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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 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
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 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

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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
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
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