Sterry Butcher

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Writer-at-large Sterry Butcher pens feature stories and Country Notes, a Texas Monthly column of meditations on rural living. She was a finalist for the 2020 National Magazine Award for column writing and won the City and Regional Magazine Awards’ Herb Lipson Award for Column Excellence in 2015 and 2021. Before joining Texas Monthly, she had a long career as a journalist at the Big Bend Sentinel, where her reporting earned multiple awards from the Texas Press Association and a statewide honor from the Sierra Club. She was named a Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 2004. A native Texan, Butcher lives with her husband in Marfa.

48 Articles

Country Notes|
February 19, 2020

The Desk on Hancock Hill

Some forty years ago, a desk was dragged to the top of a hill in Alpine that overlooks the Big Bend. The notebooks stashed inside continue to capture big thoughts from the people who travel there.

Country Notes|
June 21, 2017

The Purest Type

Pronghorn were almost perfectly fitted to the West Texas landscape. And then people started building fences.

Country Notes|
March 4, 2014

Home Making

The lonely, calloused, plaster-caked ballad of the do-it-yourself renovator.

The Culture|
January 21, 2013

The Boys of the Dipper Ranch

On 50,000 acres that they have mostly to themselves (not including their hounds, mules, horses, cattle, chickens, piglets, and parents), Jasper, Trevor, and Tanner Klein live a life almost untouched by the modern world.

January 20, 2013

Gentling Cheatgrass

What does it take to break a wild mustang? Patience, horse sense, experience, and if you’re Teryn Lee Muench, no more than one hundred days.

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