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RHP at the Annenberg Beach House

 

 

Red Hen Press celebrates poetry and culture at the historic Annenberg Beach House, a gold coast gem that overlooks the ocean and once housed the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. Past readers include Camille T. Dungy, two-time NAACP Image Award nominee and winner of a 2011 American Book Award for Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), Ilya Kaminsky, recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine, Susan Straight, whose Take One Candle Light a Room (Pantheon, 2010) was named one of the best novels of 2010 by The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Kirkus, and Ron Carlson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA

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Upcoming Events

 

July 29th @ 6:30 pm

Featuring:

Garrett HongoGarrett Hongo attended Pomona University and the University of Michigan. He received his MFA in English from the University of California at Irvine.

His collections of poetry include Coral Road: Poems(Alfred A. Knopf, 2011); The River of Heaven (1988), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Yellow Light (1982). He is also the author of Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i (1995), and he has edited Songs My Mother Taught Me: Stories, Plays and Memoir by Wakako Yamauchi (1994) and The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (1993).

He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Oregon at Eugene, where he directed the Program in Creative Writing from 1989 to 1993.

David Mason in Delphi c. Chrissy MasonDavid Mason is the Poet Laureate of Colorado. His books of poems include The Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, and Arrivals. His verse novel, Ludlow, won the Colorado Book Award in 2007, and was named Best Book of Contemporary Poetry of the year by the Contemporary Poetry Review. It was also featured on the PBS NewsHour. Mason is the author of an essay collection, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, and a memoir, News from the Village, which appeared in 2010. A new collection of essays, Two Minds of a Western Poet, followed in 2011. Mason has also written the libretti for composer Lori Laitman’s opera of The Scarlet Letter, her operatic adaptation of Ludlow, and her oratorio, Vedem. A former Fulbright fellow to Greece, he lives in Colorado and Oregon and teaches at Colorado College.

Andrea Scarpino 2014Andrea Scarpino received an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous journals, including The Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Los Angeles Review, PANK, and Prairie Schooner. Her first full length collection is Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She is the author of the chapbook The Grove Behind (Finishing Line Press, 2009), is a faculty member with Union Institute and University’s Cohort Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and is a weekly contributor for the blog Planet of the Blind. She lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 

alice_quinnModerator: Alice Quinn is Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s graduate School of the Arts. She was poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987-2007 and at Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers, from 1976-1986, and she is the editor of Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop. Her articles on and interviews with writers, poets, and artists have appeared in Artforum, the Canadian National Post, The Forward, Poetry Ireland, The New Yorker, and The New Yorker Online, and she is currently at work editing the journals and notebooks of Elizabeth Bishop.

 

August 12th, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

Featuring:

Cynthia Hogue 2014

Cynthia Hogue has published fourteen books and chapbooks, including Or Consequence, When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina (interview-poems with photographs), and the co-translated Fortino Sámano (The overflowing of the poem), by Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy (Omnidawn 2012), winner of the 2013 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. Among her honors are fellowships from the NEA, the Fulbright Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Her new collection is Revenance which will be published this August. She teaches in the MFA program at Arizona State University.

 

Jodi Ann Johnson was born in Pasadena, California, in 1960 and spent her childhood riding horses in the hills of Topanga, where she has lived since she was six. She received her BA in English from California State University, Northridge, in 1981 and an MA in creative writing in 1984 before enrolling in the doctoral program at UCLA; since 1986 she has taught at Los Angeles Pierce College where she is a professor of English. Her poetry has appeared in such magazines as Poetry/LA, Jacaranda Review, and New Voices, the Academy of American Poets’ anthology. In 1993 her screenplay Mama & Me was awarded a Nicholl Fellowship through the Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and she subsequently worked for Disney in both feature films and animation, as well as for Warner Bros. and other independent production companies. She has been a Writers Guild of America member since 1994. She has a daughter, Gillian Clare Larson, who shares her love of horses.

Bill William Trowbridge 2014William Trowbridge, the current Poet Laureate of Missouri, holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M. A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in English from VanderbiltUniversity. His poetry publications include five full collections: Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011), The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003), Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger (University of Arkansas Press, 2000, 1995, 1989), and three chapbooks, The Packing House Cantata (Camber Press, 2006), The Four Seasons (Red Dragonfly Press, 2001) and The Book of Kong (Iowa State University Press, l986). His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks, as well as on The Writer’s Almanac and in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, Columbia, Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. He has given readings and workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, and literary conferences throughout the United States. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was an editor of The Laurel Review/GreenTower Press from 1986 to 2004. Now living in the Kansas City area, he teaches in the University of Nebraska Low-residency MFA in Writing Program.

DanaLevin135110[1]Dana Levin grew up in California’s Mojave Desert and earned a BA from Pitzer College and an MA from New York University. Levin’s collections of poetry include In the Surgical Theatre (1999), Wedding Day (2005), and Sky Burial(2011). Selecting Levin’s manuscript for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, Louise Glück praised the work as “sensuous, compassionate, violent, extravagant.” In the Surgical Theatre also won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Osterweil Award.

Levin’s honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. Her work has been widely anthologized and has won several Pushcart Prizes. She currently lives in Santa Fe and teaches at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Warren Wilson College.

Kate_Gale_Author_PhotoModerator: Dr. Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of The Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles.  She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America.

Kate is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.  She also wrote Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto with composer Daniel Felsenfeld, based on T.C. Boyle’s The Inner Circle.  Her sixth poetry collection, The Goldilocks Zone, will be available from University of New Mexico Press in spring 2014.  She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.

 

September 9th, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

Featuring:

KearneyPhoto_CreditEric_Plattner-1Douglas Kearney: Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His third collection is Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014). He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Coat Hanger award, and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

 

Robin Coste LewisRobin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in the Creative Writing & Literature PhD Program at USC.  A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry.  She also holds a Master’s of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard’s Divinity School. She was a finalist for the International War Poetry Prize, the National Rita Dove Prize, and semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize and the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Prize.   Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, includingThe Massachusetts ReviewCallalooThe Harvard  Gay & Lesbian ReviewTransitionVIDA, amongst others.  She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris.  Fellowships and awards include the Caldera Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Can Serrat International Art Centre in Barcelona, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya.  Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans.

Brett Fletcher Lauer 2014Brett Fletcher Lauer is the Deputy Director of the Poetry Society of America. He is the author of A Hotel in Belgium(Four Way Books, 2014) and the co-editor of Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (Norton, 2002), Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets(Wave, 2004), and Bartlett’s Words for the Wedding (Little, Brown & Company, 2007).  His poems have appeared inAmerican Poetry ReviewBoston ReviewFenceHarper’s,Tin House, and elsewhere, and he is a poetry editor of A Public Space.

 

Michael Afaa Weaver 2014Afaa Michael Weaver was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute at the age of sixteen as a National Merit finalist. After two years at the University of Maryland, he entered fifteen years of factory work, during which time he wrote and published. In 1985, when Weaver received an NEA fellowship in poetry. In addition to the NEA, Professor Weaver has received several awards over the years, including the May Sarton Award (2010) , a Pushcart Prize (2008), a Pew fellowship (1998), a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship (1994), and a Fulbright appointment as a scholar (2002) at National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts.

He is the author of 12 books of poetry, a collection of essays which he edited, several essays and articles in various academic and trade publications, and short fiction. As a free lance journalist he has written for the Baltimore Sunpapers, the Baltimore Afro-American, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore City Paper, and the Philadelphia Sun. He has been the editor of Obsidian III at North Carolina State University, and the editor and founder of 7th Son Press in Baltimore.

Kate_Gale_Author_PhotoModerator: Dr. Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of The Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles.  She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America.

Kate is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.  She also wrote Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto with composer Daniel Felsenfeld, based on T.C. Boyle’s The Inner Circle.  Her sixth poetry collection, The Goldilocks Zone, will be available from University of New Mexico Press in spring 2014.  She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.

 

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