Category Archives: West Texas Authors

W. Jay Taylor, author

You have got to read The Red Horse Minnow Club!!! Whether you were a kid growing up in West Texas, or even if you weren’t; you should read this book, just so you can laugh.  In fact, I’ll bet you can’t get past six pages without laughing so hard tears...

Interlude, an anthology

What is an interlude other than a pause from what was, waiting for what is to come? UTPB professor Dr. Tom Parks has entitled this year’s anthology, “Interlude.” For the past five years,the anthology, each enhancing, each growing, has developed into the premier publication for West Texas writers and readers....

Paula Duncan McDonald, author

When an author brings you to the feeling of a character in her book without telling you how the character feels; when an author makes you either love or hate the protagonist without telling you to do so; when nature descriptions live by their own vitality, you know that you...

Sam Dalmont, historian, author

Lest we forget our West Texas ranching heritage, Sam Dalmont has written Once Upon a Texas Cattle Ranch. This is no Rhinestone Cowboy tale. It’s the real thing. Dalmont tells the story of how he and his sisters were raised on the A Bar ranch, 36 sections between Lamesa and...

Amber Kelly-Anderson, professor, essayist

Recently, I had the most delightful interview at the Harvest cafe with Amber Kelly-Anderson, professor of English at Howard College and now a renowned essayist. I say “renowned” because she was recently contracted for 12 months to write blog essays for Ploughshares. Ploughshares is a national award-winning literary magazine published...

Steven L. Brown, MD, PhD, author

In 2007, the book, Navigating The Medical Maze, by cardiologist, Dr. Steven L. Brown, was published. Popular at the time, it has faded in the public consciousness, a fate suffered by many fine books. Navigating The Medical Maze must be revitalized and everyone of us in this community need to...

Marie Blazek, author, potter

I recently traveled to Marfa to interview the author, potter Marie Blazek, before she left on a trip taking a truck down the Baja. She has published her book, Let Go Of The Rope, a memoir, in part, but also an experiential observation of life and death. In Marie’s metaphor,...

Dr. Steven Berk, author

This book, Anatomy of a Kidnapping, is well-named as an examination (anatomy) by the victim of a kidnapping, Dr. Steven Berk, Provost of Texas Tech Medical School. It is not formulaic fiction of mystery and crime. It is real. A quiet Sunday in early March, “the only sounds a chorus...

T.D. Jones, author

When I read the anthology, Hot Days, by T.D. Jones, the words “honest feeling” came to mind. The writing style of Jones takes the sensitive subjects of life, death, love and relationships, and weaves our common experience into the story of delightful characters. In the anthology, “Who Put Grandpa In...

Troy Buck, author of The Vigilante Grannies

The War on Drugs is lost. The children and grandchildren of good families, dedicated parents, keep getting hooked. Lives are ruined, and children die by overdose or from bad stuff. Southland Heights is Anytown America, but not really. At least not when Margie decides to go into action. Margie Filmore...