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Rio Grande Panel Discussion

MARCH 1—JULY 31, 2005
RIO GRANDE: The Storied River

above: detail from Crossing the Rio Grande, a photograph by Bill Wittliff

 April 7 PANEL DISCUSSION: "RIO GRANDE: The Storied River"

6:00 pm Hors d'oeuvre reception with panelists
7:00 pm Panel discussion
8:30 pm Book signing with the panelists
(Books for sale courtesy of the University Bookstore.)
Held in conjunction with the Southwestern Writers Collection exhibit, a discussion of how the "big river" and its borderlands influence contemporary writers will be moderated by Jan Reid, editor of the new UT Press anthology, Rio Grande. Panelists for the evening are: Cecilia Ballí, Dagoberto Gilb, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, and Dick Reavis.
Cecilia Ballí is a contributing writer for Texas Monthly. Her story on the Juarez murders is included in Best American Crime Writing 2004. She's working on a book on the subject.
(photo of Cecilia Ballí courtesy of the author)



Dagoberto Gilb one of the country's leading Chicano writers, is a professor of English at Texas State University-San Marcos. His most recent book, Gritos, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
(photo of Dagoberto Gilb by Laura Wilson, from the Wittliff Gallery Collection at Texas State)


 Rolando Hinojosa-Smith is considered the Dean of Chicano Literature. Hinojosa has won one of Latin America's most prestigious literary awards, the Premio de las Casas de las Americas, for his series of books about the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
(photo of Rolando Hinojosa-Smith courtesy of UT News and Information)


 Dick J. Reavis is a former Senior Editor of Texas Monthly and the author of several books including Without Documents and Conversations with Moctezuma: Ancient Shadows Over Modern Life in Mexico. He's written extensively on the US-Mexico borderlands.
(photo of Dick J. Reavis by Will Van Overbeeek)


Jan Reid, editor of the anthology Rio Grande, is a founding contributor and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. He is the author/co-author of seven books, including The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, The Bullet Meant for Me: A Memoir, and Close Calls: Jan Reid's Texas.
(photo of Jan Reid by Tommy Holt)