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News & Reviews Archive - Red Hen Press


David Mas Masumoto discusses SECRET HARVESTS in Civil Eats interview!

Date: March 28, 2023

In his new book, the Japanese American peach farmer unearths his family’s painful, hidden history and explores its impact on his identity. In everything David Mas Masumoto does, from pruning peach trees to shooting the breeze with a neighbor, he’s thinking about legacy. The legacy he’ll leave behind, as a father and pioneering organic farmer, […]

Kim Dower reflects on The Coast Playhouse Poetry Marquee with The WeHo Times

Date: March 1, 2023

The Poetry on the Marquee at the Coast Playhouse came down earlier this week on Monday, February 20, 2023, as the theater gets ready for redevelopment in the near future. Former West Hollywood Poet Laureate, Kim Dower, remembers what it was like to have her words in lights just a few months short of four […]

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IF I WERE THE OCEAN, I’D CARRY YOU HOME by Pete Hsu Reviewed on Patch!

Date: December 5, 2022

A refreshing book, I thought – a collection of short stories that this reviewer started from the beginning rather than picking and choosing which story to read next, based on the title. The titles are intriguing and the tone of several stories is not exactly threatening or scary but placed me back in my childhood […]

QUESTIONS FROM OUTER SPACE by Diane Thiel Reviewed in the Florida Review!

Date: November 30, 2022

Diane Thiel’s third collection of poetry, Questions from Outer Space, comes after an interlude during which the poet devoted her energies to a travel memoir (The White Horse) and the translation of contemporary Greek fiction. Her first two collections (Echolocations and Resistance Fantasies) garnered acclaim, including the Nicholas Roerich Award, for their intelligence, wit, wordplay, and attention to […]

Adam Kirsch’s THE DISCARDED LIFE reviewed in Literary Matters!

Date: November 30, 2022

The evolution of blank verse from Milton to Wordsworth, via Cowper, was not solely a change in diction and subject matter. Even as classical and biblical themes were displaced by a sense of personal mythos—and even while plain speech triumphed over grammatical inversions—so, too, was there a recalibration of meter. At least as riveting as […]

David Mason’s PACIFIC LIGHT Reviewed in LA Review of Books!

Date: November 21, 2022

A POET KNOWN for his narratives, like Ludlow, the acclaimed historical-novel-in-verse turned opera, David Mason curates the archipelago of intensely satisfying lyric poems in Pacific Light with the skill of a consummate storyteller. His imaginative sweep is evident in “The Air in Tasmania,” set in his adopted home of Australia, where “the land / takes flying lessons from […]

The Friday Poem recommends Ron Koertge’s I DREAMED I WAS EMILY DICKINSON’S BOYFRIEND

Date: November 21, 2022

Koertge inhabits – and endows – his various subjects with insight and humour, dealing out poems in the voices of car crash dummies, Aphrodite, Mickey Mouse, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Bride of Frankenstein, among others. All this sounds as if the collection is a laugh-a-minute, superficial thing. It’s not. It is funny, yes, […]

David Mas Masumoto and Patricia Wakida’s SECRET HARVESTS Receives a Starred Kirkus Review!

Date: November 17, 2022

A simultaneously elegant and sharp-edged exploration of the hidden past. “I am haunted by gaps in family memories, nebulous responses and twisted behavior that must be examined within the context of history—not to uncover excuses but rather reveal family baggage we all must carry and learn to live with,” writes Masumoto near the beginning of […]

Pamela Uschuk’s REFUGEE Earns a Kirkus Star!

Date: November 17, 2022

A mordantly tender triumph rich with natural imagery. Uschuk’s poetry collection calls out authoritarianism and social injustice. This moving set of poems offer messages of hope as it addresses timely issues. It’s divided into four sections—“Skull Song,” “Axis,” “Liquid Book of the Dead,” and “Speaking of Angels and Ghosts”—and deals with a broad spectrum of […]

PEN America Interviews John Weir, Author of YOUR NOSTALGIA IS KILLING ME!

Date: November 14, 2022

The title of your book Your Nostalgia is Killing Me, seems to be an ironic one. The protagonist’s nostalgia is seemingly running havoc on his own life. He can’t escape revisiting the past and all the losses he has incurred: losses in love, familial losses, and the loss wrought by the AIDS epidemic.

TENDER GRAVITY by Marybeth Holleman Reviewed in the Colorado Review!

Date: November 9, 2022

Though Marybeth Holleman is the author of several nonfiction books centering around environmental issues and her chosen home of Alaska, tender gravity is her debut collection of poetry. Its title is drawn from its opening poem, “The Beating Heart, Minus Gravity,” wherein the speaker experiences a dream, or perhaps a nightmare, of “diving / to the blue […]

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