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Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Don’t miss this series of summer reading events brought to you by Red Hen Press! Events throughout the summer will feature multiple Red Hen Press authors and poets, as well as accompanying performances and exhibitions from local musicians, performers and artists. Reserve your seat for these free events at the Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402

These events are FREE and open to the public
Parking is $3/hour ($5 after 5PM) & $12/day
Click here for reservations
or call 310.458.2257

August 21st, 2018 at 6:30 PM

About the authors:

Maurya Simon’s tenth volume of poetry, The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016,was recently published by Red Hen Press. Simon’s third book, Speaking in Tongues, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and her seventh book, Ghost Orchid, was nominated for a 2004 National Book Award in Poetry. Other recent publications include: The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome & St. Paula (2010), and Questions My Daughter Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Her (2014). Simon has received an NEA Fellowship in poetry, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, and she’s served Visiting Artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome and at The MacDowell Colony. She’s currently a Professor of the Graduate Division and a Professor Emerita at the University of California, Riverside, where she taught literature and creative writing for nearly thirty years. She lives in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains.

Eloise Klein Healy is the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. She is the author of six previous books of poetry and three spoken word recordings. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors.


Debbie Clarke Moderow, originally from Connecticut, went to Alaska in 1979 for a mountain-climbing expedition and met her husband, Mark. For the Moderows, dog mushing has always been a family affair. Debbie ran the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005, completing the latter in 13 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes, and 32 seconds. In 2013, Debbie graduated from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in creative writing.



Amber Flora Thomas is the author of two collections of poems: EYE OF WATER, selected by Harryette Mullen as the winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and THE RABBITS COULD SING, selected by Peggy Shumaker for the Alaska Literary Series in 2011. A recipient of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize, and Ann Stanford Prize, her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Crab Orchard Review, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and numerous other journals and anthologies. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and faculty member. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. She was born and raised in northern California.

September 25th, 2018 at 6:30 PM

About the authors:

Cai Emmons is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son and The Stylist and, most recently, Weather Woman. A graduate of Yale University, with MFAs from New York University and the University of Oregon, Cai is formerly a playwright and screenwriter. Her short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative, and Arts and Culture, among others. She teaches in the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program.



tammy lynne stoner is the author of Sugarland (Red Hen Press, 2018), publisher of Gertrude literary journal, and wrangler of GERTIE queer book club. Her other work has been selected for more than a dozen anthologies and literary journals. She can usually be found in the bathtub. TammyLynneStoner.com 




Bradley Bazzle’s first novel, Trash Mountain, won the Red Hen Press Fiction Award, judged by Steve Almond, and will be published in April of 2018. His short stories have won awards from The Iowa Review, New Ohio Review, and Third Coast. They also appear in New England Review, Epoch, Copper Nickel, Web Conjunctions, and other literary journals. Bradley grew up in Dallas, Texas, and has degrees from Yale, Indiana University, and the University of Georgia, where he taught writing. He remains in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and daughter.



Brittany Ackerman is a writer from Riverdale, New York.  She earned her BA in English from Indiana University and graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program in Creative Writing.  She is a Critical Studies instructor at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she teaches Archetypal Psychology as well as Applied Logic and Critical Thinking.  She was the 2017 Nonfiction Award Winner for Red Hen Press, as well as the AWP Intro Journals Project Award Nominee in 2015.  She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


Ryka Aoki is an author, composer, and teacher who was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.”  Ryka is a two-time Lambda Award finalist, and two of her compositions were adopted as “songs of peace” by the American Association of Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors. Ryka has an MFA from Cornell University and is professor of English at Santa Monica College.




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