Casares will teach Creative Writing
Class this Summer
Casares will teach creative writing during the first session of summer
classes. The first two weeks of the course will be taught via video
conferencing. He will be on campus for the last three weeks of the course. The
first session of summer classes begins Monday, June 3, and ends Monday, July
"I've now been teaching for over 10 years, and I can't think of a class
that I've been more excited about teaching than I am about the one at UTB,” said
Casares. “In preparing for this summer course, I've been thinking a great deal
about what I want to share with the students and what I think would've been
helpful for me way back then. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and
hearing their stories."
University of Texas at Austin.
Born and raised in the Brownsville, he is the author of a novel and a
collection of stories, which have earned him fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, and the Texas
Institute of Letters.
“Having Oscar Casares in the English Department this summer is a
wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Eduardo R. del Rio, Chair of
the Department of English.” He has received multiple awards for his work, and
his writing explores local themes that our students can readily identify with.
It will be a unique experience for young developing
His collection of stories, “Brownsville”, was selected by
the American Library Association as a Notable Book of 2004 and earned critical
praise from such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, San
Francisco Chronicle and Entertainment Weekly. His first novel, “Amigoland”, received a
"starred review" from Publishers Weekly and was later selected by the 2010
Mayor's Book Club in Austin for that year's citywide reading
Since 2003, Casares’ essays have appeared in The New York Times, Texas
Monthly, and on "All Things Considered" for National Public Radio. He is also a
contributing writer for Texas Monthly.
Casares received an Associate of Arts degree from Texas
Southmost College in 1984. He continued his studies and was awarded a bachelor’s
degree in advertising at The University of Texas at Austin in 1987. In 2001,
Casares earned his Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. A year
later he was awarded a six-month fellowship at the Dobie Paisano Ranch near
Austin, named for the famed Texas storyteller, where he completed the
For more information, contact Dr. Eduardo R. del Rio, Chair
of the Department of English, at 956-882-8843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.