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.