Austin | Dallas | Houston
CultureMap Contributors
News_Katie Oxford_hair cut_column mug_head shot

Katie Oxford

City Life

Houston-based writer Katie Oxford has a unique way of looking at the world, which she details in her "Tattered Jeans" column for CultureMap. Oxford was born and raised in Beaumont, where her memoir-in-progress, Broken Bowls and Wooden Spoons, is based. She has twice been a juried poet in the Houston Poetry Festival. Recently, one of her poems was honored at the Jambalaya Writers' Conference in Houma, La., and will be featured in an anthology.

See list of all CultureMap contributors
All articles by this author.  154 Results. Showing 1 to 20
Page 1 of 8

Back To The Beach

Back to the beach: Life is simply more pleasurable in Seaside Florida town

By Katie Oxford

What is it about the beach that makes everything more pleasurable? Here, I read more; food tastes better; dreams are more vivid; going barefoot was invented at the beach! Come ...


Mister Blister

This toad is a real prince: Amazing Mr. Blister just wants a place to call home

By Katie Oxford

Toads and I go back. As a kid, I was drawn to a neighbor’s house in Beaumont that had a pond the perfect size for a six-year old. I ...


Tattered Jeans

Sometimes it takes a knock on the head to regain sense of decency that grandparents taught

By Katie Oxford

There are countless courts of justice but there’s nothing as powerful or as sweet when justice occurs outside them – when few even see.  Morgan Freeman, playing Judge Leonard White ...


Opening Stuff

All wrapped up: Why is it so #$@&%*! hard to open just about any box, jar, CD, carton or package?

By Katie Oxford

Opening stuff used to be easier.  What once required mostly muscle, now takes muscle, time and tools. Determination helps.   Whether the item comes in the mail or from a restaurant ...


Tattered Jeans

Big Bolivar mystery: Where is the oil seepage coming from? Answers are hard to find

By Katie Oxford

Two and half weeks after Tropical Storm Bill made landfall in Matagorda, the Galveston Daily News published an article written by reporter John Wayne Ferguson — "Oil seeping onto Bolivar beach ...


Hurricane Fascination

Hurricane fascination: Living on the Gulf Coast, storms remain etched in our minds forever

By Katie Oxford

So for Houston, Tropical Storm Bill turned out to be a dud. Good. That’s how we like em'. But deep down, I gotta admit, I was a little disappointed ...


New Galveston Museum

New Galveston museum makes history of Texas and the Southwest come alive — thanks to one man's passion

By Katie Oxford

The Galveston landscape has changed over the years, and so have the houses. History, hurricanes and in some cases, new owners have seen to that.   One home in particular though ...


Tattered Jeans

Looking for Buster: Memories of beloved dog stay alive - even in the face of a coyote reminder

By Katie Oxford

It’s funny how the faces of loved ones long dead fade with time, but Buster’s face I could draw right now. Sometimes, I see a resemblance of him ...


Tattered Jeans

After the oil spill: Still looking for answers 5 years later amid Louisiana beauty and hidden concerns

By Katie Oxford

I love the Gulf of Mexico like my Mama. Almost. Louisiana and the people there are close to my heart too. When they hurt, I hurt too. People make fun ...


Tattered Jeans

Why Galveston's seaweed is anything but gross: It's time to embrace this beach gold

By Katie Oxford

Seaweed is “gross” to some people. Others go, “Pee-U.” But, in my mind, it conjures up sweet visions of summers spent along Bolivar Peninsula . . . with salt on top.  When I ...


Blessing Of Animals

Blessing of the Animals grows by leaps and bounds — dogs, rabbits, birds & miniature horses, too

By Katie Oxford

Leave it to animals to remind us of the important stuff. Animals, that is, and some caring folks. Starting with Connie Richards, Founder of Faithful Paws (a pet therapy program ...


Tattered Jeans

Rodeo highlight: Future Farmers uphold the spirit of what makes America great

By Katie Oxford

Being the youngest of four, I was tolerated as the tag along. But my brother, Kit, was kind. When we were toddlers, Kit used to kiss me like Bugs Bunny ...


Tattered Jeans

Long live letters: Finding a hidden treasure trove of handwritten messages proves to be priceless

By Katie Oxford

I went looking for something, feeling anxiety grow. It was a notebook full of information I’d accumulated over five years. In it were names and numbers of folks in ...


Tattered Jeans

How tipping nice changes lives in big and small ways: This ex-waitress has never forgotten her kind tippers

By Katie Oxford

Being a waitress isn’t easy. I know from experience. Once, I spilled coffee on a woman who’d decided to leave her coat on at the table. Mink. I ...


Tattered Jeans

For the love of pencils: Why simple still matters in today's overspecialized world

By Katie Oxford

Simple is hard to find. I was reminded of this when I went looking for a pair of Patagonia pants I’ve been wearing, now shredded at the bottom of ...


Tattered Jeans

Reveling in the Christmas Cusp: Soak in those precious moments before reality returns

By Katie Oxford

Ahhh . . . the Christmas Cusp is here.  Again.  That precious piece of time that starts December 26th and goes for maybe a week.   If you’re really lucky, longer.   It’s ...


Tattered Jeans

Stirring the pot: Kitchen cookware conjures up magical memories fresh as the smell of gumbo

By Katie Oxford

These last few years, I’ve takin’ to cookin'.  My current weight is a sign of this but never mind food. Something else draws me to my kitchen too. Chi ...


Tattered Jeans

Saving orphaned animals: Wildlife Center of Texas' dedicated volunteers do it all — with a smile

By Katie Oxford

Saturday was overcast and grey, but inside The Wildlife Center of Texas, it was anything but. The Wildlife Center of Texas (WCT) was hosting its Annual Open House Fundraiser celebrating ...


Tattered Jeans

Celebrating everyday people who care just because . . . The true spirit of Thanksgiving gets revealed

By Katie Oxford

I was chewing the fat with Lisa Black, the chef at Modica Market in Seaside, Florida. Chef is my word, not Lisa’s. Lisa says, “I’m a cook. Plain ...


Halloween Wrap Up

Impact boos: Houston's best haunted house is an under the radar neighborhood treasure with a building legacy

By Katie Oxford

Some say “Halloween is for kids.” Friday night at 2051 Claremont — it was all about the kids . . .  and one heck of a haunted house.  Julie and David Shannon started hosting ...


All articles by this author.  154 Results. Showing 1 to 20
Page 1 of 8
Get Our Emails

Daily Digest

The Dining Report

Promo Alerts

We will not share or sell your email address