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The TIL has announced the winners of the 2019 Literary Awards. Naomi Shihab Nye is the winner of the prestigious Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest honor given by the TIL. The award will be presented to Nye in McAllen on April 27, 2019. Download TIL Schedule for awards weekend in McAllen.

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.

Call the Casa De Palmas (1-956-631-1101, preferably between 9-5) to reserve your room at the “Texas Institute of Letters” group rate of $99/night, for the annual meeting and awards banquet in McAllen, Texas on April 26-27, 2019. Pay banquet fees at Payments and Donations. The awards banquet is open to the public.

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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, short-story writer, novelist, and essayist, Sandra Cisneros received the 2018 Lon Tinkle Award from the TIL. Recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant and National Medal of Freedom of the Arts, she founded the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation to help emerging writers.

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Winter 2018/Spring 2019 Newsletter