John Harkey BrandenburgA poetry reading by longtime Norman author and artist John Harkey Brandenburg will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Performing Arts Studio in the Norman Depot, located at 200 S. Jones, in Norman.  Brandenburg will perform new and recent poems as part of the PAS’s Second Sunday Poetry series in the free public reading.  

The  author of  “The World in Our Absence,” a  Renegade poetry chapbook published by Point Riders Press in 1986, Brandenburg has also self-published about fourteen other books of his own poetry.  He edited a celebration of the life and art work of Margie Needham (1938-2000) to coincide with a retrospective exhibit held at Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery in Oklahoma City in the summer of 2000.

For over forty years, Brandenburg has been an arts correspondent, reviewing visual arts and theatre for The Oklahoman, as well as other publications, for which he received a Governor’s Arts Award in 1997. 

A painter as well as poet, Brandenburg has shown his work in many group and individual shows in Oklahoma and several other states since about 1980.  He has had shows of his paintings and drawings at JRB Art at The Elms gallery in Oklahoma City, and at Downtown Art And Frame and Mainsite Contemporary Art galleries in Norman.

Second Sunday Poetry Readings are hosted by former Oklahoma Poet Laureate Carl Sennhenn and feature local and regional poets reading from their own body of work.

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For additional information about this and other Performing Arts Studio programs, or to rent the Depot for your own event, phone 405-307-9320.  Gallery and office hours are Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 to noon.