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Beach=Culture: Poetry by the SeaDate: Aug 14th, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA
Join Red Hen Press and the Poetry Society of America in celebrating poetry and culture at the historic Annenberg Beach House, a gold coast gem that overlooks the ocean and once housed the stars of the golden era of Hollywood. Readers for the evening will be writers Carolyn Guinzio, Natalie Diaz, and Gabrielle Calvocoressi. For more information, please email email@example.com. To reserve a seat for this event, please visit the Annenberg’s website at www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/cultural-programs.
Carolyn Guinzio was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She earned her BA at Columbia College Chicago and MFA from Bard College in New York. She has received awards from the Arts Councils of Illinois and Kentucky, the Fund for Poetry, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Blackbird, Colorado Review, Puerto Del Sol, Smartish Pace, and New American Writing. Her first book, West Pullman, won the 2004 Bordighera Poetry Prize and appeared in an English/Italian edition. Her second book is Quarry (Parlor Press, 2008). In 2011, she cofounded the online project Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing & Images By Women. She lives with her husband, Davis McCombs, and their children, Warren and Charlotte, in Fayetteville, AR. Her new collection, Spoke & Dark, will be released by Red Hen Press in September.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She was part of the Old Dominion Lady Monarch basketball team that made it to the NCAA Championship game in 1997. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, Diaz completed a double-MFA in poetry and fiction. Her first collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April 2012. Her awards include the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry; selection to the 50 Best New American Poets; and a Pushcart nomination. Her work has been published in the Iowa Review, North American Review, and Black Renaissance Noire, among many others. She currently directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea, 2005) and Apocalyptic Swing (Persea, 2009), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer’s Award and a fellowship to Civitella di Ranieri in Umbria. She was recently awarded a prestigious Writing Residency Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation in Marfa. Her poems have been featured in the Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor’s Poet’s Almanac and in numerous journals. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is the Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books.