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Poet named Sandburg writer-in-residence

FLAT ROCK — Poet Adam Bresson has been named the 2014 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, a program that runs from March 26 through April 15, the historic site and the Friends of Carl Sandburg Connemara announced.

"This year marks the fifth year of the Writer-in-Residence program, which was designed to provide
a mechanism to promote national recognition of the site, promote literature and writing, and to nurture partnerships within Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina education and arts communities," H. Tyrone Brandyburg, superintendent of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, said in a news release. "Our goals for the program are to provide professional development opportunities to writers, facilitate community involvement with broad audiences, provide a workspace and accommodation in a listed National Historic Landmark house in the park, and to promote the resident writer and his work. ... The program provides writers the opportunity to, in the words of Sandburg, '...go away by oneself and experience...' experience the life of Carl Sandburg at Connemara."
"We are pleased to again host and support a writer at Connemara," said Friends President Gwen Kuhns. "Mr. Bresson has been so excited about his selection as the 2014 writer and we look forward to working him this spring. Supporting programs like the writer-in-residence program is a high priority for the Friends."

A native of Philadelphia, Bresson moved to Southern California in 1988. He has been living in Los Angeles for the past 20 years. He appreciates the benefit of having spent time growing up on both coasts and that unique perspective is reflected in his writing — old and new, sun and snow, all seasons and always summer. Having written for over 25 years, he explores many themes including love, confusion, nature, history and cities.
He released his first book of selected poems in February 2014 "Person, Place or Thing." His writing has appeared in National Lampoon Magazine, InterBang, Poetic Diversity and several independent poetry collections including "Green Room Confessionals," "Everything About You Is Beautiful" and "After Words." He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter where he works in computers, writes and participates in civic activism.
A welcoming reception for Bresson will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. The public is welcome. Bresson will also appear at the Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest Celebration on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College, Patton Building Room 150.