James HochtrittThe Depot will feature the poetry of James Hochtritt at their Second Sunday Poetry Reading on September 11, 2016. The 2:00 pm 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. He lives in Midwest City.

Although history is the focus of his professional life, Hochtritt declares his first love to be literature. He has been writing poetry for more than 40 years and has read his work at Poetry Center of San Jose, Poetry at Rose, The Depot, and other venues. He is an excellent and engaging reader.

Second Sunday Poetry host, Carl Sennhenn, Oklahoma Book Award winner and previous Oklahoma Poet Laureate, says “The poetry of James Hochtritt covers a range of subjects and themes.  Poems of young manhood in California reveal an awareness of place in the development of a poetic sensibility, and that awareness and sensitivity to scene becomes panoramic when Hochtritt moves to the Great Plains and his poetry pays tribute to the grandeur of the landscape, its history, and it indigenous peoples.”

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.