Calif. writer comes to CSUB

January 12, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield's second annual California Writer Series kicks off with a reading and book signing by author Joe Wenderoth on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter W. Stiern Library.

Wenderoth is among the first of three writers scheduled to speak this year. Wenderoth is an English professor at UC Davis, where he mainly teaches creative writing. His readings are performance oriented and incorporate singing. His work, which includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, has been published in the American Poetry Review and includes titles such as, "Disfortune," and "It Is If I Speak," "Letters to Wendy's," and "The Holy Spirit of Life: Essays Written for John Ashcroft's Secret Self."

The California Writers Series primary goal is to inspire, encourage and influence the student body and CSUB campus community by bringing contemporary writers throughout California to share their work. "It can be an amazing experience for students to meet a writer who shares something of our diverse and vibrant contemporary California culture," says Marit MacArthur, CSUB English professor and director of the California Writers Series.

Last years authors included Kay Ryan, who was raised in the San Joaquin Valley and fiction writer, and playwright Greg Chandler who lives in Los Angeles. Suzanne Chavez-Silverman and Pam Houston are among those expected to visit this year.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by CSUB English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, in association with Walter W. Stiern Library, the English department, and Russo's Books.

For information, call MacArthur at (661) 654-6503