David M ParsonsDavid M. Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate, will read from his work at the October 11 Second Sunday Poetry Reading beginning at 2:00 pm at The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.  The reading is free and open to the public.

Parsons has been recipient of a National Endowment of Humanities Dante Fellowship to the State University of New York, the French-American Legation Poetry Prize, and the Baskerville Publisher’s Prize from TCU for an outstanding poem published in their literary journal, descant. He holds eight Writing Awards from the Lone Star College System and was inducted into The Texas Institute of Letters in 2009.  

He has published five books of poetry:  Editing Sky (winner of the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize and a 2000 Violet Crown Book Award Special Citation), Color of Mourning, Feathering Deep, David M. Parsons New & Selected Poems, and Reaching For Longer Water. He also co-edited, with Wendy Barker, Far Out: Poems of the Sixties, which is due out from Wings Press next year.  

Parsons grew up in Austin and, after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, attended The University of Texas and Texas State University where he received a BBA. After careers in haberdashery and advertising, he taught marketing and coached baseball and basketball at Bellaire High in Houston. After a short stint as a Racquetball Club Pro, he entered the University of Houston’s graduate creative writing program where he studied with Edward Hirsch, Stanley Plumly, Richard Howard, Robert Pinsky and the late Howard Moss.  He received his MA in 1991 and has taught Creative Writing at Lone Star College in The Woodlands since then. 

He has four grown children and lives in Conroe, Texas with his wife, Nancy Dazey Parsons, an award winning fine artist and graphic designer.  Visit www.daveparsonspoetry.com for further information about Dave.

For further information about programs at The Depot phone 405 307-9320.  Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.