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News & Reviews Archive - Red Hen Press


Cynthia Hogue, author of INSTEAD, IT IS DARK, interviewed on Rob Mclennan’s blog!

Date: May 15, 2023

Cynthia Hogue’s new poetry collection is instead, it is dark (Red Hen Press, 2023). Her ekphrastic Covid chapbook is entitled Contain (Tram Editions 2022), and her new collaborative translation from the French of Nicole Brossard is Distantly (Omnidawn 2022). She served as Guest Editor for Poem-a-Day for September (2022), sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Hogue was the inaugural Maxine and […]

Red Hen Managing Editor and Executive Director Kate Gale featured on Poetry LA!

Date: May 11, 2023

KATE GALE has authored seven poetry collections, including “The Loneliest Girl” (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2022), “The Goldilocks Zone” (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2014), “Echo Light” (Red Mountain Press, 2014). She has written six librettos including “Rio de Sangre,” an opera composed by Don Davis, which premiered at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee […]

SECRET HARVESTS by David Mas Masumoto featured in Kirkus Reviews!

Date: May 8, 2023

“Family stories fill gaps in my sense of history,” writes David Mas Masumoto in Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm (Red Hen Press, April 18), the story of a Japanese American farm family in California, beautifully illustrated with linoleum block prints by Patricia Wakida. The author knows that his […]

Foreword Reviews features interview with Artem Mozgovoy, author of SPRING IN SIBERIA!

Date: May 4, 2023

Oh, Russia, are you having fun yet? The butt of sanctions and scorn, slaughter and humiliation on the battlefield, your place in world standings can’t get much lower. Of course, it’s unfair to hold your citizens to the same substandards as we do your maniacal leader, but that’s the way it works—until you shake him […]

Jade Shyback, author of AQUEOUS, featured on Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb!

Date: May 4, 2023

Jade Shyback is the author of the new novel Aqueous. She lives in Oakville, Ontario.  Q: What inspired you to write Aqueous, and how did you create your character Marisol? A: The inspiration for Aqueous was found on a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway with my three daughters, just before my eldest “abandoned” me for university. The specifics […]

David Mason, author of PACIFIC LIGHT, featured in Australian Book Review!

Date: May 3, 2023

American/Australian poet, David Mason, is also a verse novelist, librettist, and essayist. His latest collection of essays, Incarnation and Metamorphosis: Can literature change us?, is clearly the work of a man who enjoys literature as he finds it rather than as he is told to see it. He is not afraid to declare in his introduction […]

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Kirkus Reviews features Laila Halaby’s THE WEIGHT OF GHOSTS !

Date: June 5, 2023

The illegitimate daughter of a white mother and a Jordanian father, Halaby, author of two novels and two collections of poetry, felt that she was a “fiction…squished between other people’s tall tales.” Many years later, when her son Raad was killed in a car accident, the author was forced to redefine the true and singular […]

Ann Poore reviews Katharine Coles’ GHOST APPLES for 15 Bytes!

Date: June 1, 2023

Ghost Apples, the ninth collection of poems by Katharine Coles – who might be a witch (IMHO) given the ready way she connects with animals (including her parrot Henri, pronounced in the American fashion) and who surely has a magical way with words and their readers – kept me sitting in a hot car for […]

Francesca Bell’s WHAT SMALL SOUND receives a Starred Review from Shelf Awareness!

Date: May 23, 2023

Francesca Bell (Bright Stain) writes poems that chime like the bell of her own name: bright but resonant, sharp but still familiar, lush and likely to echo long after its initial strike. What Small Sound is Bell’s second collection, and it brings together a haunting yet beautiful set of poems centered on the losses–or potential for them–that […]

Lake County Examiner features Kim Dower’s collection, SLICE OF MOON!

Date: May 23, 2023

Did you read “Slice of Moon,” our poetry book for May? If you didn’t, I don’t blame you; many people shy away from poetry, and I am one of them. However, I picked this offering for a reason. Dower’s work is accessible. It isn’t full of flowery language that you must spend minutes ruminating on […]

Recovering Words features Francesca Bell’s WHAT SMALL SOUND!

Date: May 16, 2023

Manifest Image The man keeps telling me I am beautiful.I still look young. He says it like I’ve asked for it,but I don’t care. For him or beauty. I am content to slip into old,wrinkled plainness, to walk on unimpeded. I was young once.My body stunned.My breasts were really something, but I was something else […]

WHAT SMALL SOUND by Francesca Bell Reviewed in Caesura Literary!

Date: May 15, 2023

This collection immediately thrusts us into scenes of relative comfort and privilege that are all too often interrupted by the violent horrors plaguing this current time. Mind you, the terms comfort and privilege are used loosely here, as the speaker and characters will not be delivered complete relief or freedom from these trials. However, the […]

Brenda Cárdenas’ TRACE featured in ‘La Treintena 2023: 30 (Something) Books of Latinx Poetry’!

Date: May 11, 2023

Over the past year, Latina/o/x poets spanning vast aesthetics, experiences, and geographies have dazzled me with collections that reveal the complexity and beauty of our communities in all their irreducible differences. A few books by Latina/o/x poets have garnered significant mainstream attention, including Cynthia Cruz’s darkly beautiful Hotel Oblivion, winner of the National Book Critics […]

REFUGEE by Pamela Uschuk reviewed in Compulsive Reader!

Date: May 8, 2023

How can we take refuge amid the pains of this world? In this collection, Pamela Uschuk, winner of an American Book Award in 2010, faces the realities of recent social history. A longtime activist for peoples’ and nature’s rights, Uschuk offers precise and unsparing poems. Yet she also ensures that moments of loveliness temper the […]

THE SKIN OF MEANING by Keith Flynn Reviewed in North of Oxford!

Date: May 1, 2023

The Skin of Meaning by Keith Flynn is an interesting mixture of contemporary reactions to issues that affect us in the twenty-first century.  Keith presents one hundred and eighty-one pages of poetry divided in three sections entitled Etymologies, Dichotomies and Necrologies. Flynn uses a variety of poetic forms in each section and presents his messages in fresh imagery, clear logic and almost […]

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