Ashley Mag Gabbert

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Human-Centered Interdisciplinary Studies

Mag Gabbert


Ph.D., Texas Tech University


3101 University Blvd., Suite 234
Dallas, 75205
Box 253



Dr. Mag Gabbert is currently serving as the 2024-2026 Poet Laureate for the City of Dallas. She has a Ph.D. in English, with a focus in creative writing, from Texas Tech University, an MFA in creative writing from The University of California at Riverside, and a BA in English from Trinity University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Honors in English. Her debut full-length poetry collection, SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS, won the 2021 Charles B. Wheeler Prize in Poetry from The Ohio State University and its affiliated national literary magazine, The Journal, and was published in 2023 by Mad Creek Books, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press. Dr. Gabbert is also the author of the chapbooks The Breakup, which won the 2023 Baltic Writing Residencies Chapbook Award, and Minml Poems (Cooper Dillon Books, 2020), and her poems and nonfiction essays are widely published in nationally and internationally recognized magazines and journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review Daily, The Missouri Review, The Massachusetts Review, Guernica, and Poetry Daily. Dr. Gabbert’s awards additionally include a Pushcart Prize, a 92NY Discovery Award, and the American Literary Review’s Rossetti Broadside Prize, and she has received fellowship awards from The Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, Idyllwild Arts, and Poetry at Round Top. Prior to joining the faculty at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Gabbert taught courses in creative writing, literature, and rhetoric at Texas Tech University. She has also served as an editor for The Trinity Review, The Coachella Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Underblong Journal. For inquiries relating to Dr. Gabbert’s service as Dallas Poet Laureate, please contact DallasPoetLaureate@Dallas.Gov; for additional information, please visit