Six students from Round Rock recently published their work in the book “Hometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate their Roots.” Student Joshua Young’s artwork was not only selected to be in the book, but was chosen as the front cover art as well.
Published by TCU Press, “Hometown, Texas” includes poetry, photography and artwork from award-winning author and 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, as well as students in 24 Texas towns. Each poem and piece of art was inspired, in some way, by the student’s hometown.
The six students from Round Rock are: Anna Hernandez, with a poem titled “Just Someone;” Joshua Young, with artwork titled “A New Voyage;” Stephen Baker, with a poem titled “Golden Glass;” Joseph Acuna, with a poem titled “Always Trying;” Ira Miller, with a poem titled “Silence;” and Darrian Bryant, with a poem titled “I Refuse.”
The published students attended Round Rock Opportunity Center during Karla Morton’s 18-month “Little Town, Texas” tour, which took place in 2009 and 2010. After being named the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, Morton decided that despite no requirements or compensation for the title, she wanted to give back to her home state by taking poetry into secondary schools throughout Texas. To do that, she created the Little Town, Texas tour, logging 80,000 miles and visiting 32 schools.