Every month, J. Paul Holcomb gives a lesson about a different poetry “pointer” to the group. He passes out lessons, often about a new form of poetry or a technique that we may not have heard of. Then he challenges us to write a poem employing his tips and/or the new form to bring to the next month’s meeting. It’s not a requirement—just a fun challenge that we can attempt if we want.
At every meeting, we share our efforts at Paul’s previous lesson, discuss the lesson for the next month, and then share any other poetry that we brought.
Paul's prize-winning poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. His first book of poems, Love, or Something Like it, was a prize winner of the Lucidity Chapbook Book Award from Bear House Publishing in 1997. His most recent book of poems, Looking for Love in the Telecom Corridor, won The Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Book Publication Award and was published by Eakin Press. Paul is a past president of the Poetry Society of Texas, and winner of PST's Hilton Ross Greer Outstanding Service Award. He has also been an officer for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. He writes a column of poetry, "Discussing Poetic Forms with the Poet from Double Oak," for the DFW Poetry Review and teaches writing to students in the Dallas Independent School District for the Writer's Garret Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. His columns also appear regularly in Poet's Forum Magazine. A retired software engineer, Paul lives with his wife, Sue Ann, (and five cats) in Double Oak, Texas.