A native Californian, David Denny grew up in the suburban beach communities of Orange County. His father, an Eisenhower Republican, was a steel salesman and his mother, a New Deal Democrat, worked as a church secretary. He studied theater at Golden West College and Cal State Long Beach, acting in several plays. As an undergraduate, he came under the influence of Gerald Locklin and the Long Beach school of “stand up” poets. He moved north for a short time, earning an MFA in creative writing at the University of Oregon. There he studied with the devoted students of Theodore Roethke and rubbed shoulders with such literary notables as Ken Kesey and William Stafford.
For the past two decades he and his wife Jill, a prominent choral conductor and music teacher, have lived in Cupertino. They are the proud parents of two talented children and the guardians of a persnickety cat named Molly Bloom. In 2007, he completed an MAT degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and occasionally fills-in as a chaplain or substitute pastor. In his most persistent daydream, he is a Benedictine monk in an abbey in the French countryside. In real life, Denny teaches in the English Department at De Anza College and is nearing the end of a two-year term as Cupertino’s Poet Laureate. He is also the recipient of an Artist Laureate award this year from the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. He is former editor of Bottomfish magazine. His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals, including Atlanta Review, California Quarterly, Iodine Poetry Journal, Pearl, and The Sun, among others. His chapbook, Plebeian on the Front Porch, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. When not writing or teaching, he can often be found watching classic movies from the balcony of the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto.
Open mic to follow.
If you wish your poetry to be included in the Willow Glen Poetry Project, please bring a hardcopy of your open-mic poem to the event, and also email it to us (see the Submissions page). Of course, it’s perfectly okay if you just want to read without submitting.
The reading will take place
Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Willow Glen Branch Library
1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, 95125