Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas State Poet Laureate and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is a celebrated poet, speaker, author and storyteller. Described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” Ms. Morton has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, PBS, ABC News, CBS News and in countless newspapers, blogs and magazines. She is frequently invited to present as a keynote speaker at conventions, conferences, bookstores, universities, festivals and schools.
“Wonderful work like this just doesn’t come along that often.”
~ Gary Pattison, Owner, The Old Hastings Gallery, Ontario, Canada
a Betsy Colquitt Award Winner…
A Western Heritage Award Winner, a two-time Indie Book Award Winner, a North Texas Book Festival Award winner, an Eric Hoffer Award winner (first runner-up), a Montaigne Medal Finalist, a Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize shortlist winner, a Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit Poetry Contest Winner and a Green Book Festival Poetry Winner, Karla is a nominee for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has been widely published in literary journals and is the
author of 15 books of poetry
Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie (a 17th Century Scottish epic book/CD created in collaboration with award-winning composer Howard Baer); Becoming Superman (Rogers Publishing/Wheeler Press), Redefining Beauty, a journey through cancer diagnosis, chemo, radiation and recovery (Dos Gatos Press, 3rd printing); Stirring Goldfish, a Sufi poetry book (Finishing Line Press), Names We’ve Never Known (Texas Review Press); Karla K. Morton: New and Selected Poems (TCU Press); Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image (the City of Denton, Texas); 8 Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the American Southwest, a collaborative work written by Morton and seven other prominent contemporary poets in the American southwest (Baskerville Publishing) Hometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots (TCU Press) Constant State of Leaping (Texas Review Press), Accidental Origami (Texas Review Press), the award-winning Wooden Lions (Texas Review Press), the award-winning The National Parks: A Century of Grace (TCU Press) coffee table poetry and photography journey through all 62 National Parks (co-created with fellow Texas Poet Laureate Alan Birkelbach) and Turbulence and Fluids (Madville Publishing).
an avid photographer
Morton loves to promote poetry and served as a board member of the Greater Denton Arts Council, a founding member of the Denton Poets’ Assembly (part of the Poetry Society of Texas) and as a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, the Western Writers of America, the Writer’s League of Texas and the Academy of American Poets.
In her role as Texas Poet Laureate, she created the Little Town, Texas Tour, and logged thousands of miles across Texas to take poetry and the arts into schools across the state, focusing particularly on small towns underserved by the arts.
Her latest project, Words of Preservation: A Poets Laureate National Parks Tour, culminated in the 100% unique, award-winning coffee table book The National Parks: A Century of Grace.
Morton was born in Fort Worth, holds a Journalism degree from Texas A&M University and currently divides her time between Fort Worth, Texas and Raton, New Mexico.