The spring is dead. Long live the spring!
Resolution in the Southwest Texas State skirmish of words regarding Dagoberto Gilb: You might remember that back in November the controversial fictioner/essayist was recommended denial of early tenure and professorship by the SWT Dept. of English Personnel Committee. At the time, Gilb called the recommendation "arrogant and superior," saying that it was "not really about me, personally, but about Latino faculty in general, which is worse." Well, it has become better, as Gilb was "tenured and promoted" last week, according to an SWT official. We wish him congratulations and success upon the upcoming Grove Press release of Gritos, his first collection of essays, which includes "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes" (Harper's), "Mi Mommy" (The New Yorker), and The Texas Observer's "What I Would Have Said About the State of Texas Literature" and "Books Suck," among more than 30 others... The O. Henry Pun-Off is noon-5pm, Saturday, May 3, in Woolridge Park. Check out www.punpunpun.com for more information... Texas Writers' Month kicks off with its statewide party on Thursday, May 8, 6pm, at Barnes & Noble Westlake in the Village shopping center. Check back here for more scheduling information, or else visit www.texaswritersmonth.info ... Go see Eric Shade, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for his Eyesores (University of Georgia Press, $24.95) at BookPeople on Wednesday at 7pm.