Richard "Clay" Reynolds passed away in April of 2022 following a brief battle with cancer. Here is his obituary in the Dallas Morning News. Lone Star Literary Life also wrote a nice tribute.
Clay Reynolds was an award winning novelist and professional book critic. His critical evaluations and feature articles have appeared in national magazines, including Chronicles, American Way, and Texas Monthly, and his short fiction has been widely published and anthologized.
Baen Free Radio Hour:
Two-time Spur Award winner and Pulitzer semifinalist Clay Reynolds discusses his Western novels, both historical and contemporary…. Reynolds is known for the historical accuracy, wry humor, pathos, and beauty found in his novels, which are often set in Texas. Available as audio-only podcast or video podcast.
A nameless and sometimes hapless narrator moves through a series of casual encounters, mostly in the Southwest, with total strangers, average people going about day-to-day, often mundane activities, but taking time to reveal to him, unprompted, their life experiences. READ MORE
Read Literary Journal Publications
by Clay Reynolds
- “Railroad Man,” Winner of the TIL Bud Shrake Award for Creative Nonfiction – click here
- “Reaching the Summit,” Winner of the Texas Institute of Letters’ Kay Cattarulla Award for Short Fiction – click here
- “Night Work,” click here
- “From Castro to Cancun,” click here
Articles by and about Clay Reynolds on writing
- Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine Interview with Clay Reynolds by Dale L. Walker
- “U No What I Meen: Technology and Illiteracy.” Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. 35.9 (2011): 12-16.
- “Picketing the Zeitgeist: Bad Writing.”
- A Critical Article by John Rothfork about Clay Reynolds’ fiction
- “Early Innings” by Clay Reynolds.
- “A Writer’s Testament: Where Ideas Really Come From” by Clay Reynolds
- “A Cow Can Moo: The Irony of the Artistic Lie” by Clay Reynolds
- “Wanted! Someone to Make Me A Writer!”
- “The Role of the Writer in the Academy” by Clay Reynolds
- “Does the Workshop Work? (Or How Much Work Could a Workshop Work if a Workshop Workshopped Work?)”