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Katie Oxford

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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.

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Oil Spill Aftermath

Not in living colors: Six weeks after the Galveston Bay oil spill, haunting images linger

By Katie Oxford

After the booms were hauled in and the blockades dismantled from the Galveston Bay oil spill, I put my boots on and went looking for what was left.


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Fighting back against Mount Everest's killer avalanche: Photographers band together to help Sherpas

By Katie Oxford

Talk about interconnected-ness, here’s another example of what Winnie Burkett meant when she was talking about birds, the natural world and interconnection. After the avalanche on Mount Everest that ...


Oil Spill Update

Oil spill update: Galveston Bay stays resilient as it skirts the edge of extinction

By Katie Oxford

Almost four weeks after the Galveston Bay oil spill, I made a third trip there just to see how things were going. From the top of the Intracoastal Bridge I ...


Oil Spill Update

Deeper and deeper: Effects of Galveston Bay oil spill linger as clean-up continues

By Katie Oxford

When I retraced the tracks of my previous trip to Galveston Bay, I noticed a good sign right away. At the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge, the marquee (OIL IN WATER – MUST ...


Texas Oil Spill Shocker

The real truth of the Galveston oil spill: Ignored birds covered in oil, a dead dolphin in a plastic bag

By Katie Oxford

A day after the oil spill in Galveston Bay, I called a guy I’d met a few weeks ago on Oak Island, six miles south of Anahuac. I had ...


Tattered Jeans

Irish beauty: A St. Patrick's Day Queen is crowned at Houston's most unique Irish bar

By Katie Oxford

Under an almost full moon, the 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Queen Finals took place at Griff's Thursday night and let me tell you, if you weren’t Irish ...


Tattered Jeans

A gift inside a gift: Historic Galveston orphanage that proved to be hurricane proof is becoming a museum

By Katie Oxford

Editor’s Note:  If you’re deep into the heart of Texas and its history, then it’s likely that you’ve come across the name of J. P. Bryan ...


Tattered Jeans

A natural rush: Watching injured wildlife get returned to the wild is stunning

By Katie Oxford

If you’ve never attended a Wildlife Release, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s almost as good as runnin’ naked in the woods.  So when I ...


Tattered Jeans

A love jug from a remarkable mom fills bellies and hearts: Crafted through cancer and chemo

By Katie Oxford

Recently, my brother went deep into his closets and dug out items, mostly silver, that belonged to our mother, long deceased. His children were visiting soon and he wanted them ...


Tattered Jeans

The pleasures of pickin' pecans: More than it's cracked up to be

By Katie Oxford

Pecans conjure up memories.  All pleasurable and none to do with taste. Every year, around Thanksgiving, my grandmother would keep a bowl full of them out on her coffee table ...


Sea, Sky and Sun

Spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico: Look at "God's coloring book"

By Katie Oxford

If the summer sun is special, fall's is a stunner.  Last week, it produced a different show every day at 5:30 p.m.   I’m no world traveler ...


Tattered Jeans

The ultimate farmers market journey: Visiting with this real farm couple is a laugh

By Katie Oxford

Author's Note:  Every once in awhile, a story will possess me. Like, this one. A trip to the Urban Harvest Farmers Market in Houston sent me on another journey ...


Tattered Jeans

A sun that doesn't burn you: There is something special about this unique delight

By Katie Oxford

Once, basking on the beach at Bolivar Peninsula, Mama said, “There’s something special about the August sun.”  I sorta knew what she meant.  “It doesn’t burn you,” she ...


Tattered Jeans

Escaping cellphone society: In this throwback town, homemade signs rule the land

By Katie Oxford

Grayton Beach, Fla., is a world apart. When you turn off of 30-A, you get a sense of the place right away. Little bungalows on either side of the road ...


Tattered Jeans

Saving all critters: Underrated Houston wildlife center keeps answering the call

By Katie Oxford

I love the Wildlife Center of Texas. Let me count the ways. They’re inclusive. Here’s some of what you hear on the center's answering machine message: Welcome ...


Tattered Jeans

A tailor's secrets: This hidden Houston shop practices a dying art, saves super damaged clothes

By Katie Oxford

You’re liable to run right by Jimmie’s Reweaving & Alterations and never notice it. The little house sits so subtly at 2218 Richmond Avenue that you best Google its ...


Live Oak Threatened

Barking up the wrong tree: Majestic live oak in Menil Park hangs on through tough times

By Katie Oxford

Recently, when I received an email from an artist friend expressing concern for an old live oak in Menil Park, I wanted to help. Bob has lived near the park ...


Tattered Jeans

Louisiana Revisited: Journey ends in New Orleans reunion with a 12-year-old angel

By Katie Oxford

Editor's Note: In 2010, Katie Oxford filed a series of riveting columns from the heart of the Gulf oil spill disaster. In this final column of a new series ...


Tattered Jeans

Louisiana Revisited: Searching for Hanna, Walking the Way of the Cross

By Katie Oxford

Editor's Note: In 2010, Katie Oxford filed a series of riveting columns from the heart of the Gulf oil spill disaster. She recently returned to Louisiana to find out ...


Tattered Jeans

Getting invited into a stranger's home brings a marriage surprise: An only in Louisiana story

By Katie Oxford

Editor's Note: In 2010, Katie Oxford filed a series of riveting columns from the heart of the Gulf oil spill disaster. She recently returned to Louisiana. This is her ...


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