Carl SennhennThe Depot, 200 S. Jones, is pleased to welcome Oklahoma poetry elder statesman Carl Sennhenn for a special reading of his work on Sunday evening, February 18, 2018 beginning at 7:00 pm.  There is no admission charge.

Sennhenn served as Oklahoma Poet Laureate in 2001 and 2002 and was given the 2013 Oklahoma Book Award for his fourth book of poetry, Nocturnes and Sometimes, Even I. His Travels Through Enchanted Woods received the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry.  Balkan Press, publisher of Conclave, has named the journal's annual poetry prize in his honor.

This year marks the anniversary of Carl Sennhenn's 60th year of teaching English and Humanities in grades ranging from private grade school to university and college.  Now in semi-retirement he teaches Creative Writing for senior adults at Rose State College. Sennhenn recently published Trespassing: Songs of Love   Coals of Kindness, his fifth volume of poetry.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading.

“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 author and Village Books Editor Dorothy Alexander.  “Through some sort of poetic magic Carl Sennhenn manages to create works of great delicacy which at the same time have a quiet but definitive strength.”

“Carl Sennhenn ‘refuses to resemble anything but Carl,’ boldly delicate and as casually elegant as a Bill Evans number,” Benjamin Myers, 2011 Book Award winner, says of Sennhenn’s writing.  “By turns confessional and coy, these poems make a lovely music from longing and stillness.”

Carl has for more than 20 years hosted the Second Sunday Poetry Series now presented monthly by The Depot.  Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he has resided in Oklahoma since 1951 where, in his retirement, he continues to write touching and thought provoking poetry.