Mimi Swartz

Mimi Swartz, the author, with Sherron Watkins, of Power Failure, The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron, is an executive editor of Texas Monthly. Previously, she was a staff writer at Talk, from April 1999 to April 2001, and a staff writer at the New Yorker from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining the New Yorker, she worked at Texas Monthly for thirteen years. In 1996 Swartz was a finalist for two National Magazine Awards and won in the public interest category for “Not What the Doctor Ordered.” She was also a National Magazine Award finalist for her November 2005 issue story on tort reform, titled “Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad!” and won the 2006 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest, Magazine Journalism, for the same story. In 2013 she won her second National Magazine Award (again in the category of public interest), for “Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives,” a compelling look at the state of women's health care in Texas. 

Over the years, Swartz’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Slate, National Geographic, and the New York Times’ op-ed page and Sunday magazine. It has also been collected in Best American Political Writing 2006 and Best American Sportswriting 2007. She has been a member of the Texas Institute of Letters since 1994. Swartz grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She now lives in Houston with her husband, John Wilburn, and son, Sam.

Stories

Kid Heaven

One boy’s excellent adventure at the new playground of the nineties.

The Fugitive

Stardom has caught up with Tommy Lee Jones—finally. But don’t expect him to act like he’s enjoying it.

Vidor in Black And White

The story of this notorious East Texas city isn’t a simple racist fable. It’s a complicated tragedy about a society that has lost its way.

The Price of AIDS

After years of decay and death, a Houston neighborhood ravaged by the disease is learning to live with it—and surviving.

The Promised Land

We are sixth-generation Texans and we are Jews. My family’s history is an account of the price we have paid to be both.

Death Watch

In Houston, Kennie Matthews’ wife was killed in a midday robbery. Another senseless murder, and yet another reason why Texans’ fear of crime has never been higher.

Harried, With Children

Houston cartoonist Michael Fry takes on the trials of two-career parenting.

Title Town
Todd Oldham

The boy wonder of style.

Aaron Spelling

The trash-TV titan.

Bridget Hall

Only sixteen, and very much in Vogue.

Kaye Stripling

Reinventing the public school.

How to Marry A Millionaire

Anna Nicole Smith got her man: the full story on the big gal’s marriage to octogenarian oilman J. Howard Marshall.

Paper Money
Not What the Doctor Ordered

How an old-fashioned Texas physician fought the takeover of modern medicine by heartless insurance companies—and lost.

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