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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

The Department of English Congratulates Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

Lifetime Contribution to Texas Letters

Posted: November 6, 2007
''The presentation of the 2007 Texas Book Festival Bookend Award to Rolando Hinojosa-Smith and Dagoberto Gilb suggests that the Texas literary establishment has finally recognized what both men have known for decades: that the culture and literature of the Texas-Mexico borderlands have become a central part of Texas' sense of itself.

Hinojosa-Smith, the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas, started his career in the alternative literary circuits established by the Chicano movement some 40 years ago. ''Estampas del valle y otras obras,'' his 1972 series of sketches about the lower Rio Grande Valley, where he was born and raised, was recognized as a classic of the Chicano literary canon upon publication. Since then, he has become best-known for the many books in his Klail City Death Trip series, which richly evoke the world of fictional Belken County, the border equivalent to Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.''

Please view the rest of John M. Gonzalez's article regarding Rolando Hinojosa-Smith in the link provided.

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