5th Reading


Brad Henderson (AKA, beau hamel) specializes in teaching writing to engineers and scientists during the day, and playing drums and writing poetry and prose at night. The research and publications of Tom Moran, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, NY, have distinguished Henderson as being one of the United States' top twelve "literary engineers." During the 1980s, Henderson played drums in a popular nightclub band called Newcastle and earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He then worked as a design engineer for Parker-Hannifin Aerospace in Irvine, California, wrote three novels, earned an MFA in creative writing from University of Southern California, taught engineering writing at University of California, Irvine, and participated in John Rechy's private Los Angeles fiction workshop.

During the 1990s, Henderson's book, Drums: a Novel, found a small-press publisher and achieved brief notoriety among modern music aficionados, as well as praise from several rock stars. Henderson moved to Corvallis, Oregon, and did another stint in industry as a technical education consultant and manager for Hewlett-Packard. In Oregon, he developed his alter ego, beau hamel, and played drums in The Love Handles, a blues-rock power trio.

Henderson is now a full-time faculty for the University Writing Program (UWP) at University of California, Davis. He co-hosts a reading series, Poetry Night at Bistro 33 in Davis, and is looking for a new bassist and lead guitar player to start another band.

July Update: Beau Hamel has new individual poems to be published soon in The New Anthology: Flatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry 1 and The Quarterly Journal: Song of the San Joaquin. Also, two new chapbooks by Oak Meadows Press: Speed, Horse-sweat, & Unboxed Sky and Blue Devil: The Dark Poem Series.

August Update: A re-issue e-book version (Kindle Edition) of Brad Henderson's Phi Kappa Award Winning rock 'n' roll novel, Drums: a Novel (Special 13th Anniversary Edition) by Oak Meadows Press. Also, Brad Henderson is featured as one of twelve "literary engineers" writing poetry and fiction in the United States in Tom Moran's new e-book (IEEE Press, 2010) Engineers Write! Thoughts on Writing by Contemporary Literary Engineers.


Additional Information:


Brad Henderson, our featured poet.

D.B. Pacini indroducing Brad Henderson.

Brad Henderson.

Dr. Andy Jones sharing information about Poetry in Davis.

Poetry In Davis

Jim Turner

Wallace Condon, Co-Host of Starry NIght Poetry Series

Bill "Pappy" Sedgeman

David Voytek

Joann Parker

Taylor Graham

Hatch Graham

Co-Host Wallace Condon introducing Sharon Campbell.

Sharon Campbell

Brad's purple/black lily plant.