Monday, February 4, 2013

February 10: Hada at the Depot

You are invited to the Depot in Norman, Sunday, February 10 for a poetry reading by our own Dr. Ken Hada. For details, go to:

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Second Sunday Poetry Features Ken Hada February 10
Last Updated on Saturday, 02 February 2013 14:36
Ken HadaAward winning poet Ken Hada will read from his recent work at the February 10 Second Sunday Poetry Reading in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones. The free reading begins at 2:00 pm. All are welcome.

In his “poignant poems, Hada probes the natural and human worlds with equal candor, forcefulness, and literary artistry. His canvas is broad, and he paints it with rare compassion, grit, and unblinking emotional honesty” says Larry D. Thomas, 2008 Texas Poet Laureate.

Hada was raised in rural settings in Oklahoma and Arkansas where he first developed his passion for the outdoors, for flyfishing, canoeing, kayaking and all other kinds of activities that define human interdependence with nature. This association defines much of his poetry. His research interests and creative writing both increasingly merge in the areas of nature writing and ecology concerns, regionalism and the American west.

Ken Hada’s five poetry collections include National Western Heritage Award-winning Spare Parts, and The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill (a collaborative effort with his brother Duane’s plein aire watercolors.) Both of these titles were finalists for the Oklahoma Book Award, and Spare Parts was featured four times on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. Most recently Ken collaborated with his son’s guitar compositions to release a cd titled Like Father, Like Son: A Narrative in Poetry & Guitar.
Ken contributes regularly to a poetry blog at and often publishes poems in regional journals. He is also a frequent reader of his work at venues around the country. Ken completed his PhD at The University of Texas in Arlington, and is a professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where he directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival.
A Professor Before Dawn by Ken Hada
The nature photographs of George Williams on exhibit in the Depot Gallery can be enjoyed while attending the reading.

Second Sunday Poetry Readings are a program of The Performing Arts Studio providing a monthly venue for selected regional poets to share their work. Former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn hosts.

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