Alan Birkelbach and Karla K. Morton
Ekphrasis and the Philosophy of Perception: In pursuit of the essence of a thing.
About Alan Birkelbach
Alan Birkelbach, the 2005 Texas Poet Laureate, has spoken at schools, universities and bookstores across the state of Texas. Winner of the 2010 North Texas Book Festival Award, two-time presenter at the Texas Book Festival, and Spur, Wrangler, Pushcart, and TIL Children’s Book award nominee, he is the author of nine books of poetry. Mr. Birkelbach holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Texas.
About Karla K. Morton
Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is a celebrated poet, author and speaker. A Betsy Colquitt Award Winner, a two-time Indie National Book Award Winner, a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist and a member of the esteemed Texas Institute of Letters, she has been widely published in literary journals and is the author of seven books of poetry. Described as “one of the most adventurous voices in American poetry,” she has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News, CBS News and in countless newspapers, blogs and magazines. She has also been featured on The Art of Living Gallery, a national program on Veria TV, and presents at conventions, conferences, bookstores, universities, festivals and schools. An avid photographer, Morton has also had several showings of her black and white artwork, and she loves to mix poetry with other art forms. Morton was born in Fort Worth and holds a Journalism degree from Texas A&M University.