Let's start celebrating again: May Is Texas Writers Month

Barbara Brannon,
Managing Editor

For some time in the late 1990s, and stretching into the twenty-first century, May was declared to be Texas Writers Month. Just who declared it wasn't always clear. Some years it was the Texas legislature. Some years it was Austin screenwriter Cary Roberts, and later his nonprofit, the Texas Writers Project. Some years booksellers and libraries voluntarily banded together to peg their promotions on it as a joint theme. Official writers were named some years. Broadsides and posters were produced. Blogs were crafted.

As Texas book-scene expert Clay Smith put it back in 1999, writing for the Austin Chronicle, “Texas Writers Month, which is May, is a bit like Black History Month; there's never really been one particular office people can call to plan events or to gather information about the occasion.”

However it was positioned, the “occasion” was a noble endeavor. Honoring Texas writers old and new, aspiring and professional, in all genres. was a way to draw attention to the literary talent residing in every corner of the state. It was a hook to draw more readers to books they might like, given the chance to discover a geographical or cultural kinship. Or to convert fans of Texas into fans of good literature.

Hmmm, that's a lot like our mission here at Lone Star Literary Life.

Let's do it again. Let's revive Texas Writers Month — and even if we don't all join forces to put on a big show or campaign, let's give a boost, and a big thanks, to all the Texas writers we know. it be so.

Hosting a Texas writer for an event this month? Feel free to download our badge for your promotional use, and send event details to info@LoneStarLiterary.com.

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