Red Hen Press: Cynthia Hogue, Jodi Ann Johnson, Dana Levin, William Trowbridge
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
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5:15-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available to answer questions about the historic site.
Tonight’s readers invite introspection. Cynthia Hogue’s latest book invited us to examine our own depths in her innovative new collection. William Trowbridge uses pop culture references to explore both melancholy and celebration. Dana Levin's third collection confronts mortality and the rituals and traditions around life's great transitions. Jodi Johnson’s collection delves into the people and places of her past. The evening is moderated by Kate Gale, Managing Editor of the Red Hen Press.
Cynthia Hogue has published seven previous collections of poetry, most recently, Or Consequence and When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina (interview-poems and photographs), both in 2010. Among her honors are a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry, the H.D. Fellowship at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, an Arizona Commission on the Arts Project Grant, and the Witter Bynner Translation Residency Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry in the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University. Her new collection is Revenance, forthcoming in August from Red Hen Press.
William Trowbridge is the Poet Laureate of Missouri. His new book is Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems (Red Hen Press, 2014). He is the author of the poetry collections Ship of Fool, Enter Dark Stranger, O Paradise, Flickers, and The Complete Book of Kong, and the chapbooks The Packing House Cantata, The Four Seasons, and The Book of Kong. His poems have appeared in such periodicals as The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, Poetry, Boulevard, and New Letters. He lives in theKansas City area and teaches in theUniversity ofNebraska’s low-residency MFA program.
Jodi Ann Johnson was born in Pasadena, California, in 1960, and spent her childhood riding horses in the hills of Topanga, where she has lived since she was six. She received her B.A. in English from California State University, Northridge, in 1981, and an M.A. in creative writing in 1984 before enrolling in the doctoral program at UCLA; since 1986 she has taught at Los Angeles Pierce College where she is a professor of English. Her poetry has appeared in such magazines as Poetry/LA, Jacaranda Review, and in the Academy of American Poets’ anthology New Voices. She has also read her work on KPFK in Los Angeles and at the Beyond Baroque Foundation in Venice, California, among other locations. In 1993 her screenplay Mama & Me was awarded a Nicholl Fellowship through the Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and she subsequently worked for Disney in both feature films and animation, as well as for Warner Bros. and other independent production companies; she has been Writers Guild of America member since 1994. She has a daughter, Gillian Clare Larson, who shares her love of horses.
Poet Dana Levin grew up in California’s Mojave Desert and earned a BA from Pitzer College and an MA from New York University. Her collections of poetry include In the Surgical Theatre (1999), Wedding Day (2005), and Sky Burial(2011). Levin’s honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. Her work has been widely anthologized and has won several Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Santa Fe and teaches at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Warren Wilson College.
Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of The Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles. She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America. Kate is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. She also wrote Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto with composer Daniel Felsenfeld, based on T.C. Boyle’s The Inner Circle. Her sixth poetry collection, The Goldilocks Zone, will be available from University of New Mexico Press in spring 2014. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.
A national presence in independent publishing, Red Hen Press was founded in 1994 by Mark E. Cull and Kate Gale. As a nonprofit literary press that publishes twenty works of poetry, literary fiction, and autobiography each year, they are dedicated to supporting quality writing that is being ignored or overlooked by large or commercial publishers. The Press also donates books to schools, libraries and other institutions, and presents seven reading series in New York and Los Angeles showcasing current and backlist authors. Red Hen Press is a place for writers’ work to be published and celebrated; a literary family for a diversity of voices that articulate the variety of human experience. The Press has been in partnership with Beach=Culture since the 2009 opening season. Past Beach House readers include Camille T. Dungy, Ilya Kaminsky, Susan Straight and Ron Carlson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award.
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