William BernhardtAcclaimed author and poet William Bernhardt will be featured at the Second Sunday Poetry Reading on June 14 in The Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue.  There is no charge for the reading which begins at 2:00 p.m.   Light refreshments are served.

William Bernhardt is the author of thirty-eight published works, including his poetry book The White Bird, the Ben Kincaid novels, the Shine young adult novels, and Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, which is currently in production for an NBC miniseries.  Bernhardt’s newest book, The Game Master, has just been published.

William Bernhardt, one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation, holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and is a two-time winner of the Oklahoma Book Award.  He is the only writer to have received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large."

Bernhardt’s books have been translated into two dozen languages worldwide and his sales have topped 10 million books. In addition, he has written plays, including a musical (book and music), humor, nonfiction, biography, and crossword puzzles. He is a member of the Author’s Guild, PEN International and the American Academy of Poets.   He lives in Oklahoma with his family.  For more information visit www.williambernhardt.com

While at The Depot, enjoy “AS YET UnNAMED, The Sketchbooks of O. Gail Poole” in the gallery while attending the Bernhardt poetry reading.  For further information about programs at The Depot phone 405 307-9320.   Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from The Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council.

James HochtrittThe Depot will feature the poetry of James Hochtritt on Sunday, April 12, at 2:00 pm.  The reading, at 200 South Jones, is free.  All are welcome.

James Hochtritt grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a B.A. in American Studies and a B.A. in History from California State University, Chico, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Oklahoma. He has been a history professor at Rose State College since 2000 and also taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oklahoma from 1996-2012. 

Although history is the focus of his professional life, his first love is literature.  He has read his work at Poetry at Rose and other venues.  Yet, despite his passion for poetry, Hochtritt he has has never published a single poem.  He lives in Midwest City.       

Hosted by Carl Sennhenn, Oklahoma Book Award winner and former Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Second Sunday Poetry Readings at The Depot are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council.  For additional information about this and other Depot programs, phone 405 307-9320.