Larry D. Thomas, who was born and reared in far West Texas, has resided in Houston, Texas, since 1967. Since his retirement in 1998 from the adult criminal justice system of Harris County, he has published seven collections of poems: The Lighthouse Keeper (Timberline Press, 2001); Amazing Grace (Texas Review Press, 2001); The Woodlanders (Pecan Grove Press, 2002); Where Skulls Speak Wind (Texas Review Press, 2004); Stark Beauty (Timberline Press, 2005); With the Light of Apricots, an online chapbook (Lily Press, 2007); and Eros, an online chapbook (Slow Trains Literary Journal, 2007). He has two additional collections currently in press: The Fraternity of Oblivion (Timberline Press, Fall 2007) and New and Selected Poems (TCU Press, Spring 2008). Among the major prizes and awards he has received for his poetry are the 2004 Violet Crown Award (Writers’ League of Texas), 2003 Western Heritage Award (Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma), and two Texas Review Poetry Prizes (2004 and 2001). His poetry has also received nominations for the 2007 Poet’s Prize (Nicholas Roerich Museum) and two Pushcart Prizes. On April 19, 2007, Mr. Thomas was appointed by the Texas Legislature as the 2008 Texas State Poet Laureate.