Donley Watt received an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Arizona in 1990, where as a graduate student he won a teaching excellence award. Since then he has published short stories and essays in numerous literary journals and anthologies including: Texas Monthly, The LA Review, Cutthroat, High Plains Review, New Texas ’92, Concho River Review, Writer’s Forum, Louisiana Literature, The Texas Observer, among others.
He has written six books: Can You Get There from Here? 1994 (Texas Institute of Letters Best First Book of Fiction), The Journey of Hector Rabinal and Spanish translation El Viaje de Hector Rabinal, 1994 (Finalist, Medicine Pipe Award, Western Writers of America), Haley, Texas 1959 in 1999, Reynolds, 2002, and Dancing With Lyndon, 2004. His latest book is Oaxaca, 1998 published in 2022.
From 1988-1993 he wrote more than two-dozen book reviews for The Dallas Morning News. He’s been a fiction editor for Gemini Ink and Cutthroat -A Journal of the Arts. Donley Watt has taught creative writing at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He is a member and a former Vice-President of the Texas Institute of Letters.