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North Lake Student Wins National Literary Contest

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)