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Recently, The Omaha Public Library chose Karen Gettert Shoemaker's new novel, The Meaning of Names, as its 2014 Omaha Reads Selection. To complement this, the library interviewed Karen on everything from the beauty of Nebraska to her love of libraries. Here's what Karen had to say about her home state:
PEN Center USA recently announced the winners and finalists for their 2014 Literary Awards, and we are delighted that B.H. James' novel Parnucklian for Chocolate was selected as a finalist in the fiction category!
Karren Gettert Shoemaker's The Meaning of Names is Omaha Public Library's 2014 Omaha Reads selection!
Omaha Public Library recently announced that Karen Gettert Shoemaker's new novel The Meaning of Names is the 2014 Omaha Reads Selection!
A recent blog post on La Bloga featured an interview with Red Hen author Veronica Reyes about her recent win at the International Latino Book Awards. Veronica tied for first place in poetry with Laurie Ann Guerrero, and received second place in cover design. Congratulations again to Veronica on the awards!
Over the weekend, Douglas Kearney sat down with Rachel Martin of NPR's Weekend Edition to discuss his new collection, Patter, just in time for Fathers' Day. The holiday is especially well-suited to Kearney's book, which explores his personal journey to fatherhood and the painful challenges with conception along the way. During the interview, Kearney addresses the difficulties of writing poetry where such an emotionally harrowing experience translates directly off the page. He goes on to illuminate the experiences behind a number of his poems, including struggles shared with his wife and the specific question of the male role in conversations on infertility and miscarriage. As Martin confirms, Kearney's efforts result in a collection that "demands a lot from readers, but the pay off is worth it."
Congratulations to Jessica Piazza's Interrobang for winning the Balcones Poetry Prize from Austin Community College!
Congratulations to Red Hen author Peggy Shumaker for winning the Rasmuson Foundation's top honor, The Distinguished Artist Fellowship!
Congratulations to John Van Kirk! His debut novel, Song for Chance, has placed in the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award.
Congratulations to Andrew Lam! His book Birds of Paradise Lost is on the shortlist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.
Tess Taylor has had an amazing journey of discovery these past few months. Her debut poetry collection, The Forage House, chronicles the exploration of her familial lineage and ties to Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. It was the publication of this book that led Gayle Jessup White, a communications consultant, to reach out to Tess. Together, they discovered they were related through the Jefferson family line.
David Mason's verse novel Ludlow is featured in the Washington Post to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of a massacre that led to the murder of two dozen striking coal miners. "On April 20, 1914, thugs working for Colorado Fuel & Iron and the Colorado National Guard attacked striking coal miners at Ludlow," and Mason's verse novel brings this history to light.
Carolyn Kellogg at the Los Angeles Times just posted an interview with Kate, on running an indie press and her festival favorites.
Amy Schutzer gave an interview to Shelf Unbound and talked about her creative writing process and influences for her new book, Spheres of Disturbance.
Brynn Saito's The Palace of Contemplating Departure has been nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry as one of the best works by a Nor Cal author.
Andrew Lam's debut novel Birds of Paradise Lost is a finalist in the 83rd Annual California Book Awards.
Artsmith announced Peggy Shumaker as their Artist of the Year! This honor is given to an artist who "exemplifies mastery in her or his field and generosity to others."
Veronica Reyes sat down with El Paseo Times and gave some insight into her artisitc process and her new book of poetry.
Ms. Magazine is celebrating National Poetry Month by announcing and presenting five different feminist unpublished poems. The first is Veronica Reyes's "The Hawk."
Red Hen author, Verónica Reyes, is featured in The Advocate for her recent Lambda Award nomination.
Washington Independent Review of Books celebrates Red Hen's 20th anniversary with a feature: