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.

upcoming events

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Apr 10 2019
Poetry with a capitol "P"

Words do amazing things.  They paint pictures, make us want to sing and dance or cry!  Join us as we celebrate the power of prose during National Poetry Month.  

6:00pm
4300 East Berry St
76105-5003 Fort Worth, Texas
Apr 06 2019
An Evening of Poetry and Small Bites

An Evening of Poetry and Small Bites is a special after hours program hosted by the Friends of the Universal City Public Library.  Members of Unlimited Horizons, a writer's group with long times to Universal City and the library, will share their love of poetry, read original poems, and offer their reflections on their work.  Donations will be accepted at the door, and will benefit theFriends of the Library.

An Evening of Poetry and Small Bites celebrates the voices of poets who live in Universal City Texas and the surrounding areas.

6:00pm
100 Northview Drive
78148 Universal City, Texas
Apr 02 2019
Poetry with a Capital P

Words do amazing things.  They paint pictures, make us want to sing and dance or cry!  Join us as we celebration the power of prose during National Poetry Month.  

4:00pm
1300 NE 35th St.
76106 Fort Worth, Texas

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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
Jim

You looked Texas today
road hard, scrubbed brush, blown tires
gasoline islands

But later California returned—fortune’s poster child
radiating. Truck full of gas,
cheap camera in the glove compartment
stuffed toys on the dashboard,
beads on the steering wheel,
a pretty girl’s

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