February 16-22, 2009: Brendan Constantine and Christopher Barnes

week of February 16-22, 2009: 

Brendan Constantine and Christopher Barnes

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Brendan Constantine

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Brendan Constantine was born in 1967 and raised in Los Angeles The second child of two working actors, his parents named him for Irish playwright Brendan Behan He has become a fixture of Southern California’s poetry communities and one of its most respected poets He was a nominees for Poet Laureate of the state (2002), served for seven years as co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets series, moderated the renowned Wednesday Workshop at Beyond Baroque, & traveled extensively, presenting his poetry to audiences throughout the United States & Europe

His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, The Los Angeles Review, The Cortland Review, RUNES, and LA Times Bestseller The Underground Guide to Los Angeles Mr Constantine is also the creator of Industrial Poetry, a workshop for adults and teens struggling with writer’s block, and is currently poet in residence at the Windward School in West Los Angeles and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Youth Writing Program in Idyllwild, California He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Hollywood at Bela Lugosi’s last address

His collection Letters To Guns is now available and new work can be found in the Spring edition of the journal Ninth Letter
Visit Brendan Constantine on the web here: www.brendanconstantine.com