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Alumnus Elected to Texas Institute of Letters May 12, 2021

Posted by Mia Moody-Ramirez in : Uncategorized , trackback

Award-winning author Preston Lewis, ’72, Baylor journalism, has been elected to the Texas Institute of Letters, which was established during the state’s 1936 Centennial to celebrate Texas literature and to recognize distinctive literary achievement.  Lewis is one of 14 new members inducted in the class of 2021.

Lewis is the author of 36 western, historical and juvenile novels.  His historical novel “Blood of Texas” on the Texas Revolution received a Spur Award from Western Writers of America.  He also won a Spur for his “True West” article on the Battle of Yellowhouse Canyon.  His comic western “Bluster’s Last Stand” on the Battle of Little Bighorn earned a Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for written western humor, the first of his three Will Rogers Gold Medallions, including two for short stories.

Lewis is past president of Western Writers of America and the West Texas Historical Association, which has presented him three Elmer Kelton Awards for best creative works on West Texas.  In addition to his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor, he earned a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in history from Angelo State University.


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