Poetry at the Maverick Carter House

A Tradition of Poetry

In honor and in spirit of Aline Badger Carter’s legacy in poetry, the Maverick Carter House welcomes poetry readings and lectures.  Aline began writing poetry as a young girl.  Later, as a student at Wellesley College, Aline learned to write poetry with ever greater style and complexity.  However, it was not until around the time of her husband’s death Aline began the study of technique as a professional poet.  With the hope of inspiring future generations to be moved through the song of the musical written word, the Maverick Carter House hosts students in annual scholarship prizes as well as readings throughout the year.  Additionally, we celebrate the 15th of October as Texas Poetry Day, which Aline helped cofound with Lucia Trent in 1948.  That day, established by Governor Buford Jester, honors all Texas poets.  Aline was Poet Laureate of Texas from 1947-1949 as well as vice president of the Poetry Society of Texas.  She was a charter member of Avalon and encouraged aspiring poets through the annual Aline B. Carter Peace Prize.

2023 Theme
– In 2017, San Antonio was desiganted as a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO: “Gastronomy is the celebration of our local culinary heritage and culture, but also how we sustain, share and blend it with new influences.” How would you describe the tastes and flavors of foods of San Antonio? What is special about the local cuisine and innovations? Is it a particular food you crave, like breakfast tacos? Is it the Tex-Mex or BBQ or perhaps the local sweets like churros and buñuelos? Is it a home grown vegetable garden? Is it a family recipe or one you have recently discovered or changed? Has a new food broadened your horizons? Have your tastes inspired your love of culture – perhaps your own or another? Please submit your sonnet, haiku, free verse, or any style you prefer to MaverickCarterHouse@gmail.com.

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Third Place
Category Prizes:
Best Free Verse Form Poem
Best Bilingual or Spanish Poem
Best Poem in Form

The annual Aline B. Carter Poetry Prize for Young Poets would like to thank the Brackenridge Foundation for their support and efforts in facilitating the contacts within the Charter Schools of Bexar County.  The event awards high school students for various poetry styles each Fiesta season.  Judges include 2018-2020 San Antonio Poet Laureate Dr. Octavio Quintanilla, 2020-2023 San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, and Local San Antonio Poet Eddie Vega. Email MaverickCarterHouse@gmail.com to submit your poem.  For additional information on the guidelines please read these following links:

Instructions For Students

Instructions For Charter School Educators

April 17, 2023
Award Ceremony

May 6, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
Held at the Maverick Carter House (108 Auditorium Cir., San Antonio, TX, 78205)
We encourage students, parents and teachers to attend the award ceremony

Please remember to include your (1) school name, (2) teacher’s name, (3) your first and last name, (4) your mailing address, and (5) phone number

Email MaverickCarterHouse@gmail.com to submit your poem or click below:

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