Gaps and Gates
A project that started as a way to chronicle the life of Billy Porterfield quickly grew into a story of a time of literary greatness in the Lone Start state. This page serves as a pasture gap or gateway to an era in Texas literary history that blazed trails from here to the moon and back.
Billy came of age as a writer at a time when Texas journalism was at its all time high. Hack writers, camping out on the floor of a new magazine office called Texas Monthly, would become the pillars of American journalism.
J. Frank Dobie and Katherine Ann Porter, Welty, Faulkner and a host of Americana writers gave way to a chorus of new southern literary voices. And those voices were surviving on longnecks and hot dog weiners in duplexes, trailers and bungalows in Houston, Dallas and most of all, Austin, Texas.
When Billy became the first Dobie-Paisano Fellow, he had already busted out of Texas and kicked around in Chicago and points beyond. He had come back and vowed never to leave again for love or money.
To be continued...
For more about Billy's legacy and life - and that revered time in Texas literary society (using the term "society" in the broadest sense of the word).