Katy Vine

Katy Vine has been a staff writer at Texas Monthly since 2002. She has written on a range of topics including barbecue pit masters, spelling bee champs, Warren Jeffs, the moon landing, bass fishing, a three-person family circus, chess prodigies, and a reclusive musician named Jandek. Her stories have been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing 2005, The Best American Sports Writing 2006, and Best Food Writing 2011. Her 2005 feature story about an Odessa prostitution parlor was the inspiration for the Lifetime television series “The Client List.”


Catching Up With the FLDS One Year After Warren Jeffs’ Conviction

Are the kids at the Yearning for Zion safe?

Girls Love Me

Austin Mahone is sixteen years old. He doesn’t have a record contract, a tour bus, or a backing band. But he does have more than 650,000 followers on Twitter and the email addresses of 2,000,000 fans. Meet San Antonio’s answer to Justin Bieber.

Historic Downtown Galveston

Historic downtown Galveston

Checking in with Samir Patel, Five-Time Scripps National Spelling Bee Contestant

Samir, now an 18-year-old college student, weighs in on this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee.

FLDS Leader Convicted in Historic Bigamy Case

Jurors found former polygamist leader Wendell Loy Nielsen guilty of bigamy for illegally marrying three women.

Of Meat and Men

John Mueller was the heir to one of the great Texas barbecue dynasties. Aaron Franklin was an unknown kid from College Station who worked his counter. John had it all and then threw it all away. Aaron came out of nowhere to create the state’s most coveted brisket. Then John rose from the ashes.

Playing the “National Game of Texas”

The Texas State Championship 42 Domino Tournament is in Hallettsville  this weekend, and members of the Austin 42 Club, the largest league in the state, prepare for the big game.

Year-End Favorites: John Nova Lomax Perfects the Crime-Meets-Facebook Beat

Texas Monthly senior editor Katy Vine shares a few stories from one of her favorite writers of the year. 

The Breakfast Taco

A tribute.


When Warren Jeffs fired his attorneys and decided to represent himself in his sexual assault trial, many predicted, accurately, that he would fail miserably. Few realized just what a wild show he would put on.

Incriminating Documents

A peek at the internal FLDS documents that the state used to convict Warren Jeffs.

The Skirmish Will Be Followed by a Ladies’ Tea

The Civil War may be 150 years old, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still stir up a fuss (Confederate license plate, anyone?). Just ask one of the hundreds of very accurately uniformed reenactors who descend on Jefferson every year to die for the cause.

The Warren Jeffs Trial

 Dispatches from the Warren Jeffs trial in San Angelo.

The Apprentice

Carrying on the legacy of the legendary musician Steve Jordan isn’t easy, especially when you’re only 22 years old and blind. But Juanito Castillo is too busy reinventing the conjunto accordion to care.