Part of TCU's outstanding series of Texas Poets Laureate, Carmen Tafolla: New and Selected Poems includes some of Tafolla's newest unpublished works, as well as the best of her writing from 6 previous books of poetry starting in 1976 with Get Your Tortillas Together and following through to This River Here, Poems of San Antonio in 2015. Tafolla, who served as the First Poet Laureate of San Antonio, and later State Poet Laureate of Texas, is the author of more than 30 books and has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions, including the Americas Award, the Art of Peace Award, and Texas Literary Hall of Fame. She is currently President of the Texas Institute of Letters and Professor of Transformative Children's Literature at UTSA.
Carmen Tafolla’s New and Selected Poems continues TCU Press’s series of collections by the Poets Laureate of Texas.
Named the first-ever Poet Laureate of San Antonio in 2012, Tafolla was named Poet Laureate of Texas in 2015.