The anthology begins with a memoir by Betsy Colquitt, who served as the journal’s editor for nearly forty years and who, along with Louise Cowan and the TCU “Fugitives,” founded descant in 1956. The early years of descant had a distinctly local flavor and featured such young talents as Bill Camfield, who would later become a pioneer writer and performer in children’s television, and William Barney, who would become Poet Laureate of Texas.
But Colquitt had an uncanny ability for recognizing and publishing promising writers from across the nation, and soon descant was an established literary voice. Since Colquitt’s retirement in the mid-1990s, the editors of descant have continued the tradition of publishing both emerging authors and established writers such as William Harrison, Clyde Edgerton, and Andrew Hudgins.
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