Larry D. Thomas (born 1947) is an American poet. He was the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, and in 2009 was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.
Thomas was born in 1947 in the small west Texas town of Haskell. When he was three years old, the family moved to Midland, Texas, where he attended public schools through the eighth grade. In 1961 the family moved to Brownwood, Texas, where he attended Brownwood High School, graduating in 1965 as a member of the National Honor Society.
After graduation from high school, he attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood for two years, supporting himself by working afternoons, evenings and weekends as a district circulation manager for the Brownwood Bulletin newspaper. He transferred to the University of Houston in 1967, attending night classes on a full-time basis until he graduated in 1970 with a B. A. degree in English literature. While attending the University of Houston, he supported himself through his full-time employment as a district caseworker for the Harris County Social Services Department.