Carl SennhennTwo time Oklahoma Book Award Winner Carl Sennhenn will read from his new book in progress, Trespassing: Songs of Love...Coals of Kindness, at the Second Sunday Poetry Reading in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, on September 14.  Light refreshments will be served at the free reading which begins at 2:00 pm.  

Sennhenn was given the 2013 award for his fourth book of poetry, Nocturnes and Sometimes, Even I, at the 24th Annual Oklahoma Book Awards program.  His Travels Through Enchanted Woods received the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award.  Sennhenn was Oklahoma Poet Laureate for 2001 and 2002. 

Benjamin Myers, 2011 Book Award winner, calls Sennhenn “an elder statesman of Oklahoma poetry,” and of his work says “Carl Sennhenn refuses to resemble anything but Carl, boldly delicate and as casually elegant as a Bill Evans number.  By turns confessional and coy, these poems make a lovely music from longing and stillness.” 

“Sennhenn’s work reveals the ‘true voice’ of a poet and the vulnerability that is essential if poetry is to touch the reader’s heart.” says Dorothy Alexander, Editor, Village Books Press.

In retirement after more than fifty years as a professor of English and Humanities at Rose State College, Sennhenn continues to teach creative writing classes for senior adults and will be part of William Bernhardt's Short Course in Writing at Rose in September.  

Born in Baltimore, Sennhenn has called Oklahoma home since 1951.  He has served as host of Second Sunday Poetry at The Depot for more than ten years.

For additional information on this and other Depot programs, phone 405 307-9320.