RHP at the Ruskin Art Club
Red Hen Press lets you rub elbows with readings at the venerable Ruskin Art Club. The Ruskin Art Club, founded in 1888, is Los Angeles’ oldest cultural association. Its 1922 clubhouse was declared a Los Angeles Historical Monument in 1997. Past readers include Ron Carlson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award, Cecilia Woloch, recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Eloise Klein Healy, first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and Charles Harper Webb, who has been awarded the 1999 Felix Pollak Prize, S.F. Morse Poetry Prize, and Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
The Ruskin Art Club
800 S Plymouth Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
General admission $10
Students and seniors $5
February 10, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Charles Flowers graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University and received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, and Puerto del Sol. Flowers is the founding editor of BLOOM, a journal for lesbian and gay writing Edmund White called “the most exciting new queer literary publication to emerge in years.” He served as Associate Director of the Academy of American Poets, Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation, and, most recently, as Deputy Development Director at the ACLU of the Southern California. After twenty years in Tennessee and twenty years in New York, Charles now calls Los Angeles home, with his husband and two dogs.
Suzanne Lummis is the co-founder and director of the non-profit arts organization, The Los Angeles Poetry Festival, which in addition to nine citywide festivals between 1989 and 2011, established the long running Newer Poets reading, part of the Los Angeles Public Library’s ALOUD Series; the California Correspondent for New Mexico’s Malpais Review; editor of the on-line magazine Speechless (sponsored by Tebot Bach); Literary Coordinator for the Arroyo Arts Collective’s Poetry in the Windows, a public art project and poetry contest that for five years between 1995 to 2003 placed the work of Southern California poets in the windows of storefronts along Figueroa in Northeast Los Angeles and will revive the project for 2014; literary organizer for Lummis Day, The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles, named for Charles Fletcher Lummis, the early Los Angeles multiculturalist, journalist, author, and founder of the City’s first museum, The Southwest Museum. She curates the poetry reading that opens this annual celebration of Los Angeles history and the Northeast L.A. community; serves as periodic guest host for Poets’ Café on KPFK f.m. radio.
Rex Wilder is an internationally recognized poet, with poems appearing in prestigious magazines such as Poetry, The New Republic, Yale Review, and London’s Times Literary Supplement. Of his first book from Red Hen Press, Waking Bodies, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins says: “In Rex Wilder’s poetry, the tired English of everyday use comes back to us refreshed and full of its original surprise. In a world glutted with poetry, that Wilder has found a new way to say the old things is a notable achievement.” In addition to Boomerangs in the Living Room, Wilder is editing a Red Hen Press anthology called There and Back, featuring original boomerangs from a diverse range of poets around the world and a foreword by Richard Wilbur, co-creator of the form. He lives with his wife and children in Pacific Palisades, California.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1940, Martha Ronk attended Wellesley College and earned a PhD from Yale University.She is the author of several collections of poetry, including:Vertigo (Coffee House Press, 2007), which was selected by C.D. Wright as a part of the National Poetry Series;In a Landscape of Having to Repeat (Omnidawn, 2004); Why/Why Not(University of California Press, 2003); Recent Terrains (Johns Hopkins Press, 2000); Eyetrouble (University of Georgia Press, 1998); Desert Geometries (Littoral Books, 1992); and Desire in LA (University of Georgia Press, 1990). She is also the author of two chapbooks. In addition to poetry, she has written a collection of short stories, Glass Grapes: And Other Stories (BOA Editions, 2008); and two memoirs, Displeasures of the Table (Green Integer, 2001) and State of Mind (Sun & Moon Books, 1995). She is currently living in Los Angeles and is a professor of English at Occidental College.
March 24, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Kelly Davio is Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review, Associate Editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal, and a reviewer for Women’s Review of Books. She is a Pushcart nominee whose work has been honored in Best New Poets, edited by Kim Addonizio, and who has published poems in journals including Gargoyle, The Cincinnati Review, Bellingham Review, Pank,and others. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Whidbey Writers’ Workshop, and teaches English as a second language in Seattle, Washington.
Bart Edelman is currently a professor of English at Glendale College, where he edits Eclipse, A Literary Journal. He also teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. His poetry appears frequently in newspapers and journals, as well as in textbooks and anthologies published by City Lights Books, Etruscan Press, Harcourt Brace, McGraw-Hill, Simon & Schuster, Thomson/Heinle, the University of Iowa Press, and Wadsworth. He teaches poetry workshops across the United States and was poet-in-residence at Monroe College of the State University at New York. Collections of his work include Crossing the Hackensack (Prometheus Press, 1993), Under Damaris’ Dress (Lightning Press, 1996), The Alphabet of Love (Red Hen Press, 1999), The Gentle Man (Red Hen Press, 2001), The Last Mojito (Red Hen Press, 2005), and most recently The Geographer’s Wife (Red Hen Press, 2012). He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and currently resides in Pasadena, California.
David Hernandez is the recipient of a 2011 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry. His recent collection, Hoodwinked, won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and is now available from Sarabande Books. His other collections include Always Danger (SIU Press, 2006), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, and A House Waiting for Music (Tupelo Press, 2003). His poems have appeared in FIELD, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, The Missouri Review, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, and Poetry Daily. He is also the author of two YA novels, No More Us for You and Suckerpunch, both published by HarperCollins. David teaches at the University of California, Irvine and poetry workshops at California State University, Long Beach. He lives in Long Beach and is married to writer Lisa Glatt.
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.
Richard Silberg is a poet, critic, translator, and Associate Editor of Poetry Flash. His poetry book, Deconstruction of the Blues, received the 2006 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award and was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. He is the author of Reading the Sphere: A Geography of Contemporary American Poetry, as well as essaysand several translations, among them The Three Way Tavern, by South Korean poet Ko Un, which won the 2007 Northern California Book Award. This Side of Time, poems by Ko Un co-translated by Clare You and Richard Silberg, is forthcoming from White Pine Press. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Volt, Parthenon West Review, ZYZZYVA, Eleven Eleven, and New American Writing, among many other journals. He lives in Berkeley, California.
April 14, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Katie Farris’s poetry, fictions, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Verse, Indiana Review, Washington Square Review, Mid-American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Green Mountains Review, Fugue, The Arava Review, Brooklyn Rail, and others. Her most recent book is BOYSGIRLS, (“a dizzying series of colorful gem-like stories, demon-and-fairy tales that present fabulous monsters that we’ve known existed all along. In fact, any of us might be one” (Hayden’s Ferry Review). Published by Marick Press in 2011, it includes illustrations by Lavinia Hanachiuc. She is also the co-translator of Polina Barskova’s This Lamentable City (“words flicker — strange, elegant — a Russian evanescence. Heat lightning pulses between her lines” (The New York Times), which was published by Tupelo Press, 2010. Her co-translation of If I Were Born in Prague from the French of Guy Jean is forthcoming from Argos Books in 2011. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Brown University’s MFA program in Literary Arts, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at San Diego State University.
Erin Coughlin Hollowell is a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Alaska. Prior to landing in Alaska, she lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions, from tapestry weaving to arts administration. She earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska. Her work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Weber Studies, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment, and Sugar House Review, among other journals. Pause, Traveler (Boreal Books/Red Hen Press, 2013) is her first book.
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. Ilya is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004) which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year 2004 by ForeWord Magazine. In addition, Ilya writes poetry in Russian. His work in that language was chosen for “Bunker Poetico” at Venice Bienial Festival in Italy. In late 1990s, he co-founded Poets For Peace, an organization which sponsors poetry readings in the United States and abroad with a goal of supporting such relief organizations as Doctors Without Borders and Survivors International. Ilya has served as a Writer In Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and has taught poetry at numerous literary centers. He has also worked as a Law Clerk at the National Immigration Law Center, and more recently at Bay Area Legal Aid, helping impovershed and homeless in solving their legal difficulties. He lives in Berkeley, Califonia with his beautiful wife, Katie Farris.
Eva Saulitis, an essayist, poet, and marine biologist, has studied the killer whales of Prince William Sound, Alaska for 25 years. Her first book, Leaving Resurrection: Chronicles of a Whale Scientist (Boreal Books/Red Hen Press, 2008), was a finalist for the Tupelo Press Non-Fiction Prize and the ForeWord Book Award. Her second non-fiction book, Into Great Silence, is forthcoming from Beacon Press. A recipient of writing fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts, she is an associate professor in the University of Alaska Low-Residency MFA program.
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