Life, Orange to Pear


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Bamboo Dart Press
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6.5 X 6.5 X 0.1 inches | 0.14 pounds
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About the Author

John Brantingham is the first poet laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, the writer-in-residence at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, California, and a professor of English at Mt. San Antonio College. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines including Writer's Almanac, The Journal, Tears in the Fence, and Confrontation. He has been nominated for ten Pushcart Prizes and won a spot in The Best Small Fictions 2016 and was a semifinalist in The Best Small Fictions 2018. He co-edited The L.A. Fiction Anthology (Red Hen Books). His poetry collections include East of Los Angeles (Anaphora Literary Press), The Green of Sunset (Moon Tide Press), and Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations about Art (Silver Birch Press) with Jeffrey Graessley, and A Sublime and Tragic Dance (Cholla Needles Press) with Kendall Johnson. His collection of short fiction are Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods (World Parade Books). In the summers, he and his wife Annie teach free art and writing classes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. He is currently working on Kit Kid Dizzy: A Non-Linear Memoir of Magical Realist Mindfulness in the High Sierra that Is Often True and a series of poetry books about his time in the High Sierra.


"In an age of superficiality, mediocrity, and sound-cliches, John Brantingham is a genuine throwback to when Men of Letters roamed the literary prairies: a scholar, novelist, poet, essayist, scriptwriter, public speaker, reviewer, professor, mentor, and festival organizer. He is first-rate in everything he turns his mind and hand to. His poems benefit from the breadth of his life experiences as well as his formal academic training. His creative and intellectual emanations brim with his enthusiasms, his versatility, and the depths of spirituality and social conscience at the core of his soul. There is no one of whom I could speak more highly, as a writer and as a person."

-Gerald Locklin, poet

"John Brantingham's ability to convey the essence of his characters is unparalleled. The emotional truths on the page resonate deep within the reader. His ear for dialogue, his ability to render just the right details of a scene is an impeccable balance of control and sensitivity. Effortless authenticity. What a joy to read his words. He is one of my favorite writers. One of the very best working today."

-Grant Hier, Former Inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Anaheim and winner of Prize Americana