Cheers to 80 Years!

A Celebration Honoring Dave Oliphant

Dave Oliphant

Reception and Exhibit

Friday, July 26 at 3pm

TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library
West Lobby
2913 W. Lowden, Fort Worth 76129

Join us for a reception and exhibit, featuring the career and creative talents of Dave Oliphant, Texas poet, critic, cultural historian, translator, former publisher of Prickly Pear Press and most prolific writer on Texas jazz.

The exhibit, titled “Texas Poet +”, will be on display July 1 through August 16, 2019 in the TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library west lobby.

RSVP to Mary Saffell at 817-257-7595 or

Dave Oliphant Native Texas Poet from Kanya Lyons on Vimeo.

A documentary short about Native Texas Poet Dave Oliphant. This documentary was filmed, edited, produced and directed by Kanya Lyons in 2018.

Oliphant was born in Fort Worth in 1939. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Lamar University and the University of Texas, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. His primary reading and writing interest has always been poetry, but he has also written four books on jazz (primarily by Texas musicians).

He has translated poetry from Spanish and was a winner of the Texas Institute of Letters book translation award in 2011. In addition to fourteen collections of his own poetry, among them The Pilgrimage: Selected Poems 1962-2012, he has edited three anthologies of Texas poetry and one of Chilean poetry. For forty years he contributed essays on and reviews of Texas poetry to various state literary magazines, and 55 of those pieces were collected in 2015 in his Generations of Texas Poets.

He retired from the University of Texas at Austin after serving for 30 years in various capacities, from assistant professor to editor of a scholarly journal, senior lecturer, and coordinator of the Freshman Seminars Program. He lives in Cedar Park, Texas with his wife and muse, Maria.