(photo by Michael Walker)
The winners of the Dobie Paisano writing fellowships for 2002-2003 are Oscar Casares, a fiction writer, native of Brownsville, and a lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Todd Hearon, a poet and native of Fort Worth, who is completing a Ph.D. at Boston University.
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.
Casares, who will hold the Ralph Johnston Memorial Fellowship, will begin residence at Paisano in September. Hearon will hold the Jesse Jones Writing Fellowship and begin residency at Paisano in March 2003.
Casares is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and received the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop last year. He has published stories in the Iowa Review, the Colorado Review, the Northwest Review and the Threepenny Review. In March, Casares learned that his short story collection, Brownsville, and an untitled novel will be published by Little Brown, and Company. He plans to complete revisions on his short story collection and begin work on the novel at Paisano.
Hearon, a graduate of Baylor University, received his M.A. degree from Boston College. His doctoral dissertation, The Staged Irishman: Irish National Drama 1899-1904, is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press In 2000 he won the Paul Green Playwrights Prize for his play Wives of the Dead and the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Award for his translations from the Irish of Michael Hartnett. His poems and translations have appeared in Partisan Review, Harvard Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Southern Humanities Review. At Paisano he plans to complete a book of poems called "Caliban in After-Life." It will contain lyric poems and a long verse monologue with an interlude separating the two parts.
Sasha Vliet, an instructor in Rhetoric and Composition
at UT and a doctoral student in American Studies, and Jared Hayley,
a native of Conroe and University of Texas graduate, who is currently
an MFA student at Columbia University in New York, were the runners-up.