Texas Poet Laureate Jan Seale will present “Valentine Voices: Love in and of the Valley” at the Museum of South Texas History on Sunday February 10, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. as part of the Sunday Speaker Series.  Seale will read one of her widely-published short stories, “Jack of Hearts,” and a selection of her own and other poetry touching on the theme of love. The museum will offer a merienda of light refreshments after the program.

“Jan’s artful reading, refreshments, and a tour of our beautiful exhibits at the museum would make a delightful and unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” notes museum program officer Melissa Tijerina. “And the works selected by Jan will appeal to anyone with a love in their life, whether a partner, a parent or child, a pet, or a special place such as their Valley home.”

In addition to her appointment by the Texas Legislature as the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, Seale also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing.  She has authored numerous works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as children’s books.  Her writing has appeared in publications such as Texas Monthly, Newsday, and The Yale Review. “It’s always an honor and a pleasure when Jan presents at the museum,” adds Tijerina, “and for those wanting even more, our museum gift shop carries several different volumes of Jan’s poetry and prose.”

The Sunday Speaker Series is included in the regular museum admission.  FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on the event or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org.  The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.