Jan Seale is the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate. She has written seven volumes of poetry, three nonfiction books, two books of short fiction and nine children's books. Seale was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry in 1982. She received 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. Seven of Seale’s short stories were chosen in the P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Awards series. Her writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers including Texas Monthly, The Chicago Tribune, The Yale Review and Writer’s Digest. Seale’s poems and short stories have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is on the Speaker's Bureau for Humanities Texas and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.