DAVID STEN HERRSTROM
Some Biographical Facts as if Facts Could be True
- Born in Oakland, David Sten Herrstrom grew up with braceros
in northern California working the dusty orchards.
- Coming east, marrying Constance,
raising a daughter named Tristen,
building a house, serving on the local School Board . . .
- After earning a doctorate in English literature at New York
University, he taught undergraduates for whom he wrote with friends
the textbook Writing as Discovery.
- Jonah's Disappearance, a sequence of poems with drawings
by Jacob Landau, was published by Ambrosia Press, and he continues
making poems, which appear in such magazines as Columbia,
US1 Worksheets, and Nimrod.
- The results of his struggles to enter into the images of William Blake have
appeared in Blake Quarterly and the Bucknell Review.
- Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, presented the premiere
of his collaboration with the composer Laurie Altman, "A
Sonata For J.S. Bach."
- He once wrote the line: "There is a fire shut in the bones of words."
- He has received a Poetry Fellowship from the NJ State Council
on the Arts.
- Developing performance support systems for computer
applications, he imagines ingeniously elegant devices like statistical
packet switches handling streams of bits over bright strands of
optical fiber stretching from New Jersey, where he now lives,