about karla  

As a speaker, poet and photographer, Karla’s work spans many subjects and forms. She is a Betsy Colquitt Award Winner, a two-time Indie Book Award Winner, a North Texas Book Festival Award winner, a nominee for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Widely published in literary journals, she is also the author of nine books of poetry, with a tenth on the way this fall. No End of Vision: Texas as Seen by Two Laureates, a book and traveling photography/poetry exhibit, features Ms. Morton’s black and white photographs combined with poems written by fellow Texas Poet Laureate Alan Birkelbach.  Learn more >

Karla K. Morton is a professional speaker, award-winning author, photographer, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. Described as "one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry," she has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News, CBS News and in countless newspapers, blogs and magazines.


​Constant State of Leaping

A NEW book from Karla is now available for ordering on Amazon.com. 

Published by Texas Review Press, Constant State of Leaping is about unfettered joy...

Texas Poet Laureate, speaker, author and photographer.


Karla is featured on the front page of the Denton Record-Chronicle, where she calls her battle with cancer a "fistfight with the devil." More >


Karla is proud to have been selected as the first to be part of the new Texas Poets Podcast series. Listen to Her Interview>

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