Presented by Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest and The Wittliff Collections, and funded in part by a grant from the Summerlee Foundation, this symposium on April 5, 2014 explored the diversity of that opposition and challenged the myth of a monolithic pro-Confederate Texas. Hosted at The Wittliff Collections in Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University, the symposium consisted of two morning sessions and one afternoon session of three presentations each, followed by a keynote address and a Q&A period.
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The Center congratulates 2008 Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas on his selection as first finalist for the 2014 Spur Award for "Best Western Poem." Thomas's honored poem, "Coyanosa," appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Southwestern American Literature, which is published by the Center.
During the Western Writers of America's annual convention in Sacramento this June, Thomas will be recognized at the Spur Award Finalist luncheon and SAL will receive a finalist citation certificate.
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