RHP in NYC
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 KGB Bar, Poets House, Bowery Poetry Club, and Cornelia St. Cafe, bridging the gap between the nation’s coasts.
Red Hen at Bryant Park
August 18 2015 @ 7pm
Dean Kostos’s collections include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman PoetryAward, selected by Mark Doty, published by Red Hen Press in 2015), 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: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers and Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (its debut was held at the United Nations). His work has appeared in leading journals, such as Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s website, Oxygen.com. Having taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School of NYU, 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, which was screened at Tribeca and at San Francisco’s IndieFest.
Celeste 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 TischSchool of the Arts at New YorkUniversity, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from CarlowUniversity, Gainey has spent over thirty-five years working with light; as a gaffer for motion pictures and as an architectural lighting designer.
Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011.
Doty’s poems have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The New Yorker. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections.
Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island. He is Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
J. D. McClatchy is the author of eight books of poetry, including Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014), Mercury Dressing (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009), Division of Spoils (Arc Publications, 2003), and Hazmat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002), which was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. He has also published three collections of essays: American Writers at Home (Library of America/The Vendome Press, 2004), Twenty Questions (Columbia University Press, 1998), and White Paper (Columbia University Press, 1989); has edited over twenty books, including W. S. Merwin: Collected Poems (Library of America, 2013), Thornton Wilder: The Eighth Day, Theophilus North, and Autobiographical Writings(Library of America, 2009), James Merrill’s Selected Poems(Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Selected Poems (Library of America, 2003); and has edited the “Voice of the Poet” audiobook series for Random House. He is currently a professor of English at Yale University, where he also serves as editor of The Yale Review. He lives in Stonington, Connecticut.
42nd St. and 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10110
This event is free and open to the public.
Red Hen at KGB Bar
September 11 2015 @ 7pm
Michael Mirolla’s publications include a punk-inspired novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; three novels: Berlin (a Bressani Prize winner); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named Giulio battles for freedom from his own creator; a short story collection, The Formal Logic of Emotion; and three collections of poetry. His story “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, featuring the year’s best short stories, while “The Sand Flea” was nominated for the US Pushcart Prize.
Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the author of Night Sounds and Other Stories (Dufour, 2002) and a novel, The Meaning of Names (Red Hen Press, 2014). Awards for her writing include a Nebraska Press Association Award for Feature Writing, two Independent Artist Fellowship Awards from the Nebraska Arts Council, and a Nebraska Book Award for Short Fiction. Her work has been published in a variety of newspapers and journals, including The London Independent, Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, and The South Dakota Review, and anthologized in A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers, Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace, An Untidy Season, and Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. She is a faculty mentor with the University of Nebraska’s MFA in Writing Program. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she and her husband own and operate Shoemaker’s Truck Stop and Travel Center.
Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels THE RED THREAD, THE KNITTING CIRCLE and SOMEWHERE OFF THE COAST OF MAINE. Her memoir, COMFORT: A JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF, in which she shares her personal story of losing her 5 year old daughter Grace in 2002, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named one of the top 10 non-fiction books of 2008. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
85 E 4th St,
New York, NY 10003
This event is free with a one drink minimum
Red Hen at Poets House
September 12 2015 @ 4pm
Andrea Scarpino received an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous journals, including The Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Los Angeles Review, PANK, and Prairie Schooner. Her first full length collection is Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She is the author of the chapbook The Grove Behind (Finishing Line Press, 2009), is a faculty member with Union Institute and University’s Cohort Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and is a weekly contributor for the blog Planet of the Blind. She lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Gregory Donovan is the author of Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Calling His Children Home (University of Missouri Press, 1993), which won the Devins Award for Poetry. His poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, 42opus, diode, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, and many other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2003). Among other awards for his writing, he is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award from New England Writers, as well as grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Donovan is a faculty member in Virginia Commonwealth University’s graduate Creative Writing program, where he serves as Director of Creative Writing, and he is Senior Editor for Blackbird.
Afaa Michael Weaver, formerly known as Michael S. Weaver, is an American poet, short story writer and editor. He is author of numerous poetry collections and his honors include a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Foundation, and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Born in Maryland, he studied two years at the University of Maryland. He started 7th Son Press and Blind Alleys, a literary journal. He graduated from Brown University on a fellowship, with an M.A, and Excelsior College with a B.A. He taught at National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts as a Fulbright Scholar, and was a faculty member at the Cave Canem Foundation’s annual retreat. He also studied Chinese language at the Taipei Language Institute in Taiwan. He teaches at Simmons College, and is director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center. He is Chairman of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry Conference. Tess Onwueme, the Nigerian playwright, gave him the Ibo name “Afaa,” meaning “oracle,” while Dr. Perng Ching-hsi has given him the Chinese name “Wei Yafeng.”
10 River Terrace,
New York, NY 10282
Red Hen at Bowery Poetry Club
September 13 2015 @3:30pm
Mark Rozema was raised in the mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona. His formative years were spent in the bed of a pickup truck, careening down dusty Reservation roads, exploring remote canyons with his dingo-Aussie mutt. Adulthood found him on farms, fishing boats, fire lines, in group homes, and in classrooms. After leaving Arizona, he wandered through Utah, Alaska, and Montana, eventually landing in Washington, where he now tutors students at Edmonds Community College. He received an MFA from the University of Montana in 1990. His writing celebrates the ways in which identity is shaped by relationships to landscape, community and family. His essays can be found in various journals, including Flyway, Weber Studies, Isthmus, Under The Sun, Sport Literate, and Superstition Review. He lives in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. Road Trip is his first book.
Sean Bernard lives and teaches creative writing in Southern California, where he serves as Fiction Editor for The Los Angeles Review and also edits the journal Prism Review. He holds degrees from Arizona, Oregon State, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Epoch, CutBank, LIT, Glimmer Train, and Sequestrum. His debut collection, Desert sonorous, won the 2014 Juniper Prize, and he’s won grants and other awards from groups including Oregon Literary Arts, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Poets & Writers, and, in 2012, a literary fellowship from the NEA. Studies in the Hereafter is his first novel.
Tom Janikowski is a Midwestern author specializing in surrealism and symbolism. His flashes and short stories have appeared online and in print on both sides of the Atlantic. Janikowski is greatly influenced by “Lost Generation” authors such as William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, but he also admits long-standing love affairs with the writing of Kurt Vonnegut and John Updike. He currently works, writes, and mixes cocktails in Davenport, Iowa, where he lives with Shelly, his wife of 15 years.
Jacqueline 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. She currently lives in Woodland Hills, CA, and has no interest in moving again.
Bowery Poetry Club
New York, NY 10012
This event is free and open to the public
Red Hen at Cornelia Street Cafe
Sarah Wetzel, poet and engineer, is the author of Bathsheba Transatlantic, winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She holds an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and MBA from Berkeley. More importantly for her poetry, Sarah completed a MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College in January 2009. Dividing time between Tel Aviv, Rome, and Manhattan, Sarah currently teaches literature at The American University of Rome. Samples of her writings can be found in many journals as well as www.sarahwetzel.com.
Charif Shanahan is the Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. A Cave Canem fellow, Charif studied poetry at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and New York University, where he earned his MFA. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, his poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Circumference, The Manhattanville Review, and elsewhere. He is also the poetry editor of Psychology Tomorrow Magazine.
Iain Haley Pollock lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Springside Chesnut Hill Academy, where he is the Cyrus H. Nathan ’30 Distinguished Faculty Chair for English. His first collection of poems, Spit Back a Boy (University of Georgia, 2011), won the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Pollock earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Haverford College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. He is a Cave Canem Fellow.
The author of Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010) and Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), Ramón García has published poetry in a variety of journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of US-Hispanic Literature (1998), Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. A founding member of the Glass Table Collective, an artist collective formed in 2008, he is a professor at California State University, Northridge and lives in Los Angeles.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St,
New York, NY 10014
$8 (includes one drink)
Red Hen at The Poetry Foundation
William 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, 2015), recently won the 2015 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize.
David Campos graduated from California State University of Fresno in 2010 and now resides in Riverside, Ca. He was the co-host of the literary radio show Pakatelas on KFCF 88.1 FM Fresno from 2009-2011. His work has recently appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Packinghouse Review, and Verdad among others.
A native of San Francisco, Moderator Francisco Aragón is the author of Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press) and Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press), as well as the editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry(University of Arizona Press. His work has appeared in various 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, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark Press). His poems and translations have appeared in various print and web publications, including,Chain, Crab Orchard Review, Chelsea, The Journal, the online journals, Jacket, Electronic Poetry Review, and Poetry Daily. Among his limited edition chapbooks are, Tertulia, (BOOKlyn). Aragón holds degrees in Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley and New York University, and an MA in English and an MFA in creative writing from the University of California at Davis and the University of Notre Dame, respectively. He is the director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame. He is also the editor of Canto Cosas, a book series out of Bilingual Press that publishes Latino poetry. He is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop in San Antonio, TX and serves as a Vice President on the board of directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
The Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654
This event is free and open to the public
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