Friends of the El Paso main library annual meeting Feb. 12

Gathering to feature poet Larry Welsh

Friends of the El Paso Public Library

The Annual Friends of the El Paso Public Library (Main Library) Annual Meeting will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb 12. New officers will be introduced. A reading will follow by Poet Larry Welsh, a nationally known writer and spoken word artist. Afterward, Welsh will sign his books in the lobby.

A hard-hitting dramatist, Welsh’s readings are edgy, passionate and witty, and he stands at the microphone like a performance artist. He’s been called a “rough and tumble desert writer,” “a shaman with words,” and “one of our most important border regional poets.”

Welsh has published eight books of poetry, and his writings have appeared in more than 200 national and regional magazines, journals and anthologies. His most recent publication, “Begging for Vultures: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009,” published by the University of New Mexico Press, became a Southwest and El Paso Times bestseller and was named a “notable book” by Southwest Books of the Year. Others of his titles are clues to his themes: “Skull Highway,” “Believing in Bonfires,” and “Lenny Bruce in El Paso.”

Welsh is an award winning journalist who turned to poetry and a punk rock songwriter now an associate professor of English at the El Paso Community College. Welsh arrived in El Paso from Los Angeles in 1989. Not only a strong voice of the Southwest, as first generation Irish American, he was also recently included among the “Top 100 Irish Americans” of the Year

After his reading Welsh will sign copies of his books in the lobby.  The Friends of the El Paso Public Library (Main) runs a bookstore with proceeds going to the Main Library.  Membership is open to anyone for $5 a year.  The event is free and open to the public.

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