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Begging for Vultures: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009

Lawrence Welsh

2013 PEN Southwest Book Award Finalist for Poetry

2013 Writers' League of Texas Book Award Finalist for Poetry

2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner for Poetry

2011 Southwest Books of the Year Notable Book

The poetry of Lawrence Welsh crosses many borders, from South Central Los Angeles, where he was raised, to El Paso, where he has lived for almost twenty years. A newspaper man turned poet, a punk rock songwriter who became an English teacher, an Irishman at home in Texas, Welsh gives voice to the famous, the infamous, and the forgotten.

"Lawrence Welsh is a shaman with words."--Jimmy Santiago Baca, author of Stories from the Edge

"Lawrence Welsh declares and maps the turf he rides with clarity, sympathy, responsibility, and edge."--David Meltzer, author of Beat Thing


Lawrence Welsh is an associate professor of English at El Paso Community College. He has also taught at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. An award-winning journalist, Welsh has published in over two hundred magazines and is the author of eight books of poetry.


"Welsh manages to do in a few words what others fail to achieve with entire tomes. He creates a world so alive that it does not disappear with the turn of the page, but lingers inside the imagination, open to independent exploration."


Irish America

“This writing is an earthly gift and proves that desert souls and cantina dwellers come from the same fractured spirit as they wander over the terrain in search of answers.”


Bloomsbury Review

6 x 9 in. 216 pages