Houston Poet Laureate

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Houston Poet Laureate Program

The City of Houston Poet Laureate Program celebrates Houston’s rich culture and diversity through the work of a poet who represents Houston by creating excitement about the written and spoken word as well as outreach activities, special programs, teaching and their individual works. The role of the Houston Poet Laureate is to stimulate poetic impulse, foster appreciation of poetry in all its forms, and serve Houston residents and visitors with expressions of culture through words.

Throughout his or her tenure, the Houston Poet Laureate develops a Community Outreach project aimed at all of Houston’s neighborhoods and residents, conducts workshops that share the written and spoken word and participates in various community based poetry programs.

Houston’s current Poet Laureate is Dr. Robin Davidson. Her Community Outreach Project is the development of an anthology book of Houston residents’ favorite poetry. This project is modeled after former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s national Favorite Poem Project anthology, Americans’ Favorite Poems.

The Houston Poet Laureate Program is developed and coordinated by the Houston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The Houston Poet Laureate Program is funded by the City of Houston City’s Initiative Grant Program.


Previous Houston Poet Laureate

Gwendolyn Zepeda