By: Gonzales of Hidalgo H.R. No. 59
         WHEREAS, Jan Epton Seale of McAllen has been named Texas Poet
  Laureate for 2012; and
         WHEREAS, The state's poet laureates are chosen for the
  exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding
  commitment to the arts in Texas; they are among the state artists
  who are recognized for work that defines the character of a place
  and reflects the distinctive qualities that make Texas unique; and
         WHEREAS, Jan Seale is the author of six books of poetry,
  including The Wonder Is: New and Selected Poems 1974-2004, and her
  published works further include a book of short fiction, Airlift, a
  textbook for memoir writers, and nine children's books; her poetry
  and prose have appeared in Texas Monthly, The Yale Review, and the
  Chicago Tribune, as well as in many anthologies, and have been
  broadcast over National Public Radio; and
         WHEREAS, This gifted artist is the recipient of a National
  Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry, the
  Kathryn Morris Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of Texas, and
  the Bill Burke Award and Dolly Sprunk Memorial Award from the New
  York Poetry Forum; in addition, she is a seven-time winner of the
  PEN Syndicated Fiction Award; and
         WHEREAS, A native of Pilot Point, Ms. Seale earned a
  bachelor's degree at the University of Louisville and a master's
  degree from the University of North Texas; she has taught at The
  University of Texas-Pan American and UNT and has held readings and
  workshops in cities across Texas and the nation; and
         WHEREAS, Jan Seale has won the hearts of countless people
  with her evocative and witty language, and she is indeed a worthy
  choice for this prestigious honor; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Jan Seale on her appointment as
  2012 Texas Poet Laureate and extend to her sincere best wishes for a
  rewarding year; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Ms. Seale as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.