I couldn’t tell you how long the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series has been held here at the library…longer than I’ve worked here, and that’s been more than eight years now. It’s become a part of the library, an institution, as they say, and one that I hope will remain for a very long time.

The Hugh Hyde Series is sponsored by the Department of English and Comparative Literature and endowed by a local man with a passion for poetry and writing named Hugh Hyde. Working tirelessly behind the scenes is Victoria Featherstone, a lecturer in the English Department who serves as the faculty advisor to the series. Here in the library, librarian Markel Tumlin ensures that everything is in place for each reading: room setup, signage, etc.

Tomorrow night (March 3) begins another semester of Hugh Hyde readings at the library. Brandon Cesmat will be paying us a visit to read from his books, which include Light in All Directions and Driven into the Shade. Brandon is a graduate of SDSU who now teaches at California State University, San Marcos. He also has been a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools since 1993. The reading will be held in Room LL430 at 7 p.m. No money or reservations are required; just show up and enjoy yourself!

*Original quote by Benjamin Franklin