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

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Nov 20 2015 to Nov 22 2015
Poetry @ For The Community Fest

Of the two partners, Houston Free Thinkers and Visionary Noise, this festival is our way to give back to the people of Houston and surrounding counties.

Before and after this festival, HFT and VN not only bring up issues of awareness, but also do benefit shows for local and national organizations such as, Food Not Bombs, Feal Good Foundation, Local Live Radio, etc, as well as highlight local acts and performers. We celebrate freedom as a unified whole, and we all believe that it comes in various forms; art, poetry, activism, music.

In addition, we have featured speakers of like groups such as The Free Your Mind Conference, The Anti Media, The DC Free Thinkers. We have been written about in The Houston Press many times, and have been promoted for on KPFT Houston. With art, we have had the pleasure of having Shanti Visual Art and Morphis Art, who has toured with Slightly Stoopid doing live paintings.

Past and present vendors have included Raw Tejas Soaps, The Houston Exchange Network, I Am Bitcoin/Yo Soy Bitcoin, Houston Stand Down, The Generators Playground, and countless merchants and artists.

We have a team of people brainstorming to make sure that this festival continures to remain unique, and free!

Please check us out on FB!

Visionary Noise, The Houston Free Thinkers, and FTCX

(if any poets would care to join us on the stage, please get in contact!) 

1:00pm to 3:00am
1403 Nance Street
77002 Houston, 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