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little town, texas tour

In her role as 2010 Texas State Poet Laureate, Karla K. Morton created a Little Town, Texas Tour to serve as an ambassador of poetry.  The tour's main mission was to bring poetry to teens across Texas, making poetry more accessible and relevant to students, especially in towns that may be underserved in the arts.

Along the way, Ms. Morton also spoke at various cancer centers, fundraising events and support groups, where she shared from Redefining Beauty, a poetry collection she wrote during her own diagnosis, treatment and survival of breast cancer.

She also spoke and presented readings and workshops at universities, bookstores, conferences, military bases, festivals and poetry gatherings.

little town texas tour appearance

“Like a one-woman barnstormer, Morton has set her sights on taking her writing to as many small Texas hamlets as she can drive to.”

~ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

with Mansfield students


A special thank you to First State Bank for donating $500 to help Karla
with her self-funded Little Town, Texas Tour.

During the 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.

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