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The Visiting Writers Series hosted writer David Hernandez who read selections from his newly published work, “Dear, Sincerely,” a collection of seriously dark and comical poems.

The reading was in the Marian Sims Braughn Center for the Literary Arts and the event drew about 80 students.

The crowd arrived before the reading began and the organizers of the event had to bring in supplementary seating to accommodate the large crowd.

Emma Stewart, 27, creative writing major said, “Hernandez was a versatile poet, charming speaker. I feel I got a lot out of his visit to LBCC. He also had a sweet Du-Rag.”

Fellow fiction writer and poet, Laura Kasischke said in her review of “Dear, Sincerely,” “Hernandez is a poet writing to us from poetry’s epicenter, where music invents itself and the psyche and the sensory world are one.”

During the Q and A segment of the reading, Hernandez said, “Writing fiction to a poet is like giving someone a spoon and telling them to dig a crater.”

Hernandez also stressed the power of humor in writing and using it as a way to connect to an intended audience.

Hernandez also said he connects with comedians because they talk about the truth in many different ways.

His influences include comedians Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman, and writers like Kasischke.

Hernandez also teaches creative writing at Cal States Long Beach and Fullerton. In addition to poetry, Hernandez has published two young adult novels, “Suckerpunch” and “No More Us for You.”

More information about Hernandez and his writings are found by visiting davidhernandez.com