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Sybil Pittman Estess, Ph.D. has been nominated for Poet Laureate of the State of Texas for 2015, and was one of eight finalists for Poet Laureate in 2009.  Her previous poetry volumes include: Maneuvers, 2010, by Inleaf Press; Labyrinth, Pecan Grove Press, 2007; Blue, Candled in January Sun, Word Tech Communications, 2005; and Seeing the Desert Green, Latitudes Press, 1987.

Born in Mississippi, Sybil Estess has a B.A. degree from Baylor University, an M.A. from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Sybil has lived in Houston for nearly 30 years. She has served as a literature panelist for both the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston as well as on the Adult Education Council of Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral. Sybil Pittman Estess was a founding organizer of the Houston Poetry Fest.

Estess has published poems in such journals as The Texas Review, New Texas, Concho River Review, Borderlands, Windhover, Shenandoah, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Western Humanities Review and Southern Poetry Review. Her literary criticism has appeared in Modern Poetry Studies, The Southern Review, The Denver QuarterlyThe Iowa Review, New Texas, Borderlands, Manhattan Review, The Texas Review and elsewhere.

Estess has taught at the University of Houston, the University of St. Thomas, Rice University, Houston Community College, Blinn Colleges in Brenham and College Station, Texas, and for Inprint, non-credit extension of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Houston, Christ Church Cathedral, and the C. G. Jung Center.

She has been a Traveling Artist for Austin Writers League, in Austin, Texas, and in the summers of 1995 -2002 Sybil Pittman Estess taught in "Common Ground," formerly a National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) Seminar in Multi-Cultural Literature for teachers.

Poetry manuscripts of Estess' have won runner up in five national contests: Green Rose, New Issues Press; University of Michigan Press; Walt Whitman Contest; University of North Alabama; and Salmon Run Press. They have also received Honorable Mention at the University of North Texas Press.

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