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Lyric Poetry Mural, Lyric Poetry (detail), by Henry O. Walker, in the South Corridor, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress.
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Current Laureate:
Carmen Tafolla

Start of Term:
May 7, 2015

Position History:
According to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, "Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 82, 43rd Legislature, Regular Session (1933) authorized appointment of a committee by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House to designate an outstanding and recognized poet, who is also a citizen of the state of Texas, as poet laureate." As established by SB 1043 of the 77th Legislature, the state poet laureate currently is selected for a one-year appointment by the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee.

Previous Laureates:
A list of previous Texas State Poets Laureate is available from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Further Resources:
Publications by Carmen Tafolla in the Library's online catalog.


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