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Steve Davis was voted a TIL Fellow by the Council at their January 2020 meeting in San Antonio, TX.

The next annual meeting of the TIL will be at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel, 1101 Woodlawn Avenue, in Georgetown, TX on March 27-28, 2020. More details to follow.

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.

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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