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Red Hen at the RuskinDate: Oct 14th, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: The Ruskin Art Club
800 S. Plymouth Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Please join Red Hen Press, in association with the venerable Ruskin Art Club, for a reading featuring Rodney Wittwer, Gary Lemons, Peggy Dobreer, Alice Derry, and Murat Nemet-Nejat along with music by Jared Burton, moderated by Charles Hood. The event will be followed by complimentary wine and cheese. The Ruskin Art Club, founded in 1888, is Los Angeles? oldest cultural association. Its 1922 clubhouse was declared a Los Angeles Historical Monument in 1997. For more information, please contact Red Hen Press at email@example.com.
Rodney Wittwer is a native of Wisconsin, who received an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and has lived in the Boston area since 1983. His poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, Hayden?s Ferry Review, The Literary Review, Memorious, Pleiades, Ploughshares, and Verse Daily, among others. He is the recipient of a 2012 Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Gone & Gone is his first book, published by Red Hen Press in September 2012.
Gary Lemons worked most of his life outdoors with his hands. He?s fished Bristol Bay in Alaska, tree planted the clear cuts of the Pacific Northwest, worked high steel as a welder, slip formed concrete, and worked on farms. He spent two years at the University of Iowa in the Undergraduate Poetry Workshop studying with Norman Dubie, Marvin Bell, and Donald Justice. He?s published three books of poetry, the first, Fresh Horses, with Van West & Co., and the last two, Bristol Bay and Snake, with Red Hen Press. He now teaches yoga with his life partner, the sculptor Nöle Giulini, in their studio, Tenderpaws, in Port Townsend, Washington.
Peggy Dobreer?s first full-length collection, In The Lake of Your Bones, was just released by Moon Tide Press, and she is co-author of 64 Ways To Practice Nonviolence: A Curriculum and Resource Guide, (ProEd, Inc). Ms. Dobreer?s poems have appeared in such anthologies as Cracked Pavement and Plastic Trees: Our Gifts to Future Generations, Everything About You Is Beautiful, Literary Angles: The Second Poetic Diversity Anthology, The San Pedro River Review, WordWright?s Magazine, The Malpais Review, and LA Yoga, among others. A long time supporter of the arts and poetry in Los Angeles, in 2002, Peggy founded the now legendary Horse of Another Color Poetry Series, which continues as the reading series at LMU Extension.
Alice Derry was born in Oregon and raised in Washington and Montana. Her third collection of poetry, Strangers to Their Courage, was a finalist for the 2002 Washington Book Award. Stages of Twilight, Derry?s first collection, won the King County Publication Award, chosen by Raymond Carver; Clearwater was published in 1997. Derry also has three chapbooks and her poems have been widely published in anthologies. Tremolo (Red Hen Press, 2012), her fourth full collection, won a 2011 GAP Award from Artist Trust in Washington.
Poet, translator and essayist, Murat Nemet-Nejat was born in Istanbul, Turkey where he graduated from Robert College. In 1959, he moved to the United States and studied literature at Amherst College and Columbia University. Murat Nemet-Nejat?s most recent work includes the poem ?The Spiritual Life of Replicants,? the translation of the Turkish poet Seyhan Erozçelik?s ?Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds,? and the memoir/essay ?Istanbul Noir.? He is presently working on ?Things,? part six of the seven part poem, ?The Structure of Escape,? of which ?The Spiritual Life of Replicants? is part five.
Special musical guest:
Jared Burton is a Los Angeles native and has been writing songs for over a decade. As a guitarist and singer, his songs range from the deeply personal to the sardonically political. He has released one EP titled Amerikana and is currently recording his backlog of songs with plans to release them beginning in 2013. Burton has performed at many venues in the Los Angeles area, including Genghis Cohen, Café Club Fais Do-Do, and the Hotel Café. Burton often performs with musicians Hector Galvan on percussion and David Howe on bass.