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Oscar Casares was born and raised in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. He is the author of two noted books, a novel and a collection of stories, which have earned 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 earned critical praise from such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. His first novel, Amigoland, received a "starred review" from Publishers Weekly and was later selected by the 2010 Mayor's Book Club in Austin for that year's citywide reading campaign. Since 2003, his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and on "All Things Considered" for National Public Radio. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he now teaches creative writing at the University of Texas and directs their new Master of Fine Arts Program in English. He lives in Austin with his wife and two young children.

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