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The Texas Institute of Letters and President Sergio Troncoso issued a statement on the killing of George Floyd.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Literary Awards in thirteen categories.

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.

Our next annual meeting and banquet will be in El Paso, TX on April 16-17, 2021. More details to follow.

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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.

John Rechy received the 2020 Lon Tinkle Award from the TIL, the acclaimed author of City of Night, The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, and over a dozen novels. He is the recipient of the PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the William Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, and an NEA fellowship. The video was produced by TIL member Jesús Salvador Treviño.

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