By Elizabeth Vega
As a featured guest at New Mexico State University’s La Sociedad par las Artes Reading Series, author and El Paso Community College english professor Lawrence Welsh, will read on Friday,March 6, at the NMSU campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Welsh, recipient of four literary awards for his latest collection of poetry, Begging for Vultures: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009, will read his work from 7:30 to 9 p.m. It will be his first time featured at the NMSU campus.
“I’m excited about it,” Welsh said.
Photo Courtesy of Larry Walsh
EPCC English professor and author Larry Welsh's work has appeared in more than 200 publications.
“I’ve been in town for 20 years and have not done a gig at NMSU.
”Welsh grew up in south-central Los Angeles, where he held a couple of jobs, including a publications editor position.
But at 30 years old, he said he was trying to find a new direction in his life.
“I hitchhiked from LA to Miami, and [while passing through] fell in love with the Southwest,” Welsh said.
“My family all thought I was crazy.
I had some good jobs, but I wanted to explore and open up some new avenues for my writing.”
After returning to Los Angeles, Welsh said he would give himself five years to pack his things and move to El Paso, where he still resides.
He has read his work around the country and was a featured author at the University of Texas at El Paso last year.
Begging for Vultures is Welsh’s eighth book of poetry, published by the University of New Mexico Press.
Now in it’s second printing, the collection has won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, named a Notable Book by Southwest Books of the Year and was a finalist for the PEN Southwest Book Award and the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award.
His work has appeared in more than 200 publications.Being trained as a journalist, Welsh said he kept up writing everyday.
He will be joined at the free event by fiction writer Kathleen Lee.
Open to the public, the reading will be held at the NMSU Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101-A.
“I’ve just been writing every day for the last 30 years,” Welsh said.
“I think inspiration [for the poems] comes from reading, writing and living every day. I don’t wait to be inspired, I just write."