Oscar Casares is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned his MFA, and he received his Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently teaches Creative Writing.
He is the author of two noted books, earning him fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, and the Texas Institute of Letters. His collection of stories, Brownsville, was selected by American Library Association as a Notable Book of 2004, and is now included in the curriculum at several universities throughout the country. His first novel, Amigoland, received a “starred review” from Publisher’s Weekly, which called it “a winning novel.” Casares is also a regular contributor to Texas Monthly.
Amigoland. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009.
Amigoland (novel excerpt). Texas Monthly. 37.8 (August 2009): 78-89.
“Indivisible Man.” Texas Monthly. 37.2 (February 2009): 64-68.
“You Must Read This: The Burning Plain.” All Things Considered. NPR. October 2009. Web.
“Grass Roots.” Texas Monthly. 36.12 (December 2008): 116-23.
“Chango.”eLengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge. First Edition. Eds. Harold Augenbraum and Ilan Stavans. New York: Mariner Books, 2006. 3-21.
“Ready For Some Fútbol?” Texas Monthly. 34.11 (November 2006): 130-42.
“In the Year 1974.” Texas Monthly 33.3 (March 2005): 112-20.
“Domingo.” Rio Grande. Ed. Jan Reid. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004. 302-12.
Brownsville. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2003.
“Crossing the Border Without Losing Your Past.” The New York Times. 152 (16 September 2003): Op-Ed Section, A29.
“Terco.” The Yale Literary Magazine. 15.2 (Fall 2003): 12-13.