Larry Jeff McMurtry (born 1936) is an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work is often set in the old West or contemporary 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.

Other Speeches by Lon Tinkle Award Winners
Robert Flynn: “The Future of Texas Literature”

John Graves (1920-2013) was an author from Fort Worth whose work focused on the environment and the loss of the frontier in Texas.