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Forces Release Party Welcomes Texas Poet Laureate

April 13, 2010 – Collin College is hosting a release event – and a very special guest -- for the release of the 21st edition of Forces, the college’s literary and fine arts journal.

The Forces reading and book signing is set from 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

The event is free and open to the public.

The special guest is Karla Morton, the Texas Poet Laureate, who will be on hand to read some of her work, sign books and talk with attendees.

In addition, the Collin College poets, writers and artists featured in Forces will attend to sign books, read their work and greet attendees.

Morton’s book, Redefining Beauty, is a collection of poems written during her cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. She’s also published the epic poem Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie on CD and in print. It was a North Texas Book Festival Awards finalist.

She’s also had poems published in AmarilloBay, the Concho River Review, the Southwestern American Literature, Wichita Falls Literary and Art Review, The Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, the Texas Poetry Calendar, Illya's Honey, Oak Bend Review and more.

An official call for the 2010-11 edition of Forces will be made at the event.

For more information about Forces or the release event, contact professor Scott Yarbrough at

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