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Holcomb to repeat as Lewisville’s Poet Laureate

Lewisville’s first Poet Laureate, J. Paul Holcomb, will retain that title for another two years
Lewisville’s first Poet Laureate, J. Paul Holcomb, will retain that title for another two years. Holcomb will continue his efforts to create original works to commemorate special occasions, and to lead in community education programs.

"We are privileged to have Mr. Holcomb agree to a second term as Lewisville Poet Laureate,” said Arts Center Manager Melinda Camp. “He is a gifted poet and is well respected in the DFW area. We look forward to his continued involvement in the community on behalf of the city."

During his first term as Poet Laureate, he wrote several original works including commemoration of Lewisville’s 90th and 91st birthdays. For the dedication ceremony of Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Old Town, Holcomb reflected upon the plaza as it relates to the city, “It gives citizens of Lewisville the opportunity to relax and visit, to reflect with pride among the trees and the fountains on what our city was and what our city has become.”

Holcomb, now a resident of Double Oak, lived for many years in Lewisville where he and his wife raised their family and were LHS Farmer parents. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Holcomb worked in the telecommunications industry for most of his career. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from McMurry College (now University) in Abilene and did additional studies in English Literature at Syracuse University and the University of North Texas. He also holds a Masters of Applied Science in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University.

Holcomb has been a member of the Poetry Society of Texas since 1984 and served as president of the organization from 1999 until 2002. He was a founding member of the Denton Poets Assembly and has mentored many North Texas poets. He has published 235 of his poems to date, with his work appearing in The Texas Poetry Calendar, Windhover, Ilya’s Honey, Concho River Review, and in Poetry Society of Texas prize-winning anthologies, among other outlets. He was the featured State Poet at the Austin International Poetry Festival in 2013.

For more information contact Arts Center Manager Melinda Camp, 972.219.8478.
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