Literary East Texas

Photograph by Nell Blakely. A barefoot boy walking toward the security of home illustrates William Goyen’s poetic novel, The House of Breath, set in the fictional town of Charity, Texas.

Honoring twenty-five of the more than two hundred writers who have called East Texas home, Literary East Texas surveys the literary accomplishments of writers who have lived in and written about East Texas and encourages viewers to take advantage of the diversity and richness of their literary heritage.


Literary East Texas features passages from works by East Texas writers accompanied by illustrative photographs taken by Nell Blakeley especially for the exhibition. Panel topics include:

  • J. Mason Brewer
  • Siddie Joe Johnson
  • William Goyen
  • William Owens
  • William Humphrey
  • Thomas Thompson
  • Francis E. Abernethy
  • Suzanne Morris
  • Madison Cooper
  • Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
  • William Brammer
  • Leon Hale
  • Jewel Gibson
  • Frank X. Tolbert

Literary East Texas is an exhibition produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in association with Texas A&M University-Commerce, the Texas Joint Council of Teachers of English, and the East Texas Historical Association.

Exhibition Format

Content14 double-sided panels (24” x 36”)
15 support legs (78” tall)
Space Requirements375 square feet of floor space (25’ x 15’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 wooden crates and 1 plastic case:
  • 40” x 31” x 20” - 117 lbs.
  • 40” x 31” x 20” - 117lbs.
  • 80” x 7” x 6” - 42 lbs.
Rental Fee*$500*
Rental Period4 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of brochures are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 50 brochures featuring biographical sketches of authors

Publicity Materials

Press release

Literary East Texas press release.

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

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Questions and Rental Information

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2021-2022 Bookings

All dates available. Contact us to reserve this exhibition for the upcoming year.

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