Award-winning poet to read works

Frank Montesonti will speak at Cal Lutheran Sept. 24

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Frank Montesonti has published two full-length poetry collections.

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Sept. 4, 2014) Award-winning poet Frank Montesonti of Los Angeles will read and discuss his works at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at California Lutheran University.

The free event will be held in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. Light refreshments will be served.

Montesonti has published two full-length poetry collections. “Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope” received the 2011 Barrow Street Book Prize. “Hope Tree” is a 2013 book of erasure poems created by erasing words from R. Sanford Martin’s manual “How to Prune Fruit Trees.” Montesonti is also the author of the chapbook “A Civic Pageant,” the winner of the 2007 Black River Chapbook Contest.

His poems have appeared in many journals including Tin House, AQR, Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, and Poems and Plays.

A longtime resident of Indiana, Montesonti is the lead faculty member in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at National University. He also coordinates the student literary journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University, a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona and a master’s in rhetoric and composition from San Diego State University.

Rolland Gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium at 160 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, contact Jacqueline Lyons at or 805-493-3825.