Texas Poet Laureate, speaker, author and photographer.
photo: Bill Mackey
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.
Karla's Constant State of Leaping is an Eric Hoffer Award winner (first runner-up) and a Montaigne Medal Finalist. Read More>
Karla's National Parks Poetry Tour is featured in the April 2017 Author Spotlight in Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine. Read the Story >
As a speaker, poet and photographer, Karla’s work spans many subjects and forms. She is a Betsy Colquitt Award Winner, Eric Hoffer Award Winner, Montaigne Medal Finalist, 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 Pushcart Prize nominee. Widely published in literary journals, she is also the author of eleven books of poetry (with a 12th on the way), including the award-winning Redefining Beauty (now in its 3rd printing) and the award-winning Constant State of Leaping. 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. Her latest project is a 3-year Words of Preservation National Parks Tour. Learn more >