State Artist Marcia Ball
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician, has won worldwide fame and countless fans with her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers worldwide. Over the course of her five-decade career, Ball has recorded 15 solo albums, including six for Alligator Records (four of them Grammy-nominated). With each new release, including 2018’s Shine Bright, Ball’s reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. She draws her listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures richly detailed with recognizable characters, regional flavors, universal themes and colorful scenes. Marcia’s love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” Photo: Mary Bruton.
State Artist Marc Burckhardt
Marc Burckhardt is the 2010 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work. Born in Germany and raised in Texas, Marc Burckhardt’s work juxtaposes old world styles and symbols with contemporary American themes. As a youth, he spent summers in Europe with his family, a tradition he continues today. The paintings, architecture, and perspectives he encounters there combine with his studies of art history to inform his work, which utilizes old masters' techniques to achieve the texture and luminosity that distinguish his paintings. Marc lives and works in a 1910 farmhouse in the shadow of downtown Austin Texas.
State Artist Rosemary Catacalos
Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, was accidentally born in Florida during WWII of parents from San Antonio. She returned to San Antonio when she was three. Her poems are widely published in high school and college textbooks, among other venues. Her work has twice been collected in the annual Best American Poetry anthology and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and the Paisano Fellowship of the Texas Institute of Letters/University of Texas at Austin. One of her poems is included in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks In Beauty, A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Ms. Catacalos’ first full-length collection, Again for the First Time received the 1985 Texas Institute of Letters poetry prize. Again for the First Time was reissued in 2013 on its thirtieth anniversary. Also published in 2013 was a chapbook of newer poems, Begin Here, also from Wings Press.
1018 Avant Ave
San Antonio, TX 78210
public performance/concert $700 - $3,000
school performance $300 - $700
Sarah Cortez, a councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters and Fellow of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, has been published in leading magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Although she is an award-winning poet, essayist, and memoirist, her true love is the classroom. She uses her teaching experience in academia and in the community to foster excitement, skill, and joy in writing for children, teens, and adults. She can bring "Your Life, Your Story, Your Truth," a workshop in personal and writing empowerment; or "The Circle Poem," a workshop in community-building and imaginative excitement; or "Let's Write a Mystery" to your middle school, high school, or adult learners. And, yes, to your elementary students as well! Photo by Phillippe Diederich.
Houston, TX 77098
public performance/concert $350 - $500
school performance $350 - $500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $800
State Artist James Dick
Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivating opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. Dick's early triumphs as top prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls. For solo recitals, Mr. Dick offers repertoire chosen from Bach, Italian Concerto; Beethoven Sonatas, OP. 13, 57, 81a; Chopin, various works, Polonaises, waltzes, etc.; Schumann, Carnaval; Debussy, various works; and Ginastera, Sonata. Mr. Dick's orchestral repertoire includes: Grieg, Concerto; Beethoven, Concerti 3, 4, and 5; Mozart, K. 488, K. 453; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky No. 1; Gershwin, Concerto; and Khachaturian, Concerto. Chamber music in his repertoire includes: Schumann, Piano Quintet; Dvorak, Piano Quintet; Shostakovich, Piano Quintet; and others.
1801 Lavaca Street, Ste. 111
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $2,000 - $5,000
school performance $2,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
State Artist Dornith Doherty
Dornith Doherty, 2016 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, is inspired by the expressive possibilities of photography. Her work explores the ever more complex relationship between the natural environment and human agency through projects focusing on landscape stewardship and genetic resource preservation. Wide ranging travel to work in collaboration with biologists and institutions has resulted in an extensive body of work, Archiving Eden. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas and is Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior. Her work has been extensively shown and collected, both nationally and internationally.
State Artist Joe Ely
Joe Ely, 2016 Texas State Musician, is a true pioneer of the Americana sound. Ely’s boundary-blurring blend of rock, country, blues and folk might most accurately be described as “Texas Roadhouse.” His musical roots were established as a boy growing up on the vast and empty plains of West Texas. Ely’s legend was forged onstage, with relentlessly riveting live performances, hammered out over thousands of shows and countless touring miles from Lubbock to London and back again the long way around. Ely is embraced as a kindred spirit by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and the Clash. Over his four-decade career, he’s been at the forefront of Outlaw Country, Alt-Country, and Texas Country and has been recognized as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Ely has garnered well-deserved accolades including a GRAMMY Award, a CMA Award, and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. In addition to his groundbreaking work as a solo artist, he is also widely known for his musical partnership with country’s first super group, The Flatlanders, with fellow Texas troubadours Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock.
State Artist Laurie Ann Guerrero
Laurie Ann Guerrero, 2016 Texas State Poet Laureate, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio. She holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize, and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, received the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and an International Latino Book Award, and was listed as one of 14 must-read works of Chicano literature by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Guerrero’s work has also been honored with the Panhandler Chapbook Award, and grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. In 2014, Guerrero and was appointed poet laureate of San Antonio by Mayor Julian Castro. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, was released by Aztlan Libre Press in spring 2015.
State Artist Sara Hickman
Sara Hickman, 2010 Texas State Musician, began performing her own songs on stage at age 7. Since then, she has released 8 adult albums; 2 albums for children; worked as a music therapist; started her own record label, Sleeveless; runs her own design firm, Stingray; has two children; performed twice on the Tonight Show; had her own special on VH-1; won numerous awards for her humanitarian and musical contributions; toured nationally; paints murals; received a BA in art from the University of North Texas; taught songwriting/creativity classes; and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the causes she believes in.
3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite D-109 #300
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert TBD
State Artist Craig Hella Johnson
Craig Hella Johnson, 2013 Texas State Musician, is known for crafting thought-provoking musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners. He is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Austin-based, internationally renowned, Grammy® nominated choir Conspirare. Additionally, he serves as Music Director of Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and Conductor Emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival. In 1998, Johnson was Artistic Director of San Francisco-based Chanticleer and from 2000-2005 was Music Director of Houston Masterworks Chorus. Johnson is in frequent demand as a guest conductor of choral and orchestral works. He has served as guest conductor with the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Berkshire Choral Festival, Taipei Male Choir, Oregon Bach Festival and St. Olaf Choir. Johnson and Conspirare were awarded the 2015 Best Choral Performance Grammy® for The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi label). In June 2015 Johnson received The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art, Chorus America’s lifetime achievement award. Johnson received the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America in 2009 and was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2008. Johnson is a Texas State University Artist in Residence and served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas in Austin from 1990 to 2001. Johnson’s compositions, arrangements, and edited scores are published by Alliance Music and as part of the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series with G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard. He also performs as a pianist and singer in a variety of styles.
1812 Centre Creek Dr. Suite 110
Austin, TX 78754
public performance/concert $2,000 - $10,000
State Artist Shelley King
Shelley King, 2008 Texas State Musician, has been an ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound for twenty years. She is a self assured combination of singer and songwriter, who is both a successful solo artist and formidable band leader. King’s blend of blues, folk, country, soul and rock led her to be the first woman appointed by the Texas Legislature to represent the state as it’s Official Musician. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band. Shelley has released 7 albums to rave reviews and radio chart success. King tours Texas and the US performing almost nightly at intimate concerts and major venues and festivals. Her songs have been recorded by numerous national and international artists. She is available to perform as a solo, duo, trio or band, acoustic or electric. She has also conducted song writing and team building work shops at both schools and major corporations.
PO Box 33097
Austin, TX 78764
public performance/concert $400 - $7,000
school performance $200 - $2,000
Sue excites and connects to family audiences by taking them on journeys through her multicultural folktales, fairy tales, urban legends and personal stories from around the world. Using words, music, puppetry, and even string figures, she engages active participation among listeners, mesmerizing even the most reluctant of kids. Sue's storytelling passion and energy originated from her 32 years as an elementary teacher and librarian in San Antonio. She has performed at multiple schools, libraries, and festivals throughout Texas such as the Texas Folklife Festival, the George West Storyfest, and the UTSA and Tejas Storytelling Festivals. Performances include but are not limited to: "Multicultural Tales from Around the World," "Stories for the 7 Habits of Happy Kids,” "Storytelling and Writing for 3rd-7th graders,” "Stringing You Along: String Figures in Stories,” "Tales to Chill Your Bones,” and "Urban Legends for Tweens.” As a frequent presenter of workshops on integrating storytelling into the classroom, Sue has motived several schools to begin their own storytelling clubs empowering students to find their own voices. Family members telling stories to each other at home is her dream and through her modeling and encouragement, stories will live for generations to come! Photo by Chuck Kuentz.
151 Saur Road
Bulverde, TX 78163
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $600 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
State Artist Ken Little
Ken Little, 2014 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a visual artist and a musician. Since 1988, he has maintained an art studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited his work in sculpture, nationally, and internationally. He has received many awards and honors, including his current designation as the 2014 Texas State 3 Dimensional Artist of the year.
27631 Timberline Drive
San Antonio, TX 78260
public performance/concert $200 - $1,000
school performance $150 - $1,500
State Artist Karla Morton
Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author and a celebrated poet and presenter. She has been described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” but don’t let the title “poet” fool you– Karla is an outgoing, warm and energetic ball of fire that loves to promote poetry and the arts. She has spoken, offered workshops, and performed her poetry at venues and events across Texas. From small town classrooms to cancer support groups to large corporate conferences, Karla is comfortable in any crowd. Her poetry spans many subjects and forms and evokes laughter, tears, and inspiration. Karla is the author of Wee Cowrin' Timorous Beastie (a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist), Becoming Superman, Stirring Goldfish, Redefining Beauty (a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner written during her journey through cancer), and 6 additional books. She has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News and in newspapers across Texas. A Texas native and mother of two, Karla is a graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Denton, Texas. Karla also offers presentations on her photography.
236 River Bend Trail
Combine, TX 75159
public performance/concert $400 - $1,200
school performance $400 - $600
Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and organizer who creates communal, democratic work to examine systems of control, interspecies behavior, and forgotten histories. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. His work has been featured at Art Basel Miami, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Fusebox Festival, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Austin. He worked previously as a Fulbright Scholar and Harrington Scholar and has been awarded support from the NEA, ArtPlace, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.Steve has performed at leading festivals in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, including the Lincoln Center Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT festival, the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez, Tanglewood, the Guggenheim Museum, the Spoleto Festival, Roulette, and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). As a soloist and as a member of NYC-based "new music dream team" Ensemble Signal, Steve has premiered over 200 new works and appeared on NPR & PBS. Photo by Jay Janner, Austin American Statesman.
Austin, TX 78727
public performance/concert $1,000 - $10,000
school performance $500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
State Artist David M. Parsons
David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, poems are straightforward, vivid writing bringing settings alive, shaping intimate portrayals of everyday life. His poetry speaks from the past and the present, balancing ordinary and extraordinary experiences. Audiences and readers will find in his most celebrated work: award-winning poems found in as diverse locales as a romantic, historic house in England to another favorite about the poet running into President Lyndon Johnson in an iconic Austin restaurant. His latest works are also included with new revelations that will bring what has become a Parsons Poem trademark, the rewarding discovery of a transforming moment.
414 Oakhill Dr.
Conroe, TX 77304
public performance/concert $500 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $500
State Artist Dario Robleto
Dario Robleto, the 2016 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a native of San Antonio. His sculptures, prints and installations combine esoteric materials and processes to explore forgotten corners of history, art and science. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Robleto has had over 30 solo exhibitions since 1997 and has had works included in many prestigious group shows and collections. His work has been seen most recently in solo exhibitions at the Menil Collection, Houston and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, the 2009 USA Rasmuson Fellowship, and the 2011 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He is currently an Artist Research Fellow at Rice University in Houston, where he lives and works.
State Artist Margo Sawyer
Margo Sawyer, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 3-D works, investigates the relationship between color, space and transcendence through her sculpture. Art and architecture converge in her works to transform mundane structures into euphoric icons, marrying exquisite materials in unexpected ways to form large public spaces that become intimate refuges. Her recent body of work, Synchronicity of Color, includes the lauded work that is a focal point at Houston’s Discovery Green. Margo Sawyer holds a B.A. Honors Degree from the Chelsea School of Art in London and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University. Sawyer has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship, two Fulbright Research Awards, the Japan Foundation Fellowship for Artists, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. She has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and an ArtPace resident artist in San Antonio. Her sculpture is in the public art collections of the Cities of New York City, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, and at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sawyer is a Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.
Bright & Early Building
107 South Avenue C
Elgin, TX 78621
public performance/concert $700 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $3,000
State Artist Jan Seale
Jan Epton Seale, 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, is a native Texan. She is familiar with much of Texas, having lived in north and central Texas as a youth, with summers spent in the Panhandle, and living in South Texas all of her adult life. Seale received her education at Baylor University, the University of Louisville, and the University of North Texas. She has taught English and creative writing at three Texas universities. Her life’s work includes eight books of poetry, two of short fiction, three of nonfiction, and several children’s books and dramas. Apparent in her writing is her interest in the people and places of Texas, as well as those of the Southwest and the wider world. Her short stories have been described as a “capable evocation of peculiar personalities” with a “sense of nostalgia and richly drawn places”…“all ending in epiphany.” Her poems are said to be “both beautifully witty and serious.” Seale is at home with many types of audiences. She particularly enjoys college groups, civic and writers’ organizations, nature lovers, elder learners, women, and church lay-groups. Comfortable on stage or in small gatherings, with sensitivity to and rapport with her audiences, her presentations are noted for their humor and accessibility. Seale is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, the Texas Folklore Society, the Poetry Society of Texas, the Story Circle Network, and the Texas Writers’ League.
400 Sycamore Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $100 - $200
Shakespeare on the Go! is an educational program offered by Shakespeare Dallas in order to enhance arts education throughout the state of Texas. Each presentation is age-specific, interactive and educational in the subjects of theater arts and English language arts, following intensive studies that have shown that a student's familiarity with language increases their likelihood for success in all areas of life. Even 400 years after his time, William Shakespeare is still regarded as the master of language. Programs are available for grades 2-12 and include the elementary school touring production, What Visions Have I Seen!; middle and high school touring production, Shakespeare Unlocked; and master class workshops that can be customized to meet classes' individual needs. These programs meet English language arts and theater TEKS. All you have to do is book Shakespeare on the Go! and they'll take care of the rest! Photo by Meaghan Patterson.
Julie Osborne Watts
1250 Majesty Drive
Dallas, TX 75247
public performance/concert $700 - $1,200
school performance $150 - $600
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $3,500
Toni Simmons is an award-winning, dynamic storyteller and author who brings new life to her stories with songs, rhythms, chants and audience participation. Toni is a former librarian and drama teacher who has presented her multicultural tales throughout the US. She has captivated audiences at many festivals including the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, the National Black Storytelling Festival, and the Texas Storytelling Festival. Internationally, she has performed in schools in South Africa, in Germany, and in Mexico. She was designated as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her interactive sessions also use creative drama with a variety of age-appropriate folklore. The audience is taken on an imaginary story trip to different continents all the while helping to tell the stories. Her programs are designed to motivate, inspire, and educate while being entertaining. She performs at schools, libraries, churches, festivals, and museums. Photo by Duane Reed.
5306 Perrington heights lane
Houston, TX 77056
public performance/concert $350 - $1,000
school performance $695 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $500
Born in Illinois, raised on the border in McAllen, and now residing near Austin, soul singer-songwriter Aaron Stephens is a triple threat. Blessed with a warm, rich voice that harkens to soul legends such as Bill Withers and Al Green and paired with bluesy, rootsy, Derek Trucks-inspired slide guitar, Stephens' sound is brought together through his own imaginative arrangements and methodical songwriting that can be both introspective and broad-reaching, drawing inspirations from soul, blues, roots, pop, and funk. Aaron's typical format is a 5-piece band, but he is available in solo, duo, and trio formats (acoustic or electric) and has experimented with a big band set-up featuring additional horns and back-up singers. Photo by Eric Morales.
PO Box 186
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $400 - $3,250
school performance $500 - $1,250
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500
Peggy Stern has had a rich and varied career as a musician, having toured with many jazz greats (Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David "Fathead" Newman; see website for more), and played in numerous jazz festivals worldwide. Since coming to Texas, Peggy has adopted the Texas swing style, adding to her already eclectic embrace of musical disciplines. Perhaps best known as a composer, Peggy has four tunes in the Real Book (the "jazz bible”). Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival ("where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women") in Kingston, NY, which has been held twelve consecutive years to date. In 2017 Peggy created LuluFest Austin, again focussing on women leaders, currently in its 2nd year. Available programs: solo piano ; piano combos (trio, quartet, etc.) with sax, bass, drums, guitar ; jazz choir training (a great community builder) ; Lady Be Good (western swing band) ; Estrella Salsa (salsa band, with horns and rhythm section). Photo by Dana Stringer, Musicroom.com.
6869 Auckland Dr
Austin, TX 78749
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $2,000
Ebony Stewart is an interdisciplinary theater artist and poet with over a decade of experience touring the US and abroad. She has been described as "visceral, unflinching, funny, honest and unapologetically herself" (Taji Senior) whose work "makes a canvas out of herself and is a beautiful gift we should embrace” (Elizabeth Cobbe). As a writer, performer, and emerging playwright, Ebony Stewart has performed internationally and in a total of 42 states, providing stages with her life's story as a black woman in America. She is known for taking terrible hurtful relatable stories and making them leap in captivating contrast. In 2015, Ebony Stewart debuted her first one-woman show, Hunger. She won the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. She was also nominated for a Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script and won the Austin Critics’ Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award. In 2017, Ebony debuted her second one-woman show, Ocean, and received rave reviews. Ocean won B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and Outstanding Original Script. Both shows display Ebony’s smooth, confident and relaxed style while taking the audience on a emotional journey to healing. Photo by Christopher Diaz Photography.
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78722
public performance/concert $800 - $1,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500
Storybook Theatre of Texas
Storybook Theatre of Texas has spent over 27 years touring the nation, with a tour to China in August 2014 as well. Named an NEA American Masterpiece artist, Storybook Theatre of Texas has performed for literally millions of young people and continues to encourage them to excel in reading and in life! Each production is carefully crafted to capture the imagination of the audience and bring stories to life! These 45-minute programs can be tailored to meet the needs of each client. Theme examples include bullying, environmental awareness, character, nutrition, math skills, history, and more. Interactive educational programs include: "Two Pigs and T.H.E. Wolf," "The New Little Red Riding Hood," "Fun With Idioms," "Country Mouse, City Mouse," "It's All About Math," "Goldifox and the Two Hares," "Allie In Historyland," and "Country Mouse, City Mouse World Tour." Extension lessons/TEKS are available on the website at www.sbtheatre.com. Photo By Christi Stuebben at Streamline Designs.
10415 Teich Loop
New Braunfels, TX 78132
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $75 - $2,000
Natalia Sylvester was born in Lima, Peru. Her novel Chasing the Sun (New Harvest) was named the Best Debut book of 2014 by Latinidad and chosen as a Book of the Month by the National Latino Book Club. Her second novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, was published by Little A in March, 2018. Natalia's writing has been praised for "[causing] readers to consider how trauma has the power to strengthen individuals, mend the past, and uncover our deepest secrets and most arduous truths" (Publisher's Weekly). A former magazine editor with a journalism background, Natalia is a faculty member of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing program at Regis University. During readings, panels, workshops, and performances, Natalia explores fact-based fiction, family history, the personal impact of political turmoil, the links between trauma, violence, memory and grief, her experiences as a Latina immigrant, and the importance of amplifying the voices of marginalized people—all from an intersectional feminist perspective. Photo by Eric Sylvester.
PO Box 291672
Los Angeles, TX 90029
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500
State Artist Carmen Tafolla
Dr. Carmen Tafolla, 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate, is known internationally for her moving inspirational performances and heart-felt poetry readings. A poet, children’s writer, performance artist, storyteller, motivational speaker, and Associate Professor at UTSA, Tafolla was chosen in 2012 as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. Her mission as State Poet Laureate is to plant seeds of poetry all over Texas through her “Poet Trees” initiative, sponsored by UTSA, in which twenty public schools with predominantly low-income student populations will be chosen to receive books and workshops free of charge between August 2015 and April 2016. Dr.Tafolla also conducts dramatic performances, keynotes, readings and workshops in English and Spanish to all age groups. The author of more than 20 books, her work appears internationally in five languages, in journals, magazines, newspapers, college textbooks, and elementary school readers, and she has won numerous awards including the Américas Award, the Charlotte Zolotow, the Art of Peace, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, and five International Latino Book Awards.
State Artist Vincent Valdez
Vincent Valdez, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, grew up in San Antonio and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. He received a full scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his B.F.A. in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Valdez was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Museum in San Antonio when Stations, his suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown. Other exhibition venues include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Snite Museum of Art, Parsons Paris, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, and the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. A recipient of residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania in Berlin, Valdez currently serves as Chair of the Drawing and Painting Department at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio. Mr. Valdez is available for visiting artist workshops/lectures and also for audio/visual projects such as this one: http://livestream.com/wlu/strangest-fruit-radio-hour.
State Artist Jimmie Vaughan
Dallas native Jimmie Vaughan, 2015 Texas State Musician, is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed guitarists in the world of contemporary music. His groundbreaking band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, introduced the Texas blues to the MTV generation and a universal audience. Vaughan has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards for his work with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as his work as a solo artist, in addition to the critically acclaimed “Family Style” record he recorded with his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, which sold over one million copies worldwide. Jimmie has performed and recorded with legends such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, and his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Throughout his career, Jimmie has carried on the Texas blues tradition of T Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Lightning Hopkins, while creating his own unique sound and style. Jimmie Vaughan is proud and honored to be a Texas musician.
Bilingual storyteller Sue Young has delighted audiences at museums, festivals, schools, and libraries around Texas and the US since 1994. An accomplished singer and songwriter, she received a 2013 Texas Music Awards nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her CD "The Legend of the Quetzal" received a 2007 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and she wrote the 2009 and 2011 Texas Summer Reading Club theme songs. Programs include Cantos Y Cuentos: Tales & Tunes of Latin America - a fun trip around Latin America through legends, folktales, traditional and original songs; ¡Viva México! - Celebrate Mexico through songs and stories; Texican Tales and Tunes - cowboy songs, Mexican cantos, and stories showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of Texas; and "Yippee Ki Yi Yo - On The Texas Cattle Trail." Sue offers an annual summer reading program tailored to the presenter's theme. Staff development sessions and workshops for adults, teens, and children are available, including "Create Your Own Song," a workshop for 3rd grade through adults. Photo by Brenda Ladd.
PO Box 5786
Austin, TX 78763
public performance/concert $250 - $1,200
school performance $250 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $25 - $150