April 20th, 2016: Brandon Cesmat

brandon cesmatBrandon Cesmat is the author of Driven into the Shade (Poetic Matrix Press). Cesmat began his writing career as journalist and won several San Diego Press Club awards. After earning his MFA from San Diego State University, he switched to creative writing and won San Diego Book Awards in both poetry and fiction while also working as an educator for California Poets in the Schools (CPITS) and Cal State University San Marcos. He is also the poet-vocalist in the performance ensemble Drought Buoy.

As a member of CPITS, Cesmat edited Classrooms of Poets, an anthology on the efficacy of bringing living writers into K-12 classrooms. He also designed CPITS state-wide program Laureates in Training (CPITS-LIT), which recognizes student-poets who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the poetry-writing process and poetry in the community. In November of 2003, he was elected president of CPITS, the largest artist residency program in the United States. He currently teaches the Family Writing Workshop for EvenStart at the San Pasqual Indian Reservation.