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
These events are FREE and open to the public
Parking is $3/hour & $12/day
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March 25, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Family ties two of our artists, father and son John and Nathan Barr, and runs through the thread of Cecilia Woloch’s work. Woloch has written wrenching poetry that explores familial and personal relationships; her most recent book, Carpathia, contains touching poems, of loss but also of remembrance, about her father. John and Nathan Barr practice, respectively, the sister arts poetry and music, and both do so with what is apparently hereditary humor. John Barr’s Opcit poems have garnered strong praise for their mock-epic, serio-comic rollicking, and Nathaniel Barr’s recent musical work includes the score for the Hollywood comedy The Big Wedding.
Nathan Barr has scored all four seasons of HBO’s Emmy-winning and Fan-Favorite series, TRUE BLOOD. Barr, who worked extensively with Hans Zimmer in the past, has composed music for more than 25 feature films in addition to his television experience. The Topanga Canyon-based composer has worked with some of the most highly respected directors, including Alan Ball and gore-horror master Eli Roth. So far, Roth and Barr have collaborated on five films: Dimension Films and Vivendi Entertainment’sGRINDHOUSE, Screen Gems and Lionsgate’s HOSTEL,HOSTEL 2, CABIN FEVER, and Lionsgate’s THE LAST EXORCISM.
This year, Barr is composing original music for Lionsgate’s upcoming comedy THE BIG WEDDING. The film, released in 2013, stars Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton.
The poems of John Barr have appeared in many magazines and have been published in seven previous collections: The War Zone (1989), Natural Wonders (1991), The Dial Painters (1994), Centennial Suite (1997), all by Warwick Press; The Hundred Fathom Curve (1997) and Grace (1999), by Story Line Press; and The Hundred Fathom Curve: New & Collected Poems (2011) by Red Hen Press. Barr has served on the boards of the Poetry Society of America, Yaddo, and Bennington College, the latter as chairman. He has taught in the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College, and was appointed in 2004 the first president of The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. He lives in Chicago and New York. The Adventures of Ibn Opcit is his eighth collection due out by Red Hen Press in 2013. – See more at: http://redhen.org/authors/john-barr/#sthash.acqsAdkz.dpu
Cecilia Woloch is the author of five collections of poems, most recently Carpathia, from BOA Editions Ltd. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and is currently a lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Southern California, as well as the founding director of The Paris Poetry Workshop. She spends a part of each year traveling, and in recent years has divided her time between Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Paris, France; and a small village in the Carpathian mountains of southeastern Poland
May 13, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Kim (Freilich) Dower grew up in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection, Air Kissing on Mars was published by Red Hen Press in 2010 and appeared on the Poetry Foundation?s Contemporary Best-Sellers list. The book was described by The Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” Kim teaches in the BA Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is the owner of a literary publicity company called Kim-from-L.A., Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Seneca Review, Rattle, Barrow Street, Eclipse, and Two Hawks Quarterly. Two of the poems in Slice of Moon were finalists for the Rattle Poetry Prize. She lives with her family in West Hollywood, California.
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.
Jim Tilley earned a doctorate in physics from Harvard and worked on Wall Street for twenty years. His first collection of poetry, In Confidence, was published by Red Hen Press in 2011. His poems have been published in literary journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He has won the Sycamore Reviews Wabash Prize for Poetry, the New England Poetry Clubs Firman Houghton Award, and an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review. He lives in Bedford Corners, New York.
Moderator: Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, FIELD, Zyzzyva, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, ArtLife, PANK, and L.A. Times Best Seller, The Underground Guide to Los Angeles. His first book, Letters To Guns (Red Hen Press 2009), is now required reading in creative writing programs across the nation. His most recent collections are Birthday Girl With Possum (Write Bloody Publishing 2011) and Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press 2012).
Mr. Constantine has had work commissioned by the Getty Museum and he has received grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and adjunct professor at Antioch University. In addition, he regularly offers classes in hospitals, prisons, shelters, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.
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