RHP at the Armory Center for the Arts
Red Hen Press invites you to join us at the Armory Center for the Arts, whose mission is to build on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching and presenting the arts. The Armory Center for the Arts has been at the forefront of art education in southern California for more than 60 years. Past readers include Ron Koertge, the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council, whose work has been honored by the American Library Association and has received two PEN awards, Douglas Kearney, whose The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009) was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010, and Brendan Constantine, poet-in-residence at the Windward School in West Los Angeles and 2002 nomination by the Poetry Super Highway for Poet Laureate of the state of California.
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
These events are FREE and open to the public
Suggested donation of $5
February 26, 2013 @ 7 pm
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.
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.
Eloise Klein Healy is the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors. Red Hen Press will publish her seventh book of poetry, A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings, in March 2013.
Jessica Piazza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the UT Austin, and is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She co-founded Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, is a contributing editor at The Offending Adam and has blogged for The Best American Poetry and Barrelhouse. Among other places, her work appeared in Agni, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review National Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, Hobart and Forklift, Ohio. Interrobang is her first collection of poems.
Brynn Saito is the author of the poetry collection The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of Red Hen Press’s 2011 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, and Drunken Boat, among other journals. Brynn was born in the Central Valley of California to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. She received an MFA in creative writing from SarahLawrenceCollege and an MA in religious studies from NYU. Currently, Brynn lives in the Bay Area and teaches in San Francisco.
April 30, 2013 @ 7 pm
Three performers will play the winning compositions of ACF-LA’s string trio composition competition, interspersed with readings from Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Brendan Constantine.
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram has been a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference work-study scholar, a writer-in-residence at the Montana Artists Refuge, and is a Cave Canem alumna. Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Narrative Magazine, Subtropics, and other journals. She received first place in the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars poetry contest, won the Gulf Coast Magazine Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, and received second place in Narrative Magazine’s poetry contest. Bertram is a graduate of the writing programs at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a 2009-2011 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College where she taught creative writing and literature. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her first book, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, won the Red Hen Press 2010 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, judged by Claudia Rankine.
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood, California. His work has appeared in FIELD, Zyzzyva, The Pinch, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, Rattle, and other journals. His most recent collections are Birthday Girl With Possum (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011) and Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press, 2012). An ardent supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities and one of its most recognized poets, Brendan is currently poet in residence at The Windward School in West Los Angeles.
The following performers will play the winning string trio compositions from ACF-LA’s composition competition: Shalini Vijayan (Southwest Chamber Ensemble, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Opera Pacific Orchestra, Lyris Quartet), Alma Fernandez (Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Eclipse String Trio), and Tim Loo (Hear Now Festival, Lyris Quartet, New West Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra).
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