CSUB welcomes local authors to campus for California Writer Series

September 29, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will welcome two local authors to kickoff the fourth annual California Writers Series on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library.

James Sepsey, who earned his bachelor's degree in English from CSUB and is now enrolled as a graduate student, teaches at Delano High School. He writes fiction and has published short stories, including one in the literary journal, Glimmer Train, which won second place in the magazine's Short-Story Award for New Writers competition.

Charles Hood, the second author, dropped out of college nine times and then went on to earn degrees from CSU Northridge and UC Irvine. He has published six books of poetry and prose, including "Bombing Ploesti," "Río de Dios," "Under the African Air" and "The Half-life of Salt." Hood teaches at Antelope Valley College and is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

The California Writers Series brings established and upcoming writers living and working in California to the CSUB campus every year to read from their works. "We had an auspicious beginning as the first writer to read in our series, poet Kay Ryan, was recently named Poet Laureate of the United States," said Marit MacArthur, English professor.

"All of us read many writers who can feel, at first, remote from our time and place," she continued. "The California Writers Series hopes to offer students, faculty and staff, and members of the community the transformative and inspiring experience of encountering the work of living writers who live in the same, strange and wonderful state of California that we do, and discussing the creative process with them."

The event is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society and CSUB's Associated Students, Inc.

For more information, contact Emerson Case at (661) 654-6281.