Larry D. Thomas



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

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