Victoria College professorís poem published in Texas calendar

Michelle Paulsen

Victoria College Associate English Professor Michelle Paulsen had one of her poems printed in the 2013 Texas Poetry Calendar, published by Dos Gatos Press in Austin.

The published work is a haiku, a poem usually written in three short lines and sometimes in a single line.

Dos Gatos Press publishes the annual Texas Poetry Calendar. Each year, it is a unique collection of works connected in some significant way to Texas, Paulsen said. Some of her poems were selected for previous editions of the calendar.

"It is a contest, of sorts,” she added. “The editors receive hundreds of submissions, and choose the best for the calendar. Those chosen get a free copy and an invitation to read their poem at a selection of Texas Poetry Calendar readings held across the state. Over the years, it has become a community of Texas poets.”

Paulsen shared her work during a December Dos Gatos Press poetry reading at Bookpeople in Austin.
“fog low on the field
the cows shift like black water
ghosts of the new dawn”

She has had poems published in the San Antonio Express News and, in 2012, won the VIA Poetry on the Move contest in San Antonio. One of her poems was displayed on San Antonio mass transit vehicles throughout April (National Poetry Month).

Paulsen also had three books of poems published by small presses, and poems in other journals.

The Texas Poetry Calendar cover features a photograph of a windmill at sunset. Inside are 96 diverse and original poems, according to the Dos Gatos Press website. The calendar features young poets, established and award-winning poets, and poems that invite multiple readings.

To purchase a copy of the 2013 Texas Poetry Calendar, go to

Published: Thursday, 07 February 2013

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