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Texas Poet Laureate Morton at UT Tyler April 13

April 7, 2010


Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton will visit UT Tyler Tuesday, April 13 to share from her varied verse collection and present awards to the 2010 UT Tyler student poetry competition winners.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall. A reception and book signing will follow. The public event, in celebration of National Poetry Month, is made possible by a grant from UT Tyler Friends of the Arts and through cooperation of the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library and the Poetry Society of Texas.

Morton is the first woman named Texas State Poet Laureate in more than 15 years. She launched her laureate year in September 2010 with the Little Town, Texas Tour across the state to serve as an ambassador of poetry and the arts.

Passionate about making poetry more accessible and relevant to students, Morton has already partnered with more than 30 universities, libraries and high schools to showcase the written word.

A Denton resident, Morton’s works span diverse forms and subjects and appear in literary journals including AmarilloBay, Concho River Review, Southwestern American Literature, Wichita Falls Literary and Art Review, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, and Texas Poetry Calendar.

Author of the North Texas Book Festival Awards finalist book/CD titled “Wee Cowrin’ Temorous Beastie, Morton blends poetry, story and original Celtic music.   

She also has authored Redefining Beauty, a poetry collection written during her own journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery and is featured on a nationally-aired episode of The Art of Living Gallery in a focus about poetry as a healing tool for the soul.

For more information, contact UT Tyler Friends of the Arts/Betty Bower, 903.593.9190.


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