The former Texas poet laureate and SMU professor died Monday night at his Mesquite home. Jack Myers was the author of 18 books of poetry — and about poetry — including several that were awarded Texas Institute of Letters prizes, such as The Glowing River: New & Selected Poems. Myers co-founded the Dallas literary group, the Writers’ Garret, with his wife, Thea Temple. He was awarded two NEA fellowships and served as co-vice president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). He also founded the Writers’ Community and Mentorship Program (CAMP). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Writer’s Garret — which has put up a tribute page to him on its website.