David Parsons has been recipient of many honors and awards including: a National Endowment of Humanities Dante Fellowship to the State University of New York, the French-American Legation Poetry Prize, and the 2006 Baskerville Publisher’s Prize from TCU for an outstanding poem published in their literary journal, Descant. He holds six Writing Awards from the Lone Star College System and he was named Montgomery County Poet Laureate in 2005 and Finalist for Texas State Poet Laureate for 2009 & 2010. He was inducted into The Texas Institute of Letters in 2009.
Parsons attended The University of Texas (Austin) and Texas State University, where he holds a BBA. After several years in business, advertising, and coaching, he received an MA in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Houston; where, he studied with such poetry luminaries as Edward Hirsch, Robert Pinsky, Richard Howard, Stanley Plumly, and the late long-time poetry editor of The New Yorker magazine, Howard Moss. Dave Parsons’ first collection of poems, Editing Sky, was the winner of the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize and a 2000 Finalist for the Violet Crown Book Awards. His second book, Color of Mourning, was released from Texas Review Press/Texas A&M University Press in 2007. He teaches Creative Writing and Kinesiology (Racquetball/ Handball) at Lone Star College-Montgomery and Poetry Workshops at Inprint Inc. in Houston. He is founder and Co-Director of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council Writers in Performance Series and Chairman of the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance. Parsons has four grown children and lives with wife Nancy, an award winning Artist and Graphic Designer.
Dave Parsons’ poem TEXIAN will be included in his third collection of poetry Feathering Deep is forthcoming from Texas Review Press/Texas A&M University Press Consortium in 2011. (daveparsonspoetry.com)