There was a big professional/extracurricular development for me earlier this month:

At the annual gathering of the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL), I began my two-year term as the vice president of this nonprofit honor society that was founded in 1936 to celebrate literary achievement — and which includes one winner and one finalist among this year’s just-announced Pulitzer Prizes.

(That gathering also included TIL’s honoring of Xelena González, Diana López, and Laekan Zea Kemp as the authors of last year’s best picture book, middle grade, and YA, respectively, as well as the welcoming of Laekan and fellow authors of books for young readers Varsha Bajaj, Rebecca Balcárcel, and Matt Mendez as part of the 2024 class of new TIL members.)

I’m especially pleased that I’ll be serving as VP alongside my friend, Pura Belpré Honor Author, and newly installed president David Bowles. I’m excited as can be about what the years ahead hold in store for TIL, for our talented and accomplished membership, and for the state whose literary culture we are fortunate to be a part of.