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Larry Thomas

Houston, Texas, United States


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Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, has published eleven collections of poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous national journals, including the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Austin Chronicle, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Boston Literary Magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Concho River Review, Cottonwood, descant: Fort Worth's Journal of Poetry and Fiction, The Enigmatist, Green Hills Literary Lantern, International Poetry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Louisiana Literature, The Midwest Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Poppyseed Kolache, Puerto del Sol, Rattle, RE:AL, Red Rock Review, Relief, Rosebud Magazine, San Pedro River Review, Southwest Review, Southwestern American Literature, Spoon River Poetry Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, The Texas Observer, The Texas Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Windhover. In June, 2002, Mr. Thomas was selected by Barnes & Noble Booksellers as the Houston Area Author of the Month. He has received three Pushcart Prize nominations for his poetry, and is listed in the Directory of American Poets & Fiction Writers (Poets & Writers, Inc., New York, New York). On April 19, 2007, he was appointed by the Texas Legislature as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate.

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Keynote/Featured Speaker Credits (selective listing):

Angelo State University, Texas (February 2002)
East Central University, Oklahoma (November 2002)
Arkansas Tech University, Arkansas (November 2003)
Del Mar College, Texas (November 2004)
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas (January 2005)
Poetry Society of Texas, Summer Conference, Austin (July 2005)
Langdon Weekend (Langdon Review), Granbury, TX (Sept. 2005)
William Woods University, Missouri (April 2006)
First Friday Poetry Reading Series, Houston (May 2006)
National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Annual Convention, San Antonio (June 2006)
Texas A&M University, Southwest Writers & Artists Festival (October 2006)
Blinn College, Texas (Sigma Kappa Delta) (March 2007)
Austin International Poetry Festival, Texas (April 2007)
Langdon Weekend (Langdon Review), Granbury, TX (Sept. 2007)
University of Houston, TACWT Conference (September 2007)
Midland College/Permian Basin Poetry Society (October 2007)
Del Mar College, Texas (November 2007)
Tarrant County College/Southeast, Texas (April 2008)
Tarrant County College/Northeast, TX (April 2008)
Trinity Valley Community College, TX (April 2008)
Stephen F. Austin State Univ., TX (April 2008)
University of Texas at Tyler (April 2008)
Poetry Society of Texas, Summer Conference, Houston (July 2008)

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Amazing Grace
  • Stark Beauty
  • New and Selected Poems
  • The Skin of Light
  • The Lighthouse Keeper
  • With the Light of Apricots (online chapbook)
  • Eros (online chapbook)
  • Dark Pearls
  • The Woodlanders
  • The Fraternity of Oblivion
  • The Circus (online chapbook)
  • Where Skulls Speak Wind
  • Staring Down the Darkness (online chapbook)
  • Plain Pine (online chapbook)