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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.




Red Hen Press presents four annual reading series in New York City to parallel its own four in Los Angeles. The press hosts events at Cornelia St. Café, KGB Bar, Bowery Poetry Club, Bryant Park, and Poets House, bridging the gap between the nation’s coasts.


Red Hen at KGB Bar

March 13 2015 @ 7pm


Jim Knipfel Author Photo-rgbJim Knipfel was a long-time staff writer at the New York Press, and his column “Slackjaw” has appeared weekly in one publication or another since 1987. He is the author of several novels, memoirs, and short story collections including Quitting the Nairobi Trio, The Buzzing, These Children Who Come at You with Knives, and The Blow-off. Last anyone asked, he was rumored to live in Brooklyn.





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Ellen Meeropol’s characters live on the fault lines of political turmoil and human connection. She is the author of one previous novel, House Arrest (Red Hen Press, 2011). A literary late bloomer, she began seriously writing fiction in her fifties. Her short fiction and essays have been published in Bridges, DoveTales, Pedestal, The Rumpus, Portland Magazine, Beyond the Margins, The Drum, and The Writer’s Chronicle. A former pediatric nurse practitioner and part-time bookseller, Ellen holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Western Massachusetts.







Chris Tarry Photo_72 DPIChris Tarry holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and has been published widely. His fiction has appeared in publications such as The Literary Review, On Spec, The GW Review, PANK, BULL, and Monkeybicycle. His non-fiction has appeared in the anthology How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, and Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine. In 2012, his story “Here Be Dragons” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also a four-time Juno Award winner, and one of New York’s most sought-after musicians.







85 E 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
Free (One drink minimum)

Red Hen at Poets House

March 14 2015 @ 4pm


poet-leWilliam Archila is the author of The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009), which won an International Latino Book Award in 2010 and was honored with an Emerging Writer Fellowship Award by The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. He has been published in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Crab Orchard Review, and The Georgia Review, among others. His book was featured in “First Things First: The Fifth Annual Debut Poets Roundup” in Poets & Writers. His second book, The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (Red Hen Press, forthcoming), recently won the 2015 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize.



Jericho Brown was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Dillard University, and from the University of New Orleans with an MFA, and from the University of Houston with a Ph.D. He taught at the University of San Diego until 2012, when he became a professor at Emory University. Previously he worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans. His poems have appeared in The Iowa ReviewjubilatThe NationNew England ReviewThe New RepublicOxford AmericanThe New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. He serves as an Assistant Editor at Callaloo. His first book, Please, (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008) won the American Book Award. His most recent book of poetry,The New Testament, (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) continues his examination of race, masculinity and sexuality, often returning to the stories of the Bible.



Dean KostosDean Kostos’s collections include Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma (taught at Duke University), and Celestial Rust. He edited Mama’s Boy and Pomegranate Seeds. His work has appeared in leading journals: Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Southwest 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.






Francisco_Aragon2Moderator: Francisco Aragón is the author of, Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press) and Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press). He is also the editor of the award-winning, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press). His poems have appeared in a range of anthologies, including, Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies (W.W. Norton & Company),  American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press), Evensong: Contemporary American Poets on Spirituality (Bottom Dog Press) and, most recently, The Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices, published by the Academy of American Poets. His poems and translations (from the Spanish) have appeared in various print and web publications, including, Chain, Crab Orchard Review, Chelsea, The Journal, the online venues, Jacket and Poetry Daily. He directs Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and is on the board of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). For more information, visit: http://franciscoaragon.net

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

Red Hen at Cornelia Street Café

March 17th 2015 @6pm


20140930_faculty_headshots_0008Gary Dop—poet, performer, and playwright—lives in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where he is an English professor at Randolph College. Dop received his MFA from the University of Nebraska, and his writing, which has been published throughout the country in magazines such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Agni, and New Letters, has been recognized with a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and the 2013 Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize. 







COLETTE 2013 (300 DPI)-rgbAfter graduating from Hunter College in 1961, Belgian-born Colette Inez taught in New York City public schools as well as in Poets in the Schools programs. She has since authored ten books of poetry and a memoir, been published in more than seventy anthologies and textbooks, and read her work in over 150 colleges and universities. Inez also won Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, two NEA and Pushcart Prizes, and many other awards. A long-time faculty member of Columbia University, she has also taught at Cornell, Ohio, Bucknell, and Colgate Universities, instructed at leading writer’s conferences, and appeared on public radio and TV.






steve-langan-448Steve Langan graduated from Omaha North High School, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received the Paul Engle Postgraduate Fellowship from the James Michener Foundation. His most recent collection of poems is MEET ME AT THE HAPPY BAR (BlazeVOX [books], 2009). He is also the author of FREEZING (New Issues, 2001) and Notes on Exile and Other Poems (Backwaters, 2005). Langan serves on the teaching and residency faculty of the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program.


Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St,
New York, NY 10014
$8 General  (includes a drink!)

For more information regarding these events, please email publicity@redhen.org