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
Kim Dower was born and raised in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection of poetry, Air Kissing on Mars (Red Hen Press, 2010), was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list, and her second, Slice of Moon (Red Hen Press, 2013), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Last Train to the Missing Planet was released by Red Hen Press this spring. Her work has been featured in Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,” as well as in Barrow Street, Eclipse, The Los Angeles Review, Ploughshares, Rattle, and the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Beyond Baroque Books / Pacific Coast Poetry Series, 2015). The founder of the Literary Publicity Company, Kim-from-L.A., she lives in West Hollywood, California.
A founding editor of Spark Wheel Press and the journal burntdistrict, Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of both an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Wendy Fort Foundation Prize for exemplary work in poetry. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Nimrod, Willow Springs, The New York Quarterly, Iron Horse Literary Review, Redactions, and Sugar House Review. Liz’s debut novel, Monsters: A Love Story, will be published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 2016. Liz lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and 3 sons.
Seema Reza is a poet and essayist based outside of Washington, DC, where she coordinates and facilitates a unique hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Her work has appeared online and in print in The Beltway Quarterly, HerKind, Duende, Pithead Chapel and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency among others. An alumnus of VONA and Goddard College, she was awarded the 2015 Col John Gioia Patriot Award by USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for her work with service members.
The current Poet Laureate of Missouri, William Trowbridge is the author of six full poetry collections and three chapbooks. His new collection, Tilt-A-Whirl, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2016. His poems have appeared in more than thirty-five anthologies and textbooks, as well as in numerous publications including The Writer’s Almanac, and American Life in Poetry, and his awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center. He lives in the Kanas City area, where he teaches in the University of Nebraska Low-Residency MFA in Writing Program.
Tess Taylor grew up in Berkeley, California, where she led youth garden programming at the Berkeley Youth Alternatives Community Garden and interned in the kitchen at Chez Panisse. In her twenties, she dropped out of Amherst College to become a translator and chef’s assistant at L’Ecole Ritz Escoffier in Paris. An avid gardener and cook, she is also an acclaimed poet. Her chapbook The Misremembered World was selected by Eavan Boland and published by the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New Yorker. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. Tess is currently the on air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered, and was most recently visiting professor of English and creative writing at Whittier College.
Kim Addonizio has been called “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets.” Her latest books are Lucifer at the Starlite, a finalist for the Poets Prize and the Northern CA Book Award; and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, both from W.W. Norton. Her novel-in-verse, Jimmy & Rita, was recently reissued by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Kalima Press published her Selected Poems in Arabic. Addonizio’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and the essay. Her collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Other books include two novels from Simon & Schuster, Little Beauties and My Dreams Out in the Street. Her new story collection, The Palace of Illusions, was published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull in September 2014. My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits, a collaboration with woodcut artist Charles D. Jones, was published by SFA Press in 2015.
Jacqueline Derner Tchakalian, a poet and visual artist, has lived in five different states and seven cities in California. Trained as a visual artist, she discovered writing poetry later in life, at which time she quit painting for ten years. A past co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets Series and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, her poems have appeared in Eclipse, So to Speak, California Quarterly, Westward 4, and other publications. She was a finalist in the 2010 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Poetry Contest and the 2007 Conflux Press Artists Books Contest. She currently lives in Woodland Hills, CA.
Poet Amy Uyematsu was raised in southern California by parents who had been interned in American camps during World War II. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Uyematsu’s poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality, and the natural world. She is the author of several poetry collections, including Stone Bow Prayer (2005), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (1997), and 30 Miles from J-Town (1992), which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.
Nicelle Davis is a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist who walks the desert with her son J.J. in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her previous collections include In the Circus of You (Rose Metal Press, 2015), Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2013), and Circe (Lowbrow Press, 2011). Her poetry film collaborations with Cheryl Gross have been shown across the world. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, MHA, Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center, and with Red Hen’s WITS program. Recipient of the 2013 AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship, she is honored to work as a consultant for this important feminist organization. She currently teaches at Paraclete High School.
Known for its wit and complexity, Amy Gerstler‘s poetry deals with themes such as redemption, suffering, and survival. Author of over a dozen poetry collections, two works of fiction, and various articles, reviews, and collaborations with visual artists, Gerstler won the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for Bitter Angel (1990). Her early work, including White Marriage/Recovery (1984), was highly praised. Gerstler’s more recent works include Nerve Storm (1993), Medicine (2000), Ghost Girl (2004), Dearest Creature (2009), which the New York Times named a Notable Book of the Year, and Scattered At Sea(2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Jane Hilberry has written two previous books of poetry, including Body Painting, which won the Colorado Book Award and got Hilberry banned from speaking at a Colorado Springs high school. She has written a book of biography/art criticism titled The Erotic Art of Edgar Britton; edited The Burden of the Beholder: Dave Armstrong and the Art of Collage; and co-authored a little volume on email titled Get Smart: How Email Can Make or Break Your Career—and Your Organization. Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Women’s Review of Books, Denver Quarterly and many other journals. She was one of the first editors of the Indiana Review. In addition to teaching Creative Writing, Creativity, and Literature at Colorado College, Hilberry has also facilitated arts-based leadership development programs at The Banff Centre in Canada.
Jessy Randall’s poems, poetry comics, diagram poems, and other things have appeared in Asimov’s, McSweeney’s, Rattle, and The Best American Experimental Writing 2015. Her first collection, A Day in Boyland (Ghost Road Pres, 2007), was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award; a poem from her second collection, Injecting Dreams into Cows (Red Hen Press, 2012), was featured on a street-cleaning truck at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. She is the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, where she teaches a course in the history and future of reading.
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 recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and many more places, as well as heard on PRI’s “This American Life”and “Selected Shorts”. She has received two Pushcart prizes, was nominated for the TipTree award, and the Shirley Jackson short story award. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at USC
Brendan Constantine is the author of the poetry collections Dementia, My Darling (Red Hen Press, 2016), Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press, 2012), Birthday Girl with Possum (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), and Letters To Guns (Red Hen Press, 2009), 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.” In 2014 he headlined at the Dodge Poetry Festival with many of the nation’s most celebrated authors. 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 editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author of many books of essays, “proems,” and fiction, among them Bin Laden’s Bald Spot (Red Hen Press, 2011). Among honors for his work are the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.
A prolific writer, Ron Koertge was published widely in the ’60s and ’70s in such seminal magazines as Kayak and Poetry Now. His first book, The Father Poems, was published in 1973, and was soon followed by many more, including poetry, prose, novels-in-verse, and fiction for teenagers. His most recent book, Sex World, was released in Fall 2014 from Red Hen Press. Ron is the recipient of grants from the N.E.A. and the California Arts Council and has poems in two volumes of Best American Poetry (1999 and 2005). His books have been honored by the American Library Association, and two have received PEN awards. After teaching for thirty-seven years at the city college in Pasadena, he retired and now teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. He currently lives in South Pasadena, CA, with his wife, Bianca Richards.
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