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Jazz and the Abstract Truth: An Afternoon of Jazz and PoetryDate: Sep 22nd, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: The Hen House
1540 Lincoln Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Red Hen Press is proud to present Jazz and the Abstract Truth: An Afternoon of Jazz and Poetry, featuring William Archila and Douglas Manuel, with jazz music from Dr. Ray Briggs, Jazz Studies Department Chair at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Rise above the muck of everyday life and join these two L.A.-based Red Hen Press poets and the captivating tones of jazz by Dr. Briggs on this Saturday afternoon in September.
Food and refreshments will be served.
William Archila earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. His first collection of poetry, The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009) won an International Latino Book Award in 2010. His Second book, The Gravedigger's Archaeology (Red Hen Press), won the 2013 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. He has been published in American Poetry Review, AGNl, The Georgia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Prairie Schooner and the anthologies Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States.
Douglas Manuel was born in Anderson, Indiana. He received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University where he was the Managing Editor of Booth a Journal. He is currently a Middleton and Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. He was a recipient of the Chris McCarthy Scholarship for the Napa Valley Writers Conference and has been the Poetry Editor for Gold Line Press as well as was one of the Managing Editors of Ricochet Editions. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rhino, North American Review, The Chattahoochee Review, New Orleans Review, Crab Creek Review, Many Mountains Moving and elsewhere. His first book, Testify, also is the recipient of the 2018 Gold IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award.
Dr. Ray Briggs is an Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Long Beach, where he coordinates the jazz combo program and teaches courses in jazz history and ethnomusicology. Dr. Briggs holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a M.M. in Music Performance (Woodwind Doubling) from the University of Redlands, and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Memphis. He has performed with John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Rufus Reid, and Benny Green and is currently completing a book-length manuscript on the history of jazz in Memphis, Tennessee (forthcoming via University of Michigan Press). With a passionate interest in the relationship between the triumvirate disciplines of jazz studies performance, pedagogy, and research, Dr. Briggs seeks to utilize the synergy of a unique and combinative approach to understanding the music.