In 1997, after working two years as a civil litigator, JOHN SPONG joined Texas Monthly as a fact-checker, then moved into a staff writing position in 2002. He was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2010 for his story on Texas dance halls, 'Step Right Up,' and has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters' O. Henry Award for Magazine Journalism--for 'The Good Book and the Bad Book,' and for 'Holding Garmsir.' He is the author of A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove, and his stories have appeared in numerous collections, including Best Food Writing 2012 (Da Capo Press, 2012) and The Best American Sports Writing 2009 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009). Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2013, Spong also sits on the advisory council of the Wittliff Collections, at Texas State University. He lives in Austin, his home since 1971, with his wife, Julie Blakeslee, and their two sons, Willie Mo and Leon.
In partnership with Texas Monthly, John Spong's 'He Ain't Going Nowhere' is now available as an audio download, where the length and timeliness of a podcast meets the high-quality production of a full-length audio program.
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