Texas Poet Laureate Reads at McDonald Observatory During National Poetry Month

April 1, 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.

Contact Kelly Kirkendoll to arrange interviews. More information about Morton is available at her Web siteĀ www.kkmorton.com.

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.

For information on visiting the McDonald Observatory, visit http://mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors.

For more information, contact: Rebecca Johnson, McDonald Observatory, College of Natural Sciences, 512 475 6763; Kelly Kirkendoll, Shafer Communications, 817-236-6075.