William Woods University will host poet Larry Thomas on Wednesday (March 11) at 7 p.m. in the Aldridge Lounge. He is the current poet laureate of Texas and former director of Houston’s adult probation center. His talk is free and open to the public.
Prior to retiring, Thomas honed his craft for several decades writing on the weekends. His first chapbook of poetry, “The Lighthouse Keeper,” was published in 2000 and since then he has published seven books.
Three of Thomas’s books have been published by Fulton’s Timberline Press, owned and operated by Clarence Wolfshohl, WWU professor emeritus of English. Besides his first book, Timberline published “Stark Beauty,” which was a finalist for the Western Writers of American Spur Award.
In 2008, Timberline published “The Fraternity of Oblivion,” a collection of poems based on the outlaw biker culture. These poems grew out of Thomas’s professional experience as a probation officer.
Prior to being selected Texas poet laureate, Thomas won numerous awards, including the 2004 Violet Crown Award, the 2003 Western Heritage Award, two Texas Review poetry prizes, a 2007 Poet’s Prize nomination and two Pushcart Prize nominations.