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 in 2010, and “Paradises Lost,” co-authored with Ursula K. LeGuin, composed by Stephen Andrew Taylor, and performed at the New York City Opera in 2006. Gale is managing editor of Red Hen Press which she co-founded with Mark E. Cull In 1994. She is editor of the Los Angeles Review, an annual print and online literary journal established in 2003. She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program in poetry at the University of Nebraska and speaks on independent publishing at schools around the US, including Columbia and the University of Southern California; and in England at Oxford University.
Interview host DOUGLAS MANUEL is the author of two collections, “Trouble Funk” (Red Hen Press, 2023) and “Testify” (Red Hen Press, 2017). His poems and essays can be found in numerous literary journals, magazines, and websites. He received a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is a recipient of the Dana Gioia Poetry Award and a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts. Manuel is an assistant professor of English at Whittier College and teaches at the Spalding University’s low-res MFA program.