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Two Respected Bay Area Authors to Read at Creative Writers' Series

Belmont, CA, February 21, 2008 — Two well-known local authors will read from their published work, discuss work in progress, and share their experiences on the literary scene at a presentation of Notre Dame de Namur University’s Creative Writers’ Series 2007-2008 on Thursday, February 28.

Jeff Bell, a well-known veteran of local radio and TV news, recently wrote a memoir on obsessive compulsive disorder and will share his remarkable journey. Bruce Snider, an award-winning poet who is known for his insightful exploration of family life will also share his latest work. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wiegand Gallery located on NDNU’s campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. The series is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served.

Prior to joining KCBS, Bell spent eight years hosting drive-time news programs at KFBK in Sacramento. His Northern California radio experience also includes stints at such legendary stations as KSFO and KNBR. As a reporter, Bell has covered assignments that have taken him everywhere from inside the courtroom of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial to just outside the gates of San Quentin during one of prison’s most protested executions. On the television side, Bell spent several years as a writer for KTVU-TV’s Mornings on Two, a successful Bay Area news program.

Bell’s first book, Rewind, Replay, Repeat (Hazelden) has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Sacramento Bee, and on radio and TV stations in dozens of major cities. He currently serves as the national spokesperson for Mental Health America’s (MHA) groundbreaking new Real Lives outreach program and is a 2007 recipient of MHA’s prestigious forWARDS award.

“Bell turns his own painful experience with obsessive compulsive disorder into a remarkable story, a journey that begins with shame and hiding and leads to honest self revelation and insight,” said Jacqueline Berger, NDNU’s Director of the Masters in English Program. “Here is a story of bravery, confrontation, and recovery, one that is also full of humor and pathos.”

Bruce Snider is the author of The Year We Studied Women, winner of the 2003 Felix Pollak Prize in poetry from the University of Wisconsin Press. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, PN Review, Mid-American Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University, Snider lives in San Francisco.

“Snider covers the landscape of memory and of family, beginning in the farmland and ending up on the coast,” said Berger. “The stuff of daily life: wigs, tattoos, lipstick, in Snider’s capable hands become transitional objects, means of exploring and articulating the relationships that hold us together, that pull us apart.”

For more information regarding NDNU’s Creative Writers’ Series 2007-2008, contact the University’s English Department at (650) 508-3730.