Oscar Casares

Oscar Casares

Quick Facts on Oscar Casares

  • Born in 1964 in Brownsville, Texas, where he is raised.
  • Earns a bachelor’s degree in advertising from UT Austin in 1987.
  • Begins work as a freelance copywriter in Minneapolis, a city known for its reputable ad agencies.
  • Returns to Austin to work at GSD&M Idea City in 1989, eventually becoming associate creative director.
  • Earns a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2001.
  • Wins a Dobie Paisano Fellowship in 2002. Also wins fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, and the Texas Institute of Letters.
  • Publishes his first book, Brownsville, a collection of short stories, in 2003.
  • Brownsville is selected by the American Library Association as a Notable Book of 2004 and earns critical praise from such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Begins teaching creative writing at UT Austin in 2004.
  • Publishes his first novel, “Amigoland,” in 2009. Both Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly give it starred reviews.
  • “Amigoland” is selected for the Austin Mayor’s Book Club in December 2009. As part of a citywide reading and community-building campaign, all of Austin is invited to read “Amigoland,” then participate in special events. Mayor Lee Leffingwell will host Casares and readers at a reception and finale in April 2010 at City Hall.