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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 90402

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

Upcoming Events

April 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM



shondabuchananPoet, memoirist, and fiction writer Shonda Buchanan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Hampton University teaching creative writing, composition, essay writing, editing, and research. Author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?, which was nominated for the Literary of Virginia Literary Contest and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards, and editor of Voices from Leimert Park, Shonda is an award-winning poet whose expertise includes Narrative Nonfiction, Contemporary American, African American, American Indian and Women’s Literature, and Comparative Literature, as well as canonical texts. A culture and literary arts ambassador, her presentations, workshops and lectures demonstrate her passion for exploring gender, ethnicity, family, heritage, landscape, environment and ancestry. For more information, visit: www.shondabuchanan.com.


Teri Grimm1Teri Youmans Grimm is the author of two poetry collections, Becoming Lyla Dore (Red Hen Press) and Dirt Eaters (University Press of Florida). Her writing has also appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Connecticut Review, South Dakota Review, Sugar House Review and Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods, among other publications. She currently teaches in the low-res MFA program at the University of Nebraska. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and two children where she sings in a cover band and hunts alligators. Visit her website at teriyoumansgrimm.com.


randall-mann-448Randall Mann’s poems are often set within the landscape of Florida or California. Influenced by Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Bishop, and Donald Justice, Mann’s poetry—at once vulnerable, unflinching, and brave in its ambivalence—explores themes of loss, attraction, brutality, and expectation. Of his preference for working in form, Mann says, “Form helps me approach more comfortably the personal, helps me harden argument.” Mann is the author of Complaint in the Garden (2004), which won the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry; Breakfast with Thom Gunn (2009), finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry; and Straight Razor (2013). He is co-author of the textbook Writing Poems (2007). In response to critics who have regarded the open portrayals of homosexuality in his work as radical, Mann responds, “If tenderness between two men is radical—and I suppose it is—then the shameful world needs a new radicalism.”


Jim Tilley_cmykJim Tilley earned a doctorate in physics from Harvard and worked on Wall Street for twenty years. His poetry collections include Lessons from Summer Camp (2016), Cruising at Sixty to Seventy (2014), and In Confidence (2011), all from Red Hen Press. His short memoir, The Elegant Solution, has appeared as a Ploughshares Solo e-book, an audiobook through Audible.com, and in a Ploughshares print anthology. His poetry has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southern Review, Poetry Daily and on the PBS News Hour’s art blog, among others, and has won Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Poetry, as well as been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes.


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