Carmen Tafolla

Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Meet Laurie Ann Guerrero, San Antonio's New Poet Laureate

Laurie Ann Guerrero.
Octavio Quintanilla

As of April 1, San Antonio has its second poet laureate in Laurie Ann Guerrero.

"I’m the new poet laureate of San Antonio, and I’m working on a new book,” she said.

Guerrero is just getting used to the new title and the work that it entails, and she has plans for how she wants to go about doing it. Priority one:

“Getting poetry into the hands of our youth" she said. "And what I want to do is use different avenues to do that -- media, events. I kind of want to bombard the city with poems. Inspiration. Comfort.”

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Arts & Culture
9:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Tafolla Tells The Story Of San Antonio In Final Performance As Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate, Carmen Tafolla (left) and Mi Pueblo players at the Guadalupe Theater.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio's first poet laureate, will hand off her duties to her successor when his or her identity is announced today, April 1. 

Over the weekend Tafolla starred in a stellar compilation of poems that, together, tell the story of San Antonio's rich culture -- from Latino humor to gospel music and everything in between.   

"San Antonio, Mi Pueblo," a play of locally-themed performance poetry and original music, played to a packed house at Guadalupe Theater Saturday night. 

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Carmen Tafolla Reflects Ahead Of Her Final Performance As Poet Laureate

Carmen Tafolla in the TPR studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate, is nearing the end of her time in the position, and as I found from talking to her, there’s no rest for the weary.

“Right now I’m still working away, scripting on a fantastic performance piece that is actually the last of the poet laureate signature series, and it’s March 29,” Tafolla said.

She will be joined onstage at the event by several other San Antonio poets and musicians.

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Arts & Culture
2:44 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be The City's Next Poet Laureate?

San Antonio's 2013 Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla in the TPR studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The city of San Antonio is looking for its top wordsmith. The pay isn’t great, but according to Dr. Carmen Tafolla, the gig is.

"It is a wonderful, wonderful experience," said Tafolla, San Antonio's current poet laureate whose reign is nearing the end. She said she thinks highly of the city that allowed her the honor to represent it.

"We are very, very fortunate to be in a city that recognizes the power of poetry, the power of words, and its ownership by the community," Tafolla said.

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The Source - September 5, 2013
1:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

The Source: Rep. Lloyd Doggett | The NDO Vote | Carmen Tafolla

San Antonio City Council is voting today on the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett joins us to talk about Affordable Care implementation and his views on intervention in Syria.

In the second segment:

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San Antonio Poet Laureate
10:13 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla To Speak In Bordeaux, France

Dr. Carmen Tafolla, reading from her book, Rebozos, in the TPR studio
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio’s poet laureate is on her way this week to Bordeaux, France, to perform at the International Conference on Interlanguage.

Dr. Carmen Tafolla’s poetry has been heard in countries all over the world, but she said she was invited to the linguistic conference based on her mastery of code-switching. She says this is the natural progression of language, and it happens all the time:

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United States of Poetry
9:40 am
Fri November 16, 2012

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Speaking At UTSA

Tonight, the U.S. Poet Laureate is the featured speaker at UTSA’s Creative Writing Series; Natasha Trethewey is expected to read from her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection.

Trethewey was serving as the poet laureate for the State of Mississippi when she was selected as the 19th poet laureate of the United States in June. Her first poems, titled, “Domestic Work,” won the inaugural 1995 Cave Canem poetry prize. Her third collection, "Native Guard,” was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

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Fronteras Desk
1:44 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Deported Veterans Living In Mexico, And Carmen Tafolla Celebrates Women Through Poetry

Author Carmen Tafolla reads from her latest poetry book, "Rebozos," at the Texas Public Radio studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The story of how U.S. military veterans who are deported after committing crimes are living across the border. And a conversation with internationally-renowned author and San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla about her new art and poetry book, "Rebozos."

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