Texas Poet Laureate, speaker, author and photographer.
Karla inspires, engages and entertains audiences with her warm and feisty spirit, her stories of perseverance and her Texas-sized humor. She tailors her message and short poetry selections to fit the needs of each organization she speaks to, with themes that include: overcoming roadblocks, surviving (cancer, rejection, teenagers and more), never giving up on your dreams and becoming the person you were meant to be.
She has spoken at venues that include: American Cancer Society, American School Counselor Association National Conference, Annual Conference of College Teachers of English, Canadian Arts Alliance, Constituting America (Philadelphia), Executive Women’s Roundtable, Fort Worth Library, Highland Park Literary Festival, Langdon Review Weekend, Living by Poetry Symposium, McDonald Observatory, Sul Ross State University, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Relay for Life (Michigan), Texas A&M, Texas Health Resources Foundation, Texas Speech Communications Association Conference, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Women’s University, TCU, University of North Texas, UT Dallas and UT Tyler.
"...captivating, thought-provoking and emotional – she brought the entire audience to their feet. It was incredible, and people lined up at the end to meet her and tell her their stories. I highly recommend booking Karla; she is amazing."
~ Jocelyn Repshas, THR Foundation
“Karla totally outdid herself! She was perfect. Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance and your heart and soul.”
~ Mitzi Werther, Director, Richland College
“She recites her evocative, rhyming verse with the conviction of a literary evangelist.”
~ Fort Worth Star-Telegram