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Hometown, Texas:
Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots
by Karla K. Morton and Students across Texas


Karla's latest book, Hometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots, was published on June 7, 2013 by TCU Press. Twenty-four Texas towns are featured in the book: Amarillo, Arlington, Bastrop, Beaumont, Brenham, Bonham, Bowie, Comfort, Cleburne, Denton, Euless, Granbury, Hardin, Justin, Kyle, Krum, Laredo, Mansfield, Marfa, Mesquite, Port Aransas, Round Rock, Salado and Texarkana.

Little Town, Texas Tour
Karla with studentAfter being named the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, Karla decided that despite there being no requirements or compensation for the title, she wanted to give back to her home state by taking poetry into secondary schools throughout Texas. To do that, she created the Little Town, Texas Tour.

During the 18-month tour, she logged 80,000 miles on her truck and visited 32 schools. Along the way, she also spoke at universities, conferences, civic organizations, bookstores, libraries and cancer support groups, visiting a total of 42 towns for more than 70 speaking engagements.

A culmination of that tour is the book Hometown, Texas, which includes poetry, photography and artwork from Karla and students across Texas. Each poem and piece of art was inspired, in some way, by the student's hometown.


Nov 8, 2013-
Six Round Rock school district alumni published

October 10, 2013–
Cleburne High School grad published in poet laureate book ‘Hometown, Texas’ available now

Hometown Texas Book Cover

Hometown, Texas Book Tour
Karla has begun scheduling her Hometown, Texas book tour and is currently looking for sponsors and speaking engagements that would allow her to return to each of the 24 towns in the book.

. If you are interested in sponsoring her Hometown, Texas book tour or a visit to a specific town, please contact Kelly Kirkendoll at

. To book Karla as a speaker in your town, please click here

. To order Hometown, Texas, go to, TCU Press,
or contact TCU Press at 817.257.7822.










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