Texas

In 2014, Dean Young was appointed state poet laureate of Texas. The William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas-Austin, Young has published twelve books of poetry and one volume of prose on the aesthetics of poetry. He has also received numerous awards and honors for his poetry, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

 

upcoming events

date
Apr 09 2015 to Apr 12 2015
Austin International Poetry Festival

The festival includes over twenty unique Austin venues, 30 diverse themed poetry readings, ten plus open mics, ten plus workshops, five music and poetry events, a complete anthology reading, all-night open mic, poet symposium, and a printed poetry anthology competition featuring the winning submissions. For more information, visit: http://www.aipf.org

Ticketed Event. Registration required.
 

5:00am to 11:59pm
78741 Austin, Texas
Apr 07 2015
Austin Poetry Slam

The Austin Poetry Slam is the biggest weekly spoken word competition in Austin.

Every Tuesday in April.
 

7:30pm to 11:00pm
2906 Fruth St.
78705 Austin, Texas
Apr 11 2015
San Antonio Book Festival

Activities include panel discussions, book signings, interactive areas and educational opportunities for children and teens, food trucks, live music, recipe demonstrations by cookbook authors, and computer training in the Technology Tent. For more information, visit: saplf.org/festival.

10:00am to 5:00pm
600 Soledad St.
78205 San Antonio, Texas

recent & featured listings

typesort descending name state
Literary Organization American Literary Translators Association Texas
Literary Organization Montgomery County Literary Arts Council Texas
Literary Organization Poetry in the Arts Texas
Literary Organization Poetry Society of Texas Texas
Literary Organization Texas Institute of Letters Texas
Literary Organization Writer's League of Texas Texas
Literary Organization Austin Poetry Society Texas
Literary Organization Gemini Ink Texas
Literary Organization Harry Ransom Center Texas
Literary Organization Montgomery County Literary Arts Council Texas
Poetry in Texas
Dean Young
Texas poet laureate

Dean Young

Largely influenced by the New York School of poets, Dean Young combines aspects of experimentation and surrealism in his poems.

poems

poem

Old fang-in-the-boot trick. Five-chambered
asp. Pit organ and puff adder. Can live
in any medium save ice. Charmed by the flute
or the first thunderstorm in spring, drowsy
heart stirs from the cistern, the hibernaculum,
the wintering den of stars. Smells like the cucumber
served

poem
        after rereading Cormac McCarthy and taking
             a 5 mile run through the River Ranch
                                                     

                    Laughter is also a form of prayer
                                             —Kierkegaard

Okay then, right here,
Lord, in Bandera,
poem
Sunday takes us to the relic-boxes of small Texas towns,
their shops of Sears and Roebuck
            sewing machine stands,
bordello bedframes, and scrap-metal lawn art: a butterfly
stakes a Spartan garden
            with pollen rust.
Learning the hard way not to touch even the brass panel
of a swinging