Media Advisory Texas Poet Laureate Reads at McDonald Observatory During National Poetry Month

1 April 2010

Event: Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton will read her poetry celebrating the heavens.


When: Two 30-minute readings Tuesday, April 6, at 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Where: McDonald Observatory Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, near Fort Davis, Texas

Background: Karla K. Morton is a celebrated poet, author and storyteller. She has been described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry.” Her poetry, which spans many subjects and forms, has been widely published in literary journals, including the Concho River Review, the Southwestern American Literature, the Texas Poetry Calendar, Austin International Poetry Anthology and more.

Read an example of Morton's poetry here. To arrange interviews with Morton, contact Kelly Kirkendoll. More information about Morton is available at her Web site.

Established in 1932, The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, Texas, hosts multiple telescopes undertaking a wide range of astronomical research under the darkest night skies of any professional observatory in the continental United States. McDonald is home to the consortium-run Hobby-Eberly Telescope, one of the world’s largest, which will soon be upgraded to begin the HET Dark Energy Experiment. An internationally known leader in astronomy education and outreach, McDonald Observatory is also pioneering the next generation of astronomical research as a founding partner of the Giant Magellan Telescope.

Information on visiting McDonald Observatory here.

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Media Contacts: To arrange interviews with Ms. Morton, contact Kelly Kirkendoll of Shafer Communications, 817-236-6075.