Writing in Response to the Poetry of Brendan Constantine
with Jennifer Springsteen
Sunday, March 12 from 1pm to 4pm
Brendan Constantine is a nationally recognized poet, born and raised in Los Angeles. The second child of two working actors, he grew up in household where the arts were valued and encouraged. Although he showed an early talent for a variety of mediums, it wasn’t until 1994, at the age of 27 that he recognized poetry as his calling.
Since then his work has appeared in many of the nation’s poetry standards, including Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Virginia Quarterly, Rattle, Field, Smartish Pace, Runes, Ninth Letter and most recently the American Journal of Poetry.
His first book, ‘Letters to Guns’ (2009 Red Hen Press), caused a minor sensation upon its release and is now taught extensively in schools across the country. His most recent collection is ‘Dementia, My Darling’ (2016 Ren Hen Press) and draws upon his work with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.
Mr. Constantine has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR's All Things Considered, KPFK's Inspiration House, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He is also one of the only Los Angeles poets ever invited to perform at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. He holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches creative writing at the Windward School.