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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

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 90402

These events are FREE and open to the public
Parking is $3/hour ($5 after 5PM) & $12/day
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or call 310.458.2257

Upcoming Events

 

February 24 2015 @ 6:30 pm

Featuring:

Peter KlinePETER KLINE graduated with a BA in English from Northwestern University, an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry Writing at Stanford University. Her is currently an instructor of Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco and at Stanford Countinuing Studies in Palo Alto, CA.

 

 

 

 

revised coimbra author shot (1)Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has published three previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997), and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader. Her most recent collection is The Yellow Door (forthcoming from Red Hen Press, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 VictoriaChangVictoria Chang’s third book of poems, The Boss, was published by McSweeney’s in 2013 as part of the McSweeney’s Poetry Series and won a PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her second book, Salvinia Molesta, was published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the VQR Poetry Series in 2008. Her first book, Circle, won the Crab Orchard Review Open Competition Award and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2005. She also edited an anthology, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, published by the University of Illinois Press in 2004. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, POETRY, Believer, New England Review, VQR, The Nation, New Republic, The Washington PostBest American Poetry, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor of the literary journal, Copper Nickel. She lives in Southern California with her family and her weiner dog, Mustard, and works in business.

 

 Sholeh updated website photoSholeh Wolpé was born in Iran, and spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. A recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim Translation Fund award for her translations of Sufi  poet, Attar; 2013 Midwest Book Award for Forbidden: Poems From Iran and It’s Exiles, and the 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize for Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, an iconic 20th century Iranian poet who was the first woman to fearlessly write poems from the perspective of a woman– socially, emotionally, politically and sexually.

Wolpé is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, portions of which are used as lyrics by an international composer for a 2016 concert in New York. Her two books of translations include her co-translations of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself which was commissioned by the International Program at the University of Iowa and can be viewed and heard on WhitmanWeb. It is scheduled for released in Iran later this year.

She is the editor of three anthologies, most recently Breaking the Jaws of Silence: Sixty American Poets Speak to the World. Her poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of literary journals, periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and her poems have been translated into several languages. She is also the author of “Shame”, a play in three acts which will go on the New Ohio theater stage in NYC this March as a staged reading for the industry. She lives in Los Angeles. Website: www.sholehwolpe.com

 

 

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Hélène Cardona is author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry), Pinnacle Book Award & Readers’ Favorite Award winner, The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press), Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry), and Ce que nous portons (Editions du Cygne), Dorianne Laux’s translation. She holds a Master’s in American Literature (Sorbonne), taught at Hamilton College & LMU, received the Poiesis Award of Honor, fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, and is Chief Executive Editor of Dublin Poetry Review and Levure Littéraire, and Managing Editor of Fulcrum. Acting credits include Chocolat, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hundred-Foot Journey, etc. For Serendipity, she co-wrote with Peter Chelsom & Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang. She has lived in Switzerland, England, Wales, Monaco, Germany, Spain, Paris, New York City and Santa Monica, and travels extensively.

April 28 2015 at 6:30 PM

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20140930_faculty_headshots_0008Gary Dop—poet, performer, and playwright—lives in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where he is an English professor at Randolph College. Dop received his MFA from the University of Nebraska, and his writing, which has been published throughout the country in magazines such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Agni, and New Letters, has been recognized with a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and the 2013 Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize.

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Steve Langan graduated from Omaha North High School, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received the Paul Engle Postgraduate Fellowship from the James Michener Foundation. His most recent collection of poems is MEET ME AT THE HAPPY BAR (BlazeVOX [books], 2009). He is also the author of FREEZING (New Issues, 2001) and Notes on Exile and Other Poems (Backwaters, 2005). Langan serves on the teaching and residency faculty of the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program.

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The author of Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010) and Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), Ramón García has published poetry in a variety of journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of US-Hispanic Literature (1998), Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. A founding member of the Glass Table Collective, an artist collective formed in 2008, he is a professor at California State University, Northridge and lives in Los Angeles.

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Elena Karina Byrne is a visual artist, teacher, editor, Poetry Consultant and Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and former 12 year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America. Consultant for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, she organizes readings for The West Hollywood Book Fair, Museum Of Contemporary Art’s Night Vision Program, and she is Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club. She was the 2005 Poetry Co-Editor for The Los Angeles Review and one of three judges for the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. A ten-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her most recent publications include, The Yale Review, Paris Review,  American Poetry Review, Poetry, Volt, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Ploughshares, Verse, TriQuarterly, and Best American Poetry 2005.  Books include The Flammable Bird ( Zoo Press/Tupelo Press) is now available through Tupelo Press & Consortium. She has worked with Red Car studios on several documentary projects, including Why Shakespeare and the Muse of Fire.

Cardona_Helene_186Hélène Cardona is author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry), Pinnacle Book Award & Readers’ Favorite Award winner, The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press), Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry), and Ce que nous portons (Editions du Cygne), Dorianne Laux’s translation. She holds a Master’s in American Literature (Sorbonne), taught at Hamilton College & LMU, received the Poiesis Award of Honor, fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, and is Chief Executive Editor of Dublin Poetry Review and Levure Littéraire, and Managing Editor of Fulcrum. Acting credits include Chocolat, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hundred-Foot Journey, etc. For Serendipity, she co-wrote with Peter Chelsom & Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang. She has lived in Switzerland, England, Wales, Monaco, Germany, Spain, Paris, New York City and Santa Monica, and travels extensively.

June 2 2015 at 6:30 PM

Featuring:

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Ron Carlson is the author of five story collections and six novels, including Return to Oakpine and The Signal. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Playboy, GQ, Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. His book of poems, Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries, & Remarks, was published by Red Hen Press in 2012. His book on writing, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, is taught widely. He is the director of the writing program at the University of California at Irvine and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

 

 

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A Southern California native, businessman  Brad Wethern is a Cal Berkeley graduate. An actor for several years in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, he returned to California to go into business as a real estate agent. He has recently appeared as a regular on the KVCR TV show, Voice of the Inland Empire. Additionally, he appears as a motivational speaker on a regular basis at the Claremont Center for Spiritual Living. He has two grown children and makes his home in Ontario, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Meeropol’s characters live on the fault lines of political turmoil and human connection. She is the author of one previous novel, House Arrest (Red Hen Press, 2011). A literary late bloomer, she began seriously writing fiction in her fifties. Her short fiction and essays have been published in Bridges, DoveTales, Pedestal, The Rumpus, Portland Magazine, Beyond the Margins, The Drum, and The Writer’s Chronicle. A former pediatric nurse practitioner and part-time bookseller, Ellen holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Western Massachusetts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Tarry holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and has been published widely. His fiction has appeared in publications such as The Literary Review, On Spec, The GW Review, PANK, BULL, and Monkeybicycle. His non-fiction has appeared in the anthology How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, and Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine. In 2012, his story “Here Be Dragons” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also a four-time Juno Award winner, and one of New York’s most sought-after musicians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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