An Evening of Poetry & Music

Karla K. Morton
2010 Texas Poet Laureate

Alan Birkelbach
2005 Texas Poet Laureate

Lisa Carver

Thursday, October 28, 5:00-7:00 PM
Museum of the Big Bend
Free event

The Museum of the Big Bend, in partnership with Visit Big Bend, is honored to host Texas Poet Laureates, Alan Birkelbach and Karla K. Morton and musician Lisa Carver for an evening celebrating America’s National parks on October 28, 5-7 pm. Birkelbach and Morton collaborated on The National Parks: A Century of Grace (TCU Press, 2020), book of poetry written about all sixty-two national parks in situ to help culturally preserve and protect them for future generations. The authors have donated a percentage of sales of this publication to the National Park system.

Alan Birkelbach, a Texas native, is the 2005 Texas Poet Laureate. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Western Writers of America, National Park Foundation, and The Academy of American Poets. He is a Spur Award Winner, two-time international Indie Book Award Finalist, winner of North Texas Book Festival Award, Pushcart Prize Nominee, editor for several editions of the TCU Press Texas Poet Laureate Series, winner of the Pat Stodghill Book Publication Award and winner of the Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Book Publication Award. He currently lives in Raton, New Mexico just a few blocks off the Santa Fe Trail.

Karla K. Morton has fifteen poetry collections. A National Heritage Wrangler Award Winner, Foreword Book of the Year Award winner, twice a Next Generation Indie National Book Award winner, Betsy Colquitt award winner, E2C Grant recipient, and shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, she’s published in journals such as American Life in Poetry, Alaska Quarterly Review, Arkansas Review, Southword, descant, Boulevard, Comstock Review, Lascaux Review, New Ohio Review, Grub Street and Right Hand Pointing. Her most recent book, Politics of the Minotaur has just been released and is first in the Margaret Lea Houston Series books of Texas Review Press. Morton was named Texas State Poet Laureate in 2010, is a songwriter, and is a nominee for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Lisa Carver spent years in Nashville writing songs for others. She’s had songs cut by artists ranging from Jewel/Dolly Parton, Sugarland, Reba, Tanya to Willie Nelson. She moved to the high desert of northern New Mexico in 2015 and has been letting the wild and gorgeous landscape inspire a new river of songs.

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