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California Writers Series features Buttonwillow poet Don Thompson

don thompsonDon Thompson, a longtime poet inspired by the landscape of the southern San Joaquin Valley, will be the featured author for CSUB's next California Writers Series. The reading, discussion and book signing will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library. The event is free and open to the public. Parking in Lot D is $2. Book sales will be offered by Russo's Books.

Thompson, a resident of Buttonwillow, is a recent winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and author of several volumes of poetry, including "Where We Live" and "Been There, Done That." His poetry also appears in "Highway 99" and other California anthologies.

According to Parallel Press, "Thompson exhibits his overwhelming love for the rural San Joaquin Valley, a place he has called home his entire life, through vivid and descriptive imagery of every day observances; 'Light comes all the way / from the sun to touch a snail / on a blade of grass. / The snail moves. The day begins. / I forget what worried me.'"

The California Writers Series, begun in 2006, is sponsored by the Walter Stiern Library, Associated Students, Inc., the CSUB English Department and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society. Previous readers have included Kay Ryan (former U.S. Poet Laureate), Wanda Coleman, Joe Wenderoth, Susana Chavez-Silverman, Pam Houston, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Brian Turner, Aimee Phan, Frank Bidart, and Alex Espinoza.

For more information, contact CSUB English professor Marit MacArthur at (661) 654-6503 or

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