IRVING, Texas. August 3, 2007 — North Lake
College student Hollis Fischer’s poem “Moving
House” was selected as a first place winner
in poetry in the National Student Literary Competition.
The competition is sponsored by the League of Innovation
(League), an international organization serving
community colleges. Hollis will be awarded $500
and his poem will appear in the national publication
of the League. “Moving House” will
also be printed in the college’s fall 2007
literary magazine, Duck Soup.
The poem was the first place poetry winner in
the Dallas County Community College District’s
annual literary competition. The winning entries
were then sent to the League to represent the District.
Hollis is a part-time student at the college and
holds down a full-time position as a research analyst.
He says that he has “always been writing,” mostly
poetry and short stories. He credits his English
II instructor, Shelly Woodcox-Unruh, for his current
success. He is taking courses at North Lake towards
transferring to a four-year institution to major
in English. His goal is to become an English teacher
in high school. Authors who have inspired him are
Anne Sexton, Robert Lowell and Theodore Roethke.
Dr. Nancy Castilla is the Director of the Creative
Writing program at North Lake.
North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County
Community College District. Educational opportunities
are offered by the Dallas County Community College
District without regard to race, color, age, national
origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.(left: Dr. Nancy Castilla; right: Hollis Fischer)