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Tafolla Tells The Story Of San Antonio In Final Performance As Poet Laureate

Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio's first poet laureate, will hand off her duties to her successor when his or her identity is announced today, April 1. 

Over the weekend Tafolla starred in a stellar compilation of poems that, together, tell the story of San Antonio's rich culture -- from Latino humor to gospel music and everything in between.   

"San Antonio, Mi Pueblo," a play of locally-themed performance poetry and original music, played to a packed house at Guadalupe Theater Saturday night. 

Texas Public Radio was mentioned in one of the poems, as fighting for reception with a conjunto radio station as a driver approaches the city over undulating hills. 

Tafolla read from her newest book, "This River Here: Poems of San Antonio." As Tafolla told TPR's Jack Morgan last month, George Cisneros composed the original music for the performance. 

Heading off into the sunset is not in the cards for Tafolla. She is still crafting performances, writing, teaching and working the crowds. 

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.