Best Local Author / Poet

TIE: Owen Egerton, Sarah Bird

Since he's constantly writing novels, short stories, screenplays, and material for, we're not sure when Owen Egerton sleeps. Add to that his work onstage with Girls Girls Girls and Zach Theatre, appearances with (and helping found Austin's original) Master Pancake Theater, and the release of his own album, and we can see why this Renaissance man is one of Austin's favorite authors. While Texas transplant Sarah Bird doesn't stray so far from the page, she too is an author of many talents. With degrees in anthropology and journalism, Bird has a knack for observing human behavior and writing social comedies about it. You've probably read her newest, the hilarious How Perfect Is That, so why not trace the funny back to its source by picking up one of her old romance novels under the name Tory Cates?

Owen Egerton

Sarah Bird

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