Lincroft, NJ – Brookdale Community College’s celebrated Visited Writers Series for Fall 2012 will host poets Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno and Rodney Wittwer on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Warner Student Life Center Navesink room I. They will share excerpts from their works, discuss the writing process and take questions from the audience.

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Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno


Sheeder Bonanno’s book, Slamming Open the Door was among the 10 bestselling books of poetry in America in 2009. She received the Beatrice Hawley Award for the work that is a collection of poems recounting the true story of the 2003 murder of her daughter, Leidy Bonanno, the search for her murderer and the trial that followed. The link to the author’s website, http://www.ksbonanno.com/index.html, shares poems, reviews, video and audio links including a reading of one of her poems by Garrison Keillor.

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Rodney Wittwer


Witter’s first book is Gone & Gone. His poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Literary Review, Memorious, Pebble Lake Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, and Verse Daily, among others. A Wisconsin native, he received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981 and his M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

The Visiting Writers Series presentations feature a complimentary coffee and biscotti bar. The event is free; $3 donation is suggested for the Brookdale Community College Creative Writing Club. The monies are used to underwrite educational field trips for students. The Office of Student Life and Activities, the English Division and the Creative Writing Club co-sponsor the Series.

For more information regarding the Series, contact Suzanne Parker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 732-224-2650.