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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

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New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Theresa Welford

Theresa Welford

Theresa Welford grew up just outside Savannah, Georgia, in a small working-class town called Port Wentworth. She has degrees in English from Armstrong State College (BA), the University of Georgia (MA), and the University of Essex (PhD). She has taught at Georgia Southern University since 1987. She and her husband Mark live in a small house out in the boonies, off a dirt lane, behind a cotton field, in the woods, with their five cats and four dogs, plus (currently) a foster cat and a foster dog. A long-time vegetarian for ethical reasons, Theresa volunteers with two local animal rescue groups, she also writes a weekly blog, focusing almost entirely on animal-related subjects, for the Statesboro Herald Community website.

Welford has published poems in journals including Karamu, Thalia: Studies in Literary Humor, Atlanta Review, Chiron Review, Dickinson Review, Rhino, and New Mexico Humanities Review. She has also published several articles. One article discussing the possible connections between a poem by Ezra Pound and one by Thomas Wyatt appears in Paideuma: A Journal of Pound Studies; another article, about "re-animating" students' interest in poetry, appears in Florida English Journal; and another one, which combines memoir with ideas about being a working-class person in an academic world, appears in Those Winter Sundays: Female Academics and Their Working-Class Parents. Her most recent article, "Code-Meshing and Creative Assignments: How Students Can Stop Worrying and Learn to Write Like Da Bomb," will appear in Code Meshing as World English: Policy, Pedagogy, Performance, edited by Vershawn Ashanti Young and Aja Martinez.

Welford's edited collection of poetry, The Paradelle, which features "A Brief History of the Paradelle," written by former poet laureate Billy Collins, was published by Red Hen Press in 2005. Her second edited collection, The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems, which features an introduction by poet and editor David Lehman, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Welford has also written a critical unpublished manuscript about the connections between the Movement writers, who were prominent in 1950s England, and the New Formalists, who first came onto the American scene in the late 1970s. That book has not yet been published. And she's working on a number of essays and poems, a children's book called "We Grow Happiness Here", and a poetry chapbook called "Human Voices Wake Us". She's also pondering the possibility of writing a book about creative ways to bring writing into the classroom.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Books Available:

The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems

The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems

Theresa Welford
2011-10-01
$24.95 
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Description:

As Gertrude Stein might have put it, a cento is a collage is a mix tape is a video montage.

This hypothetical description is fitting in a number of ways. Although the cento form is ancient - in existence since at least the days of Virgil and Homer - it was also used to striking effect in the Modern era: consider, for example, T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and Ezra Pound's Cantos.

More recent centos include John Ashbery's "The Dong with the Luminous Nose," Peter Gizzi's "Ode: Salute to The New York School 1950-1970" (a libretto), Connie Hershey's "Ecstatic Permutations," and the "Split This Rock Poetry Festival - Cento, March 23, 2008" (a collaborative protest poem delivered in front of the White House).

The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems, edited by Theresa Malphrus Welford and with an introduction by David Lehman, features an extensive sampling of centos, collage poems, and patchwork poems written by Nicole Andonov, Lorna Blake, Alex Cigale, Allan Douglass Coleman, Philip Dacey, Sharon Dolin, Annie Finch, Jack Foley, Kate Gale, Dana Gioia, Sam Gwynn, H. L. Hix, David Lehman, Eric Nelson, Catherine Tufariello, and many others.


The Paradelle

The Paradelle

Theresa Welford
2006-01-01
$15.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

A few years ago, I wrote a poem that I titled Paradelle for Susan. It was the only paradelle ever to have been written because I invented the form in order to write the poem. What I set out to do was write an intentionally bad formal poem. Auden said there was nothing funnier than bad poetry, and I thought a horribly mangled attempt at a formal poem might have humorous results. I considered using an already existing form, but I figured enough bad sonnets and bad sestinas are already being written these days without me adding to the pile. . . . The paradelle invites you in with its offer of nursery-rhyme repetition, then suddenly confronts you with an extreme verbal challenge. It lurches from the comfort of repetition to the crossword-puzzle anxiety of fitting a specific vocabulary into a tightly bounded space. While the level of difficulty in most verse forms remains fairly consistent throughout, the paradelle accelerates from kindergarten to college and back to kindergarten several times and ends in a think-tank called the Institute for Advanced Word Play. Thus the jumpy double nature of the paradelle, so unsteady, so schizo, so right for our times. . . .

--Billy Collins, from the Introduction


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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.