Birkelbach writes of the Texas landscape and its people with conversational ease, making his vivid descriptions shimmer through each poem. He balances the ordinary and the phenomenal, the factual and the suppositional, the temporal and the eternal in poems remarkable for their depth of insight. As Billy Bob Hill writes in his introduction to the volume, ""Birkelbach can disguise a mosaic of word music in plain sight hidden in conversational English.
ALAN BIRKELBACH's volumes of poetry include No Boundaries, Grand Prize Winner of the Par Stodghill Book Publication Award, and Weighed in the Balances, Grand Prize Winner of the Steves Poetry Manuscript Competition. His work has been included in eight anthologies, including Texas in Poetry 2 (TCU Press, 2002). Birkelbach has served on the board of directors for the Poetry Society of Texas for over ten years. A native of Texas, he lives and works as an engineer in Plano.