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Walter Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence Program to Feature Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine, a nationally known champion for the literary arts, will kick off The Walter W. Stiern Library’s annual Writer in Residence Program with a poetry reading at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in the Dezember Reading Room of the library.

“Brendan Constantine is a poet of incredible talent,” said Library Dean Curt Asher. “It’s great that our students and local writers have an opportunity to be mentored by someone like Brendan.”

Constantine is a Southern California poet who teaches at the Winward School and is known for his workshops at Venice’s Beyond Baroque. Constantine has served as a teacher of poetry in schools and colleges for the last 18 years.

A popular performer, Constantine tours regularly, bringing his poetry and workshops to theaters, schools, libraries, correctional facilities, and community centers across the nation. In addition, he brings poetry workshops to hospitals, foster care centers, and shelters for the homeless. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably, “Virginia Quarterly Review,” “Ploughshares,” “FIELD,” “Rattle,” “ZYZZYVA,” “Ninth Letter,” and “Hotel Amerika.”

The Writer in Residence program is sponsored by a grant from PG&E, which allows for an author to come to campus for a reading, as well as a one-day writing workshop.

The follow-up Writer in Residence Workshop with Constantine will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1 in the Ablin Conference Room. Applications for the workshop are available at the library’s website.

The creative workshop will allow Constantine to work with participants to develop an original piece of writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) focusing on the creative process of overcoming writer’s block. This professional writing course is for writers at all levels and offers techniques for stimulating creative thought and discussion, guides to interpreting and understanding poetry, and a chance to create new work.

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