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Poet Laureate of TX to Honor Jenny Lind Porter at Virtual Event on Thursday

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Dr. Mary Liz Brooks joined us in the studio for a chat on High Plains Morning about an upcoming virtual event at West Texas A&M University. Former WT professor-turned-Texas Poet Laureate will come to life with readings and stories on Thursday, October 14 at 7pm CT virtual event, which features the current TX Poet Laureate, Cyrus Cassells.

As the leaves continue their slow golding, sliding off the limbs across the High Plains, perhaps it's time to get cozy in our sweaters and dive in for some actual poetry on High Plains Morning? We were excited to catch up with Dr. Mary Liz Brooks of West Texas A&M University last week for a chat about the forthcoming virtual event, "A Virtual Evening with Jenny Lind Porter." The event is free. To register, visit wtamu.libcal.com/event/8358262. It will be held at 7pm CT (online!) this Thursday, October 14th. The event features current TX Poet Laureate, Cyrus Cassells, as well as others who will share Porter's work.

First question: who is Jenny Lind Porter? Well, according to Chip Chandler at WT, "She was a professor of English at then-West Texas State University from 1959 to 1961 and maintained close ties with the school long after she departed. More than 20 years ago, Porter, who served as Texas Poet Laureate in 1964 and 1965, began donating her collection of rare books, art and antique furnishings to WT, leading to the establishment of the Texas Poets’ Corner in 2003."

Hear our full interview about the event, as well as a reading of Porter's poetry, click the link at the top of this page. Again, registration is required, so click this link to sign up.

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Cyrus Cassells, the 2021 Texas Poet Laureate, will lead a lineup of readers who’ll share Porter’s works from the Texas Poets’ Corner.