Celebrating Texas Independents:

Our Great Literary State's Independent Presses, Journals, Bookstores & More

Texas has a thriving literary scene – are you taking full advantage of the opportunities in your own state, especially in your own backyard?

Whether you’re a Texas writer looking for publication, or a book lover who wants to support Texas-owned and operated businesses, in March every other year, the Writers’ League of Texas partners with an assortment of the state’s literary independents -- in conjunction with Texas Independence Day -- to host a series of free and open events throughout the month in communities across the state.

These panel discussions focus on the great opportunities for writers and readers that Texas has to offer, from independent presses, to journals, to bookstores, and beyond, while also answering writers' burning questions about the publishing process, submitting to presses and journals, catching the eye of an editor, and more.

Check back here for information on the March 2019 Celebrating Texas Independents program now in the early planning stages. If you're interested in participating, send us an email at wlt@writersleague.org.


2017 Celebrating Texas Independents Events:

March 2, 2017
7 pm - Odessa, TX

Odessa College - Saulsbury Campus Center
Zant Room (West)
201 W. University Blvd
Odessa, TX 79764

Panelists: Kay Ellington, Will Evans, and R. Mark Jackson
Click here for more details.


March 6, 2017
6 pm - San Antonio, TX

Twig Book Shop
306 Pearl Pkwy #106
San Antonio, TX 78215

Panelists: Kelly Grey Carlisle, Will Evans, Bryce Milligan, and Tom Payton
Click here for more details.


March 16, 2017
7 pm - Austin, TX

603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Panelists: Colleen Devine Ellis, Will Evans, Abby Fennewald, and Sunny Leal
Click here for more details.


March 23, 2017
7 pm - Dallas, TX

Deep Vellum Books
3000 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

Panelists: Karen DeVinney, Will Evans, Matthew Limpede, and Madeline Smoot
Click here for more details.


March 31, 2017
7 pm - Houston, TX

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

Panelists: LeeAnne Carlson, Will Evans, Jill Meyers, and Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Click here for more details.


You can read interviews with our 2017 Celebrating Texas Independents particpants -- publishers, editors, and bookstores -- on our blog. Like our Facebook page to stay informed about these and other events.