Archive for December, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Central Library 6th floor Parlor
Joyce Gibson Roach grew up in Jacksboro, Texas, graduating from Jacksboro High School. She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Texas Christian University and did post-graduate work in English at the University of North Texas.
Roach is a three-time Spur Award winner from Western Writers of America for The Cowgirls, revised reprint by the University of North Texas Press; short non-fiction, “A High Toned Woman,” from Hoein’ the Short Rows, Southern Methodist University Press; short fiction, “Just As I Am,” from Women of the West, Doubleday Company. She received the coveted Carr P. Collins prize for non-fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for Eats: A Folk History of Texas Foods, Texas Christian University Press, and the William E. Jary Memorial Award from the Tarrant County Historical Commission for a book of local history, Wild Rose: A Folk History of a Cross Timbers Settlement, The Donning Company. She was a Spur finalist for short fiction, “In Broad Daylight” from Texas Short Stories, Browder Springs Publishing, and a finalist for the Teddy Children’s Book award from the Writers League of Texas for Horned Toad Canyon, Bright Sky Press. Roach is a 2010 Honoree in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Currently, she divides her time between Keller and her ranch in Wise County in the Western Cross Timbers where she wages easement wars with oil, gas, and electric companies, deals with drought and feral pigs, tries to bring back native grasses, teaches her grandchildren the ways of the land and continues to write about it all.
Copies of the book will be for sale and signing after the meeting.