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The next annual meeting of the TIL will be at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel in Georgetown, TX on March 27-28, 2020. Click the link above to make your hotel reservations, or call 1-800-477-3340. (Special rate for the TIL is only available for reservations made by February 27.) You can also purchase banquet tickets at Payments and Donations. The banquet is open to the public.

Congratulations to the 2020 newly elected members of the TIL: Glenn Blake, Nate Blakeslee, Cyrus Cassells, Dan Goodgame, Andrew R. Graybill, Robert Earl Keen, Kathleen Kent, James McMurtry, Emma M. Pérez, Emmy Pérez, J. L. Powers, Andrew Sansom, ire’ne lara silva, Octavio Solis, Natalia Sylvester, Regina Taylor, Loretta Diane Walker, Dan Williams, Bill Wright.

John Rechy is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award will be presented to Rechy at the annual meeting in Georgetown, TX.

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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.

Submit annual dues, banquet fees, and other donations by credit card or PayPal: Payments and Donations. This link is also on the Members page, with the PDF form to submit payments by regular mail.