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karla k. morton

Author's Bio

karla k. morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, a graduate of Texas A&M University, and Board Member of the Greater Denton Arts Council. Described as “one of the most adventurous voices in American poetry,” she has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News, CBS News and in countless newspapers, blogs and magazines. A Betsy Colquitt Award Winner and twice an Indie National Book Award Winner, she has been widely published in literary journals, and is the author of eight books of poetry: Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie (a 17th Century Scottish Epic book/CD, Lagniappe Publishing), Redefining Beauty (Dos Gatos Press), Becoming Superman (Zone Press), Stirring Goldfish (a Sufi poetry book), Karla K. Morton: New and Selected Works Series (TCU Press), Names We’ve Never Known, (The Texas Review Press), and Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas, in Word and Image (The City of Denton, Texas). Her seventh book - "No End of Vision: Texas as Seen by Two Laureates" is an ekphrastic collaboration with 2005 Texas Poet Laureate Alan Birkelbach, with Morton’s photos inspiring Birkelbach’s poetry. A native Texan, Morton has trekked thousands of miles across Texas and beyond -- bringing poetry and the arts into schools, colleges, universities, civic groups, cancer support groups, and festivals in communities all across the states.

Publications and Prizes

Redefining Beauty (Dos Gatos Press, 2013), Karla K. Morton: New and Selected Poems (Texas Christian University Press, 2010), Names We've Never Known (Texas A&M University Press, 2010), Stirring Goldfish (Finishing Line Press, 2010)
Named Texas Poet Laureate in 2010, two-time Indie National Book Award winner, Betsy Colquitt Award winner, and member of the Texas Insititute of Letters.

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Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
too many to mention!
Favorite Authors:
John Keats Mary Oliver Percy Shelley Adam Zagajewski Rumi Jane Hirshfield Hafiz Dorianne Laux Sappho Robert Pinsky Pablo Neruda Travis Mossotti Edward Hirsch Mark Twain Albert Einstein (esp. his book: My Later Years) Dr. Seuss Shel Silverstein Walt McDonald Wendy Barker Ted Koosier William Barney Alan Birkelbach Billy Collins Linda Hussa Naomi Shihab Nye Larry Thomas William Stafford (and the list grows daily!)

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Listing last updated: July 30, 2012

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Born in:
Ft Worth, TX
Raised in:
Rendon, TX

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