Bill McCloudPoet Bill McCloud will read from his works at the September 8, 2019, Second Sunday Poetry Reading in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones Ave. The free reading begins at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments are served. All are welcome.

Bill McCloud's book of personal Vietnam War poetry, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969 (Balkan Press), was #1 in December of 2017 on the "Oklahoma Best-Sellers" List. Three times named a Woody Guthrie Poet, 18 of Bill’s poems appeared in six different journals in 2018. He has read his poetry at the Air Force Academy, Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers & Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Chikaskia Literary Festival, and the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow.

“I am known mainly for my Vietnam War poetry,” Bill comments, “but it actually makes up less than half of my poetic output. I write poems about people and about my reaction to current events. Anything stands in danger of me writing about it. A recent poem is about a beer opener in a bartender’s back pocket.” His Vietnam war poems, however, are impressive enough that dozens of them are taught as part of the curriculum in English and American History classes at the University School of Milwaukee, WI, a private college preparatory school.

Bill McCloud lives in Pryor, OK, and teaches history at Rogers State University.

Events at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, The City of Norman, and by generous corporate and individual donations.