Oscar Cásares

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Writer-at-large Oscar Cásares is the author of the story collection Brownsville and the novels Amigoland and Where We Come From, which have earned him fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2003, the American Library Association selected Brownsville as a Notable Book of the Year. In 2009, the Mayor’s Book Club of Austin chose Amigoland for its Austin City-Wide Read. And in 2020, the Texas Institute of Letters awarded Where We Come From the Jesse H. Jones Award for the best book of fiction. Cásares’s writing focuses on the U.S.-Mexico border, where he grew up and where his family began to settle in the mid-1800s. Aside from his writing for Texas Monthly, he has published personal essays in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Since 2004, he has taught creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

24 Articles

July 31, 2012

Hecho en Brownsville

The grand opening of a new H-E-B in McAllen drew crowds—including several who showed up to hear a native son read from his collection of locally set short stories.

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July 31, 2009

Therapy Room

An exclusive excerpt from writer-at-large Oscar Casares's forthcoming first novel, Amigoland

Oscar Casares|
April 30, 2006

Pet Project

My dog, Flaco, sleeps on a bed from Pottery Barn, gets three walks a day, and very nearly had his teeth cleaned for the princely sum of $208. What would my father say?

December 1, 2005

Christmas in Brownsville

My father, who had grown up on a farm, used to talk about his family’s killing a pig for the tamales, but this was back in the twenties.

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March 1, 2005

In the Year 1974

I still remember the moment I discovered that a world existed outside Brownsville. I’ve been trying to explore it ever since.

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