The winners of the Dobie Paisano writing fellowships for 2001-2002 are Patricia Page, a novelist who is a former Texas resident now living in Pescadero, California, and Mylène Dressler, a novelist from Houston.
The fellowships, sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, allow writers to spend six months at Paisano, the late author J. Frank Dobie's 265-acre retreat west of Austin, now owned and maintained by the University of Texas at Austin.
Page, who will hold the Ralph Johnston Memorial Fellowship, will begin residence at Paisano in September. Dressler will hold the Jesse Jones Writing Fellowship and begin residency at Paisano in March 2002.
Page, a freelance writer of fiction, non-fiction, children's stories, textbooks, and business and technical publications, was educated at the University of Houston (B.A. and M.A. with honors). Her first novel, "Hope's Cadillac" was published by W.W. Norton in 1996. She was a Yaddo Fellow in 1987, 1988, and 1998 and was a writer-in residence at the Centrum Center for the Arts in Port Townsend, Washington in 1989.
Ms. Page will be working on her third novel, which is set in Oaxaca. The first and last chapters have already been published as short stories.
Dressler has lived in Houston since 1989, with several periods of residence in Texas before then. She received her Ph.D. from Rice University in 1993 and was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas last year. She is the author of two novels, "The Medusa Tree," published by MacMurray & Beck, 1997 and "The Deadwood Beetle," to be published by BlueHen/Putnam in September.
Dressler plans to work on her third novel, a contemporary tragedy set in a small, fictional town along a great southern river.
Scott Blackwood of Austin and Rosa Shand, formerly of Austin and now of Spartanburg, South Carolina, were the runners-up.