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TIL Officers 1939 to Present
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Lon Tinkle Award Acceptance Speeches

Gary Cartwright: “How I Got To Be a Writer”
C. W. Smith: “Remembering Lon Tinkle”
Stephen Harrigan: “More Than Anything I Needed People”

Other Speeches by Lon Tinkle Award Winners

Pat Mora: “Cuentos y Cuentistas: the Arc of our Story”
Robert Flynn: “The Future of Texas Literature”


2023: Michael Adams, Wendy Barker, Bobby Byrd, Paul Burka, Rosemary Catacalos, Carol Coffee Reposa, Loretta Diane Walker
2022: Jane Roberts Wood, Walt McDonald, Robert Phillips, Lars Eighner
2021: Larry McMurtry, Leon Hale, James Hoggard, Robert Bonazzi, Jan Reid, Max Evans, Gregg Barrios, Dave Hickey
2020: Bill Wittliff, Wendell Mayo, William Seale, Bob Compton, Don Graham, Jim Lehrer, Bill Sloan, Lonn Taylor
2019: Ted Shine, Ntozake Shange,  Dan Jenkins
2018: Elroy Bode, Audrey Slate, Bill Crider
2017: Gary Cartwright, Tom Curtis, Shelby Hearon, John Miller Morris, Marsh Terry, Thomas Whitbread
2016: Kent Biffle, Dale Walker
2015: Francis Edward Abernethy, Diana Hobby, Kathryn Marshall, Robert Sherrill, Bryan Woolley
2014: Neal Barrett, Jr., Paul Boller, L. D. Clark, T. R. Fehrenbach, Jean Flynn, Lionel García
2013: Larry L. King, Palmer Hall, Mary Margaret Farabee
2012: Allen Maxwell, Annette Shorre Sanford, Maryln Schwartz, Malcolm Dallas McClean, Pete Gent, Tom Pilkington
2011: Max Crawford, Willam H. Goetzmann, Eugene McKinney, Claude Ignatius Stanush, David J. Weber

In Memoriam Videos

Larry Jeff McMurtry (1936-2021) is an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work is often set in the old West or contemporary Texas.
John Graves (1920-2013) was an author from Fort Worth whose work focused on the environment and the loss of the frontier in Texas.
Américo Paredes (1915–1999) was a Mexican-American author, scholar and folklorist born in Brownsville who wrote about the bilingual life on the border of South Texas.
Katherine Anne Porter (1890–1980) was a journalist, essayist, short-story writer, and novelist who lived in New York while writing about her hardscrabble life in rural Texas.

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