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ACM Literature

From raucous westerns to sprawling, historical epics, Texas has inspired writing almost as great as the Lone Star State itself. From Katherine Anne Porter to Sarah Bird, Larry McMurtry to Louis Sachar, and Mary Karr to Molly Ivins, our rich literary landscape continues to grow, as local publishers, journals and reading series flourish. In this ongoing series, we will feature fiction, humor, poetry, creative essays and more from Central Texas' promising new writers, plus exclusive excerpts from our favorite local authors.

ACM Literature


Texas author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores family secrets in Oleander Girl

By Tarra Gaines

Apr 14th, 2013 at 12:00 PM

In Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's new novel, Oleander Girl, a young Indian woman's engagement ceremony is shattered when the grandfather who raised her falls mortally ill. With this tragedy ...


Hurricane Katrina troubles and inspires National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward

By Tarra Gaines

Mar 24th, 2013 at 12:49 PM

In 2005, author Jesmyn Ward was staying with her family in her hometown of DeLisle, Miss., when Hurricane Katrina stuck. The storm destroyed homes, devastated the community and silenced Ward ...


Call it a comeback: American Short Fiction returns once again

By Shannon McGarvey

Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Last summer when Badgerdog Literary Publishing announced that American Short Fiction would embark on an indefinite hiatus, the literary community at large collectively suffered the loss. The publication, since its ...


Lawrence Wright on Going Clear: Reporting on Scientology, America’s most insular — and misunderstood — religion

By Katie Friel

Jan 23rd, 2013 at 12:39 PM

In case you missed the New York Times profile and book review, the Washington Post’s book review, the Atlantic debacle or the Rock Center segment, Austin-based Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist ...


Let the Austin Chronicle's 21st Annual Short Story Contest be your entrance to the literature world

By Ryan Lakich

Dec 1st, 2012 at 1:35 PM

It’s that time of year again to see if you have the talent to sit among the ranks of O. Henry, Edgar Allen Poe or Nikolai Gogol. The Austin ...

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