A gem of a festival, Poetry at Round Top enters its twelfth year as a premiere literary event in Texas. The festival grounds, snug in the hills between Austin and San Antonio, cover 200 acres, and the cultivated gardens remind me of the wildness that might thread through the confines of a formed thing—an apt spot to consider the latest round of revisions. Poetry at Round Top’s director, Jack Brannon, and his all-volunteer staff are smart, kind, and have fostered the quiet energy you can’t help but absorb. Part celebration, part conference, Poetry at Round Top acknowledges the rigors of craft in a three-day weekend of readings, workshops, and good fellowship. For this year’s events and more, check out their website.
*Throughout Poetry Month 32 Poems will use this space to praise presses, journals, and readings series that bring poetry to us in a special way. Our hope is that we can point new fans in their direction and publicly thank editors and curators for their work. Check in with us again tomorrow for another poet’s recommendation.
Adam Houle holds a PhD in Poetry Writing from Texas Tech. His poetry has appeared in Willow Springs, Tar River Poetry, Best New Poets 2010, and elsewhere. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.