Houston Poet Laureate
Houston’s new 2019 Poet Laureate is Leslie Contreras Schwartz.
A multi-genre writer from Houston, Schwartz's work examines the individual versus public bodies and documents lived experiences and narratives of those usually silenced, such as people with mental illness, sex workers, women who are trafficked, or children in custody.
Schwartz’ will use her time as Poet Laureate to focus on tackling mental health through the lens of poetry. She hopes to cultivate and create new partnerships between the Mayor’s Office, Houston Public Library and the Houston Health Department.
The Houston Poet Laureate Program is developed and coordinated by the Houston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The Houston Poet Laureate Program is funded by the City of Houston City’s Initiative Grant Program.