Ken HadaAccomplished poet Ken Hada will return to Second Sunday Poetry at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, to read from his recent work on July 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm. The reading is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hada, from Ada, Oklahoma, is a well respected poet and professor at East Central University where he directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. Hada has been publishing poetry in regional and national journals since 2002.

In addition to Hada's significant publishing record of peer-reviewed journals, he has published six volumes of poetry, including: "The Way of the Wind," "Spare Parts," "The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill," "Margaritas & Redfish," “Persimmon Sunday” and his latest, “Bring an Extry Mule.”

"Spare Parts" received the "Wrangler" award for outstanding poetry from National Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame. Poems from this collection were featured four times on Garrison Keillor's nationally syndicated program "The Writer's Almanac." "The River White" and "Spare Parts" were also finalists for the Oklahoma Book Award.

Hada has an active reading/performing schedule of his poetry, often in collaborative art events and has read his original work throughout Oklahoma, much of Texas, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Missouri, Arkansas, South Carolina, Chicago, and New York. He is a dynamic reader and enjoys interacting with his many diverse audiences.

Raised in the rural Ozarks, with close ties to his Hungarian ancestors in the gypsum hills of northwest Oklahoma, Hada finds inspiration for writing in nature, feeling that the natural order is a powerful presence for writing.

Second Sunday Poetry, a long time program of The Depot, is coordinated by Oklahoma Book Award Winner and former Oklahoma Poet Laureate Carl Sennhenn. All programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.