Author/Officer at Vick Family Foundation
Frances Brannen Vick is retired director and co-founder of the University of North Texas Press and founder and President of E-Heart Press, Inc. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University, respectively, and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from the University of North Texas.
She taught English at Baylor University and at Stephen F. Austin State University, among other institutions, before beginning a publishing career. In retirement, she co-authored Petra's Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy, with Jane Monday, which won the Coral Horton Tullis Award for the best book on Texas history in 2007 from Texas State Historical Association, among other awards. She is editor of Literary Dallas and has written introductions and chapters for such books as Texas Women Writers, The Family Saga: A Collection of Texas Family Legends, Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, and Notes from Texas Writers.
She is past president of the Texas Institute of Letters; past president of the Texas State Historical Association; a Fellow of the Texas Folklore Society; member of The Philosophical Society of Texas. She is a member of the Presidents Council, and an Honorary Alumna of the University of North Texas. At the University of Texas at Austin, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Liberal Arts, a member of the Development Board and a Life Member of the Texas Exes. At Texas A&M University she is a member of the Advisory Council of Texas A&M University Press. She recently received the Humanities Texas Award from Humanities Texas and the Pro Bene Meritis Liberal Arts Award from the University of Texas at Austin.