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News & Reviews Archive - Red Hen Press


David Mason discusses PACIFIC LIGHT in Interview with the Colorado Poet

Date: January 3, 2023

David Mason grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and has lived in many parts of the world, including Greece and Colorado, where he served as Colorado Poet Laureate for four years. He is the author of eight books of poetry including including The Country I Remember, Sea Salt, Davey McGravy, The Sound, Pacific Light (Red Hen Press) and Ludlow, which won the Colorado Book Award and was featured […]

YOUR NOSTALGIA IS KILLING ME in Most Read Reviews of North of Oxford

Date: November 21, 2022

John Weir’s short story collection Your Nostalgia is Killing Me is featured in North of Oxford’s “Most Read Reviews” of this year. Charles Rammelkamp writes “Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me is entertaining and heartbreaking by turns, always a gripping read.”

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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 […]

David Mas Masumoto’s SECRET HARVESTS featured in the Southern Review of Books!

Date: April 25, 2023

David Mas Masumoto has a reputation as a remarkable writer. His previous work includes Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm (1996), Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil (1998), and Four Seasons in Five Senses (2003), among others. A third-generation farmer from California, his writing focuses on farming, his Japanese-American heritage, and what it means to live […]

Brenda Cárdenas’ TRACE featured in RHINO Reviews!

Date: April 25, 2023

I heard Brenda Cárdenas read from her new collection, Trace, at The Hungry Brain in Chicago: an incantation, a call to action. By the time I got to the book table, there were no more copies to purchase. Reading the poems on the page is a very different experience. Many writers who code-switch build in […]

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