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Pioneer Grit and Newfangled Novels
Debra Monroe's Hill Country Life
Books Story  April 17, 1998, by Tom Doyal
"...photograph by Todd V. Wolfson On a gray, drizzly March afternoon which matched my low-grade, self-indulgent, melancholy mood perfectly, I drove out of Austin toward one of the legendary Hill Country towns and my scheduled interview with writer Debra Monroe..."

Define 'Normal'
Debra Monroe on the families we're born with and the families we build
Books Story  May 14, 2010, by Scott Blackwood
"...I've known Debra Monroe since the early 1990s, when I was a student in her Master of Fine Arts graduate fiction workshop at Texas State University. One of the first things that struck me about Debra was her passionate belief that literature has a purpose in the everyday world..."

Why Be 'Normal'?
Debra Monroe to read from her memoir On the Outskirts of Normal Thursday
DAILY Books  June 15, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Since the Chronicle profiled Debra Monroe back in May, the novelist and Texas State prof has received good notices for her memoir On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain, and the news gets even better: The book will be featured in the August issue of O: The Oprah Magazine...."

Like a Virgin
Books Column  August 28, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...Since Debra Monroe helped create the book tour for her most recent work, Newfangled (Simon & Schuster), she wasn't being self-deprecating last week when she told members of the Austin Writers' League that the book tour was a "really stupid idea." In a talk titled by Tom Doyal, "Book Tour Virgin," Monroe revealed that because Newfangled, which Simon & Schuster has nominated for the National Book Award, is set in the Southwest, she thought it would be appropriate to give booksignings across the Southwest. Once on tour, however, she quickly realized that that idea would only work "if the book were informational." Since Newfangled is literary fiction, attendance was erratic on her tour..."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...Amanda Eyre Ward's novel of the migrant journey, The Same Sky (Ballantine), is the most important book to come out of Austin this year. Debra Monroe's blue-collar-to-academia memoir My Unsentimental Education (University of Georgia Press) is as well-written as it is wise..."

Take Me, Instead
An interview with SWT's Arturo Mancha, whose novel in progress was a recent break-in casualty
Books Story  April 25, 2003, by Michael Erard
"...Fiction writer Debra Monroe, his workshop instructor this semester, called Auroboros "sprawling and apocalyptic," a combination of Rudolfo Anaya and Edward Spencer. "His determination to get the story told has been dogged, tenacious," she said in an e-mail to the Chronicle...."

The Joys of Meanness
Scott Blackwood's initiation into the writing life
Books Story  August 10, 2001, by Robin Bradford
"...While teaching full-time in Austin at a high school for dropouts, Blackwood ratcheted up his commitment to writing by joining the new graduate program at Southwest Texas State in 1992. Due to "financial and parenting pressures," Blackwood stopped and started the program for several years until SWT professor Debra Monroe took one of his stories to then-director Miles Wilson and requested financial assistance..."

2002 Texas Book Festival Schedule
Books Story  November 15, 2002
"...12:30-1:45pm CExt. #E2.016The Short of It: Story Collections Neal Barrett Jr., John Blair, James Hoggard, Antonya Nelson, Moderator: Debra Monroe..."

Newfangled Untangled
Books Story  April 17, 1998
"...This is how Newfangled: A Novel by Debra Monroe (Simon & Schuster, $22 hard) begins, at the edge of Maidie Bonasso's front yard, where she's taking a lunch break from her job as curator of Tucson's Museum of Domestic History and Home Economy (where she does things like catalogue old vases and brooms and butter paddles). The dry Arizona sun becomes one of the novel's tropes, but its presence isn't as noteworthy as the bond Monroe develops between reader and narrator, as if the narrator were speaking directly to the reader..."

Texas Lit
Books Column  January 30, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück will read from her poetry collections February 4, 7:30pm at the HRC's fourth floor auditorium. Monroe's Maidie..."

SWTSU's Top Twenty Triumph
Saving Literature... One Writer at a Time
Books Story  May 22, 1998, by Robin Bradford
"...Fiction writer Debra Monroe, who also came to SWTSU in 1992, says that what she loves about teaching is constantly engaging in interesting conversations about what makes fiction good and bad. "I have a great job," she confides..."

States of Mind
Off the Bookshelf
Arts Story  August 11, 1995
"...The Source of Trouble; $10 paperback A Wild, Cold State by Debra Monroe..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  May 8, 1998
"...before it escalates into proceedings which could become costly and uncomfortable for both sides." Smith refused comment on the matter and Blumenthal did not return the Chronicle's telephone calls. Debra Monroe, an author and associate professor of English and creative writing at SWT, questions Blumenthal's allegations..."

The Faculty
Books Story  May 22, 1998
"...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...."

New Voices
Books Column  February 6, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...It is, however, a time when people seem to be looking for new voices and ideas to shepherd them through the year. Denise Roy, a Simon & Schuster editor who edited local author Debra Monroe's Newfangled, speaks of September and October as the "high fall," when the Christmas books start coming down the pipeline; after running its course the high fall leaves open a space for "new and interesting voices" in these immediately post-holiday months..."

Gay Place: Grandma's Revenge
Rudolph was framed!
Columns  December 3, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...MY UNSENTIMENTAL EDUCATION Enjoy a cocktail reception and conversation with author Debra Monroe and hosted by Neena Husid. Sat., Dec..."

Texas Book Festival 2015: The Mighty 300
Authors for Fest 20 include Lethem, Lemony, Pitts, Diggs, Hart
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Leading the way among local authors on the nonfiction front will be UT's Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg (To Explain the World), along with Javier Auyero (Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City), Debra Monroe (My Unsentimental Education: A Memoir), Jan Jarboe Russell (The Train to Crystal City), and art director/designer DJ Stout (Variations on a Rectangle)...."

Specht Speaks!
More Q&A with Migratory Animals author Mary Helen Specht
DAILY Arts  January 15, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...Also, another local writer who I really respect – she’s wonderful: Debra Monroe teaches at Texas State – read an early draft and said that I needed to cut out or tone down the Austin descriptions by half. I had so many in there that it had almost become a little bit like a cartoon taco or something, too much of a character..."

Ben Fountain's Coming to San Marcos
Mayor's Book Club author joins TSU English Department
DAILY Books  April 22, 2013
"...It's a coup for the San Marcos university, and Fountain will join the already impressive creative writing faculty, which includes Doug Dorst, Steve Wilson, Debra Monroe, and others...."

Give Them Books This Year!
Second Annual Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair
DAILY Books  December 6, 2010, by Anne Harris
"...D. Engelhardt, Diana Welch, Debra Monroe, Barbara Ras, Monica Perales, Steven Boyd, Mary Volcansek, Gregory Curtis, Light Cummins, Jesus F..."

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