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.

upcoming events

Apr 02 2018
Mega Corazon 2018

In celebration of National Poetry Month, URBAN-15 presents Mega Corazón 2018, an annual spoken word marathon featuring San Antonio’s premiere performance poets. Celebrating a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazón is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and often choreographed for a highly visual impact. This year’s Mega Corazón will take place on Monday, April 2nd from 1-9pm and can be viewed live and for free either in-studio (2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210) or online (urban15.org/live-stream).  

Poets confirmed to date include former state poets laureate Carmen Tafolla and Rosemary Catacalos; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; Express-News poetry editor Jim LaVilla-Havelin; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; Wings Press publisher Bryce Milligan; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza, beloved spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; playwright, poet and Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan elder Isaac Cardenas; and talented San Antonio poets Frances Treviño Santos, Eddie Vega, Natalia Treviño, Jacinto Cardona, Jessica Tilton-Zertuche, and Nathan Zertuche.

This year’s Mega Corazón will also offer commentary on San Antonio’s literary history by Jim LaVilla-Havelin, founder of National Poetry Month in San Antonio; as well as by Bryce Milligan on his recent edited volume Literary San Antonio. This segment will run 7pm-8pm.

Viewing Mega Corazon either in person or online is free of charge. Live performances take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210) or online at http://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/

For more information, please contact us at (210) 736-1500 or [email protected]. If you are a San Antonio-area educator and want to bring Mega Corazon to your school or request a workshop with one of the Mega Corazon poets, contact Anthony “The Poet” Flores at [email protected].

For performance videos from previous productions of Mega Corazón, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi9WZRNTanM

2:00pm to 10:00pm
2500 S. Presa
78210 San Antonio, Texas
Apr 14 2018 to Aug 01 2018
Poets for Peace

We are a group of poets and musicians meeting quarterly since November 2016. Our mission is to "encourage, uplift and inspire." April's roster of poets and musicians includes KB Eckhardt; Rosemary Cataclos, Texas Poet Laureate 2013; Sandi Horton, Waco Wordfest Director and Anthology Editor, Langdon Review 2018 Writer-in-Residence; and Jenny Browne, Texas Poet Laureate 2017 and San Antonio Poet Laureate 2016-18. If you are in the San Antonio, Texas area and would like an invitation, write to [email protected].

Further, we are now curating our first anthology, poems for peace (forthcoming fall 2018) in association with the San Antonio peaceCenter. All proceeds go to benefit the peaceCenter. Included poets will receive one complimentary copy and access to discounted pricing on book purchases. Included poets may be invited to participate in future poets for peace events. The book will be perfect bound and available online as a peaceCenter book and in book stores locally.  


8:00pm to 1:00am
North Central
private event by invitation only
78217 San Antonio, Texas

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

                    Laughter is also a form of prayer

Okay then, right here,
Lord, in Bandera,

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