Larry D. Thomas is a West Texas poet who has built a very impressive writing career. He is retired from a career in social service and adult criminal justice. He’s been writing for over twenty years.
His poems have appeared in such places as Southwest Review, The Small Pond Magazine of Literature, Southwestern American Literature, among many others. The full list of awards can be seen on Larry’s official website.
Larry has received many awards such as Texas Review Poetry Prizes in 2001 and 2004. In 2003 and 2015 he received the Western Heritage Award, among many others. The Texas Legislature appointed Larry D. Thomas as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate. In 2009 he was inducted into the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters.
Teresa Jones: What name do you write under?
Larry D. Thomas: Larry D. Thomas
TJ: What Genre do you write?
TJ: Tell about your latest book you’re promoting.
LDT: My latest book, As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems (Texas Review Press, Member, Texas A&M University Press Consortium), contains selections from all nine of my book-length collections of poetry, selections from several of my chapbooks, and forty new poems not previously published in book form.
A large number of poems in the book are set in West Texas where I was born and raised. I grew up in Midland in the 1950s and early 1960s, and the bleakly beautiful landscape and wide-open skies of West Texas have remained an essential part of my writing life.
TJ: What is your favorite part of writing?
LDT: Never knowing where it will take me! Well over ninety percent of my poems bubble up from the depths of my creative imagination, but I try my best to make them come across to my readers as unbelievably “real” and unquestioningly “authentic.”
TJ: What is one tip you would give a writer just starting out?
LDT: Read, read, and read! I was privileged to learn to write by reading and studying good writing, and I, to this day, spend several hours a day poring over a good book. I pay careful attention to the manner in which the author crafts her/his language.
TJ: Blog or Website address?
TJ: Links to where your latest book can be purchased?
LDT: Texas A&M University Press Consortium link for book:
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