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 25 2019
Poetry Night

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Cozby Library by attending Poetry Night, a themed open mic night. Readings can be original works or a published poet's work appropriately attributed. Sign-ups for readings will take place at the event. We'll have readings from local high school students and other people from the community and surrounding areas. Refreshments will be served. 

5:00pm to 6:30pm
177 N. Heartz Rd.
75019 Coppell, Texas
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.  

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.

100 Northview Drive
78148 Universal City, Texas

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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

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.
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