Larry D. Thomas

Poet

NM
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Author's Bio

The 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, Larry D. Thomas has published twenty-three print collections of poems, most recently States of Red and Blue (a limited edition print chapbook published by Right Hand Pointing in late 2020).  His most recent book-length collections are As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems, Boiling It Down: The Electronic Poetry Chapbooks of Larry D. Thomas, and In a Field of Cotton: Mississippi River Delta Poems. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Publications & Prizes

Books:
As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems (Texas Review Press, 2015)
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Larry D. Thomas: New and Selected Poems (Texas Christian University Press, 2008)
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The Fraternity of Oblivion (Timberline Press, 2008)
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Stark Beauty (Timberline Press, 2005)
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Where Skulls Speak Wind (Texas Review Press, 2004)
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The Woodlanders (Pecan Grove Press, 2002)
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The Lighthouse Keeper (Timberline Press, 2001)
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Amazing Grace (Texas Review Press, 2001)
Chapbooks:
The Circus (Right Hand Pointing, 2008)
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Eros (Slow Trains Literary Journal, 2007)
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With the Light of Apricots (Lily Literary Review Press, 2007)
Prizes won: 

2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award; 2015 Writers' League of Texas Book Awards Finalist; 2007 Poets' Prize nomination (Nicholas Roerich Museum); 2004 Texas Review Poetry Prize; 2004 Violet Crown Book Award; 2003 Western Heritage Wrangler Award; 2002 Violet Crown Book Awards Special Citation; 2001 Texas Review Poetry Prize; Small Press Review "Pick-of-the-Issue" (May/June 2001); Summer 2000 Pecan Grove Press National Chapbook Competition Finalist citation; seven Spur Award Finalist citations; eight Pushcart Prize nominations; two Best of the Net nominations.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens, James Dickey, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, William Carlos Williams, and Seamus Heaney.
What I'm reading now: 
too many titles to list by too many authors to list
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Last update: May 27, 2021