Author of the ‘Slam Poetry Manual’ Performing February 21 - Mike Baldwin to Read Poetry, Part of College’s Writers In Performance Series

Published on: February 07, 2013

Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Writers in Performance series welcomes writer and poet Mike Baldwin to read excerpts of his work on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m., in the Library Building (Building F).

The event is free and open to the public.

Baldwin is a “self-professed descendent of the Lakota mystic warrior Crazy Horse” and “ex-would-be tennis pro” who infuses his creativity and humor into the poetry he writes. Largely, his inspiration stems from an early and enduring love of nature and exploration through science, particularly astronomy.

His chapbook of science-related poetry, Counting Backward From Infinity, won the 2012 Morris Memorial Award, and his book, Scapes, won the Edwin Eakin Poetry Award in 2011. His poems have been published in various journals and featured on the national radio show The Romantic Hours. Additionally, his Slam Poetry Manual: How To Produce A Poetry Slam And Succeed As A Slam Poet was published by the American Library Association.

Baldwin’s career has primarily been that of a public library administrator. He’s the director of Benbrook Library in Fort Worth, Texas, where he produces monthly poetry programs. According to his bio, he’s “currently attempting not to be an ex-poet.”

Baldwin was a founding member of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council and a former political science faculty member at LSC-Montgomery. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degrees in public administration, as well as library science.

Writers in Performance is a reading program dedicated to bringing the most distinguished minds and their bright visions to the citizens of Montgomery County through thought-provoking literature and cultural diversity. The events are made possible by the partnership between the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council, LSC-Montgomery Library, the Conroe Commission on the Arts and Culture, Good Books in the Woods, LSC-Montgomery’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, and SWIRL, LSC-Montgomery’s magazine of student art and writing.

For more information, contact Dave Parsons, adjunct professor of English at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 524-6537 or David.M.Parsons@lonestar.edu; or contact Cliff Hudder, professor of English at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 273-7399 or Clifford.W.Hudder@LoneStar.edu.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

With 75,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.