|Vol. XV, no. 1||TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition||November 2002|
Autograph Event Features Prudence Mackintosh - by Judy Alter
Born in Texarkana, Texas, Prudence Mackintosh grew up in a newspaper office where her father was the editor and her mother a reporter/editor/proofreader. Her brother became a television journalist. Prudence attended Texarkana public schools and was graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in 1966.
Texas Monthly named her a contributing editor shortly after the magazine began in 1973. As a regular contributor, she gained a loyal following with her observations on social rites of passage for Texas women and her domestic essays on the rearing of three boys. She won the J.C. Penney-University of Missouri Award for an article called “Tube or Not Tube.” Her work has appeared in several national magazines and is frequently anthologized in college writing texts.
She is the author of Thundering Sneakers, Retreads and, published this fall, Sneaking Out, her observations on the gradual departure of her three sons, her parents, and a few expectations. In 1996 the University of Texas Press published a collection of her essays on being a woman in Texas called Just As We Were/A Narrow Slice of Texas Womanhood. In addition to publishing Sneaking Out, the University of Texas Press will also reissue the earlier books about her sons.
When the writing life becomes too solitary, Prudence accepts a few speaking events. In the past five years, she has addressed corporate gatherings and commencement crowds as large as the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts. She was a part of the 2002 Arts and Letters Live series in Dallas.
She lives in Dallas with her attorney husband, who is also her favorite editor. Their sons—Jack, Drew, and William—are now residents of New York City, Denver, and Houston, respectively.