Paul Austin and Rilla Askew

Husband and wife, Paul Austin and Rilla Askew, will be featured at the March 10, 2019 Second Sunday Reading at The Depot, 200 South Jones.  There is no admission charge for the 2:00 pm reading.  All are welcome.

Rilla Askew is the author of four novels, a book of stories, and a collection of creative nonfiction. She’s a PEN/Faulkner finalist, recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award, Western Heritage Award, and the Willa Award from Women Writing the West. Her novel about the Tulsa Race Massacre, Fire in Beulah, received the American Book Award in 2001. Askew’s essays and short fiction have appeared in Tin House, World Literature Today, Nimrod, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and elsewhere. In 2009 Askew received the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma.

Paul Austin’s collection “Notes on Hard Times” published by Village Books Press is forthcoming in April.  His work has appeared in such publications as This Land, Sugar Mule, Oklahoma Review, Heinemann Press, and Newport Review. He’s currently working on three other collections Actors, Mother and Son, and Persons of Influence. Late Night Conspiracies, a collection of his writings was performed with jazz ensemble at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he is a long-time member. He has written for and about the theatre in essays, poetry and plays. In his theatre career he has acted and directed On and Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, summer stock, and regional theatres around the nation, as well as acting for television and film. 

Paul and Rilla make their home in Norman.

Events at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, The City of Norman, and by generous corporate and individual donations.