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.


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A Chance of Face

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Requiem for a Margarita

Tequila, tequila, everywhere, and not a drop in your margarita.

The Best Little Margarita In Texas

The secret to a great margarita is tequila … lots of it.

Conspicuous Consumption

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Medicine To Go

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Texas Primer: The Collins Purse

In the sixties a small company in Medina produced a wooden box decorated with rhinestones. It became a Texas tradition.

J is for Jobs

Houston’s career-oriented magnet schools are putting too much emphasis on work and too little on education.

The Night Crew

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Texas Primer: The Sticker Bur

After encountering this small brown barb, the wise Texas child learns to pick and choose his fights with the landscape.

Life, Art, and the Wackiest Politician in Texas

San Antonio city councilman Bernardo Eureste too a paltry arts budget and built it into a $3 million power base. Then he got mad and tore it all apart.

The Louie File

Just how good were the good ol’ days, when Louie Welch was mayor of Houston?

Miles and Miles of Malls

First grab that parking place! Then grab our guide to the best mall merchandise this Christmas.