• January 27, 2022
 EPCC Professor Publishes New Book & Is a Role Model for EPCC Students

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EPCC Professor Publishes New Book & Is a Role Model for EPCC Students

Lawrence Welsh, an award-winning author and English Professor at El Paso Community College, (EPCC) recently published American Skull, a book of poetry about vast deserts, lost highways, desperate cities and the borderlands.

His poetry, fiction, reviews, essays, as well as journalistic writings, have appeared in publications worldwide. Welsh is an example of how EPCC faculty are dynamic individuals who bring theory and practice to life to inspire students in the classroom.

EPCC’s professors not only teach in the classroom as accomplished academics, 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. “EPCC has numerous professors who are accomplished authors, artists and researchers in their respective fields who serve as strong role models for their students,” Blayne Primozich, Dean of Communication & Performing Arts at the Valle Verde Campus, said. “When students take a course with a professor like Lawrence Welsh, they not only benefit from their academic knowledge but learn from their professional accomplishments as well.”

Released earlier this week, American Skull is Welsh’s 13th published collection of poetry.  His writing has also appeared in more than 300 other publications.  Welsh’s work has received awards including the Southwest Book Award, the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, the Bardsong Press Celtic Voice Writing Award in Poetry and numerous other recognitions.

Welsh uses both his experience and writing to inspire the students he teaches. “As a published poet and writer, I impact students in the classroom by not only helping them master the fundamentals of good writing, but by showing them that the journey towards self-improvement is a lifelong pursuit,” Welsh said.

He says his experience is similar to students in his classroom. A first-generation Irish American, Welsh was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. He put himself through El Camino College and California State University, Long Beach, by working for 10 years as a supermarket grocery clerk at Safeway. During that time, he also served as a journalist for two college newspapers.

Midway through junior year, he started working as a reporter for the Pulitzer-Prize winning Daily Breeze newspaper in L.A. County.  He is a mentor and a role model who is a living example of how an English degree can lead students into a prosperous career.

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