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.

The annual Aline B. Carter Poetry Prize for Young Poets is sponsored by the Maverick Carter House and administered by Gemini Ink.  The event awards high school students for various poetry styles each Fiesta season.  For additional information on the guidelines please check with Gemini Ink’s Submissions page or the latest information on our Facebook page.

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