Texas

In 1993, Texas established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Jenny Browne, who was appointed to a one-year term in 2017. Browne is the author of three poetry collections, including Dear Stranger (University of Tampa Press, 2013).

In 2017, Deborah Mouton was named poet laureate of Houston, Texas. Mouton will serve a two-year term.

In 2018, Octavio Quintanilla was named poet laureate of San Antonio, Texas. Quintanilla will serve a two-year term.

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poems

poem
I never knew them all, just hummed
and thrummed my fingers with the radio,
driving five hundred miles to Austin.
Her arms held all the songs I needed.
Our boots kept time with fiddles
and the charming sobs of blondes,

the whine of steel guitars
sliding us down in deer-hide chairs
when jukebox music was over.
poem
see my brother-in-law with a styled shirt

in spite of his cancer below 

then a small dinner in the evening the next day

no one knows except I may be on the road

Mesquite where my father settled in '31

forty-five minutes west then a left you go in

sister Sarita waits for me on Abby Street

after decades in
poem

Big Bend has been here, been here. Shouldn’t it have a say?
Call the mountains a wall if you must, (the river has never been a wall),
leavened air soaking equally into all, could this be the home
we ache for? Silent light bathing cliff faces, dunes altering
in

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