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Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Paisano Fellows Anticipate Time, Space and a Thoughtful Place to Write

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“My greatest worries, as a writer, are about time and space, whether I will have enough to complete the work that compels me.  Six months on a 250-acre ranch: I couldn’t ask for a greater gift!” says Stefan Block, who has recently been announced as the recipient of the Jesse Jones fellowship through the Dobie Paisano fellowship for writers.

Block’s first novel, “The Story of Forgetting,” won Best First Fiction at the Rome International Festival of Literature, the 2008 Merck Serono Literature Prize…

Friday, November 12, 2010

Changing the World: Stories Celebrating 100 Years of Graduate Education

FinalCoverIn celebration of the 2010 Centennial anniversary of the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin, a hardcover book commemorating the anniversary has been published by University of Texas Press.

Since 1910, more than 125,000 individuals have earned a master’s or doctoral degree in more than one hundred programs across campus. Yet the story of the Graduate School is not a collection of dates, offices, buildings, numbers of graduates, or national rankings of its degree programs. Rather, it is the…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Next Paisano Fellow shares tall tales, not-so-tall tales and “Birdisms”

SarahBirdSarah Bird’s favorite description of herself as an author came from a high school student who was forced to attend a literary reading by her English teacher. She says,  “Sarah Bird was tall and thin and wore these cute reading glasses on the tip of her nose. If I recall correctly, she forgot her reading glasses and had to borrow somebody’s in the audience. Regardless of the reading glasses situation, she was very genuine and you could just tell on…

Monday, June 22, 2009

Spotlight on Dobie Paisano Fellow Diane Wilson

Activist, fisherwoman, mother….Diane Wilson has been called by many names, but the one she was always reluctant to give herself was author. In fact, her 93-year old mother once told her that if she ever actually got a book published, she would stand on her head in the middle of traffic.

Two highly acclaimed books later, the self-taught writer can add another moniker to her list…Paisano Fellow. The Dobie Paisano Fellowship, sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin and the…