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Short Story Winner: ‘Immaculate’

Nellie Downer’s story checks every box on the list of attributes guest judge Bryan Washington appreciates in short fiction: “stories with distinct voices, a keen sense of place, and a palpable intimacy.”

Nellie Downer’s “Immaculate” offers a Texas-sized opening line—“It was a big goddamned land”—before zooming in on a little car on a lonely roa...Read More

Laverne Brackens sits in front of one of her early quilts made with silk from Japan by

Quilts of Color

Laverne Brackens and her family carry on the interwoven legacy of Black quiltmakers in East Texas.

On a mild, showery day in August, Laverne Brackens sits in her bedroom with her daughters Lily Mays and Betsy Johnson. This is also her workroom, where she pins...Read More

Demetria McFarland, left, and her sister drove through the night to visit a memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis. by

A Monumental Undertaking

Protests to remove racist statues and iconography are part of a larger effort to reframe Texas history.

A Monumental Undertaking Protests to remove racist statues and iconography are part of a larger effort to reframe Texas history. By Michael Barajas August 11, 2...Read More

For years, Marsha Jackson has lived next door to Shingle Mountain, an illegal dump consisting of hundreds of tons of roof shingles. by

Marsha Jackson Is Trying to Move Shingle Mountain

The illegal dump is southern Dallas’ most visible environmental justice crisis. It’s far from the only one.

Marsha Jackson Is Trying to Move Shingle Mountain The illegal dump is southern Dallas’ most visible environmental justice crisis. It’s far from the only one...Read More

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How COVID-19 Threatens Texas’ Restaurant Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the future of the barbecue joints, taco trucks, bánh mì shops, and country cafes that make up Texas cuisine.

Open and Shut The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the future of the barbecue joints, taco trucks, bánh mì shops, and country cafes that make up Texas cuisine. By ...Read More

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