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hometown, texasHometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots

by karla k. morton

160 pages, 9 x 9 • Paper $25.00
ISBN 978-0-87565-544-4

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2010 Texas Poet Laureate karla k. morton’s Hometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots is an anthology of poetry and artwork, created not only by morton, but also crafted by middle school and high school students from small towns across Texas. Each poem and picture evokes the beauty and simplicity inherent in the authenticity of Texas.


Embarking in September 2009 on her Little Town, Texas Tour, Morton traveled to schools across the state, emphasizing the importance of writing and conveying the essence of students’ communities. From grandma’s mustang jelly and Leddy’s custom boots to forgotten railroads in Haslet, Friday night football, and Mexican pride, Morton and her fellow creative writers permeate all aspects of Texas.


A great coffee table read, Hometown, Texas includes fabulous artwork drawn by talented students, giving a glimpse into the best of their hometowns. In this eclectic selection, the reader will easily turn page after page learning a little more about the Texas of the young. Simple and authentic, the artwork and poetry is sure to guarantee that readers will again fall in love with the state that inspired such talent.


Karla k. morton, a Fort Worth native and current Denton resident, has had her work published in esteemed literary journals and publications such as Amarillo Boy, REAL, descant, Langdon Review, New Texas, Illya’s Honey, Borderlands, and Southwestern American Literature. The Texas Legislature elected her 2010 Texas Poet Laureate; she published New and Selected Poems with TCU Press, forming the seventh book of the Texas Poet Laureate Series.