Apr 16, 2024 - News

✍️ Meet our poet laureate

A photo of Dallas poet laureate Mag Gabbert

SMU assistant professor Mag Gabbert has been named the second Dallas poet laureate. Photo: Courtesy of Dallas Public Library

Dallas has named an SMU assistant professor its second-ever poet laureate.

Why it matters: The position is a cheerleader for literacy in the community, inspiring Dallasites to put their thoughts, feelings and experiences into words.

The latest: Mag Gabbert — author of "Sex Depression Animals" and a Booker T. grad — was appointed last week to a two-year term as the Dallas poet laureate.

  • Naisha Randhar, a ninth-grader at The Hockaday School, was named the youth poet laureate, a one-year title.

Flashback: Joaquín Zihuatanejo, a Woodrow Wilson graduate, was named the city's first poet laureate in April 2022.

  • Zihuatanejo recently published "Occupy Whiteness," which contains the poem "View From The Fifth Floor of The Adam Hats Building" about brown erasure in a neighborhood, per the DMN.

Zoom out: An Austin-based poet has started a petition to get the city to establish a poet laureate residency like other large cities in Texas.

How it works: Gabbert will present her poems at community events and will keep artist-in-residence office hours at the Central Library.

  • She will also work with Randhar to promote youth poetry.
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