“Native Texan” columnist and editorial writer for the Houston Chronicle, Joe Holley will speak at the May 11 Primetimers meeting. His topic will be “Forgotten Texas (or Never Remembered).”
A native Texan himself, he earned degrees from Abilene Christian University and The University of Texas at Austin plus Columbia University.
A 2017 Pulitzer-Prize co-finalist in Editorial Writing along with Chronicle colleague Evan Mintz, Holley also is a former editor of the Texas Observer and staff writer for The Washington Post and regularly contributes to Texas Monthly. He also was a press secretary and speech writer for Texas Gov. Ann Richards.
The citation for the Pulitzer recognition stated: “for editorials on gun laws, gun culture, and gun tragedies that combined wit, eloquence, and moral power in a fine brew of commonsense argumentation.”
A selection of Holley’s “Native Texan” columns is scheduled for publication this year. He also is the author of Slingin’ Sam: The Life and Times of the Greatest Quarterback Ever to Play the Game (University of Texas Press, 2012) and The Purse-Bearer: A Novel of Love, Lust and Texas Politics (Wings Press, 2014) and co-author of My Mother’s Keeper: A Daughter’s Journey Through the Shadow of Schizophrenia (William Morrow & Co., 1997). An excerpt from the latter published in Texas Monthly won the 1992 PEN West Literary Award for magazine journalism.
Open to all, the meeting will be Thursday, May 11, in Fondren Hall, second floor of St Paul’s Jones Building. Gather at 10:30 a.m. with the program at 11. An $8 lunch will be served at noon to those who RSVP by May 9 via firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-0527.