State Poet Laureate
In 1993, Texas established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Lupe Mendez. Mendez is the author of Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019).
City and County Poets Laureate
In 2021, Thomas Murphy was appointed the 2021-2022 poet laureate of Corpus Christi, Texas.
In 2022, Joaquín Zihuatanejo was named the inaugural poet laureate of Dallas.
In 2023, Aris Kian Brown was appointed poet laureate of Houston, Texas. Schwartz will serve a two-year term.
In 2023, Daniel García Ordaz was appointed as the poet laureate of McAllen, Texas. Ordaz will serve a one-year term.