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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.
                               

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

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Date: Oct 29th, 2014
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Geosi Gyasi spoke with author William Trowbridge about his latest book, Put This On, Please, poetry's place in the modern world, and his writing process:

"I think the most interesting part is the series of discoveries you usually make while writing a poem."

To read the full interview, click here.


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Throwback Thursday: Halloween (Part Two)


This week, a new round of authors are sharing their favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costumes, as well as their favorite candy. Read on to reminisce with our authors. Happy Halloween!

Kim Dower

Kim Dower

What has been your favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costume?

My most embarrassing costume was when I dressed as a French Maid and wore underwear on my head in the hopes it would resemble a French Maid’s “cap.” Sadly, it resembled underwear, so you can imagine what a fun party that was!

My favorite costume was a wedding dress – a real wedding dress — as I got married on Halloween.  But, when I put it on that day, and walked over to the park in Santa Barbara where we were married, it felt like I was wearing a costume since everyone else was dressed up for Halloween.  It was very confusing.

 

Here’s 9-year-old Kim in the early 60′s dressed as a Beatnik poet for Halloween!

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 What is your favorite candy?

My favorite candy bar has always been Snickers.  Can’t beat the caramel, peanuts and chocolate.  But than they came up with a dark chocolate Snickers with almonds and suddenly everything changed.

 

William Trowbridge

William Trowbridge

What has been your favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costume?

Clown, of course.

What was your favorite candy?

Heath bars.

 

 

Celeste Gainey

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What has been your favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costume?

My favorite Halloween costume was a red devil. Wearing that one, I found I could get away with a lot!

 

 

 

Here’s 3-year old Celeste dressed as a black cat!

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What was your favorite candy?

My favorite candy bar as a child was 3 Musketeers. I was the youngest in our family and sometimes rode with my Dad when he took my brother and sister to school. On the way back––at 8am, mind you, we often stopped at our neighborhood market and he would buy two, one for each of us. We’d eat them on the spot. It was our secret––we never told my mother.

I grew up in Santa Barbara and on Halloween my mother would drive us to a couple of big estates in town that were known for their extravagant Halloween booty. At one, the Bryce estate, a maid would answer the door and usher us into a Hearst Castle-type dining room with a huge oval table and dozens of European chocolate bars artfully fanned across its surface according to brand and distinction. She would tell us to “take one of each!”

Karen Shoemaker

Karen Shoemaker

What has been your favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costume?

I’m such a poor kid cliche. I wore the same costume every year: hand-me-downs from my brothers and some black soot-like stuff rubbed onto my face and hands. If anyone asked I said I was a hobo, but in truth I was just a kid with a grocery sack willing to walk for miles for candy. No cameras were fetched to record how cute I was.

When my kids started trick or treating I made up for the “poverty” of my youth by sewing uncomfortable but festive costumes and applying elaborate make-up on their delicate skin. Grown now, they have both declined the publishing rights that would allow me to send photos of them as witches and werewolves, jesters, clowns, zombies, angels, dinosaurs, Harry Potter characters, and lord only knows what else, but I’m telling you, they were super cute.  They’ve more or less forgiven me for the ordeals I put them through.

Ellen Meeropol

Ellen Meeropol

What has been your favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costume?

When i was growing up, Halloween costumes were pretty ho-hum. I remember cowboy hats and ghostish sheets that tripped me and were quickly discarded. My costume-creating juices didn’t flow until my daughters were of trick-or-treat age; that’s when the fun started. For them, there was the Hershey bar sandwich board, with contents carefully painted with silver ink; the green corduroy pickle costume, sprinkled liberally with garlicky brine; the Rubick’s cube from a large grocery store carton. Best of all was the Ann Boleyn costume I made for myself. I walked around carrying a severed plaster head singing “With her head tucked underneath her arm.”

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What was your favorite candy?

Chocolate. Any chocolate. Only chocolate.

Leia Penina Wilson

Leia Penina Wilson

What has been your favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costume?

I never really dressed up for Halloween until I moved to Alabama. That has to be the most unexciting answer to this question! Ha. The picture below is from last year I think. Look how cute my friends are. I like to go as myself for Halloween. Sometimes I wear a mask (I collect masks), but I don’t really like pretending to be something or someone else. I think that makes me old. When I was younger, my mom didn’t let us go out on Halloween. She thought it encouraged hoodlum-ism. When you think about it, sending children out into the night to randomly knock on a stranger’s door for candy doesn’t sound safe. Right? I did plenty of pretending when I was younger though. My brother and sister and I used to pretend we were Skeletor, the Red Ranger (red ranger?), and the Joker. This explains so much about our personalities! My brother was the Ranger, my sister the Joker. I was always Skeletor. There was something comic and menacing about him that appealed to me. All he wanted was to rule all of Eternia, I sympathized. He had a throne. A giant staff that doubled both as a symbol or power and as a weapon. I wanted that staff. He liked the color purple. Purple is my favorite color. He had a giant purple cat. Who doesn’t want a giant purple cat?

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What was your favorite candy?

I love sweet treats. Almond joy! Coconut and chocolate are my favorite. I have fond memories of Zero, the candy bar. I like Kit Kat’s cold. I keep mine in the freezer. I also like Twix. Crunch! That was my favorite name. Whatchamacallit’s are also yummy, it’s my mom’s favorite. She used to bring candy bars with her home about every night so we could take them to school for lunch the next day (or breakfast). I’ve had a lot of candy bars. She sent me with a Baby Ruth for the drive to Vegas.

Louise Wareham Leonard

What  has been your favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costume?

The only time I planned a costume for Halloween, I bought fatigues and army boots , and planned to go as Sigourney Weaver in Alien.

 

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Gregory Donovan

Donovan, Gregory author 1 (480 DPI)What has been your favorite, or most embarrassing, Halloween costume?

My favorite costume may have been the year that I dressed up as Leopold Bloom–although woefully few people at the party I attended had any idea who that character might be, even after I attempted to explain myself, as they had never read Ulysses–or anything else by James Joyce. But I enjoyed my own witty getup as a Jewish Catholic wearing a yarmulke (I couldn’t find a bowler hat)  and a prayer shawl with a rosary strung around my neck and carrying around, not a Bible, but a venerable hardbound copy (in red cover) of Ulysses itself. I told everyone this was the Nighttown episode and I was a hallucination. No one believed me.
The rest of the time–and entirely too often–I dress up as a pirate, something that comes naturally, and perhaps as something of an inescapable necessity, for a person with a beard, as that sartorial manifestation tends to limit one’s options. One year I felt particularly authentic as I was wearing a sling on my left arm after a spectacular bicycling accident resulted in my permanently relocated shoulder, and so I had a handy “scabbard” for my sword.
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What was your favorite candy?
There is very little candy that I don’t like, and so most varieties are therefore on my Forbidden Foods list–but on Halloween I sometimes like to engage in throwback activities and so, if they’re available, I might go after some candy corn (nearly like eating sweetened plastic) or even grab a few of the horrible yet strangely attractive and oddly colored circus peanuts.

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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.