Literature of the American Southwest

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My Poems


The American Southwest

The American South Central

Eighteenth Century England and Scotland

The oilfield

Other literature


American Dialect

Cowboy Dialect in Print


Our Writing Workshops


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I have been teaching Southwestern American Literature since 1972. I plan to use this webpage to provide some of my thoughts about the area of study. I will first put on line some of the papers, book reviews, and articles I have written. Then I will provide new material to the site as I have time.

I will not provide as precise a definition of the Southwest as I did the South Central. But I will have the eastern boundary at approximately IH35 and IH37.


Streams Through the Southwest This is an essay, with poems, that I published in Southwestern American Literature, Spring, 1991, when Jim Harris was still editing the publication in Hobbs.

February 9, 2009

I plan to put up in the next few days much more material about Southwestern Literature. My first new piece is a book review I wrote several years ago about Charlotte Whaley's biography of Nina Otero-Warren.


Home of Dick Heaberlin Writes

Orange House Books

A Cavalcade of Oilfield Novels

Fountain Wells: Oilfield Novels of Ontario, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia

Gushers: Oilfield Novels of Texas

Poetry Collections

Trotting With the Fox

My Writing Guides

English Syntax:
A Guide to the Grammar of Successful Writers

Writing Style 1

Connecting for Coherence:
A Guide to Building Sentences With Syntax And Logic

Writing Style 2

Purposeful Punctuation:
A Syntactic Guide to English Punctuation

Writing Style 3

Word Wisdom:
A Guide to Selecting Words
for Writers and Editors—Writing Style 4

Other Books of Interest

Other Sites of Interest


Dick Heaberlin's Website
at Texas State University

Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University

Southwest Regional Humanities Center at Texas State University
Email Dick Heaberlin