I first met Professor Bennett back in the late Nineties when I served as a dean of strategic planning and institutional initiatives at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY. At that time, I was working on a collaborative institutional partnership to create a seamless transfer opportunity for graduating CCC students to gain junior year status at Wells College, a prestigious institution overlooking Cayuga Lake in Aurora, NY. Without getting caught up in his academic background and scholarly achievements, on the first meeting, I surmised that this man was a cool dude, a valued partner, a colleague. Flash forward to a few decades later. I still think that Bruce Bennett is a cool dude. I will not bore you with his outstanding education and achievements (think Harvard for baccalaureate, Masters and Ph.D. degrees…10 full length poetry books and over 25 poetry chapbooks…think retired Emeritus Professor, former chair of the English Department and director of Creative Writing at Wells College). I would rather focus on his most recent book, Just Another Day in Just Our Town, Poems: New and Selected, 2000-2016. Cited with critical acclaim, this book is “the continuous play with form, narrative, voice, and character….It may be just another day in just our town, but it is a day with everything in it, and it is no more ordinary than our extraordinary lives.” With that noted, let’s focus on Bruce’s permanently-etched congenial spirit. His graciousness. His willingness to share his creative work with the larger community.
-from bill berry, jr. aaduna publisher