Seth Wieck

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Seth Wieck grew up on a farm in Umbarger, Texas, in a region that receives less than twenty inches of rain per year. His father counseled him to leave agriculture, so he earned his BA in English and philosophy from West Texas A&M University. He now lives in Amarillo with his wife and three children, and teaches language arts at Boys Ranch High School. His stories, poetry, and essays can be found in Narrative Magazine, The Langdon Review of Arts in Texas, and The Broad River Review where he won the Ron Rash Award for Fiction.

Recent Essays

The Only Bonds to Be Found: A Review of The Most Beautiful Place on Earth

An imagination like his, fictions like his – born from affection – may not provide us with data or answers but may help us feel “somehow more substantial and less troubled, characters more permanent.” And they may show us how we can help the land we find underfoot become a beloved, well-cared-for place. Stewart’s book goes a long way towards helping us see the world, and its people, the way Stegner hoped we could.

Larry McMurtry and Wendell Berry at the Dairy Queen

McMurtry couldn’t quite set the Bowie knife to the scalp of the Western like Cormac McCarthy did the same year, maybe because he knew those people weren’t grotesque caricatures; they were people he’d known and loved. And when he died last week, he was probably the last person in Archer City who had any connection to those people at all.