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"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...12:30-1:45pm CExt. #E2.016The Short of It: Story Collections Neal Barrett Jr., John Blair, James Hoggard, Antonya Nelson, Moderator: Debra Monroe..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The Source of Trouble; $10 paperback A Wild, Cold State by Debra Monroe..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...MY UNSENTIMENTAL EDUCATION Enjoy a cocktail reception and conversation with author Debra Monroe and hosted by Neena Husid. Sat., Dec..."
"...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)...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...D. Engelhardt, Diana Welch, Debra Monroe, Barbara Ras, Monica Perales, Steven Boyd, Mary Volcansek, Gregory Curtis, Light Cummins, Jesus F..."