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Red Boots & Attitude

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A powerful collection of short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry by Texas woman writers, edited by Susie Kelly Flatau and Diane Fanning. Published by Eakin Press.


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Dyanne Fry Cortez

Hot Jams & Cold Showers | Tipi: A Modern How-to Guide

Photo - Dyanne plays bassoon in camp(Photo by Phil Fletcher)

Dyanne Cortez has been writing about Texas culture and characters since 1979, when she joined the news crew at the state's largest weekly, The Highlander. Her work has appeared in American Profile, The Good Life, The Austin Chronicle, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Texas Hill Country View, and Enchanted Rock. She has also written scripts for the syndicated radio program Earth and Sky.

Ms. Cortez is one of 55 writers featured in Cupid's Wild Arrows, an international anthology on cross-cultural marriage, published by Bergli Books of Switzerland.

Ms. Cortez began reporting on the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1981 as Arts and Entertainment Editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. As a musician, she holds the distinction of being the festival's first jammin' bassoonist. She has appeared on the Kerrville stage with David Amram and with the Glen Alyn earnest tub Band. At home in Austin, she indulges her classical background with the Balcones Community Orchestra and the Austin Baroque Players.

Photo - Javier in leather vest and straw hat

Javier Cortez

Tipi: A Modern How-to Guide

Javier Cortez has been a tipi camper, buckskinner, and creator of wearable art since the early 1970s. He has demonstrated craft and camping skills at art shows and heritage festivals across Texas. His bead and leather work has appeared on album covers, folk and country music videos, and the 2004 Touchstone Pictures film, The Alamo.

P.O. Box 10596, Austin, TX 78766-1596,