by Shawn Badgley
[The Austin Chronicle, June 7, 2002]
"There's more to the month than the poster."
- Dick Holland, former curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection at Southwest Texas State University and Chronicle contributor
That was 1998, on the eve of the Month's fifth year, and Holland was being quoted by Books Editor Clay Smith about the Poster for a story on the Month and its legacy. Catching a glimpse of the Texas Writers Month poster - designed by Marc English of Marc English Design, it's always iconic, always classy - is the closest most Austinites will get to celebrating the 31 days of Lone Star arts & letters, and so it's fitting to note how much it represents in terms of funding and finance, as well as the decentralized nature of Texas Writers Month itself. This is not the Texas Book Festival, which takes place during two days at the Capitol and draws solid statewide attention. This is a bit of an organizational challenge: events here, events there; sponsors here, sponsors there; attendees here, attendees not there. All with a local, home-style feel, at least in the Central Texas sense, all in the course of one month. And so the poster means quite a lot. It's a stamp, a symbol, a ribbon. Quite literally, a logo. 1998's featured Katherine Anne Porter, and 2002's features Liz Carpenter.