have appeared in more than fifty books, among them Riders across the CenturiesFaces of the Borderlands, and Francis Fugate’s The Spanish Heritage of the Southwest. Cisneros is the subject of John O. West’s José Cisneros: An Artist’s Journey. In 2002 President Bush, who collected Cisneross work, awarded him the National Humanities...

Cary Clack

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Cary Clack writes on local and national news, events and social issues. Born in San Antonio, he is a graduate of St. Gerard High School and St. Mary’s University. In summer 1984, he was a scholar-intern at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, and he wrote CNN commentaries for Coretta Scott King. From 1989 to 1995, he was a trainer in nonviolence at King Center workshops for high...

Ellen Riojas Clark

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Ellen Riojas Clark is a professor emeritus and cofounder of the bicultural-bilingual studies department at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the author of Pan Dulce, forthcoming from Trinity University Press. She was the Educational Content Director for a nationally acclaimed Scholastic Entertainment PBS children’s cartoon series, Maya and Miguel, has written numerous book reviews and travel articles, and, in...

Lila Banks Cockrell

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Lila Banks Cockrell served three terms on San Antonio’s city council, followed by four terms as mayor. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and holds several honorary degrees. She served as an ensign in the WAVES and later as president of the League of Women Voters in Dallas and San Antonio, executive director of United San Antonio, chair of the San Antonio River Oversight Committee, executive director...

Susan A. Cohen

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Susan A. Cohen is a professor of English and coordinator of creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the editor of Shorewords: A Collection of American Women’s Coastal Writings and coeditor of Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing, and she is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. She lives in Arnold,...

Peter Cole

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Peter Cole was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2007. His most recent book of poems is Things on Which I’ve Stumbled. His many volumes of translations include The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950–1492, J’Accuse, by Aharon Shabtai, and So What: New and Selected Poems, 1971–2005, by Taha Muhammad Ali. Cole is the recipient of the PEN Translation Prize for Poetry and fellowships...

Catherine Nixon Cooke

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Catherine Nixon Cooke is the former president and CEO of the Mountain Institute, an international nonprofit with four field offices in the Himalayas, and the former executive director of the Mind Science Foundation. The author of Tom Slick, Mystery Hunter and The Thistle and the Rose: Romance, Railroads, and Big Oil in Revolutionary Mexico, she lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Waynne Cox

Waynne Cox (1934–2004) spent twenty-six years as a research associate with the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His excavations frequently and unexpectedly uncovered remains of the city’s acequias, causing him to take a particular interest in them and become a leading authority on the subject.

Jaime Cuadriello

Jaime Cuadriello is an art historian at the Institute of Aesthetics at the Autonomous University of Mexico. He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His recent books are Art and Belief in the Spanish World and The Glories of the Republic of Tlaxcala: Art and Life in Viceregal Mexico.

Nan Cuba

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Nan Cuba is the author of the novel Body and Bread. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Quarterly West, Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose, the Harvard Review, storySouth, and Connotation Press. As an investigative journalist, she reported on the causes of extraordinary violence in Life and D magazines. She is the cofounder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center,...


Gretchen C. Daily

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Gretchen Daily’s work spans scientific research, teaching, public education, and advancing practical approaches to environmental challenges. Her scientific research is on countryside biogeography and the future dynamics of biodiversity change; the scope for harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agriculture; quantifying the production and value of ecosystem services across landscapes; and new policy and finance...

Jenny Davidson

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Jenny Davidson is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and the author of four novels and four books of literary criticism. She was a fellow of the inaugural cohort at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in 2018–19, and she is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and Columbia University's Lenfest Distinguished Faculty and Mark Van Doren Teaching Awards, among other...

David Martin Davies

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David Martin Davies is a veteran journalist with more than thirty years of experience covering Texas, the border, and Mexico. He is the host of The Source and Texas Matters on Texas Public Radio. His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2019 national Edward R. Murrow Award for audio documentary.     

William deBuys

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William deBuys is a writer and conservationist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the author of The Walk and River of Traps, coauthored with Alex Harris, which was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and a 1990 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. DeBuys’s other books are Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California, which received a Western States Book Award, Seeing Things...

Tim Derk

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Tim Derk made his debut as the Coyote in 1983. He appeared in over 1,110 games and averaged almost 200 community appearances a year. Today he is the associate manager of service innovation for Spurs Sports and Entertainment and lives in San Antonio with his wife, Colleen Quirk, and their two children. Derk loves his current position with the Spurs and remarks, “It’s the first job I’ve ever had that requires me to wear...

Elizabeth Dodd

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Elizabeth Dodd is the nonfiction editor of She is the author of the nonfiction collections Horizon’s Lens: My Time on the Turning World, In the Mind’s Eye: Essays across the Animate World, and Prospect: Journeys and Landscapes and the poetry collections Archetypal Light and Like Memory, Caverns. Her honors include the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment's Best Book Award, the Elmer...


Lynn Domina

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Lynn Domina is the author of two poetry collections, Corporal Works and Framed in Silence, and books on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony. Her recent poetry has appeared in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, the Gettysburg Review, Tiferet: A Journal of Spirituality and Literature, and Christianity and Literature. She lives in the western Catskills of New York and teaches...

Matt Donovan

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Matt Donovan is the author of  Vellum, which won the 2006 Bakeless Prize in Poetry and the 2008 Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University. His poems have appeared in AGNI, the American Poetry Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Kenyon Review, and Poetry, and his nonfiction has appeared in Blackbird, the Black Warrior Review, Seneca Review, Threepenny Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among...

Julie Dunlap

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Julie Dunlap is a writer and researcher who teaches and develops environmental science and sustainability courses for the University of Maryland University College. She is a longtime board member of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland and the coeditor of Companions in Wonder: Reflections on Children and Adults Exploring Outdoors Together. Her doctoral research at Yale University focused on children’s attitudes and...

Chris Waters Dunn

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Chris Waters Dunn is a San Antonio native and holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of Denver. Dunn worked for decades in Nashville as a songwriter and record producer. As Chris Waters, he wrote dozens of hits, including nine #1 country songs. Dunn retired from the music business to pursue a second career in culinary studies, graduating with honors from the Culinary Institute of America.


Donald E. Everett

Donald E. Everett (1920–2004) was a professor of history at Trinity University, where he chaired the history department from 1967 to 1981. A native of Auburn, Alabama, he graduated from the University of Florida and completed his master’s and doctoral degrees at Tulane University.

T. R. Fehrenbach

Theodore Reed “T. R.” Fehrenbach Jr. (1925–2013) was an American historian, columnist, and head of the Texas Historical Commission. He authored many nationally acclaimed books, including Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans.

Lewis F. Fisher

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Celebrated San Antonio historian Lewis F. Fisher, whose Maverick Publishing Company was acquired by Trinity University Press in 2015, has published forty-five books on topics ranging from San Antonio’s Spanish heritage to its urban development, and from the military to sports, architecture, and multicultural legends. A former member of the San Antonio River Commission, he has written numerous books himself,...

Maverick Fairchild Fisher

Maverick F. Fisher is an attorney in Texas.

Mary McMillan Fisher

Mary McMillian Fisher is an author and educator. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Ann Fisher-Wirth

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Ann Fisher-Wirth is the author of the poetry books Blue Window, Five Terraces, Carta Marina, and Dream Cabinet; the chapbook Slide Shows; and William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature. Her awards include the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, the Rita Dove Poetry Award, two Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry fellowships, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize. She...

Jim Fissel

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Jim Fissel has designed user interfaces for software and hardware systems for more than thirty years and specializes in improving comprehension and usability through visual design in the medical, educational, financial, and industrial fields. His clientele include major international corporations and small startup companies seeking new product concept visualizations.


Hugh Asa Fitzsimons III

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Hugh Fitzsimons III is a third-generation rancher from Dimmit County, Texas, and a director of the Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation District, which focuses on preserving and protecting groundwater across three counties. He holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and he is the owner of Thunderheart Bison and Native Nectar Guajillo Honey, established in 1998. He is currently...

Thomas Lowe Fleischner

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Thomas Lowe Fleischner is a naturalist, conservation biologist, teacher, and Director of the Natural History Institute. The author of two books—Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons and Desert Wetlands—and numerous articles, he is a professor of environmental studies at Prescott College, in Arizona, where he has taught for over two decades. Cofounder of the North Cascades Institute and founding...

Harrell Fletcher

Harrell Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990s. His work has been shown at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, ArtPace, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Seattle Art Museum, Domain de Kerguehennec, and the Royal College of Art, among others. He...

William L. Fox

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William Fox is the author of Aeriality: On the World from Above and numerous other books. He received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation to work on Terra Antarctica. He is the founding director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Pamela Frierson

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Pamela Frierson is the author of The Last Atoll: Exploring Hawai‘is Endangered Ecosystems and The Burning Island: Myth and History in Volcano Country, Hawai‘i, as well as many articles and essays about the Pacific world. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including The World Between Waves, A Thousand Leagues of Blue and Intimate Nature. She is one of forty-four writers invited by Barry Lopez to write...

Randy Fritz

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Randy Fritz is the former chief operating officer of the Texas Department of State Health Services, the state’s public and mental health agency. He helped coordinate the state’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and led the team that implemented the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Texas. Fritz lives in Bastrop, Texas, with his wife, Holly, and their youngest daughter, Miranda.


Susan Toomey Frost

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Susan Toomey Frost is the leading authority on San José decorative art tiles and pottery produced by workshops in San Antonio and Mexico. She has taught English and linguistics at universities in Mexico and Texas. An avid collector, she has written articles, given lectures, and curated exhibitions. She lives in San Antonio.

Armando Curbelo Fuentes

Armando Curbelo Fuentes is a lawyer and professor at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He has written several works on Canary Island settlements in North America, including those in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Cuba.

Miguel Gandert

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Miguel Gandert is one of America's leading documentary photographers. He has exhibited throughout the world. His series Nuevo Mexico Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland was the subject of a book and a one-person exhibition for the National Hispanic Culture Center of New Mexico, and his work was selected for the 1993 Whitney Museum Biennial. He is a Distinguished Professor of Communication and Journalism at...

Gilbert Garcia

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Gilbert Garcia is an award-winning political writer whose work has appeared in the Dallas Observer, the Phoenix New Times, the San Antonio Current, the San Antonio Express-News, and Plaza de Armas. A recipient of six Press Club Awards, he has covered the Democratic National Convention and the Republican and Democratic Texas state conventions.

Rev. David Garcia

Father David Garcia, formerly rector of San Antonio's San Fernando Cathedral, is Director, Old Spanish Missions for the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio.

István László Geher

István László Geher has published six collections of poetry, including Through Five Doors, Draught of Air, and The Fugue of Sand. He has translated the poetry of Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and many others. He is an assistant professor of English literature at Károli Protestant University, and his awards include the Móricz Zsigmond Literary Grant, the Radnóti Award for Poets,...

Mary Carolyn Hollers George

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Mary Carolyn Hollers George is the author of Alfred Giles: An English Architect in Texas and Mexico, Mary Bonner: Impressions of a Printmaker, and O’Neil Ford, Architect. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Cass Gilbert

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Cass Gilbert (1859–1934) was a prominent American architect often associated with the early skyscraper movement. He served as president of the American Institute of Architects. His noted works include the U.S. Supreme Court Building, the St. Louis Library, the St. Louis Museum of Art, numerous state capitol buildings, and the acclaimed Woolworth Building in New York.

Ksenia Golubovich

Ksenia Golubovichis the author of a novel, Wishes Granted; a travelogue, Serbian Parables; and a book of poems, Personae. She has translated numerous works of philosophy and prose, including Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia and V. S. Naipaul’s Middle Passage. She has written articles and reviews on modern philosophy, photography, literature, cinema, and museums. She lives in Moscow and is editor-in-chief of Logos...

Felicia Graham

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Felicia Graham is a documentary photographer whose clients have included ABC, Disney, Warner Brothers, and NBC. She holds a master’s degree in photojournalism. She has been the official photographer of the Texas Rollergirls since 2005, and she lives in Austin.


Bill Greehey

Bill Greehey is chairman of NuStar Energy L.P. and the founding chairman and CEO of Valero Energy Corporation. He led the company from its inception in 1980 until he retired as CEO in 2006 and as chair in 2007, when NuStar spun off from Valero. The Harvard Business Review named Greehey one of the world's best performing CEOs based based on his tenure at Valero. A noted philanthropist, he has given over $300 million to...

David P. Green

David Green is a surgeon and educator who has written and edited several textbooks on orthopedic and hand surgery. When he was on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the 1970s, his address was on Floyd Curl Drive. No one seemed to know who Floyd Curl was. Curiosity over the naming of this street led to a widening search for the stories behind the names of San Antonio. 

Rena Maverick Green

Rena Maverick Green (1874–1962) was the oldest child of George Madison and Mary Elizabeth Vance Maverick. She was an artist and a suffragist, and she cofounded the San Antonio Conservation Society.

Coleen Grissom

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Coleen Grissom is Professor of English emeritus at Trinity University and the author of The World According to Coleen and A Novel Approach to Life. A faculty member at Trinity for more than fifty years, she has received “honorary alumna” status and a scholarship in her honor. As dean of students and later vice president for student affairs, she has mentored, counseled, and influenced the lives of thousands of...

Carl Hilmar Guenther

Carl Hilmar Guenther (1826–1902) was a pioneer miller who founded the first flour mill in San Antonio, Texas, C. H. Guenther and Son, which later became Pioneer Flour Mills. 

Claudia Guerra

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Claudia Guerra is a writer and a native San Antonian. After living in New York for sixteen years, she returned to San Antonio in 2005 with her husband, also a Texan, so they could raise their two children in the city. She works as the city's cultural historian in San Antonio's Office of Historic Preservation. 

Debra Gwartney

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Debra Gwartney is the author of the memoir Live Through This, which expands the story of her relationship with her daughters that was broadcast on This American Life in 2002. Her short stories, personal narratives, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. Recent publications include a memoir in Triquarterly, an essay in Modern Bride magazine, and a “Modern Love” essay in the New York...

Alex Harris

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Alex Harris is a distinguished American photographer, a professor at Duke University, and a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies and of DoubleTake magazine. He has photographed extensively in the American South, Alaska, Cuba, and New Mexico. He is the author or editor of fourteen books including, most recently, The Idea of Cuba.

Robert Hass

Robert Hass’s recent books are The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems and What Light Can Do: Essays 1985–2010. Time and Materials won the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His numerous other honors include the National Book Award and a MacArthur fellowship. He has served as U.S. poet laureate and cofounded the environmental education program River of Words. He teaches at the University of...

Eleanor Heartney

Eleanor Heartney has been a contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress for more than ten years, reviewing the most significant international art shows, biennials, and documentas. Her recent publications include Postmodernism, Art & Today, and Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads, the Collected Essays of Eleanor Heartney.


Kenneth I. Helphand

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Kenneth Helphand is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon, where he has taught courses in landscape history, theory, and design since 1974. His other books include Colorado: Visions of an American Landscape, Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture and the Making of Modern Israel, and Yard Street Park: The Design of Suburban Open Space, coauthored with Cynthia Girling. Helphand served as...

Hugh Hemphill

Hugh Hemphill is the manager of the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.

Ray Hernández-Durán

Ray Hernández-Durán is an associate professor of Ibero-American colonial art and architecture at the University of New Mexico. He is the recipient of two Fulbright Hayes Fellowships and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author of numerous articles on the art of colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico and The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico and A...

Laura Hernández-Ehrisman

Laura Hernández-Ehrisman is an associate professor and chair of the Department of University Studies at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and the author of Inventing the Fiesta City: Heritage and Carnival in San Antonio.

Paul W. Hightower

Paul W. Hightower is a Fort Worth–based technical writer who is also a homebrewer and taster certified through the Beer Judge Certification Program.

Edward Hirsch

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Edward Hirsch was born in Chicago and educated both at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in folklore. His first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers (1981), received the  Academy of American Poets Lavan Younger Poets Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. His second collection, Wild Gratitude, received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His recent poetry...

William Curry Holden

William Curry Holden (1896–1993) was a historian and archaeologist at Texas Tech University, where he taught for forty years. He was also the first director of Museum of Texas Tech in Lubbock, which included the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, the Lubbock Lake Landmark, and the Val Verde County Research Center. Among his many other books are The Personal Chronicle of a Yaqui Indian...

Joe Holley

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Joe Holley is a former editorial page editor and columnist for newspapers in San Antonio and San Diego and a staff writer for the Washington Post. He has been a regular contributor to Texas Monthly and the Columbia Journalism Review and is the author of two books, including a biography of football hero Slingin’ Sammy Baugh. In 2009 he joined the Houston Chronicle, where his column “Native Texan” appears on...

Sterlin Holmesly

Sterlin Holmesly was Sunday editor of the San Antonio Express-News during HemisFair ’68. In his thirty-four-year career at the newspaper he also served as managing editor and as editorial director.

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is a renowned civil rights activist and American labor leader who has worked tirelessly for womens and workers rights. She cofounded the National Farmworkers Association, now known as United Farm Workers, with Cesar E. Chavez, and in 2002 she founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, civic engagement, and policy advocacy. She has been...

Martha Hughes

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Martha Hughes is a professional artist and writer whose career spans the diverse worlds of fine art and high tech. Her artwork is included in private and corporate collections across the country. She actively pursues new approaches to her art, but gardens and the desert landscape are a continuing source of inspiration.



Simone Inguanez

Simone Inguanez, a graduate in law from the University of Malta, is the author of the poetry collections Water, Fire, Earth and I and Ftit Mara Ftit Tifla (Part Woman Part Child). Her work has been published in several anthologies, aired on radio and TV, set to music, and translated into English, French, Arabic, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, and Finnish. She lives in the seaside village of Kalkara.

Molly Ivins

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Molly Ivins was an American newspaper columnist, political commentator, humorist, and best-selling author. A seasoned journalist, she was an editor and writer with the Texas Observer from 1970 to 1976.

Rex Lee Jim

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Rex Lee Jim is a member of the Navajo Nation Council and chairs its Public Safety Committee. He is the author of several books of poetry written in the Navajo language, including Dúchas Táá Kóó Diné, a trilingual poetry collection in Navajo, Irish, and English. He lives in Rock Point, Arizona.

David R. Johnson

David R. Johnson has written extensively on politics and the economics of urban development. He is the author of Policing the Urban Underworld: The Impact of Crime on the Development of the American Police, 1800–1887, American Law Enforcement: A History, The Politics of San Antonio: Community, Progress, and Power, cowritten with John A. Booth and Richard C. Harris, and Illegal Tender: Counterfeiting and the Secret...


Madison Jones

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Madison Jones is the author of a dozen critically acclaimed novels. Born in Nashville, he is associated with the Southern Agrarians and is the recipient of a Sewanee fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship,  the T. S. Eliot Award, and the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction.

Kathryn Kanjo

For seven years Kathryn Kanjo served as the second executive director of Artpace San Antonio. Her tenure defined a period of programmatic growth and increased visibility for the organization. Working with Linda Pace, Kanjo established the Artpace board of directors, helped conceptualize CHRISpark, and advised on art acquisitions. She is currently chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She has also...


Charles J. Katz Jr.

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Charles J. Katz Jr. has been an active photographer while pursuing a professional career as an attorney and business executive. He serves on the board of directors of the Nature Conservancy of Washington and on the boards of advisers for the Natural Capital Project, Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, and Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences. His previous books of photography include Etched in...

Tom Kayser

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Tom Kayser is president of the Texas League. He has had a lifelong career in baseball, beginning with the Eastern League in 1976. Along the way, he has worked with the Berkshire Brewers, Holyoke Millers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Calgary Cannons.

Margaret Brown Kilik

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Margaret Brown Kilik was raised by a single mother, and the two moved frequently throughout the country during Kililk's childhood. Kilik graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in English and subsequently lived in San Antonio, where she renewed a relationship with Eugene Kilik, whom she married. The couple spent the majority of their lives in New York City, where Kilik established and ran the Key Gallery...

David King

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David King is a sports writer at the San Antonio Express-News, covering topics from baseball to the Olympics. He is the author of San Antonio at Bat: Professional Baseball in the Alamo City.

Helen Kleberg Groves

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Helen Kleberg Groves, the only child of Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg, was born October 20, 1927, in San Antonio, Texas, and was raised on the King Ranch in Kingville, Texas. She attended Foxcroft School in Middleberg, Virginia, and later Vassar College. Groves is the president and on the board of various family foundations and has been the director and president of numerous horse and cattle associations, including...

Mark Klett

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Mark Klett has been photographing the western landscape for more than twenty years. His books include Third View, Second Sights; Desert Legends; Revealing Territory; and Black Rock Desert, with William Fox. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Buhl Foundation award. He is Regents Professor of Art at Arizona...

Melissa Kwasny

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Melissa Kwasny is the author of six collections of poems, including Pictograph, Reading Novalis in Montana, and The Nine Senses, which contains a series of poems that won the Poetry Society of America's 2008 Cecil Hemly Award. A portion of Pictograph received the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. Kwasny is also the author of Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision and the editor of the anthologies Toward the Open...

John Langmore

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After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, John langmore left Austin in 1989 for a corporate career. He returned to the city with his family in 2003 and began seriously pursuing photography. He is also civically active in Austin on matters related to urban growth. His other projects include the book Open Range: America’s Big-Outfit Cowboy and the documentary film Cowboys, which he codirected and...


Cappy Lawton

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Cappy Lawton has designed, developed, and operated twenty-nine restaurants throughout Texas. After studying business and engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and having a successful career as an aeronautical designer, he entered the restaurant business. Lawton and his wife, Suzy, love food and travel and have spent many years traveling throughout Mexico. Today the Lawtons and their son, Trevor, own and...


Jim Lefko

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Jim Lefko is the sports editor of the San Antonio Express-News. He was previously the sports editor of the Indianapolis Star and the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier and the deputy sports editor of the San Antonio Light. A University of Texas graduate, Lefko is originally from Kansas City, Missouri.


Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis is the executive director of Villa Finale in San Antonio, Texas.


Lucy R. Lippard

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Lucy Lippard is a writer, curator, and activist. She is the author of twenty books on contemporary art and cultural studies, including Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory, Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America, The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multi-Centered Society, and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place. She has written art criticism for Art in America, the Village...

Barry Lopez

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Barry Lopez is an essayist, author, and short-story writer and has traveled extensively in both remote and populated parts of the world. He is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award; Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist for which he received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals; and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field...

Katherine C. Luber

Katherine C. Luber has been the Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art since 2011. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the University of Texas, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Between 2005 and 2011, she served as president and CEO of the Seasoned Palate. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a 1988 Fulbright Hayes Fellowship in Vienna, Austria. Luber has published and...

Arturo Madrid

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 Arturo Madrid is the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and director of the Mexico, the Americas, and Spain Program at Trinity University in San Antonio. He has founded, directed, or served on the boards of numerous national organizations, including the Tomás Rivera Center, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and the National Center for Public Policy and...

Norman Manea

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Norman Manea left Romania in 1986, spent a year in West Berlin, and arrived in the United States in 1988. His literary work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He has received, among other awards, Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships in the United States, the Nonino International Literary Prize in Italy, the Nelly Sachs Prize in Germany, and the Prix Médicis Étranger in France. He is a member of the...

Paul Mariani

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Paul Mariani is the author of seven poetry collections, including Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected, and Revised Poems and Deaths and Transfigurations. He is the author of the acclaimed biographies The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace StevensGerard Manley HopkinsThe Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane, and Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert Lowell, all named New York Times Notable Books; Dream Song: The Life...

Paula Mitchell Marks

Paula Mitchell Marks is a professor emeritus of American studies at St. Edwards University. She has served on the boards of the Western Writers of America and the Texas Institute of Letters and is currently the second vice president of the Texas State Historical Association. 

Wes Marshall

The wine columnist for the Austin Chronicle, Wes Marshall also writes for Wine & SpiritsWine EnthusiastAppellation AmericaImbibe, and Wines & Vines, and the Dallas Morning News. He is the author of What's a Wine Love to Do? and served as executive producer for the three-part PBS documentary based on The Wine Roads of Texas.

Julia Martin

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Julia Martin is a South African writer and literary scholar. Her longstanding involvement in the work of Gary Snyder is part of a broader interest in ecological thought, metaphors of interconnectedness, and the representation of place. In addition to her academic work in ecocriticism she writes creative nonfiction. Her travel memoir, A Millimetre of Dust: Visiting Ancestral Sites, is an extended narrative essay about...


Chantal Martineau

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A Montreal native based in New York, Chantal Martineau writes about wine, spirits, food, travel, and culture. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Food and Wine, Saveur, Surface, Departures, the Atlantic, Financial Times, and more. She is the author of the How the Gringos Stole Tequila: The Modern Age of Mexico's Most Traditional Spirit and the coauthor, with Ron Cooper, of Finding Mezcal: A Journey into the Liquid Soul of...

Jim Martinez

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Jim Martinez has been creating water-wise and environmentally friendly landscapes for more than thirty years. He is a landscape designer specializing in native and xeric plants of Texas and the Southwest and the principal of Jim Martinez and Associates. He is also a member of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and the Big Bend branch of the Native Plant Society of Texas. He lives in Marfa, Texas.


Mason L. Matthews

After graduating from Texas A&M University's School of Veterinary Medicine, Mason L. Matthews spent three years in Mexico's remote Pacific coastal region helping fight an animal epidemic. He returned to his native San Antonio, Texas to specialize in the treatment of large animals, including those at the San Antonio Zoo, where his first patient was a penguin with vertigo. As Texas ranches began stocking exotic game in...

Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen (May 22, 1927–April 5, 2014) was an American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer, and CIA agent. A co-founder of The Paris Review, he was a 2008 National Book Award winner. He was also a prominent environmental activist. His nonfiction featured nature and travel, including The Snow Leopard, and American Indian issues and history, such as a controversial study of the Leonard Peltier case, In the...


Mary A. Maverick

Mary Ann Adams Maverick (1818–1898) was a pioneer and a woman of letters whose published memoirs chronicle her pioneer experiences in Texas. She was the wife of Samuel Mavericka leading figure in the Texas Revolutionand a prominent member of the San Antonio Historical Society and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

George Madison Maverick

George Madison Maverick (1845–1913) was the son of Samuel Augustus and Mary A. Maverick. He became a lawyer and businessman prominent in the development of San Antonio.

M. M. McAllen

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M. M. McAllen writes about the history of the Southwest and Mexico. Her other books include I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: A History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, depicting the blending cultures against the backdrop of the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and border upheavals; and A Brave Boy and a Good Soldier: John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier,  the...

Red McCombs

Red McCombs, the namesake of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, developed the oldest Ford company in San Antonio into one of the nation’s leading automobile dealerships.

Carl N. McDaniel

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Carl N. McDaniel is a professor of biology emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he was the founding director of the undergraduate environmental science degree program. He initially studied insect and then plant development, but his scholarly interests shifted to the interface between biology and economics. He coauthored, with economist John M. Gowdy, Paradise for Sale: A Parable of...

Bill McKibben

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Bill McKibben is a writer and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the "alternative Nobel." He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature (1989), regarded as the first work for a general audience about climate change. He is also a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement; the Schumann Distinguished...

Gregory McNamee

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Gregory McNamee is a writer, editor, photographer, and publisher. He is the author or title-page editor of thirty-five books and more than 4,000 articles, essays, reviews, interviews, editorials, poems, and short stories. He is a consultant, contributor, and contributing editor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and its blog, a contributing editor to Kirkus Reviews, and a contributing editor to the Bloomsbury Review. He...

Mark Menjivar

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Mark Menjivar is an artist whose work explores diverse subjects through photography, stories, and found objects while emphasizing dialogue and collaboration. His work has been shown at venues across the country, including the Houston Center for Photography, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Wignall Museum of Art, the University of Wisconsin–­Milwaukee, Baylor University, the Southwest School of Art, and Central...

Christopher Merrill

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Christopher Merrill has published four collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water and Watch Fire; many edited volumes and translations; and four books of nonfiction, including Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his journalism appears in many publications, and he is the book critic...

W. S. Merwin

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  W. S. Merwin is the author of more than fifty books of poetry and prose, translation, and plays. His recent collections include The Shadow of Sirius, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize (his second), Migration: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2005 National Book Award, and Present Company. His first book of poetry, A Mask for Janus, won the 1952 Yale Younger Poets Prize, selected by W. H. Auden. His other honors...

Char Miller

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Char Miller, formerly a professor of history at Trinity University, is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. He is the author of the award-winning Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern EnvironmentalismDeep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas, and Public Lands/Public Debates: A Century of Controversy, as well as the editor of On the Border: An Environmental...

Kathleen Dean Moore

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Kathleen Dean Moore is the Distinguished Professor of Environmental Philosophy Emerita at Oregon State University. She is the author or editor of many books, including Wild Comfort, The Pine Island Paradox, Rachel Carson, Holdfast, Riverwalking, and countless articles. Moore’s nature books have won the Oregon Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Her work is...


Eldridge M. Moores

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Eldridge Moores is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of California at Davis and the author of several major books on geology. His research focuses on tectonics and structural geology from Greece to the Sierra Nevada. He was the subject of John McPhee’s book Assembling California.


Judith E. Moores

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Judith E. Moores lives with her husband, the geologist Eldridge M. Moores, in Davis, California.


Mihaela Moscaliuc

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Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of the poetry collections Father Dirt and Immigrant Model and the translator of Romanian poet Carmelia Leonte's The Hiss of the Viper. Moscaliuc's essays have appeared in History of the Literary Cultures in East-Central Europe: Junctures and Disjunctures in the Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturiesSoundings: An Interdisciplinary JournalOrient and Orientalisms in American Poetry and...

Barry Moser

Barry Moser is the prizewinning illustrator and designer of more than 300 books for children and adults. He has won numerous accolades for his work, including the prestigious National Book Award for Design and Illustration and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. He is widely celebrated for his dramatic wood engravings for the only twentieth-century edition of the entire King James Bible illustrated by a single artist....


Joanne Mulcahy

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Joanne Mulcahy is folklorist-in-residence at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She also teaches creative nonfiction, ethnographic writing, and humanities classes at Lewis and Clark's Northwest Writing Institute. She is the author of Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island: The Life of an Alutiiq Healer, based on more than a decade of field research with Native Alutiiq women on Kodiak Island. Her awards...


Michael P. Nelson

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Michael P. Nelson is the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Natural Resources and a professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University, where he also serves as the lead principle investigator for the HJ Andrews Long-Term Ecological Research program in the Oregon Cascades. He is the coeditor, with J. Baird Callicott, of The Great New Wilderness Debate and The Wilderness Debate Rages On. He is also the...


Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter and an author, poet, actor, and activist.

Naomi Shihab Nye

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Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and lived in Palestine, Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she studied at Trinity University. She is the author of numerous poetry books, including You and Yours19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle EastFuel, and Red Suitcase. Her honors include awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and the International Poetry Forum, the...

Michael Nye

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Michael Nye practiced law for ten years before pursuing photography full time. He has received a Mid-America National Endowment for the Arts grant in photography and a Kronkosky Charitable Foundation grant, and he has exhibited and lectured widely at museums and universities nationally and internationally, including in Morocco, India, and Mexico. His journeys to photograph around the world include projects in Russian...

Marion Oettinger Jr.

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Marion Oettinger Jr. is the curator of Latin American Art and the former Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art. A cultural anthropologist and art historian specializing in Latin American art and culture, he has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He has taught at Cornell University, Occidental College, and the University of North Carolina and is the recipient of Fulbright Hays,...

Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

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Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870–1957) was an American landscape architect most known for his wildlife conservation efforts and urban park designs. He was a founding member and later served as president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Following early work with his acclaimed father on projects such as the Biltmore Estate (in North Carolina) and the World’s Columbian Exposition (in Chicago), his...

Daniel M. Olsen

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Daniel Olsen is a designer and educator. He has worked on projects with Hard Werken in the Netherlands and Emigre Graphics, and he has exhibited at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, the Stealcase Design Partnership in New York, and the Galería de la Municipalidad de Miraflores in Lima, Peru. His film work has appeared at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the Aarhus Festival of Independent Arts, and the Vail Film...

Christopher Ornelas

Christopher Ornelas is the coauthor of Wings of Resistance: The Giant Kites of Guatemala. “The Magician’s Oath: A Conversation with Pat Hammond on Magic, Science and the Wind," one of Ornelas’s essays about Pat Hammond, appeared in Discourse at the End of the Line. Ornelas graduated from Yale University with a degree in Latin American studies. He is an aspiring monk.

Mike Osborne

Mike Osborne, based in Austin, Texas, studied photography at Stanford University and at the University of Texas at Austin. More recently he has been a Fulbright fellow in Taiwan and a resident artist at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany. His architectural photographs have appeared in San Antonio Portrait, published in 2005, and in national and international publications.


Linda Pace

Linda Pace (1945–2007) was an artist, collector, philanthropist, and founder of Artpace, a Foundation for Contemporary Art in San Antonio, Texas.


Becky Crouch Patterson

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Becky Crouch Patterson is the author of the Texas best seller Hondo, My Father, a memoir of life with her folk-hero father, Hondo Crouch, who was a rancher, storyteller, humorist, and self-proclaimed mayor of Luckenbach,Texas. A textile artist for more than forty years, Patterson has sewn appliquéd tapestries for many businesses and individuals. She is also a liturgical artist and designer and has created stained...

Donald Culross Peattie

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Donald Culross Peattie (1898–1964) was one of the most influential American nature writers of the twentieth century. Peattie was born in Chicago and grew up in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, which sparked his interest in the immense wonders of nature. He studied at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. After working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he decided to pursue a career as a writer....

Margaret Sayers Peden

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Margaret Sayers Peden is a professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Missouri. She has translated sixty-five books, including works by Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, Claribel Alegría, Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, Cesar Vallejo, and most recently Fernando Rojas’s 1499 Celestina. She has received the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Award, the Lewis Galantiere Award, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the...

Lowry Pei

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Lowry Pei is the author of three novels, including Family Resemblances, and numerous stories and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, the Boston Review, and the Modern Language Quarterly. He teaches at Simmons College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lucia Perillo

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Lucia Perillo is the author books of many collections of poetry: Dangerous Life, which won the Norma Farber Award for best first book; The Body Mutinies, which received the PEN Revson Foundation Fellowship and the Kate Tufts Poetry Award; The Oldest Map with the Name America; Luck Is Luck, which won the Kingsley Tufts Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Inseminating the Elephant and On the...

Dale Peterson

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Translated into nine foreign languages, Dale Peterson’s books have been named Best Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, the Denver PostDiscoverThe Economist, the Globe and MailLibrary Journal, and the Village Voice. Two titles have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. Peterson is the author of the definitive biography Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man, as well as The Moral Lives...

Beth Peterson

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Beth Peterson is an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her essays and poetry have appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Post Road, the Mid-American Review, the Pinch, Newfound, Passages North, Flyway, Sky Island Journal,, and other journals. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wyoming and a PhD in literature and creative writing...

Jim Peyton

Jim Peyton has spent more than forty years cooking and writing about the foods of Mexico and the American Southwest. He is the author of Naturally Healthy Mexican CookingJim Peyton’s New Cooking from Old MexicoLa Cocina de la Frontera: Mexican-American Cooking from the Southwest, and El Norte: The Cuisine of Northern Mexico. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Maria Watson Pfeiffer

Maria Watson Pfeiffer, a fourth-generation San Antonian, has a master’s degree in urban studies from Trinity University. For the past thirty years she has been a freelance historical researcher and consultant. She has also served on the staffs of the San Antonio Conservation Society and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo.

Alan J. Plattus

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Alan Plattus is a professor of architecture and urbanism at the Yale School of Architecture. He has published and lectured widely on urban representation and the history of cities, as well as on contemporary American architecture and urbanism, and he has conducted urban policy workshops for citizens and civic groups. He founded and directs the Yale Urban Design Workshop and Center for Urban Design Research, which...

Travis E. Poling

Travis E. Poling is a longtime Texas journalist and business writer whose "Brew Notes" column appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.

Stefanos Polyzoides

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In addition to operating his architecture and urban design firm based in Pasadena, California, Stefanos Polyzoides is one of the founders and past president of the Congress for the New Urbanism. His coauthored book, Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles: A Typological Analysis, helped revitalize the study of design typologies in architectural theory.

Gerald E. Poyo

Gerald E. Poyo is the O’Connor Chair in the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. From 1992 to 1996 he was the O’Connor Chair in the Study of Spanish Colonial Texas and the Southwest. His recent books are Cuban Catholics in the United States, 1960–1980 and Exile and Revolution.

Christopher J. Preston

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Christopher J. Preston is the author of Grounding Knowledge: Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, and Place, the editor of Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management, and the coeditor, with Wayne Ouderkirk, of Nature, Value, and Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston III. He is a noted expert in environmental philosophy and the ethics of emerging technologies and teaches philosophy at the...

Douglas W. Rae

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Douglas Rae is a professor of political science and management at Yale University and the author of City: Urbanism and Its End and numerous other works about cities in capitalist settings. In 1990–91 he served as chief administrative officer of New Haven under John Daniels, the city’s first African American mayor. His many honors include the Hurfurth and Hallett Prizes.

Becky Duval Reese

Becky Duval Reese is the retired director of the El Paso Museum of Art.

Robert Rivard

Robert Rivard is the former editor and vice-president of the San Antonio Express-News and the founder and director of the Rivard Report, an online local magazine serving San Antonio’s urban core.

Riley Robinson

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Riley Robinson has been the studio director for Artpace San Antonio since 1994. He has curated the exhibitions San Antonio Collects and Made By Hand: Straight to Video at the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center, and Morton Hebsgaard at Cactus Bra Space. His artwork has been exhibited in San Antonio at Sala Diaz and the Southwest School of Art and Craft, and at Testsite, Austin; the Matfest Outdoor Invitational...

Pattiann Rogers

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Pattiann Rogers is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry and prose, including Wayfare, Firekeeper, Generations, and the forthcoming Holy Heathen Rhapsody. She has been widely anthologized and published in the New Yorker, Orion, the Paris Review, Wilderness, the New Republic, and many other journals. She is the recipient of two NEA grants, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, and...

David Rothenberg

Philosopher and musician David Rothenberg is the author of Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales; Why Birds Sing; Sudden Music: Improvisation, Art, Nature; Blue Cliff Record: Zen Echoes; Hand's End: Technology and the Limits of Nature; and Always the Mountains. He is a professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

Louis D. Rubin, Jr.

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Editor, novelist, essayist, teacher, and publisher Louis D. Rubin, Jr. has had an immeasurable effect on a generation of North Carolina writers and readers. Born in Charleston in 1923, Rubin studied at the College of Charleston, the University of Richmond, and Johns Hopkins University. He is the author over forty books. His awards and honors include Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, the Oliver Max Gardner Award,...

Jan Jarboe Russell

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Jan Jarboe Russell, a journalist and author, is vice president of the Linda Pace Foundation. She was appointed a trustee by Linda Pace when Pace founded the organization in April 2003. During a long career in journalism, Russell has published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles in the San Antonio Express-NewsTexas MonthlySlate, the New York Times, and other publications. She is the author of Lady Bird: A...


Mark Louis Rybczyk

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An award-winning disc jockey, Mark Louis Rybczyk started his career at KXZL, WOAI, and KJ-97 in San Antonio before moving to 96.3 KSCS in Dallas, where he had the longest-running morning show in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Rybczyk also penned The Travis Club, a historical thriller based on San Antonio lore.  

Natasha Sajé

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Natasha Sajé is the author of three award-winning poetry collections, most recently Vivarium, and the postmodern poetry handbook Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory. She is a professor of English at Westminster College and a faculty member in the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program. She lives in Salt Lake City.


Tomaž Šalamun

Tomaž Šalamun was widely recognized as a leading Central European poet and has been translated into many languages. He lived in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and often taught and gave readings in the United States. His many prizes include the European Prize for Poetry. His recent books translated into English are Poker, Blackboards, The Book for My Brother, Row, and Woods and Chalices.

Joel Salcido

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Joel Salcido grew up in Mexico and the United States, straddling two languages and two cultures. His images appear in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Humanities Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Additional acquisitions have been made by the Federal Reserve Bank, the University of Texas at...

Paul Salopek

Paul Salopek is an American journalist. A two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, he was raised in central Mexico. In 2013 he embarked on the Out of Eden Walk, a seven-year, 20,000-mile transcontinental foot journey along one of the migration routes taken by early humans out of Africa. Funded by the National Geographic Society, the Knight Foundation, and the Abundance Foundation, the project aims to immerse...

Staff of the San Antonio Express-News

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The San Antonio Express-News is ranked as the fourth-largest daily newspaper in Texas and is one of the leading news sources for South Texas, with offices in San Antonio, Austin, Brownsville, Laredo, and Mexico City.

Louis Sarno

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Louis Sarno is a world-renowned musicologist. His remarkable life’s work includes more than 1,500 hours of recordings of the Bayaka people’s unique songs, some of which, without his documentation, would have been lost. His work is now the focus of a major documentary film. Sarno has made his home among the Ba-Benjelle Pygmies in the southwestern corner of the Central African Republic, now a part of the Dzanga-Sangha...

Lauret E. Savoy

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Lauret Savoy writes across the threads of cultural identity to explore their shaping by relationship with and dislocation from the land. Her other books include The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Natural World and Living with the Changing California Coast. A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, she is a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount...


Mary Lou Saxon

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Mary Lou Saxon is a freelance photographer who does work on a variety of subjects. She retired from a career in Dallas as a professional photographer focusing on product photography for catalogs. She moved to Marfa in 2011, drawn by the beauty of the desert landscape, the minimalist art, the intimacy of the small town, and the vast horizons.


Vincent J. Scully

Vincent Scully is Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale University. He is widely regarded as North America’s preeminent architectural historian. He is the author of numerous books, including ten seminal works in architectural and urban design history. Among his many awards are the National Medal of Arts and the Urban Land Institute’s J. C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. The National Endowment for...

Bruce M. Shackelford

Bruce M. Shackelford is a researcher, writer, and photographer who specializes in the history of the trans–Mississippi West and North American Indian art and culture.

Bob Shacochis

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Bob Shacochis is a novelist, essayist, journalist, and educator. A former contributing editor for Harper’s and Outside, Shacochis currently teaches in the graduate writing programs at Bennington College and Florida State University. Among his works are the short story collections Easy in the Islands and The Next New World; the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award; Domesticity, a...


Harry J. Shafer

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Harry Shafer is a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University. He was the first archaeologist to join the faculty of Texas A&M University’s College of Liberal Arts and has been active in archaeological research since 1962. His main research interests are lithic technology, archaeology field methods, and the archaeology of Texas, the American Southwest (Mimbres and Jornada Mogollon), and the Lowland Maya. His research...

Derek Sheffield

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Derek Sheffield is the poetry editor of His poems have appeared in the Southern Review, Poetry, the Georgia Review, and several anthologies. He is the recipient of the James Hearst Poetry Prize and fellowships from Artist Trust and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. He is the author of the poetry collections A Mouthpiece of Thumbs, A Revised Account of the West, and Through the Second Skin. He lives in...


Sarah Shotland

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Sarah Shotland is the program coordinator for Words without Walls at Chatham University and is on the faculty at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts high school. Her plays have been produced in Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Spain, and China. Her newest play is Cereus Moonlight, and her novel Junkette is available from White Gorilla Press. She has an MFA from Chatham University.

Alex Shoumatoff

Alex Shoumatoff is a senior contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a former staff writer at the New Yorker. He is the author of The Rivers Amazon, Russian Blood, In Southern Light, and The World is Burning, among other books, and editor of the website Dispatches from the Vanishing World, celebrating the world's fast-disappearing natural and cultural diversity. His book on the impacts of palm oil plantations onteh...

Vaughn Sills

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Vaughn Sills is an associate professor of photography at Simmons College and has been a fine art photographer for more than thirty years. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and her photography has been exhibited across the country including in twenty solo shows, most recently at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. Her book One Family received an Award of Excellence from the Southern Library...

Annick Smith

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Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker of Jewish-Hungarian descent whose work focuses on the literature and history of the Northern Rockies. Her books include the memoir Homestead, the Montana anthology The Last Best Place, which she edited with William Kittredge, and Big Bluestem, about Oklahoma’s tallgrass prairies. Her articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Audubon, Outside, National Geographic Traveler,...

Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder is a poet, essayist, and environmental activist. He is the author of eighteen books, among them Danger on Peaks, Mountains and Rivers Without End, No Nature, a finalist for the 1993 National Book Award, The Practice of the Wild, Left Out in the Rain, New Poems 1947–1985, Axe Handles, winner of an American Book Award, and Turtle Island, which received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He has been the subject...


Rebecca Solnit

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San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of thirteen books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory. They include Men Explain Things To MeThe Faraway NearbyInfinite City: A San Francisco AtlasA Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster; Storming the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope...

Kathy Sosa

Kathy Sosa is an artist and educator from San Antonio. She received national recognition for her traveling exhibition Huipiles: A Celebration, which debuted at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., as part of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2007 summer season. Her work has been featured on CNN and in FiberArts Magazine, Skirt!, San Antonio Woman, Country Lifestyle, and Destinations. Sosa and her husband,...

Lionel Sosa

Lionel Sosa is an independent marketing consultant and a nationally known portrait artist. He has served on the teams of eight national presidential campaigns, on the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, and on the boards of Sesame Workshop, PBS, and the Briscoe Western Art Museum, and other organizations. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including El Vaquero Real: The Original American Cowboy....

Jennifer Speed

Jennifer Speed is a research professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton specializing in Spanish history, biography, theology, and law. She served as the historian for the documentary Children of the Revolución: How the Mexican Revolution Changed America’s Destiny and has written major reports for historical sites in and around San Antonio, including a cultural history of the Hemisfair Park area. She...

Sheryl St. Germain

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A native of New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain is the co-founder and president of the board of Words without Walls. She has taught creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Knox College, and Iowa State University. She teaches creative nonfiction and poetry and directs the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University. Her honors include two NEA fellowships,...

Kim Stafford

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Kim Stafford has taught since 1979 at Lewis and Clark College, where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and codirector of the documentary studies program. He also serves as the literary executor for the estate of William Stafford. He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, editor, photographer, teacher, and visiting writer in communities and at colleges across the country, and...

William Stafford

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William Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1914 and was a pacifist and prolific poet and writer. During his lifetime he published more than sixty-five volumes of poetry, including Traveling Through the Dark, which received the 1963 National Book Award. His many distinguished honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Western States Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry. He also...

Gerald Stern

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Gerald Stern’s recent books of poetry are In Beauty Bright, Early Collected Poems: 1965–1992, Save the Last Dance, This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award, Odd Mercy, and Bread without Sugar. His honors include the Award of Merit Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four...

Jamie Stockwell

Jamie Stockwell is the managing editor for the San Antonio Express-News.


Amy L. Stone

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Amy Stone is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Trinity University. She is the author of Gay Rights at the Ballot Box and the coeditor, with Jaime Cantrell, of Out of the Closet, into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories. Stone’s areas of study include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender politics and the incorporation of LGBT individuals into communities and cities, and the law. She...


Laura-Gray Street

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Laura-Gray Street is the author of Pigment and Fume, and her work has appeared in Poet Lore, Hawk & Handsaw, Many Mountains Moving, Gargoyle, ISLE, Shenandoah, Blackbird, the Notre Dame Review, and Best New Poets 2005. Her honors include four Pushcart Prize nominations, a poetry fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts,’s Poetry Prize, Isotope’s Editors’ Prize in Poetry, the Southern Women...

Arthur Sze

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Arthur Sze, one of America’s leading poets, is the author of nine books of poetry and translation, most recently The Ginkgo Light. He is professor emeritus of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and was Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also a celebrated translator and editor of The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the...

W. B. Thompson

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Thompson lives and works in the Virgin Islands. He also maintains a studio in Connecticut. His mixed media paintings and sculptural assemblages are in prominent art collections worldwide. San Antonio in Color was awarded a certificate of excellence at the 35th Annual Bookbuilders West Show and was a San Antonio Express-News Best Book of 2004. Thompson graduated from Trinity University (B.A. History, 1988) and was a...

Frank Thompson

Frank Thompson is an author, comedy writer, filmmaker, and film historian. From his home in California he has written, directed, or produced several film-related documentaries, and he often lectures on cinema history. Among his books are William A. Wellman, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alamo Movies, I Was That Masked Man (with Clayton Moore), Lost Films, and The Alamo: A Cultural History.

Leath Tonino

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Leath Tonino, a writer from Vermont, has also worked as a wildlife biologist in Arizona, a blueberry farmer in New Jersey, and a snow shoveler in Antarctica. He is the author of The Animal One Thousand Miles Long: Seven Lengths of Vermont and Other Adventures, and his work has appeared in magazines such as Outside, Men’s Journal, Orion, Tricycle, Utne Reader, and The Sun. When not at his desk, he roams North America’s...

Mark Tredinnick

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Mark Tredinnick is an essayist, poet, and writing teacher. He is the author of The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir and the editor of A Place on Earth: An Anthology of Nature Writing from Australia and North America. His essays and journalism have appeared in Island, ISLE, Orion, Resurgence, the Bulletin, and the Sydney Morning Herald. Winner of the 2005 Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize, Tredinnick lives in the...

Peter Turchi

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Called "one of the country's foremost thinkers on the art of writing" by the Houston Chronicle, Peter Turchi's books include A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic, Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; Suburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie, in collaboration with the artist; a novel, The Girls Next Door; and a collection of stories,...

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986 he was elected archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1995, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed chair of South Africa’s Truth and...


Trinity University

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Trinity University is a private liberal arts and sciences institution in San Antonio, Texas. 

Henk van Assen

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Henk van Assen’s New York–based studio, HvADesign, focuses on book design and environmental graphics. He received his training in graphic design in his home country of the Netherlands from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague. After working for several years as a graphic designer in Amsterdam, he came to the United States and earned an M.F.A. from Yale University. Since 1999 van Assen has been a critic at the...

Dorothy Waldman

Dorothy Waldman is an avid traveler, writer, and public speaker. She lives in Houston, Texas.

David Rains Wallace

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David Rains Wallace has published eighteen books, including two more about Central America, The Quetzal and the Macaw: The Story of Costa Rica’s National Parks and Adventuring in Central America: A Sierra Club Travel Guide. The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution received the 1984 John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing and Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California’s Desert received a 2012 Commonwealth...

John Ward

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John Ward's book Colorado: Magnificent Wilderness featured a series of color photographs taken in his home state. Ward has exhibited his photographs widely and is represented in private and public collections, including the Amon Carter Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Museum of New Mexico. He lives and works in Estes Park, Colorado.

Liz Ward

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Liz Ward’s paintings, drawings, and prints are informed by natural history and the environmental crisis. Her work has been widely exhibited and is represented in many private and public collections. Ward completed many of the drawings in this book with the support of a Brown Foundation fellowship for a residency at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France. She is a professor of art at Trinity University, and she lives...

James Perrin Warren

James Warren is the S. Blount Mason Jr. Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Warren specializes in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and literature of the environment. His books include John Burroughs and the Place of NatureCulture ofEloquence: Oratory and Reform in Antebellum Americaand Walt Whitman’s Language...


Patricia A. Watkins

Patricia A. Watkins rode the fast-moving Agnese train at the University of the Incarnate Word for twenty-three years until she disembarked in 2010, when she retired as vice president for international affairs. Watkins is the author of four science textbooks. She lives in Boerne, Texas.


Lois Zook Wauson

Lois Zook Wauson is the oldest of eight children who grew up on a farm in Wilson County, Texas in the mid-twentieth century. After living for many years in other parts of Texas, she now lives and writes in Floresville.

Jonathan White

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Jonathan White is an active marine conservationist, a sailor, and a surfer. His first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White is the author of Tides, forthcoming from Trinity University Press, and has written...

Barbara M. Whitehead

Barbara Mathews Whitehead is an artist whose watercolors and drawings have been featured in books and in numerous shows and galleries. She has published a retrospective of her wood and linocuts, From Wood to Linoleum. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Brooke Williams

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Brooke Williams has spent the last thirty years advocating for wilderness. He is the author of four books, including Open MidnightHalflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness, and The Story of My Heart, by Richard Jeffries, as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams. His journalistic pieces have appeared in Outside, Huffington Post, Orion, and Saltfront. He and his wife, Terry Tempest Williams, divide...

Lyle Williams

Lyle Williams is the curator of prints and drawings at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.


Chris Wilson

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Chris Wilson is a leading cultural, architectural, and landscape historian whose award-winning books include The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition and Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem. He is coeditor, with Paul Groth, of Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J. B. Jackson. He is the J. B. Jackson Chair of Cultural Landscape Studies at the University of New Mexico...

Brenda Wineapple

Brenda Wineapple is the author of White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, a winner of the Washington Arts Club National Award for arts writing, and a New York Times Notable Book; it was also named best nonfiction of 2008 in the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Economist. Her other books include...

Carter Wiseman

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Carter Wiseman is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities. He was architecture critic and/or editor for a number of magazines, including Newsweek, New York Magazine, Architectural Record, Interior Design, and ARTnews. He is currently a lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture, where he teaches courses focusing on architectural writing and criticism. His books include Twentieth-Century American Architecture:...

Byron Wolfe

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Byron Wolfe is a widely exhibited photographer whose work is held in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a recipient of the Santa Fe Prize for Photography and a Guggenheim fellowship. He teaches at California State University in Chico and lives in...

Nelson W. Wolff

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The mayor of San Antonio from 1991 to 1995, Nelson W. Wolff enacted several major economic developments for the city. He is the author of The Changing Face of San Antonio, Transforming San AntonioMayor: An Inside View of San Antonio Politics, 1981–1995 and Baseball for Real Men: Seven Spiritual Laws for Senior Players. He currently serves as Bexar County judge.

Curtis Worthington

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Curtis Worthington is the author of critical writing and literary history and a former member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors. He is the recipient of the Skylark Prize from the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and he has performed widely in plays and operas. He is a practicing neurosurgeon in Charleston.  

Federal Writers' Project

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later become celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

Dean Young

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Dean Young has published many notable books of poems, including Design with X, First Course in Turbulence, and Skid, which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. His more recent poetry books are Elegy for a Toy Piano, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Embryoyo, Primitive Mentor, and Fall Higher. He is also the author of the prose book The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and...

Adam Zagajewski

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Adam Zagajewski is one of Poland’s most distinguished contemporary poets. Among his honors and awards are a fellowship from the Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, a Prix de la Liberté, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Neustadt Literary Prize. His poetry books in English include Without End: New and Selected Poems; Unseen Hand; and Eternal Enemies. His works in prose include Two Cities; Another...