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Houston’s First Poet Laureate Reflects On Experience

April may just be starting, but Houston is expected to announce its second poet laureate by the end of the month. Maybe you were unaware the city had one, but Gwendolyn Zepeda has held the inaugural role since her two-year term began in April 2013. There were nine applicants to replace her. Selection criteria include […]

April may just be starting, but Houston is expected to announce its second poet laureate by the end of the month. Maybe you were unaware the city had one, but Gwendolyn Zepeda has held the inaugural role since her two-year term began in April 2013.

There were nine applicants to replace her. Selection criteria include being a Houston resident for at least four years and having a body of published work.

She tells Houston Public Media's arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop about her time as poet laureate, and about how growing up in Houston shaped her writing. Also she reads from her poem After the Hurricane.

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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