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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or call 310.458.2257
June 11, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
B.H. James lives in Northern California, where he teaches high school English. His work has appeared in various journals, including Foliate Oak, Leaf Garden, and Seahorse Rodeo Folk Review. Parnucklian for Chocolate (Red Hen Press, 2013) is his first novel.
Andrew Winer is the author of the novel, The Marriage Artist (Henry Holt & Picador), and also The Color Midnight Made, which was a national bestseller. He is Chair of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. Married to author Charmaine Craig, he is completing a new novel about American religion and politics.
Goldberry Long was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the recipient of the James Michener Fellowship, The Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, and the Hackney award for the first novel. Her novel, Juniper Tree Burning, was published in 2001, and her 2nd novel, The Kingdom of No, will soon be published by Simon and Schuster. She recently won the Innovative Teaching Award at UCR.
Moderator: Originally from Utah, Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2013) is her second book. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, Two Review, and others. She teaches at Antelope Valley College, and is an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press.
July 16, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
Tess Taylor has received writing fellowships from Amherst College, the American Antiquarian Society, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the International Center for Jefferson Studies, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. She holds graduate degrees in writing from New York University and Boston University. Her chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland and published by the Poetry Society of America, and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New Yorker. She currently reviews poetry for NPR’s All Things Considered and teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley. The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013) is her first book.
Atsuro Riley is the author of Romey’s Order (University of Chicago Press, 2010), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. His work has been honored with the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and the Wood Prize given by Poetry magazine. Brought up in the South Carolina lowcountry, Riley lives in San Francisco.
Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel (Four Way Books, 2012); A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press, 2007); and The Perfect Hour (Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, 2006). He is also a co-editor for The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press, 2011) and Mentor & Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). An associate professor at Austin Peay State University, he serves as the coordinator of the Creative Writing Program and the poetry editor of Zone 3 Magazine/Zone 3 Press. In January of 2012, Falconer also began teaching for the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University. Born and raised in Virginia, Falconer earned an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland (1997) and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston (2002). He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his family.
Moderator: 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.
This event is co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.
August 13, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. His work can be found in numerous print and on-line publications and anthologized in such collections as, Carving in Bone (Moon Tide Press, 2007), Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books, 2010) and Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug (Tebot Bach, 2011). Currently Eric is an associate reviewer for Poetix.net, poet-in-residence with California Workforce Association, and teaches workshops for Red Hen Press’ Writing in School’s program. His first full-length collection of poetry and prose entitled, What We Ache For, is available from Moon Tide Press. Eric has also teamed with Melody Maker Productions to release I Don’t Like Straws, a studio produced spoken word album featuring music by David Gielan, which can be found on iTunes, Amazon and other music sites of the like. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and writes to live in Whittier, CA where he is the poetry curator for Half Off Books and runs a quarterly reading series at Vinatero Wine Shop.
Kate Durbin is the author of the poetry collection The Ravenous Audience (Black Goat Press/Akashic 2009), as well as the chapbook Fragments Found in a 1937 Aviator’s Boot (Dancing Girl Press 2009). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals and anthologies, including Drunken Boat, Action Yes, diode, elimae, Boxcar Poetry Review, and The Ledge Poetry andFiction Magazine, among others. Her poetry has been translated into Polish, and she holds an MFA in fiction from the University of California in Riverside. She lives in Whittier, California.
Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid genre, photo-text memoir Intimate; and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Award, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, an NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the University of Georgia Press’ Contemporary Poetry Series Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, inclusion in the Best American Poetryseries and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, and on National Public Radio among many others.
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.
September 9, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
Rex Wilder’s poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, The New Republic, Yale Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Waking Bodies, which takes “the tired English of everyday use” and brings it “back to us refreshed and full of its original surprise,” according to Billy Collins. Wilder is editing an anthology called There and Back, featuring original boomerangs from a diverse range of poets around the world. He is the Chief Creative Strategist for Advertising for Humanity, a marketing firm specializing in charities and community foundations. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Gioia has published four full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight chapbooks. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia’s 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture.
Jenny Factor is the author of Unraveling at the Name (Copper Canyon Press, 2002), and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2000 Astraea Foundation Grant in Poetry. She received her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and her M.F.A. in Poetry from Bennington College.
This event will feature guest musicians from the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles.
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