In 2015, Carmen Tafolla was appointed state poet laureate of Texas. The author of over twenty books, Tafolla was chosen in 2012 as the first poet laureate for the city of San Antonio. She has received a number of awards, notably the prestigious Americas Award, presented to her at the Library of Congress in 2010. Tafolla will be succeeded by Laurie Ann Guerrero in 2016.


upcoming events

Aug 01 2017
Writers on Remembrance: A Reading by Local Houston Writers
Jeannie Gambill’s poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Cenizo, The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry, Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston, and the Texas Poetry Calendars of 2011 and 2012. She was recipient of the 2011 Dana Award for Poetry. Jeannie was a winner in the ARTlines Competition (2012), and she has been a featured poet in Houston’s Public Poetry Reading Series, and a finalist in the Ruth G. Hardman/Nimrod Poetry Competition. She lives in Bellaire, Texas.
Hillary Brooks Houle is a creative writer and teacher in Bellaire, TX. She has an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Communications from American University. She serves as the faculty sponsor for Light & Shadow, a nationally recognized student literary magazine. Her non-fiction work has appeared in USA Today, and her poetry, most recently, in Poet Lore.
Eric Avera has been a regular participant in InPrint’s summer writing workshops, and he is a founding member of F Team, a long-standing critique-based writing group in Houston. He has written numerous short stories and poems that remain as yet unpublished, although a few of his poems and a short fiction piece have been printed in his school’s annual literary publication Light and Shadow. Eric is a science teacher by profession, but he also enjoys singing, deejaying, paper and bead crafts, reading, and (of course) writing. He is nearing completion of the initial draft of his first novel-length project.
Amber Criswell is a native Texan and lives in Southeast Houston. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Houston - Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. A former high school English teacher, Amber taught Creative Writing and was the faculty advisor for the school literary magazine. Primarily a fiction writer, she has been both a guest at writing conventions and published in literary magazines. Her last publication was a flash fiction piece, 15, featured in the online journal Apocrypha and Abstractions. When stuck on a piece, Amber finds nothing more helpful than taking a quick walk around the neighborhood. In her spare time, she enjoys creating recipes, traveling to places where she does not speak the language, and urban exploration.
Jennifer Stephan Kapral writes poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. She was born in the shadows of steel mills in Western PA and studied creative non-fiction at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Houston, TX, and enjoys spending time by the bayous with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
2421 Bissonnet Street
77005 Houston, Texas
Sep 09 2017
Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong, a poet and essayist, is the author of the best-selling Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and Thom Gunn Award, a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Lamda Literary Prize, and a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016. Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he immigrated to the US at the age of two as a refugee. He lives in New York City and is currently at work on his first novel.

508 Center Street
78640 Kyle, 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.

508 Center Street
78640 Kyle, 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


Big Bend has been here, been here. Shouldn’t it have a say?
Call the mountains a wall if you must, (the river has never been a wall),
leavened air soaking equally into all, could this be the home
we ache for? Silent light bathing cliff faces, dunes altering


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