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Collin's Upcoming Visitor Is Poetry In Motion

Alan Birkelbach was named the Texas Poet Laureate in May by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Alan Birkelbach was named the Texas Poet Laureate in May by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

September 22, 2005 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) will welcome the Texas Poet Laureate for a lecture, poetry reading and book signing.

Plano resident Alan Birkelbach was named the Texas Poet Laureate in May by the Texas Commission on the Arts, which seeks a poet laureate, a state musician, a state two-dimensional artists and a state three-dimensional artist.

He will speak to a Collin creative writing class Wednesday, Sept. 5 and give a free public lecture and poetry reading at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Spring Creek Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Following the poetry reading, Birkelbach will be available to answer questions or to sign books until 1 p.m.

Birkelbach's latest poetry collection is titled "No Boundaries," and purports a Southwest and Texas theme, teeming with verse about old dusty towns, cowboys and golden Texas prairies. He also focuses on people and their circumstances as "lost" individuals.

Last year, Collin hosted Minnesota's Poet Laureate, Richard Terrill.

For more information about Birkelbach's visit, contact the Communications and Humanities Division at 972.881.5812.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. In addition, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.