MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles
Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m.
In celebration of National Poetry Month the MCL Grand will host an afternoon with the Poet Laureate featuring readings of poetry by several local poets. Presenting poets include Lewisville’s Poet Laureate J. Paul Holcomb, Robert Schinzel, Beth Honeycutt, and Christine Irving. Each of the presenting poets are members of the Denton Poets Assembly, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas and have many poetry publishing credits. Poetry selections will include poems concerning the spirit and meaning of poetry to each of the readers, as well as original poetry and other selections. Published works by each of the presenters will be available for purchase at the event.
J. Paul Holcomb is currently serving his second term as the Lewisville Poet Laureate. He 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 programs.
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.
Mr. Holcomb will serve a two-year term and will receive a $500 stipend for each year.
2016-2018 term poems written:
- Remembering and Celebrating Libraries
- Dedication of the Gene Carey Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
- Happy 93rd Birthday, Lewisville!
2014-2016 term poems written:
- Lewisville's 90th Birthday - YouTube video of Mr. Holcomb reading his poem
- Happy 91st Birthday
- Upon the Dedication of Wayne Ferguson Plaza
Other poems by J. Paul Holcomb:
- Heavenly Bodies (for Sue Ann)
- When I Hear You Sing
- The Danger in Looking For Good Grass
- The Clank of Loose Blades
For more information on the Poet Laureate program program contact Denise Helbing, MCL Grand Manager, 972.219.8478.