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The TIL has announced the winners of the 2019 Literary Awards. Naomi Shihab Nye is the winner of the prestigious Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest honor given by the TIL. The award was presented to Nye at the annual meeting and awards banquet in McAllen on April 27, 2019.


Congratulations to the 2019 newly elected members of the TIL: Rosa Alcalá, Wes Anderson, Patrick Cox, Robin Davidson, Robert Faires, Wes Ferguson, Betty Sue Flowers, Carrie Fountain, Xavier Garza, Tim Z. Hernandez, Tish Hinojosa, Eugene Lee, John MacCormack, Wendell Mayo, Ito Romo, Ellen Clarke Temple, Jesús Salvador Treviño.

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The Texas Institute of Letters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Honor Society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and to recognize distinctive literary achievement. The TIL’s elected membership consists of the state’s most respected writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, and scholarship. Induction into the TIL is based on literary accomplishments. Application for membership is not accepted. The rules governing the selection of members and officers are contained in the TIL By-Laws. The TIL annually elects new members, gives awards to recognize outstanding literary works, and supports the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program for writers.

Acclaimed poet and author of fiction for children, Naomi Shihab Nye received the 2019 Lon Tinkle Award from the TIL, the first Arab-American to win the award. Recipient of the Guggenheim and Lannan fellowships and winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award and the Academy of American Poets’ Lavan Award, she has served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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Winter 2018/Spring 2019 Newsletter