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English Professor Named CSU Bakersfield Writer in Residence

Cal Poly English Professor and author John Hampsey has been named the 2015 CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence.

As part of the writer-in-residence program, Hampsey will deliver a reading for the CSUB university community May 7 and will lead a daylong workshop on the art of memoir writing June 25.

His selection as CSUB’s writer in residence comes after the early success of Hampsey’s recently published memoir, “Kaufman’s Hill.” He follows in the footsteps of many notable authors, including last year’s writer in residence, Marisa Silver, author of “Mary Coin,” which looked at the world-renowned “Migrant Mother” photograph by Dorothea Lange.

Hampsey delivered a book-launch reading of “Kaufman’s Hill” at Cal Poly on Jan. 31.

The book offers a compelling tale of boyhood in the early to mid-1960s in Pittsburgh, Penn. Set in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood, the memoir takes place just before the heavy influences of the counterculture take hold. The book explores personal and social struggles amid larger issues of racial animosity and urban violence.

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