Cecilia Ballí


The Passion of Benjamin Sáenz

The messy, lonely, and visionary life of the first Texas writer—and the first Latino—to win the vaunted PEN/Faulkner Award.

What Nobody Says About Austin

Is Austin the state’s most segregated city?

The True Meaning of the Tejano Monument

A $2 million bronze monument honoring Tejanos was unveiled at the Capitol last week. Here’s why it’s historically significant to all Texans.

The Missing

For the women of Juárez, the terror of kidnapping—and worse—has never ended. Will it ever?

Ghost Town

Inside the vicious cartel war in northern Mexico—and one family’s struggle to survive.

Bridge Game

What it used to be like to cross the border.

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Each year, some 55,000 talented high school musicians try out for 1,500 chairs at the Super Bowl of band geekery: the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in San Antonio. Once upon a time, I made the cut.

The Bad Guy With the Badge

How Conrado Cantu, the sheriff of Cameron County, lived down to people’s expectations of South Texas law enforcement.

Borderline Insanity

How else to describe the murder and mayhem and fear that have gripped Nuevo Laredo for months—and are now spilling over into Texas?

Continental Rift

As U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza was
supposed to be the right man in the right job at the right
time—someone who would promote a new era of
cooperation between the two countries. If only external
events hadn’t intervened.

The Framing of Mario Medina?

Did Mexican authorities find the man who killed a
crusading Nuevo Laredo editor? Or have they taken the
easy way out (again)?

The Unknown Soldier

Hector Perez loved his country enough to die for it. A year later, his family is still paying the price of patriotism.

King of the Accordion

You may never have heard of Ramòn Ayala, but to his four generations of fans in South Texas and Mexico, he’s music royalty. He revolutionized norteno, a genre that reigns along the border, and—after more than one hundred albums—is till going strong.

Ciudad de la Muerte

Ten years. More than three hundred women murdered. What is going on in Juárez? And why aren’t the Mexican authorities doing something about it?

Bard of the Border

The most promising young fiction writer in Texas is Oscar Casares, whose tales of life in Brownsville have put him and his hometown on the literary map.