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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 Bryant Park

August 19, 2014 @ 7pm


Douglas Kearney 2014Douglas Kearney: Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His third collection is Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014). He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Coat Hanger award, and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts. – See more at: http://redhen.org/events/rhp-at-the-annenberg-beach-house/#sthash.NLhJkKOg.dpuf

LaTashaLaTasha N. Nevada Diggs works with words, sound, video and bodies. She has been published in Ploughshares, Jubilat, Fence, LA Review, Palabra, and Black Renaissance Noir among others. Her performance work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, Recess Activities Inc, The Whitney and MoMa. As a curator and artistic director, she has staged events at El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Brecht Forum, Symphony Space, Dixon Place, and BAM Café. She is the recipient of several awards; of them include Cave Canem, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Laundromat Project, and Millay Colony. She along with Greg Tate, are the editors of yoYO/SO4 Magazine. Her poetry collection, TwERK, was recently published by Belladonna.

Andrea Scarpino 2014Andrea 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.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths 2014Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and a photographer. She is the author of three collections of poetry, including Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books), The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press), and Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose), which was selected for the Inaugural Poetry Award by the BCALA in 2012. A Cave Canem Fellow and the recipient of numerous fellowships, Griffiths’s literary and visual work has been widely published. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.


Bryant Park
42nd St. and 6th Ave., New York, NY 10110

Red Hen at KGB Bar

September 12, 2014 @ 7pm


Jeffrey HarrisonJeffrey Harrison is the author of five full-length books of poetry: The Singing Underneath (1988), selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, Signs of Arrival (1996), Feeding the Fire (2001), Incomplete Knowledge, (Four Way Books, 2006), which was runner-up for the 2008 Poets’ Prize, and Into Daylight (Tupelo, 2014), winner of the Dorset Prize. In addition, a selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in the U.K. by the Waywiser Press in 2006. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Bogliasco Foundation, among other honors. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, AGNI, The Hudson Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has taught at several universities and schools, including George Washington University, Phillips Academy, where he was Writer-in-Residence, College of the Holy Cross, and the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.

Jim TilleyJim Tilley earned a doctorate in physics from Harvard and worked on Wall Street for twenty years. His first collection of poetry, In Confidence, was published by Red Hen Press in 2011. His poems have been published in literary journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He has won the Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Poetry, the New England Poetry Club’s Firman Houghton Award, and an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review. He lives in Bedford Corners, New York.

img021 (1)Dean Kostos is the author of 4 poetry collections and is also a librettist, anthologist, translator, and memoirist. Dean 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 Oprah Winfrey’s Web site 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.

Leia Penina Wilson 2014Leia Penina Wilson is an MFA candidate in prose at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time baking tiny cakes and cookies. When she’s not baking, she plays Magic: The Gathering and cuddles with her boyfriend on the couch. She is the nonfiction editor for The Black Warrior Review. Her work can be found in, or is forthcoming from, Diagram, Alice Blue Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Chariton Review, NAP, and others. She is originally from St. Joseph, Missouri. Her first book, i built a boat with all the towels in your closet (and will let you drown), won the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize, selected by Evie Shockley.

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

Red Hen at Poets House

September 13, 2014 @ 4pm


Gregory Orr 2014Gregory Orr is the author of ten collections of poetry, including the forthcoming How Beautiful the Beloved(Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and the recent booklength lyric sequence Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Among his other volumes of poetry are: The Caged Owl: New and Selected PoemsOrpheus and EurydiceCity of Salt ( Finalist, LA Times Poetry Prize), We Must Make a Kingdom of ItThe Red HouseGathering the Bones Together, and Burning the Empty Nests.

He is currently a Professor of English at the University of Virginia.  He lives with his wife, the painter, Trisha Orr, and his two daughters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kate_Gale_Author_PhotoDr. Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of The Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles.  She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America.

Kate is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.  She also wrote Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto with composer Daniel Felsenfeld, based on T.C. Boyle’s The Inner Circle.  Her sixth poetry collection, The Goldilocks Zone, will be available from University of New Mexico Press in spring 2014.  She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.

Nicelle-Davis-200x300Nicelle Davis, originally from Utah, Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas is her second book. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. Her third collection, In the Circus of You, will be released by Rose Metal Press in 2014. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, Two Review, and others. You can read her e-chapbooks at Gold Wake Press and Whale Sound. She is the director of the Living Poetry Project. She runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog and is an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press and The Los Angeles Review. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, and with Volunteers of America in their HomelessYouthCenter. She currently teaches at AntelopeValleyCollege.

Lisa Krueger 2014Moderator: Lisa C. Krueger is a poet and psychologist. She is the author of three books of poetry, Rebloom, animals the size of dreams, and Talisman, all from Red Hen Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. She has written a series of interactive journals related to psychology and creativity. She maintains a private therapy practice focused on women’s issues, health psychology, writing therapy, and the role of creativity in wellness. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

Red Hen at Cornelia Street Café

September 13, 2014 @6pm


Karen at TS1 2Karen 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 TravelCenter.

Dennis 2bwDennis Must is the author of two short story collections, Oh, Don’t Ask Why (Red Hen Press, 2007), and Banjo Grease (Creative Arts Book Company, 2000), and a novel, The World’s Smallest Bible (Red Hen Press, 2014). His plays have been performed Off Off Broadway, and his fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He has worked as a cabinetmaker, short-order cook, lightning rod installer, florist, bartender, bellhop, and as a general laborer in a glass factory, in a steel mill, on highway construction, and on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. For over a decade, he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Space, Inc., a commercial real estate firm in Boston he co-founded. He currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

Shane McCraeShane McCrae is the author of Mule(Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award, andBlood (Noemi Press, 2013), as well as three chapbooks—most recently,Nonfiction, which won the Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook Competition. He work has appeared, or is forthcoming, inThe American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Smartish Pace and elsewhere, and he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and fellowship from the NEA.

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

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