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.

upcoming events

date
Oct 12 2017 to Oct 14 2017
Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival
The Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival is a 3 day poetry feast featuring 42 poets with the gumption to compete for the Title: Texas Grand Slam Poetry Champion and a $1500 Grand Prize. 
 
TGS is the answer to those who are hungry, clutching at a Sunday morning back row pew of worry with prayers for poetry. We hope that the drought for a state-wide poetry slam has come to an end. We invite everyone to return and are proud to present to you the 7th Annual TEXAS GRAND SLAM POETRY FESTIVAL!
 
Texas Grand Slam is back for 2017, starting with the last chance slam on October 12th, prelims and semis on October 13th, and final stage on October 14th.
 
Tickets here

More info here

7:00pm
210 W 26th St
77803 Bryan, Texas
Oct 02 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
Oct 16 2017
PoeTree
Do you enjoy reading and writing poetry? Then join us for a lively discussion of the art. Whether you're a novice writer or a professional poet, the PoeTree Club welcomes you.
 
6:00pm
13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy.
78249 San Antonio, Texas

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poems

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
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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

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
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