This fall, Cassells, author of The Mud Actor (National Poetry Series Prize) and Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (William Carlos Williams Poetry Prize and Pulitzer Prize nominee), joins the faculty. His new book, Beautiful Signor, was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is currently a finalist for the Lambda Poetry Prize.
Dagoberto Gilb, fiction
El Paso native Gilb has published The Magic of Blood (PEN/Hemingway Award) and The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuna, and has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers award.
Tom Grimes, fiction
Grimes' most recent novel is City of God. His latest play, New World, will be produced in New York, Madrid, and Buenos Aires.
Roger Jones, poetry
Texas Review Press published his book Strata.
Debra Monroe, fiction
Monroe's recent novel, Newfangled, is being called her "breakthrough" book. She has published two books of short stories: The Source of Trouble, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and A Wild, Cold State.
Tim O'Brien, fiction
This fall, pending final arrangements, novelist O'Brien will become the first holder of one of five endowed chairs recently established at SWT by Roy and Joann Mitte. The writing program recently competed with 30 other university departments for the new position. O'Brien is best known for The Things They Carried, which traces the lives of Vietnamese and American protagonists from childhood through the Vietnam War and afterwards, and was named one of the 10 best books of 1990 by The New York Times. In 1979, O'Brien won the National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His most recent novel, In the Lake of the Woods (1994), was named by Time magazine and The New York Times as one of the year's best books.
Kathleen Peirce, poetry
Peirce's first book, Mercy,won the Associated Writing Programs Award; her second is Divided Touch, Divided Color. She was awarded the Whiting Writers' Award.
Steve Wilson, poetry
Wilson has published two books of poetry (The Singapore Express or Faith in the Knowing Hand of the Scientist and Allegory Dance) and won a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing. -R.B.