Fri. Oct 6 – Sun. Oct. 8,   2017

Feature Poet  is  Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate!!!

Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue           

Lower Level Foyer and Lone Star 105



For more information or to send questions, comments, or suggestions please contact the WordFest Chair Sandi Horton at: wacowordfest@yahoo.com


WordFest  is a ‘festival within a festival’  offering an exciting variety of events for written & spoken-word artists of all ages, styles, languages, genres, and levels.  Our vision is to produce a rich selection of programs affording festival attendees to participate in three ways:

    • to hear poetry and prose via author readings, open mics, panel discussions, and performances;
    • to practice the craft of poetry, prose, stories, songs, journaling, and more via writing workshops;
    • to speak/share works aloud bringing words from the page to the stage via open mics, featured readings, and round-table sharing during workshops.

All WordFest events are FREE and open to the public of all ages.

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Submitted poems for the 2017 anthology should include a title and be 24 lines or less in Times New Roman 12 point font. Poems can NOT be previously published. Each poet may submit two poems on any family friendly topic using any style.  Additional Information email  wacowordfest@yahoo.com

WORDFEST 2017 Featured Poet


Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and a member and Councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters, is a celebrated poet, author, speaker and photographer. A Betsy Colquitt Award Winner, a two-time Indie Book Award Winner, a North Texas Book Festival Award winner and a nominee for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, she has been widely published in literary journals and is the author of eleven books of poetry: Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie (a 17th Century Scottish epic book/CD created in collaboration with award-winning composer Howard Baer); Becoming Superman (Rogers Publishing/Wheeler Press), Redefining Beauty, a journey through cancer diagnosis, chemo, radiation and recovery (Dos Gatos Press, 3rd printing); Stirring Goldfish, a Sufi poetry book (Finishing Line Press), Names We’ve Never Known (Texas Review Press); Karla K. Morton: New and Selected Poems (TCU Press), Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image (the City of Denton, Texas); 8 Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the American Southwest, a collaborate work written by Morton and seven other prominent contemporary poets in the American southwest (Baskerville Publishing), Hometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots (TCU Press), Constant State of Leaping (Texas Review Press) and Accidental Origami (Texas Review Press). Another book, No End of Vision: Texas as Seen by Two Laureates, features Ms. Morton’s black and white photography combined with poetry written by 2005 Texas Poet Laureate Alan Birkelbach. A traveling photography and poetry exhibit by the same name is also being shown in museums and galleries throughout Texas (and beyond). Described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” Ms. Morton has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News, CBS News and in countless newspapers, blogs and magazines. She is frequently invited to present as a keynote speaker at conventions, conferences, bookstores, universities, festivals and schools. An avid photographer, Morton has also had many showings of her black and white artwork, has been nominated for the honor of the Texas 2D Artist and loves to mix poetry with other art forms. Morton was born in Fort Worth, holds a Journalism degree from Texas A&M University and currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, please visit www.kkmorton.com or www.facebook.com/karlakmorton.


For more information or to send questions, comments, or suggestions please contact the WordFest Chair Sandi Horton at: wacowordfest@yahoo.com