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News & Reviews Archive - Red Hen Press


Phuong T. Vuong’s A PLUCKED ZITHER featured in San Diego Magazine!

Date: June 7, 2023

UCSD Ph.D. student Phuong T. Vuong just released A Plucked Zither, a beautiful and haunting collection of poems that spans space and time. In particular, she explores the dichotomy of making a home in the United States and Vietnam, two countries that have fraught war-torn histories with one another, and what that legacy means for the people […]

New Ohio Review features poem from Lisa Krueger’s forthcoming collection, FLORIOGRAPHY CHILD!

Date: June 1, 2023

History of Desire I. In the photographmy mother is ten;she poses in a ruffled dressand hand-me-down coatthat swallows her armsthe way shame swallowspeople whole. Lost in the oversize. Standingnear a clapboard porch.She knows she is poor,one of the poorest; her shoesare too tight. Other childrentease her about the keyaround her neck. My mother makes drawingsof […]

Voices: April/May 2023 – Shelf Unbound features four books by Red Hen authors David Mas Masumoto, Artem Mozgovoy, Alyssa Graybeal and Jade Shyback!

Date: May 30, 2023

Dive into the next issue filled with a collection of author interviews and excerpts of new stories that bring out the true voice of writers who are pushing boundaries and challenging conventional norms. Our Voices issue is not only a platform for discovery but also a celebration of inclusivity and diversity. In this issue, we […]

Swellcast features interview with Jade Shyback, author of AQUEOUS!

Date: May 23, 2023

#AuthorInterview | Ask debut novelist Jade Shyback a question “…Novelist Jade Shyback has had many lives that I find just completely fascinating. And now is your chance to join the conversation and ask her a question. I’m going to start us out, but please feel free to join in at any time. Jade, I am so excited to talk with you about your […]

Maurya Simon, author of THE WILDERNESS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS, 1980-2016, discusses her work with Mt. Baldy students in article for the Press-Enterprise.

Date: May 23, 2023

By Maurya Simon | Contributing Columnist During National Poetry Month in April 2013, I taught poetry to students at Mt. Baldy School. It was a great experience, and, ultimately, their hard work and inspiration coalesced into a lovely chapbook that several students compiled as keepsakes for the class. This past April and in May, I’m back at […]

Katharine Coles, author of GHOST APPLES, featured on Utah Public Radio’s Access Utah!

Date: May 23, 2023

In her ninth collection of poems, Ghost Apples, Katharine Coles interrogates and celebrates her relationship with the natural world and the various creatures who inhabit it, and in doing so asks what it means to be sentient and mortal on a fragile planet. From her own pet parrot, Henri, to the birds her husband attracts […]

Book Riot features Phuong T. Vuong’s A PLUCKED ZITHER in their list of ‘New & Upcoming Nonfiction & Poetry by AAPI Authors to Read & Preorder’!

Date: May 16, 2023

A PLUCKED ZITHER BY PHUONG T. VUONG (JUNE 6TH) This poetry collection explores migration, memory, language, and the experience of being a refugee. The poems travel through time and space, between Vietnam and the U.S., as the speaker looks for belonging and connection. Many of the poems directly address the ways that war, imperialism, and forced […]

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Pleiades reviews Devilfish

Date: April 13, 2009

Gaylord Brewer Devilfish. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $12.95 (104p) ISBN 1-888996-15-3A devilfish is one of the large rays, cousin to the manta ray and the sting ray. It is an ancient creature which evokes the image of a giant sea bat, eating what it comes across in its gliding. This is the metaphor embedded in […]

Sharon Doubiago reviews Deconstruction of the Blues

Date: April 13, 2009

Richard Silberg Deconstruction of the Blues. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $15.95 (104p) ISBN 1-59709-051-4Brilliant. "Writing About Writing." And death. And existence. The mystery of self and others, the connections between us. "life this hot painted wandering burning to burn / the book of itself." Exquisite comedy and play of language. Richard Silberg is the rare […]

Booklist reviews Death of a Circus

Date: April 13, 2009

Chandra Prasad Death of a Circus. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $18.95 (272p) ISBN 978-1-59709-024-7What city-weary soul hasn’t thought of running away to join the circus? That’s the dream of Lor Cole, a young black man leading a lackluster life in early-twentieth-century Connecticut. Lor has talent to match his professional ambition. Tall and agile, he is […]

David St. John reviews Daphne’s Lot

Date: April 13, 2009

Chris Abani Daphne’s Lot. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $18.95 (112p) ISBN 1-888996-62-5Chris Abani’s DAPHNE’S LOT is an absolute tour de force! The title poem is an exceptionally poignant novella in verse, celebrating the courage and determination of the poet’s mother while charting his family’s difficult flight out of Biafra to England. Masterfully conceived and often […]

Ishmael Reed reviews The Dancer and the Dance

Date: April 13, 2009

Jack Foley The Dancer and the Dance. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $19.95 (280p) ISBN 978-1-59709-094-0I think that many critics are into duplication, willing to accept, meekly, any orthodoxy. Jack Foley is a maverick. His not being tied to any institution gives him the freedom to explore aspects of American culture that others are too timid […]

Debra Kang Dean reviews Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem

Date: April 13, 2009

Mitchell Douglas Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $19.95 (112p) ISBN 978-1-59709-140-4Cooling Board, Mitchell Douglas' debut collection, is a labor of love and gives expression to poetry's most intimate function: to save what we love. Beyond moving Donny Hathaway out from a corner and in toward the center of what came […]

Chalmers Johnson reviews Common Sense for the Twenty-First Century

Date: April 13, 2009

Common Sense for the Twenty-First Century Blase Bonpane. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $16.95 (272p) ISBN 1-888996-56-0Your new book is an absolute jewel. The commentaries on everything from Haiti to Falluja are outstanding, and I found the interviews valuable. Also the book has been beautifully produced. I hope it has a big impact. It would be […]

Small Press Bookwatch reviews The Common Fire

Date: April 13, 2009

The Common Fire Shelley Savren. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $12.95 (88p) ISBN 978-1-888996-96-8Winner of the 1994 John David Johnson Memorial Poetry Award, Shelley Savren is the recipient of nine California Arts Council Artists in Residence grants, two National Endowment for the Arts regional grants, and two artist fellowships from the City of Ventura. The Common […]

Rachel Richmond reviews Cold Angel of Mercy

Date: April 13, 2009

Cold Angel of Mercy Amy Randolph. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $11.95 (72p) ISBN 1-888996-55-2A nature-touched spirit penetrates Amy Randolph's book of thirty-eight poems. These poems are filled with dreams of a new beginning after divorce, heart-felt emotions of grief and love and experiences of life, good and bad, of death, divorce, and loss. Randolph conveys […]

Phoebe Journal reviews Cartographies

Date: April 13, 2009

Cartographies Maurya Simon. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $18.95 (104p) ISBN 978-1-59709-387-3 Maurya Simon's resume reads like that of a literary superstar. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 and the Pushcart Prize in 2004, she has held residencies, won awards and has been granted numerous fellowships both domestically and abroad. The author of eight volumes […]

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