William BernhardtThe Performing Arts Studio is honored to present a Second Sunday Poetry reading by William Bernhardt on April 13 in The Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, Norman.  There is no admission charge for the reading which begins at 2:00 p.m.

William Bernhardt is the author of thirty-five 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 is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. His small-group seminars have educated many authors now published by major publishing houses.

Bernhardt 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."

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. 

Bernhardt’s books have been translated into two dozen languages worldwide and his sales have topped 10 million books.  He lives in Oklahoma with his family.

Enjoy “Generations”, the paintings of father and son Brad and Nathan Price, in the Depot Gallery while attending the poetry reading.  For further information about Performing Arts Studio programs phone 405 307-9320.