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Make sure to check out some of Red Hen Press’ upcoming events in New York City during Summer 2017. These events are featuring many of our Red Hen Press authors, quite a number of which have upcoming books, so don’t miss it!

Bryant Park – August 15th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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Bryant Park
Between 42nd Street & Fifth Ave
New York City, NY 10018

About the authors:

Afaa Weaver was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his BA at Regents College-University of the State of New York (now Excelsior College) and completed graduate work in creative writing at Brown University, with a focus in playwriting and theater. His early poetry was influenced by the Black Arts Movement and the poetry of Lucille Clifton. His subjects cover a broad range, including family dynamics, American history and culture, Chinese and Asian culture and philosophies, and Jewish culture and religious history. Some of his works include Water Song (Callaloo Journal, 1985), Stations in a Dream (Dolphin-Moon Press, 1993), The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), and City of Eternal Spring (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), which won the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for poetry in 2015.

Cynthia Hogue has published thirteen books, eight of them collections of poetry. Some of her recent titles are The Incognito Body (Red Hen Press, 2006), Or Consequence (Red Hen Press, 2010), the co-authored When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina (University of New Orleans Press 2010), and Revenance (Red Hen Press, 2014), listed as one of the “Standout” books by the Academy of American Poets in 2014. Among Hogue’s honors are an NEA Fellowship in poetry, the H.D. Fellowship at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, a MacDowell Colony residency, and the Witter Bynner Translation Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Hogue served as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in the spring of 2014. She was a 2015 NEA Fellow in Translation, and holds the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. She is most recently the author of a book-length serial poem titled In June the Labyrinth (Red Hen Press 2017).

Diane Gilliam is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Kettle Bottom (Perugia Press, 2004), One of Everything (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2003) and Recipe for Blackberry Cake (Kent State University Press, 1999). She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Ohio State University. She has received an Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing, and a Pushcart Prize. She is the most recent recipient of the Gift of Freedom from the A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is also the author of Dreadful Wind and Rain (Red Hen Press, 2017).


t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow, and Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee and is a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow. She won the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Her fiction has appeared in Black Ivy, The Brooklyn Review, Bronx Biannual, and Kweli, and her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, No, Dear, The African American Review, and more. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, will be released by Red Hen Press in the spring of 2017.


Camille Dungy is the author of What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison and Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2006, 2010), a finalist for the PEN Center USA 2007 Literary Award and the Library of Virginia 2007 Literary Award. She has received fellowships from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society. Dungy is Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University. Her poems have been recently appeared in anthologies and print and online journals including, American Poetry Review, Poetry Daily, Drunken Boat, Electronic Poetry Review and When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Poetry by Contemporary American Women.


Cornelia Street Cafe – September 13th, 2017 at 6:00 PM

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Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St,
New York, NY 10014

About the authors:

Chelsey Clammer is the author of Circadian (October 3, 2017), winner of the inaugural Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, The RumpusMcSweeney’s, Hobart, Essay Daily, and The Water~Stone Review, among more than one hundred other publications. She is the Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown, a reader for Creative Nonfiction magazine, and an online creative writing instructor for WOW! Women On Writing. Chelsey received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rainier Writing Workshop.



Sebastian Matthews is the author of a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps, and two books of poetry, We Generous and Miracle Day. A new hybrid collection of poetry and prose, Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision, comes out with Red Hen Press in the fall of 2017. In conjunction with Woolly Press, Matthews is currently serially publishing The Life & Times of American Crow, a “collage novel in 11 chapbooks.”




Kathline Carr is a writer and visual artist, and she is the author of Miraculum Monstrum (forthcoming from Red Hen Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize. Carr’s writing and art have appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, Calyx, Connecticut Review, Hawaii Review, Earth’s Daughters, and elsewhere; she has exhibited in the Berkshires, New York City, Boston, Toronto, and at artSTRAND Gallery in Provincetown. Carr received her BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, VT and holds an MFA in Visual  Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She lives in North Adams, Massachusetts with her husband and sometimes-collaborator, figurative painter Jim Peters, and her youngest daughter, Mercedes.


Bureau of General Services – Queer Division – September 14th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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208 W 13th St #210,
New York, NY 10011

About the authors:

Judy Grahn is a poet, writer, and social theorist. She currently serves as Research Faculty for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. She is former director of Women’s Spirituality MA and Creative Inquiry MFA programs at New College of California. Her books include love belongs to those who do the feeling (Red Hen Press, 2008), Blood, Bread, and Roses (Beacon Press, 1994), Edward the Dyke and Other Poems (The Women’s Press Collective, 1971), and Hanging On Our Own Bones (forthcoming from Red Hen Press, 2017).



Jason Schneiderman was born in San Antonio, Texas, but was raised around the United States and Western Europe. He holds BAs in English and Russian from the University of Maryland, an MFA from BYU, and a PhD from the Graduate Center of CUNY. He is the author of two previous collections of poems: Sublimation Point (Four Way Books, 2004) and Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010), winner of the Richard Snyder Prize. He is also the editor of the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2015). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, Verse Daily, The Poetry Review, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. Schneiderman has received Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and is the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Michael Broder.

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow, and Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee and is a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow. She won the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Her fiction has appeared in Black Ivy, The Brooklyn Review, Bronx Biannual, and Kweli, and her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, No, Dear, The African American Review, and more. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, will be released by Red Hen Press in the spring of 2017.


Image result for heather aimee oneillHeather Aimee O’Neill is a co-author of Obliterations, written with Jessica Piazza (Red Hen Press, 2016). She teaches writing at CUNY Hunter College and is the assistant director for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, one of New York City’s most prominent writing workshop organizations.





Dean Kostos’s collections include Rivering (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), Last Supper of the Senses (Spuyten Dyvil, 2005), The Sentence That Ends with a Comma (Painted Leaf Press, 1999), and Celestial Rust (Red Dust, 1994). He edited Mama’s Boy and Pomegranate Seeds. His work has appeared in leading journals: Boulevard, ChelseaCimarron ReviewCincinnati ReviewSouthwest Review, Western Humanities Review, and on Oxygen.com. Having taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School, and The City University of New York, he also wrote a libretto for Voices of Ascension, and his poem, “Subway Silk,” was translated into a short film by Jill Clark. He is also author of This Is Not a Skyscraper (Red Hen Press, 2015).


Image result for celeste gaineyCeleste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, from Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer, and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture.



Poets’ House – September 15th, 2017 at 6:00 PM

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Poets House
10 River Terrace,
New York, NY 10282

About the authors:

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He is the author of several collections of poems: For the Sleepwalkers (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1982), which received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, Wild Gratitude, which won the National Book Critics Award, The Night Parade, Earthly Measures, On Love, Lay Back the Darkness, Special Orders, and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (Knopf, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2010). Hirsch is also the author of several prose books, including A Poet’s Glossary, Poet’s Choice, and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, 2006, 1999). He taught in the English Department at Wayne State University and seventeen years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. He is not president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Elise Paschen is the author of The Nightlife (Red Hen Press, 2017), Bestiary (Red Hen Press, 2009), Infidelities (Story Line Press, 1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts (Oxford: Sycamore Press, 1985). As an undergraduate at Harvard, she received the Garrison Medal for poetry. She holds M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker and Poetry, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is the editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology, Poetry Speaks to Children, and co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, among other anthologies. She is a member of the Osage Nation. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is a co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nationwide program which places poetry posters in subway cars and buses. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute and lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.

Ellen Rachlin is the author of Until Crazy Catches Me and two chapbooks, Waiting for Here and Captive to Residue. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review, Granta, Literary Imagination, Confrontation, The Los Angeles Review and Court Green. She received her M.F.A. from Antioch. She serves as Treasurer of The Poetry Society of America and works in finance.




KGB Bar – September 16th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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85 E 4th St,
New York, NY 10003

About the authors:

Florencia Ramirez is a trained researcher at the University of Chicago’s School of Public Policy. She won the sixth Gift of Freedom Creative Nonfiction Award from the A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Her articles appear in Edible Communities Magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, among others, and her popular blog. She lives in Oxnard, California, an agricultural town on the Pacific coast that smells of celery, strawberries and fertilizers with her husband and three young children. Her latest book, Eat Less Water (Red Hen Press, 2017), provides a solution to water shortages in our kitchens.


Pope Brock is a writer and teacher living in Arlington, Massachusetts. He is the author of three books: Indiana Gothic (Nan A. Talese, 1999), Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, The Man Who Pursued Him and The Age of Film Flam (Crown, 2008), and Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon (forthcoming from Red Hen Press, 2017). His articles have appeared in GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone, the London Sunday Times Magazine, and many other publications.




Catherine Woodard is the author of Opening the Mouth of the Dead, a story in poems by lone goose press (9/7/17 in paperback and  and a limited-edition book art). She swerved to poetry after an award-winning career in journalism. Woodard helped return Poetry in Motion® to the NYC subways and is vice president of the Poetry Society of America. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies and CNN online. She co-published Still Against War/Poems for Marie Ponsot and has been featured in The Best American Poetry blog. She is a former president of Artists Space. A former newspaper and new media journalist, Woodard volunteers with the News Literacy Project.