Lawrence Welsh, award-winning author and English teacher at El Paso Community College (EPCC) recently published American skull, a book of poetry about vast deserts, lost highways, desperate cities and border regions.
His poems, fictions, reviews, essays and journalistic writings have appeared in publications around the world. Welsh is an example of how EPCC professors are dynamic individuals who bring theory and practice to life to inspire students in the classroom.
EPCC professors not only teach in the classroom as accomplished academics, but many are also successful in their respective professional fields. As a result, students benefit from a wealth of real-world experience that faculty are able to share. “The EPCC has many faculty who are accomplished authors, artists and researchers in their respective fields who serve as strong role models for their students,” said Blayne Primozich, dean of communication and the performing arts on campus. from Valle Verde. “When students take a course with a professor like Lawrence Welsh, they benefit not only from their academic knowledge, but also from their professional achievements. “
Released earlier this week, American skull is the 13 of Welshe collection of poetry published. His writings have also been published in over 300 other publications. Welsh’s work has received awards including the Southwest Book Award, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Bardsong Press Celtic Voice Writing Award in Poetry, and many other accolades.
Welsh uses both his experience and his writing to inspire the students he teaches. “As a poet and published writer, I impact students in the classroom not only by helping them master the fundamentals of good writing, but by showing them that the journey to self-improvement is a pursuit of a lifetime, ”Welsh said.
He says his experience is similar to that of the students in his class. A first-generation Irish American, Welsh was born and raised in south-central Los Angeles. He enrolled at El Camino College and California State University, Long Beach, working for 10 years as a supermarket grocery clerk at Safeway. During this time, he was also a reporter for two university newspapers.
In the middle of his freshman year, he began working as a reporter for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Daily Breeze newspaper in LA County. He is a mentor and role model who is a living example of how an English degree can lead students to successful careers.
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