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Writer-at-large Stephen Harrigan is a longtime contributor to Texas Monthly whose work has also appeared in the Atlantic, National Geographic, the New York Times Book Review, and other national publications. He was a finalist for the 2015 National Magazine Awards in the commentary category for his writing at Texas Monthly. The following year, he won the Texas Institute of Letters’ Edwin “Bud” Shrake Award for his Texas Monthly story “Off Course.” He has also received the TIL’s Lon Tinkle Award for lifetime achievement, the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and the Texas Book Festival’s Texas Writer Award, and he is a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.

Harrigan is the author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning novels The Gates of the Alamo and Remember Ben Clayton; Big Wonderful Thing, a history of Texas; and The Eye of the Mammoth, a career-spanning collection of his essays, many of which were written for Texas Monthly. Harrigan’s latest book is the novel The Leopard Is Loose. He is also a screenwriter who has written many movies for television. He lives in Austin.

152 Articles

December 1, 1994

War Games

Finally, a toymaker that isn’t just kidding around: A new Alamo playset gets things right.

February 1, 1988

My Wife’s Husband

We were in love in a way I didn’t quite trust. There was nothing grand or electric about it, just a steady, deepening insistence.

Texas History|
August 1, 1985

Isle Without End

An early castaway described Padre Island as “a wretched, barren sandbank.” It’s better known today as the Gold Coast of Texas, but its identity is still rooted in wildness and age-old solitude.

April 1, 1985

Texas Monthly Reporter

The Max factor of Dallas; the tacos of Paris; the tales of Urrutia; the Hemingway of Texas; the good word from Houston; the mysteries of the Hueco Tanks.

September 30, 1984

Coppini the Great

Pompeo Coppini’s heroic sculptures and European air were just what Texas’ fledgling gentry was hungry for in 1901. Since then his name has faded from memory, but his works endure.

March 1, 1984

Texas Monthly Reporter

Looking for the essence of Texas in El Paso, the soul of Dr. Red Duke in Houston, the secrets of status in Dallas, and a quirky West Texas empire in Balmorhea.

March 1, 1981

Paper Cowboys

Southwest Fiction might make you think that the region is mostly metropolis and no mesquite. The Guadalupe Mountains of Texas hits a lot of high spots.

February 1, 1981

Blood Luster

Aztec is gripping buts so gory you may have to read it with you eyes closed; Darlin’ Billadds patina to the Wild Bill Hickok legend; as a major American writer, Thomas McGuane has An Outside Chance; Louise Gluck again proves her power as a poet.

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