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5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (5/24/17)

We at Red Hen Press are hoping that you’re having a wonderful week and that your Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be relaxing. We have a number of events coming up this week that we are very excited about! With a few of our poets reading in Chicago and New York in addition to the fabulous California events, this week is a literary wonderland!

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(1) May 25, 2017, 7 pm, Chicago, IL FREE – Poetry off the Shelf: Elise Paschen & Laura Kasischke at Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine

Elise Paschen is the author of Bestiary (2009), Infidelities (1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts (1985). The Nightlife, her new collection, will be published by Red Hen Press in Spring 2017. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Poet and novelist Laura Kasischke has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. Her latest novel is Mind of Winter (2014) and her new collection is Where Now: New & Selected Poems (2017).

Read more information on the Poetry Foundation event page!

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(2) May 25, 2017, 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Golden State 2017 Anthology Release Party at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore will be presenting a reading celebrating the release of the anthology Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, the fourth volume in the series formerly known as California Prose Directory! Editor Lisa Locascio will host, and contributors Lou Matthews, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Anthony J. Mohr, Vincent Poturica, Elizabeth Hall, Seth Fischer, Ashton Politanoff, Rebecca Baumann, Ron Gutierrez, Anne-Marie Kinney, and Jasper Henderson will read. Authors will be on hand to sign copies of the book after the reading. Don’t miss this unique gathering of local voices!

The store has limited capacity, a mere 300, so get there early!

Find out more on their Facebook event.

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(3) May 27, 2017, 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA $10 – The Wandering Song Publication Reading with Tia Chucha Press at Beyond Baroque

Beyond Baroque is excited to celebrate the publication Tia Chucha Press’ landmark anthology The Wandering Song. The first-ever comprehensive literary survey of the Central American diaspora by a U.S. publisher, The Wandering Song captures the complexity of a rapidly growing community that shares certain experiences with other Latino groups, but also offers its own unique narrative. This reading – like the book – will showcase writers who render a multiplicity of experiences, as refugees from the wars of the 1980s to those who barely remember the homeland or who were born in El Norte. The event will be hosted by Leticia Hernandez Linares who, who is joining us from San Francisco. Tia Chucha Press publisher Luis Javier Rodriguez will also be attending.

Visit their Facebook event to find out more!

(4) May 28, 2017, 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Kelly Lytle Hernandez Discusses Her Book City Of Inmates at Skylight Book Store

Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any other city in the United States, which imprisons more people than any other nation on Earth. This book explains how the City of Angels became the capital city of the world’s leading incarcerator. But City of Inmates is also a chronicle of resilience and rebellion, documenting how targeted peoples and communities have always fought back. This book recounts how the dynamics of conquest met deep reservoirs of rebellion as Los Angeles became the City of Inmates, the nation’s carceral core. Join Skylight as Kelly discusses dark but enthralling history of Los Angeles that led to The City of Angeles becoming the City of Inmates.

Learn more about Kelly on Skylight’s event page.

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(5) May 30, 2017, 7:00 pm, New York, NY FREE – Reading at Book Culture

Join Red Hen Press authors Kate Gale, Kim Dower, and Carol Becker as they share their amazing works of poetry and essays!

Kate Gale’s The Goldilocks Zone, according to Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, explores the world around us using “clipped jumpy rhythm” and “sudden bursts of syntax.”

Kim Dower’s Last Train to the Missing Planet is described by Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet, as examining “that space where the soul and the truest self live.”

Carol Becker’s Losing Helen is a first-person narrative essay of a daughter’s journey through the process of losing her ninety-eight-year-old mother. Marianne Hirsch, author of The Generation Of Postmemory, called Becker’s essay “a gift of courage amidst inconsolable loss for which her readers will be grateful.”

Learn more about the authors by visiting our website.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (5/16/17)

We at Red Hen Press are hoping your week is treating you well and that all of you enjoyed a meaningful Mother’s Day! This week there are quite a few readings happening here in California as well as a very special event hosted by one of our own authors that we think is going to be fun, unique, and unforgettable. We hope to see you there!

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(1) May 16, 2017, 6 pm, San Francisco, CA FREE – Everywhere Home: An Evening with authors Fenton Johnson and Andrew Lam at the San Francisco Public Library

Authors Fenton Johnson and Andrew Lam will be at the San Francisco Public Library tonight for a discussion of their works. Fenton Johnson’s most recent book is Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays, which are new and selected essays from 30+ years of essay publishing. Many of these are set in San Francisco, where he was a staff writer for the New York Times based in SF during part of those years—and there’s a section (“Journals of the Plague Years”) of essays set in the first years of the AIDS epidemic.  Andrew Lam is a senior editor at New American Media and author of three books, including a very fine collection of short stories Birds of Paradise Lost published by Red Hen Press.

Find out more on their calendar page.

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(2) May 18, 2017, 7:15 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space at the Los Angeles Central Library

Head over to the Los Angeles Central Library on the 18th to hear two physicists and writers discuss their books and the science behind them. Janna Levin, one of today’s most eminent theoretical astrophysicists and an award-winning writer, recounts the fascinating story of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks of the scientists who embarked on an epic endeavor to capture the first sounds from space in her latest book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space. Join the Central Library as Levin explores this radical scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe with cosmologist Sean Carroll.

Find out more on their event page.

(3) May 19, 2017, 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Guy Delisle Discusses his Nonfiction Graphic Novel Hostage, with David Ulin at Skylight Books

Join award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle at Skylight Books for the launch of his highly anticipated, non-fiction page-turner: Hostage. Set in the Caucasus region in 1997, Hostage tells the true story of Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe Andre who was held captive for over three months. Recounting his day-to-day survival while conveying the psychological effects of solitary confinement, Delisle’s storytelling doesn’t just show André’s experiences, but brings you into the room alongside him. Hostage is a thoughtful, intense, and undeniably moving graphic novel that takes a profound look at what drives our will to survive in the darkest of moments.

Find out more on their event page.

(4) May 21, 2017, 2 pm, Pasadena, CA, RSVP ONLY – Garden Poetry & Art Walk Hosted by Red Hen Press

To celebrate the release of local author Lisa C. Krueger’s new collection of poetry, Run Away to the Yard, Red Hen Press will host a Garden Poetry and Art Walk at Krueger’s Pasadena home on May 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This unique, intimate event will feature artwork and poetry from over a dozen local poets and artists, all of which will be displayed throughout Krueger’s garden. Guests will be welcomed to peruse the pieces at their leisure and refreshments will be served. The walk is open to the public, but names of attendees must be sent to publicity@redhen.org with the subject “GardenWalk RSVP” to receive the address.

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(5) May 23, 2017, 7:30 pm, Beverly Hills, CA FREE – An Evening with Dennis Lehane at the Writers Guild Theater

Dennis Lehane is an international bestselling author and screenwriter best known for his edgy, morally complex, and effortlessly masterful stories that often take place in his hometown of Boston. Now a resident of Los Angeles, many of Lehane’s novels have been adapted into award-winning films, including Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone, and the recently released prohibition-era drama Live by Night. His new book, Since We Fell, follows the psychological drama of Rachel Childs, a former journalist who after an on-air mental breakdown, must reckon with the truths of her new reality. Join the Writers Guild Theater for a special evening with Lehane as he discusses his latest work, his dynamic storytelling, and genre-breaking career with fellow book and screen writer Attica Locke.

 

A Few Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we here at Red Hen Press have your back when it comes to (admittedly last minute) gift ideas! Whether the person you’re buying for loves literature or you’d like to share a favorite collection or novel with them, these are three of our own titles that we think are perfect for the occasion due to their honest (and sometimes brutal) depiction of experiences of motherhood:

 

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Run Away to the Yard is a unique collection of poems that addresses personal identity within the contemporary culture. Krueger’s poems challenge old notions of self, asking readers to reconsider what brings meaning to daily life. Through the lens of close observation—much like a photographer—Krueger examines the complexity of our responses to a convoluted world. Poems ask us to consider who we are when our lives become stripped of the ordinary and expected, whether that be material commodities, health, daily routines, relationships, even memory. These poems aim toward greater compassion—for other people and ultimately for ourselves. Here is one of our favorite poems from the collection:

Donating the Cake Dome

She couldn’t stop–she did it

almost every afternoon while

they napped or later sat

upstairs with homework.

She listened to the scrape

of desk chairs on the ceiling

while she measured and blended,

hummed from oven

to sink, redolence rising

in a sweet promise she thought

was required, didn’t know

how to live without,

all her life afraid

to be empty handed.

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Undone by motherhood, judged by her husband, thirty-two-year-old Rachel Clayborne flees with her baby in the middle of the night for the one place on earth that’s been her refuge: her grandmother’s lakehouse in northern Wisconsin. Hoping to reconnect with a former, healthier self, she instead faces a confused and dying grandmother, her ever-present nurse who seems bent on thwarting each of Rachel’s desires, and a changed ex-boyfriend—her first and most passionate love. As a constant rain threatens the nearby dam, Rachel struggles to discern what’s happened to the past, who she’s become, and what kind of a life she will make for herself now—one that clings to ghosts or opens bravely to a wild new geography.

From the acclaimed author Amy Hassinger comes a gripping novel that depicts the transformative power of motherhood with honesty, wit, and compassion. Here’s an excerpt we find to be both quiet and beautiful:

“When she’d finished assembling the crib, Rachel stretched out on the twin bed and sank immediately into a deep slumber which lasted fourteen minutes before Dierdre squeaked awake. Drowsily, Rachel lifted Dee from the crib mattress and fed her while she dozed a little while longer.  Eventually, Dee began squirming to be upright, so Rachel dragged herself out of bed, hooked Dierdre into her front pack, and shuffled downstairs to the kitchen, where she descended upon the rack of blueberry muffins cooling on the rack.  Diane caught her peeling the paper off the third muffin while she was still chewing the second.”

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Tess Taylor’s Work and Days is a collection of calendric poems heavily influenced by the year she spent in a cottage in the Berkshires. In that time she was outside the city for the first time in nearly a decade, interning on small farm, and trying to conceive her first child. In poems full of bounty, loss and the mysteries of the body, Taylor offers a rich, severe and memorable meditation about what it meant to try to connect to our bodies, and our time on Earth. Here is the collection’s poem for the month of May:

May Day

They go, the early flags, the glory maples–

so too the daffodils & Lenten roses.

Other petals swirl & nights warm.

Buds thicken & cast shadows:

in a thunderstorm

I almost forget the ice that was.

Narcissi suckle watery paths;

meadows heap up emerald masses.

How green & I want to delight

except this undertow–it pulls so fast

passing before I recognize it.

Like souls in Dante who can’t see the present,

white lilacs curdle in pre-summer heat.

The parade I barely noticed was beginning

is already halfway down the street.  

All of these titles can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, or your local independent bookstore!

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (05/09/17)

Happy Tuesday Red Henners! We have an exciting week here in Southern California with two of our very own events and a plethora of other readings going on! Here’s some info on our events this week and a few others we think might interest you!

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(1) May 10, 2017, 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Yumi Sakugawa Discusses her Book The Little Book of Life Hacks with Krista Suh at Skylight Books

The Little Book of Life Hacks is the perfect gift for recent graduates, young professionals or anyone looking to make their life a little happier, healthier, and more beautiful. Join Skylight books for a discussion about this book and how it could help you!

Find out more on their event page.

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(2) May 11, 2017, 7:15 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – In a Western Light: Poetry at the Edge of America at Aloud Library

Red Hen Press co-presents readings by poets Victoria Chang, Brendan Constantine, Kim Dower, Blas Falconer, Amy Gerstler, Douglas Kearney and Brynn Saito at the Aloud Library in Los Angeles.

California is about the magic of the land and the promise of possibility— yet the question remains, for whom? Seven contemporary California poets celebrate the diverse poetry of seven distinguished California writers, hoping to provide a lens through which to experience these visions of a life lived in the harsh clarity of a Western light.

Find out more on our Facebook event.

(3) May 12, 2017, 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Jenny Han Reading at The Last Bookstore

Join the great people over at The Last Bookstore for a fabulous west coast book party for Jenny Han’s new novel Always and Forever, Lara Jean, featuring a hair station, nail station, and some delicious treats!

Find out more on their Facebook event.

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(4) May 12, 2017, 8 pm, Venice, CA, PAID ADMISSION – Eric Howard and S.A. Griffin Reading at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Poet Eric Howard’s debut collection Taliban Beach Party addresses 9/11 and its aftermath in the context of Los Angeles history, beginning with satire, concluding with prophecy. The collection also makes an examination of office life. Eric is joined by legendary Los Angeles poet S.A. Griffin. $10 Regular admission. Members FREE.

Find out more on their eventbrite page.

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(5) May 15, 2017, 7:30 pm, San Diego, CA FREE – Warwick’s Reading with Lisa C. Krueger

Red Hen Press and Warwick’s are hosting a reading with Lisa C. Krueger, author of Run Away to the Yard. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick’s for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick’s will be signed.

Find out more on our Facebook event.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (5/2/2017)

This is an exciting month here at Red Hen Press! By the end of May, all of our Spring titles will have been released and then we start looking toward the fall. That does not, however, suspend our enthusiasm when it comes to literary events, especially those happening in our backyard here in Los Angeles! Here are 5 events we’re really hoping to see you at this week!

(1) Every Wednesday-Monday until August 7, 2017, San Marino, CA, $23 for adults, $19 for students and seniors, $10 for children – “Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories Exhibit” at The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library currently has an exhibit dedicated to the life and works of Octavia E. Butler, an incredible author and icon in the realm of science fiction who brought her own voice and history into the genre. The Huntington Library exhibition is incredible and we strongly urge you to go check it out!

Find out more on the exhibit website.

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(2) May 3, 2017, 7 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Zachary Mason Reads From his Newest Book Void Star at Skylight Books

Join us at Skylight Books in Los Angeles to hear Zachary Mason read from his new book Void Star. This mind-bending science fiction science fiction novel will have you reeling and pondering questions concerning morality, AI, and what it means to be human.

Find out more on their event site.

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(3) May 4, 2017, 7 pm, Pasadena, CA FREE – Red Hen Press Poetry Reading at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join Red Hen Press for a poetry reading at Vroman’s Bookstore, featuring authors Lisa C. Krueger and William Trowbridge. Lisa’s Run Away to the Yard is a unique collection of poems that addresses personal identity within the contemporary culture. Her poems challenge old notions of self, asking readers to reconsider what brings meaning to daily life. William Trowbridge’s Vanishing Point concerns memory, cognition, history, and morality as experienced through the process of aging and as seen largely through a seriocomic lens. His poems range from dark to hilarious, and everything in-between. We’ve been looking forward to this one for a long while and we hope to see you there!

Find out more on our Facebook event.

(4) May 5, 2017, 7 pm, West Hollywood, CA FREE – Kathy Shorr discusses and signs Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America at Book Soup

Book Soup will be hosting a discussion and signing of Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America by Kathy Shorr, a visual book tackling an incredibly important issue. Go take part in the conversation this Friday at Book Soup!

Find out more on their event page.

(5) May 7, 2017, 3 pm, Santa Monica, CA FREE – Dani Shapiro Discusses and Signs her Newest Memoir Hourglass at DIESEL, A Bookstore

Join the people at DIESEL to listen to best-selling novelist Dani Shapiro discuss her newest and most piercing work, Hourglass. The memoir engages in questions about marriage, time, and their connection to each other. Head over to DIESEL this Sunday and listen to Dani talk about this memoir and her life.

Find out more on their event page.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week

This past weekend was the LA Times Festival of Books and we’re so grateful to those who came out to celebrate literature with us! Now the festival may be over but there are still plenty of literary events to attend this week for all ages and interests. Here are a few that caught our eye.

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(1) April 25, 2017, 6:30 pm, Santa Monica, CA, FREE – Red Hen Press Reading at Annenberg Community Beach House

Join Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica on April 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm for an evening full of vibrant poetry read by the very poets who put pen to paper and brought the poems to life.  Authors Douglas Manuel, Safiya Sinclair, and Jane Mead will be reading and members of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra will be performing.  The event is free, but RSVPs are required.

Find out more on our Facebook event.

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(2) April 27, 2017, 11:15 am, Santa Monica, CA, FREE – Cake Time: A Reading at SMC Spring Literary Series

Red Hen Press author and Santa Monica College professor Siel Ju will be reading at Santa Monica College’s spring literary series. She will read from her recently released novel-in-stories, Cake Time.

Find out more here.

(3) April 29, 2017, 8 am, Oroville, CA, PAID ADMISSION – Andrew Lam Speaks at 6th Annual WordSpring Creative Writing Conference

WordSpring offers a full day of inspiring workshops for beginning to advanced writers, and is designed to give you hands-on techniques in writing poetry and fiction including marketing, plot, character, voice and style.
Writers, craft your way to success at the 6th annual WordSpring Creative Writing Conference on Saturday, April 29 at the Butte College main campus, Learning Resource Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A free kick-off reading and reception takes place Friday evening, April 28 with authors Jael Richardson and Andrew Lam, from 7:30 to 9 at Roots Catering, 3221 Esplanade in Chico.

Find out more on their website.

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(4) April 29, 2017, 9 am, Santa Monica, CA, TICKETS REQUIRED – Yallwest Book Festival

YALLWEST is the non-profit behind the April 29th book festival of the same name, benefitting Los Angeles and Santa Monica school libraries. YALLWEST and their sister festival YALLFEST (Charleston, SC), are now the largest teen and middle grade book festivals in the US.

Over 100 authors and presenters will join readers of all ages for a full day of panels, signings, music, photobooths, food trucks, bookselling, cupcake parties, Quidditch gaming, giveaways and constant fun.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

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(5) April 30, 2017, 2 pm, Brentwood, CA, PAID ADMISSION –  April Literary Tea

Join the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s National Book Association for an afternoon of reading, lunch buffet, and desserts. Acclaimed authors Kerry Kletter, Nina Revoyr and Rufi Thorpe will share their novels – stories that explore the coming-of-age search for identity.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week

We’re almost there! The LA Times Festival Books is just around the corner and we couldn’t possibly be more excited! This is the biggest literary festival in the U.S. with huge names and tons of events! The festival is being hosted by USC and is free to attend so we’ll see you there!
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(1) April 22-23, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, FREE – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC

Come join us at the literary event of the year for readings and talks by some of the biggest names in literature like Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, Laurel Ann Bogen, Roxanne Gay, T.C. Boyle and so many more! We’ll be there for poetry readings from our own authors Safiya Sinclair (April 22 at 5 pm), Amy Uyematsu (April 23 at 2 pm), and Kim Dower (April 23 at 2:40 pm) on the poetry stage. We’ll also be sharing a booth with the Los Angeles Review so come check us out at booth 934 where we’ll have a plethora of Red Hen titles for sale!

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(2) April 21-23, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, TICKETS REQUIRED – the-green-heart project Performances and Booth at the Fabrik Expo

Join the-green-heart project founded by Red Hen author Petra Eiko seven years ago to promote wellness, hope, peace, harmony, and understanding between individuals and nations. Come enjoy a moving exhibit and performance which will surely remind you that “we are all one”

For tickets and more information, visit the expo website.

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(3) April 21, 2017, 2 pm, Claremont, CA, FREE – 25th Anniversary Poetry Marathon at the Honnold Library

Join the award-winning Kingsley & Kate Tufts poets for an afternoon of poetry.  Featured readers include Vievee Francis, Phillip B. Williams, Marianne Boruch, Atsuro Riley, Heidy Steidlymayer, John Koethe, Jennifer Clarvoe, Tom Sleigh, Henri Cole, Charles Harper Webb, Katherine Larson,Catherine Bowman, and more! Light refreshments will be provided.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

(4) April 22, 2017, 1 pm, Great Barrington, MA, $45 – So Much Is In Bud: Cultivating Hope in an Age of Fear.

Join Red Hen Press author Ellen Meeropol along with Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz at the Berkshire Fesitval of Women Writers for readings and an invitation to spirited writing!

Find out more on their event page.

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(5) April 25, 2017, 6:30 pm, Santa Monica, CA, FREE – Red Hen Press Reading at Annenberg Community Beach House

Join Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica on April 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm for an evening full of vibrant poetry read by the very poets who put pen to paper and brought the poems to life.  Authors Douglas Manuel, Safiya Sinclair, and Jane Mead will be reading and members of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra will be performing.  The event is free, but RSVPs are required.

Find out more on our Facebook event.

 

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week

This is an exciting month to be a fan of literature in Southern California. National Poetry Month is upon us and on April 22nd the LA Times Festival of Books comes to USC for all to enjoy! While we all wait for the Festival, check out these 5 events happening this week here in California.

(1) April 12, 2017, 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA, FREE – Jesse Johnson Reads from his Debut Novel at Skylight Books

Jesse Johnson will be reading from his debut novel Yearbook at Skylight books. Go support this hilarious and moving debut novel about learning to believe in yourself again. Whether you have yet to start high school or you graduated decades ago, you’re sure to love Yearbook and the whip-smart Lester Smith.

Find out more on their event page.

 

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(2) April 13, 2017, 7 pm, La Canada Flintridge, CA, FREE – Diversity of Desire, Writing Queer Perspectives hosted by Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Come enjoy a panel moderated by Erin Judge with Catie Disabato, Dan Lopez, and Martin Pousson bringing together Southern California’s most exciting emerging LGBT voices in conversation about writing novels that feature LGBT characters in diverse contexts and environments, from Louisiana to Chicago to Boston to Florida. Each of these writers deals with the specificities of individual characters and their circumstances, as well as navigating the overarching politics of our society and the evolution of social perspectives.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

 

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(3) April 15, 2017, 3 pm, West Hollywood, CA, FREE – Red Hen Press Reading hosted by Book Soup

Join Red Hen Press for a fantastic line up of exquisite authors at the cozy Book Soup bookstore in Los Angeles. Enjoy an afternoon full of breath-taking stories read by the brilliant authors who brought them to life. The event will feature Elizabeth Powell, Angela Palm, and Siel Ju.

Find out more on our Facebook event.

 

(4) April 15, 2017, 5 pm, Los Angeles, CA, FREE – CALARTS MFA Students Read from their Work at Skylight Books

Join Skylight Books for NEXTWORDS, the annual reading series organized, curated by and featuring graduating MFA students of CalArts’ Creative Writing Program. Go out and support these talented new writers!

Find out more on their event page.

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(5) April 19, 2017, 7 pm, Bakersfield, CA, FREE – Brendan Constantine Reading at CSU Bakersfield

Join Red Hen Press author Brendan Constantine as he reads his work in celebration of National Poetry Month. Don’t miss Brendan read! He’s an incredible performer and poet!

Find out more on his Facebook post.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week

For this week’s spotlight, we have events coming up featuring our own authors as well as a few other literary events we think you’ll enjoy!

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(1) April 4, 2017, 7pm, Brooklyn, NY, FREE – CLMP Presents Poets Read Fiction at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop

Join CLMP at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop to hear four genre promiscuous poets read their fantastic prose. A fiction reading during Poetry Month? Radical, we know. We’ll see you there.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

 

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(2) April 6, 2017, 7pm, West Hollywood, CA, FREE RSVP – As Far as You Can See . . . Sunset Strip through the Eyes of Poets

Join us for a reading of both original work and work by poets who captured a time we hold dear. Celebrate National Poetry Month and experience a rainbow of colors, emotions, and memories, through words that are certain to evoke your own electric visions!  Organized by Kim Dower, West Hollywood City Poet Laureate as part of National Poetry Month and the City of West Hollywood’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the counterculture era ‘There’s Something Happening Here…’

This reading features poets: Laurel Ann Bogen, Elena Karina Byrne, Brendan Constantine, Kim Dower, Yvonne Estrada, Bill Mohr, and Lynne Thompson.

For more information and to RSVP visit the event site.

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(3) April 8, 2017, 9am, Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Festival of Women Authors

This festival celebrated the authorship and success of women writers since 2009. This year’s event is the biggest yet and we can’t wait to see all of these incredibly talented authors share their work. The festival is being held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel and books will be sold throughout the event with all authors available for signings.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

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(4) April 8, 2017, 1pm, Easthampton, MA, FREE – Ellen Meeropol Reading with Jacqueline Sheehan at Easthampton Bookfest

Celebrate the release of Ellen Meeropol’s latest novel, Kinship of Clover and Jaqueline Sheehan’s  Tiger in the House at White Square Books during the Easthamption Book Fest!

Find out more on their Facebook event.

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(5) April 9, 2017, 4pm, Los Angeles, CA, FREE – “Angels Flight” literary west Salon With Chiwan Choi & José Luís Peixoto

Please join us for a very special Poetry salon, featuring Saramago Prize winning author Jose Luis Peixoto (The Piano Cemetery, Antidote) reading from his new translation, A CHILD IN RUINS (Writ Large Press), and Chiwan Choi, reading from his new book, THE YELLOW HOUSE (CCM). The two will participate in a conversation and Q&A around their new books, followed by selected guest poet readings by Rocío Carlos, Rachel McLeod Kaminer, Armine Iknadossian and more.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week

Last week Red Hen went international with exciting events in London and wonderful authors! We’re so grateful for the success of the events and the authors who participated in them. This week, we’d like to highlight some readings and other events happening in Southern California as well as invite you to some of our own events that we’re looking forward to!

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(1) March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm, Pasadena, CA, FREE – RHP Open Mic Poetry Night at Der Wolfskopf

Come and enjoy an evening of poetry with Red Hen Press this Thursday. Join us as we showcase readings of our intern and staff’s original works and share your own. The evening will be filled with laughter, life stories and no doubt some rather nervous first time readers. Help us support our budding authors and poets by coming out and sharing a drink and a poem or two. We hope to see you there!

One drink minimum.

Find out more on our Facebook event.

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(2) March 30, 2017, 7pm, West Hollywood, CA, FREE RSVP – Lloyd Sachs on T BONE BURNET at Book Soup

Book Soup hosts a discussion and book signing for Llyod Sachs this Thursday. Go hear him talk about his book and his incredible influence in the music industry.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

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(3) March 31, 2017, 6pm, Pasadena, CA, FREE – Meet Emily Dickinson and Kick off National Poetry Month at Vroman’s Bookstore in Hasting’s Ranch

In celebration of National Poetry Month and Sierra Madre Playhouse’s production of The Belle of Amherst by William Luce. Enjoy a scene from the play, the poetry of local students inspired by Emily Dickinson, a group writing exercise, and free refreshments.

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(4) April 1, 2017, 5:30pm, Denver, CO, FREE – Poetry Reading by Jessy Randall, Jane Hilberry, and Rosemary Trommer hosted by BookBar in Denver

Come join us at BookBar on Saturday for wine and readings from Jessy Randall, Jane Hilberry, and Rosemary Trommer.

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(5) April 1, 2017, 5pm, Los Angeles, CA, FREE – Ron Rege Jr and Maja D’Aoust discuss CARTOON UTOPIA and WHAT PARSIFAL SAW at Skylight Books

Join us at Skylight Books where Ron Rege Jr and Maja D’Aoust will discuss the ideas that influenced them and read from their work Cartoon Utopia and the new graphic novel What Parsifal Saw.

Find out more on the Skylight Books event page.