Texas

The current state poet laureate of Texas is Jenny Browne, who was appointed in 2017 and is serving a one-year term. Browne is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Dear Stranger (University of Tampa Press, 2013). She received the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as several fellowships from the National Endowment of Arts and the San Antonio Artist Foundation. Browne currently teaches creative writing, environmental literature, and women and gender studies at Trinity University in San Antonio.

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Apr 05 2018 to Apr 08 2018
26th Annual Austin International Poetry Festival

The 26th Annual Austin International Poetry Festival is dedicated foremost to poetry, to past and present API Board members; to volunteers, venues, members, affiliated organizations, patrons and sponsors, to attending poets from all corners of the world, and the City of Austin - it takes a village to raise a Festival. Thank you for helping us celebrate poetry by taking part in the "largest, non-juried Poetry Festival in the United States."

Austin Poets International (API), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, promotes literary excellence by uniting poets from around the world to celebrate the diversity of humanity through the power of written and spoken word.

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10:00am to 3:00pm
6000 Middle Fiskville Rd
78752 Austin, Texas
Mar 23 2018
Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published nearly twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

7:30pm
508 Center Street
78640 Kyle, Texas
Dec 04 2017
PoeTree
Do you enjoy reading or writing poetry? If so, the PoeTree Club welcomes you. Whether you're a beginning writer or a published poet, we'd love to have you join us on the first and third Mondays of each month (except on holidays).
 
6:00pm
13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy.
78249 San Antonio, 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
        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