These paragraphs come from Tom Mack's introduction to Dancing on Barbed Wire
A recipient of the Dr. Frances Hernandez Teacher-Scholar Award from the Conference of College Teachers of English, Terry Dalrymple holds the John S. Cargile Professorship in English at Angelo State University. Dalrymple is the founding editor of the literary journal Concho River Review and the author of the novel Fishing for Trouble and the story collections Love Stories (Sort Of) and Salvation and Other Stories. He also edited Texas Soundtrack: Texas Stories Inspired by Texas Songs and co-edited, with Laurence Musgrove, Texas Weather: An Anthology of Poetry, Short Fiction, and Nonfiction.
The author of twenty-seven books to date, Jerry Craven is equally adept at writing novels, short stories, and poetry. His most recent novels include The Big Thicket, Searching for Rama’s Spear, The Wild Part, Women of Thunder, and The Jungle’s Edge. Craven’s latest foray into short fiction is entitled Ceremonial Stones of Fire; his most recent poetry collection is Becoming Others. Craven’s short story “The Stone Salvation Barn” won the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award for Fiction. He serves as press director for Lamar University Literary Press and Ink Brush Press.
Andrew Geyer’s tale “Fingers,” the opening story in the hybrid story cycle Texas 5X5, won the 2015 Spur Award for best short fiction from the Western Writers of America. His individually authored books include Dixie Fish, Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin, Meeting the Dead, and Whispers in Dust and Bone, which won the silver medal for best short fiction in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards and the 2004 Spur Award. With Tom Mack, Geyer edited the groundbreaking composite anthology A Shared Voice. He currently serves as Professor and Chair of English at the University of South Carolina Aiken and as fiction editor for Concho River Review.
All three contributors to this volume have achieved recognition, both popular and critical. All three are members of the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters. As writers endowed with considerable creativity and as Texans by heritage and commitment, Craven, Dalrymple, and Geyer have lent their compelling voices to this innovative anthology focused on the people and passions of the Lone Star State.
—Tom Mack, University of South Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus
San Angelo, Texas