This week we welcome actor, poet, and songwriter Michael O'Keefe as our guest blogger. As an actor, O'Keefe has garnered both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. He's appeared in the films Michael Clayton, Frozen River, The Pledge, Ironweed, The Great Santini and Caddyshack. Television audiences will remember him as "Fred" on Roseanne. He's appeared on Broadway in Reckless, Side Man,The Fifth of July, and Mass Appeal, for which he received a Theater World Award. As a writer his lyrics were in the Grammy winning song, Longing in their Hearts, which was composed and sung by Bonnie Raitt. He's also written with Irish singer songwriter Paul Brady and numerous other composers. His writing has appeared in BOMB, Lake Affect and Chaparral. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. Michael O'Keefe's new book of poems is Swimming from Under My Father (Noble Swine Press, 2009). Find out more about Michael here. On January 30 beginning at 7:00 PM, Michael will be reading at the Encino, CA Barnes & Noble, 16461 Ventura Blvd.
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What would be on your playlist if you were stuck on a desert island? That's what the Poetry Society of America wanted to know. For David Lehman's answer, go here.