about karla  

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 two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Widely published in literary journals, she is also the author of ten books of poetry, including the award-winning Redefining Beauty (now in its 3rd printing). 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.


On the Radio - June 17
BookPeople - June 19

Listen June 17, 6-7pm on Austin's 97.1 FM "Writing On the Air" for a live interview with Karla.


Visit BookPeople in Austin on June 19 at 7pm for a reading and book signing with Karla.

Texas Poet Laureate, speaker, author and photographer.

"A Masterpiece..."  

Karla's latest book (her 10th), Constant State of Leaping, recently received a glowing review from David Bowles at The Monitor. Read the Review >

Eric Hoffer Award  

Karla's latest book is now a 2015 Eric Hoffer Award winner (first runner-up) and a Montaigne Medal Finalist. Read More>

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