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Respite by the River: Christopher Buckley with music by Stephen Bernd



Take a break from the rush of everyday life and join the River Parkway Trust for a Respite by the River. Bring your picnic dinner and chair, and enjoy the new River Center Barn while you listen to live dinner music provided by talented local musicians. Macca's Wine Bar will be open during the dinner hour with wines for sale by the glass. Then you'll hear a reading by a Central Valley author. Dessert will be available for sale.

Evening Schedule is as follows:
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Live dinner music, bring your dinner, purchase your glass of wine or dessert

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Reading by acclaimed author

8:00 p.m. - Book sales and signing

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Poet and editor Christopher Buckley earned his BA from St. Mary’s College, MA from San Diego State University, and MFA from the University of California-Irvine. He is the author of over twenty collections of poetry, including most recently Modern History (2008), Rolling the Bones (2010), White Shirt (2011), Back Room as the Philosopher’s Club (2014), and Star Journal: Selected Poems (2016). With Gary Young he has edited the anthologies The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place (1999), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poetry and Poetics from California (2008), and One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form (2013). With Christopher Howell, Buckley edited the volume Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees (2011). Buckley has won numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Award to Yugoslavia, four Pushcart Prizes, the Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award, and the James Dickey Prize. He is a professor emeritus at the University of California-Riverside.

Steve is well groomed in playing smooth Jazz, R&B, Funk and Rock styles. He relocated to the Central Valley from the Dallas area where he was playing in a smooth jazz, R&B blues band called Natural Bridge with his brother, the late great bassist, Bill Bernd. They also produced an album together called Permanent Solution, which got much notoriety and currently sells on CD Baby, Apple ITunes, Rapsody and many other online musical sights. Stephen wants to continue to play great instrumental guitar live foraudiences of all ages. Stephen has studied under former –GIT instructor and jazz greats Rick Severson and Andy Romer. To hear more of Stephen you can check out compositions at



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