Viva Rose! Reading by Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos

Submitted by Kris_Serold on October 25, 2013 - 9:41am

The San Antonio Public Library hosted 2013 Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos for a reading and reception on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

Naomi Shihab Nye, regarded a wandering poet who calls San Antonio her home, introduced Catacalos by reading some of her own poetry.

Then Catacalos read her work to the room packed full of admirers, including other poets, poetry enthusiasts, soul searchers and students.

You can replay the entire event in this video:

The Texas Legislature, after a selection process administered by the Texas Commission on the Arts, appointed San Antonian Rosemary Catacalos as 2013 Texas Poet Laureate. Catacalos, the first Latina to hold that post, has had her poems published widely in high school and college textbooks; her acclaimed collection, Again for the First Time (1984, Tooth of Times, Santa Fe), winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Prize, was republished in a special 30th anniversary edition released July 1 by Wings Press.

Catacalos was director of Gemini Ink from 2003-2012 and has received multiple honors, including Dobie-Paisano, Stanford/Stegner, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

Editor's Note: As originally published, this story contained inaccurate language and has been updated with the correct publication date and the specifics of Catacalos's appointment as Texas Poet Laureate.