Many congratulations to Amalia Ortiz on receiving an American Book Award in the category of Oral Literature! This is fantastic news! 

The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Forty-first Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS. The 2020 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 25, 2020, from 2:00–3:30p.m., online.

"The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process. The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term “multicultural” to be not a description of various categories, groups, or “special interests,” but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers." Here is a link to the announcement of all of this year's winners.

Fountain, Pérez named next Poets Laureate of Texas | Lone Star Literary Life

The Texas State Legislature, in partnership with the Texas Commission on the Arts, will make appointments on Monday, March 25, 2019 to the positions of state poet laureate, state musician, state two-dimensional artist, and state three-dimensional artist.

National recognition -

Seven UTRGV students whose work was published in Gallery magazine have won eight national awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Britt Haraway, a creative writing assistant professor and Gallery adviser, explained the magazine is produced by students taking his English 3350 Gallery course.