The Mt. San Jacinto College Visiting Writers’ Series welcomes Award-Winning Novelist, Duff Brenna, who will read from his memoir, Murdering the Mom, and engage in a discussion about the craft of writing memoir. The reading will be held in the Humanities & Social Sciences Building, Room 407 on the Menifee Valley Campus located at 28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee, Tuesday, November 13th, 11:30am – 12:30pm.
The Visiting Writers’ Series reading is offered by the MVC English Department in association with Poets & Writers, Inc.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for students and the public to listen to a local award-winning novelist read from his work as well as engage in a discussion about the craft of creative writing.
This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale at the event.
Duff Brenna is the author of nine published works, including The Book of Mamie, which won the AWP Award for Best Novel; Too Cool, a New York Times Noteworthy Book; The Altar of the Body, which won the Favorite Book of the Year Award given by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and also received a San Diego Writers Association Award in 2002; and the "underground classic" The Holy Book of the Beard. He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Award, Milwaukee Magazine’s Best Short Story of the Year Award, and a Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention. His work has been translated into Japanese, Hebrew, Danish, Dutch, Finnish & German.
A Minnesota native and onetime Wisconsin dairy farmer, Duff Brenna went on to become a fulltime professor of literature and the recipient of three Outstanding Faculty awards from California State University, San Marcos, where he was given the President's Award for Scholarship and Creativity in 2002. He is now a freelance writer and CSUSM Professor Emeritus of English literature and creative writing. He is also the managing editor for Serving House Journal: a Journal of Literary Arts.