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Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Poems, short stories, and fairy tales – oh my!

Don’t miss this Beach Culture event featuring Aimee Bender, Brendan Constantine, and Brian Doyle. Reserve your seat for this free event at 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

September 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM

About the authors:


Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures (2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages.Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and more, as well as heard on PRI’s “This American Life”and “Selected Shorts”. She lives in Los Angeles with her family, and teaches creative writing at USC.



Brendan Constantine is the author of the recent poetry collection Dementia, My Darling. As with Constantine’s previous titles, Dementia, My Darling can be enjoyed at random or in order. However, when taken in sequence, the poems construct a thesis on life as we remember it from moment to moment. What is your first memory of love? How soon will you forget answering that question?

Brendan Constantine’s past collections include, Calamity Joe, Birthday Girl with Possum, and Letters To Guns which is now taught extensively in schools across the nation. His work has inspired artists in a variety of other mediums, from the canvas to the concert hall, and he has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, he has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered and KPFK’s Inspiration House. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School in Los Angeles, California, and regularly conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.



Brian Doyle is the author of ten previous books: five collections of essays, two nonfiction books (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”), two collections of short prose, and the sprawling novel Mink River, which Publisher’s Weekly called a “original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of smalltown life.” Doyle is a four-time finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, The American Scholar, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. Among various honors for his work are a Catholic Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

For more information regarding this event, please email publicity@redhen.org